Ok! Onward and upward.
When you get to the top of the stairs, and look down, this is what you see:
As you can see, the walls are definitely plaster, and they have a few… we’ll go with “imperfections.” That’s the second glass block window, by the way.
So if you’re standing here, looking this direction, immediately to your right is the door to the guest room; to the right of that is the door to the room we’ll be using as a double office, behind you is the door to the bathroom, and to your left is the door to the master bedroom. (Well, we’re using it as the master bedroom for now.)
So. Guest room. It’s a little less than homey at the moment. This is mostly due to the fact that it has no heat source, a single electrical outlet that looks like it belongs in a garage, and it’s full of random boxes and furniture belonging to the current owners. Voila:
The plan is to tackle the wiring/heat issue first, and worry about that heinous floor later. (That is faux wood patchwork linoleum, by the way. Stunning, no?)
Now the office, and its random adjacent space:
This is the view from the doorway – it’s a nice large room, gets plenty of sunlight (the windows face east), and the door you can see at the back left leads to the random extra room. There’s a door to the closet back there, which is basically the wall behind the bed in this photo. You have to walk out the door you see, close it, and then open the closet door to get into it. Like I said before, the layout upstairs is a little odd.
We are currently referring to this room as the Smoker’s Room. It reeks. The guy doesn’t smoke indoors, but he goes through the random room and out this door:
… to the roof and smokes with the door open. Blech. We’re planning on painting everything except the floors with Kilz; we already priced the 5-gallon bucket at Home Depot, along with a paint sprayer ( I can’t wait to use it.). We’re going to be doing a lot of painting.
That’s Eva, realtor extraordinaire, and Dave. Dave appears enamored with the calendar, although I’m not entirely certain why.
The one thing I am kind of sad about is that we’re going to have to rip out the vintage linoleum that’s back there. Check this out:
It’s kind of charming with its faux tweed and flowers. But I’m sure it’s going to hold onto that smoke smell like nobody’s business, so it’s going to have to go.
Here’s the view looking into the random room from the roof:
The roof is a flat roof; there’s no decking or anything approaching a platform out there. When you walk out that door, you’re basically just standing on the roof of the mudroom. We talked about maybe putting a deck up there someday, but for now, we’ll probably just lock this door and not let anyone out there.
So. On to the bathroom:
Neither of the bathrooms have a fan, so there’s some moisture damage here and there in the plaster; I think since they both have an outside wall, it is going to make sense to put fans in. There’s not much in the way of storage, so that’s something we’re going to have to figure out. But it’s clean and functional, and the tile is pretty new.
And, last but not least: the master bedroom. This is the room at the front of the house with the pitched roof, so the walls inside are pitched, too:
The color’s not bad, and it has a nice, big, south-facing window.
There are two closets, although the one you see above is only about 4′ tall, so it won’t be that useful as a clothes closet. The other is taller, but not terribly deep. You can tell this is an old attic conversion based on the lack of closets, and the age of the floors.
I think we may end up putting a wardrobe or an armoire in here so our clothes are all in the same room. Poor Dave has had to go downstairs to get dressed for over a year, and I think he’s getting a little tired of it.
And that’s pretty much it — the whole upstairs. We’ll tackle the basement later. There’s some really great stuff to be seen down there, too. (Yes, that was sarcasm.)