House Tour

By Jeff | Jul. 08, 2012

We’ve been asked by just about everybody to post pictures of what the house looks like, and we’re finally ready to do that. No, it doesn’t mean that we’re even remotely unpacked or ready to have guests, but we’ve got all the pictures set up from when the house was devoid of boxes. We’ll walk you all through the house and mention some of the different things we want to change or upgrade.

Here’s our lovely house! We can’t wait to make it truly ours.

Front porch

We love that our front walkway is shaded. I think it makes for a nicer entryway.


Here’s our entryway with the odd brick floor. It’s one of Hillary’s most disliked things about the house, and we’re planning on upgrading it to wood flooring sometime later.

Closet Doors

This door simply has to go. It tops both Hillary and my list of things that need to change. It’s completely out of place with the rest of the house and we’re not even sure why the previous owners installed it in the first place. We’re thinking a basic white six-panel door will look much nicer.

Family Room

Our family room was one of the rooms that sold the house for both of us. We’re not sure what Michigan builders were thinking, but most of the houses we looked at at a giant fireplace on one wall, and a sliding door on an adjacent door to the back. With a third wall being open to the next room, this leaves only one wall to hang stuff and virtually no places to put seats, much less have it set up with a TV properly. Unfortunately, even though it’s pretty understated, the room still has the dated wood paneling that we saw in all older houses. We’re hoping that since it doesn’t go all the way to the ceiling, it will be a little easier to remove, but we’ll see how it goes later.

Once we’ve got the walls back to a normal drywall state, I’ve got some exciting things planned to make this room almost a mini home theater. This will certainly be a lot of work, but most of it is to hide the cables in the walls and keep things clean and uncluttered. Who knew you could spend so much at


The nice kitchen was probably the other room that sold the house for us (at least for me). Even though we will eventually need all new appliances, plan on extending the wood floors from the entryway in here, and plan on repainting the cabinets, we loved the layout and the space it provided. Even more awesome, are the pull out drawers that are in almost every cabinet.


We also loved that there’s space for a table in the kitchen, which was a “must-have” for us. The half wall dividing the kitchen and family room provides just enough barrier for letting us put more seating up against it in the family room, while still promoting a fairly open layout.

Dining Room

The dining room was also a must for us as we want to be able to do a lot of entertaining. We’ll be able to put a nice large dining table in here and have fun parties. We also plan to bring that same wood flooring through here.

Living Room

The living room is scheduled to be a library / music room / office. We’re planning on putting in wall-to-wall bookshelves on the wall not shown here.


Here’s more of the entryway from the living room to give you a better idea of the flow of the first floor.

Powder Room

Another feature that was on our must-have list was a main floor half-bath.

Guest Bedroom

Upstairs, we have 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The first guest room will be a standard guest room. The mirror closet and ridiculously girly floral blinds are not our style, but it is a great size for a queen bed and dresser for overnight guests, and it has an overhead fan, which is a really nice feature, especially in this record-breaking heat this summer.


The second guest room is smaller and will be my primary office. We’ll also have a futon set up for more guests.

Guest Bathroom

We’re sure our guests will appreciate having a very large, recently remodeled bathroom with a double vanity.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is a great size and can fit a king bed easily, although we keep going back on forth on whether we want one. The closet space is a bit on the small side, but we’ll be able to put in several dressers. Again, it’s got the floral blinds and pink walls that will be among the first things to go.

Master Bathroom

And it has a master bath! This was probably the second hardest thing to find during our home search. Apparently people didn’t have master suites in older houses. Since we had one in our apartment, it was a must-have item in our house. Even better is that while a double-vanity would be preferable, it’s very nicely done and has a great shower.


Here’s the basement. We keep getting requests to show pictures of the basement. We keep telling them it’s just a basement. Here’s the proof. Maybe we’ll finish it one day.

Backyard Deck

We have a decent deck and a great yard. For Nova’s sake, fencing it will be one of our top priorities. We know that Nova will love being able to go outside and run around.


Here’s a final view of the backyard!