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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Home Hunters Texas Edition #1 The Red Bricked Beauty

The area that we are moving to in Texas is famous for its gorgeous parks and walking trails. Our dear realtor, Mary Denton, showed us a home in a much sought after gated community. Ohh la la!


The entryway leads strait in to a semi open concept great room. It features a fireplace, built ins and wood laminate flooring.

Here’s a bird’s a view taken from the stairs.


To the right is a formal dining space. A small butlers panty is to the left and small double doors lead to the kitchen. 


This is the view of the kitchen from the formal dining room. You can also slightly see the sun porch which I will talk about in a moment.

Here’s another angle. Great copper pots, alas they aren’t staying.

Just past the kitchen nook is the screened sun porch.

This is the backyard.

Interestingly, the neighbors trees have not been trimmed so a fencing solution was put into place.


Back inside, to the left of the entry, is a bedroom that is currently being used as an office.

There is a small, full bathroom right next door.


On the other side of the great room, past the fireplace, is the master suite.


While it did have a angled sitting area both Mr. Décor and I wondered how our dresser and high boy would be placed in the space. 

The master bath was basic builders white. Not a bad thing as it can then be transformed easily.


Here’s a overall layout shot. Near the shower is the water closet and the other door leads to a sizeable closet.


I did notice that the house had been lived in a bit hard. The cabinet doors are wood so a bit of sanding and painting could make the space feel fresh and new.


Let’s climb the stairs which are carpeted and feature good moulding.


Once again a bit of sanding and paint are required on the bannister and surround. (Mr. Décor was intently checking out the flooring.)


I did give pause to view the inset lighting located on the very high ceilings. All of the plastic rims have yellowed which is quite noticeable on the white ceiling. One heck of a ladder would be needed to reach them in order to change them out. Not to mention when bulbs burns out.


There are three bedrooms upstairs. All are on the smaller side.


As well as another full bath.

There is also a second living space that is a decent size although the angle of the roof is quite low on one side.


I did make a few videos which provide a true layout of the home.

A tour of the upstairs led by my darling guide “kitty”. :)

This home truly has so much potential. The built ins and moulding are top notch. The location is by far my favorite. Since it is at the top of our price range we would not be able to make many changes right away. The small graveled backyard does present a few challenges since we do have a young boy and two dogs. But let’s hear it for my favorite tour guide “Kitty” as he/she was so welcoming.


Come back tomorrow for house #2.



Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

That house is just crying for your magic touch! What a lovely home, it's so fun to imagine how it might be fixed up and decorated! Looking forward to seeing if this is the one :)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful layout Laura...A little paint will freshen and update everything right up! Love the screened in porch!

The Boston Lady said...

So nice! I know whichever you choose you will work wonders. Ann

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Great tour of this home. I love that great room, you could do wonders with that space.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I loved the tour,Laura! It is a lovely home!

I can see you being here, but something in your "voice" tells me it is one of the other two. Well, maybe, but I am not sure. LOL



Linda said...

I think it's pretty and I enjoyed your tour (or Kitty's tour) ;) The yard would be an issue for me because we have a very small home which is okay because it's always been more important for me to have a large yard space instead, since that's where I spend the majority of my time most of the year with my gardens. But it's all of course, what's most important to each person, so your needs could be entirely different. :)

Cindy said...

I do love that house, but I know you will make the right choice for you! The tree thing and the yard is small, but also low maintenance with the gravel. Great sun room! There's also the front yard for your son to hang out as well. Decisions, decisions....

The Arts by Karena said...

Laura I get the feeling that you would be very happy in this home!!

The Arts by Karena

Vel Criste said...

I see the potential too Laura, can't wait to see the other homes. i love the screened porch.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Does the cat come with the house, Laura? : ) Unfortunately, I am allergic to cats and if I had been greeted by that cute, but sneeze-inducing face, I would have turned tail. I remember looking for our very first house and it had a cat. The house had a noticeable smell so it never made our list. Hopefully, you didn't have that here.

I like how you are really thinking about things - i.e. the light fixtures on the high ceiling. The yard and the neighbor would be an issue to me. Like you, I have a dog. Also, I'm wondering why the tree limbs couldn't be trimmed before the fence was put in. Especially if they are hanging over "your" property. Well, you've phrased this post in such a way that I have no clue whether it is the selection or not! Looking forward to seeing the inside of the other two.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I don't think this is it. Next?

Debra@Common Ground said...

Love your three choices. I'll take the sweet kitty, no allergies here!

Debbie said...

This is fun! I l really do like this house. The molding on that staircase is really pretty to me. I pinned it, even. I laughed about the fence and the tree. Brings to mind, "necessity is the mother of invention."

I will really enjoy seeing these home tours and watching you choose the winner.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Love this house! I'm very partial to brick as we live in an all brick house. I get it about the yard. If it's at the top of your price range that's a tough call. Our house hunt has been put on hold but we have gone through many of your own concerns as well since we have probably seen over 50 houses! Can't wait to see #2.
xo Kathleen

Lana L. said...

I love the street appeal of this house. The inside is almost like a blank canvas - so much you could do here!

Rick said...

It's saddening to spend so much on a home to have to go in and change so much. Scaffolding is the only way to work on such high ceilings with ease and safety. What are the builders thinking? And if your home has the brick mailbox at street side, I hope it's not leaning to the street as mine is here in Houston.
Good luck!