Our House 1: The Background

Our House 1: The Background

We purchased this house in 2002 as a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, home with a vaulted living room, a sunporch, and a somewhat finished lower level. Our home sits on a (relatively) large lot in Minneapolis. The lot is 40×200, which is 0.18 acres. Again, it’s relatively large for a South Minneapolis lot.  The home also has 2 fireplaces, one in the living room, and one in the lower level family room.

As far as heating goes, this home has a boiler and radiators for heat, and a central air conditioning unit in the attic space that pumps the air down to the main rooms. The best of both worlds, hot water heat, and central a/c!

But the main reason we purchased this home is because the upstairs was full height and unfinished. The height at the highest point was 10.5 feet. That gave us room for adding a 3rd or 4th bedroom up.  Little did we know…

The house itself is a Tudor-Style home with old woodwork, arched opening between living room and dining room, glass doorknobs, original pink-tile bathroom, textured plaster walls, and more. All the things we love about old character houses.

We had an overlap of 3 weeks with our existing home so we could take our time to do some work and move in. The first week, we tore out ugly carpeting in the two back bedrooms, and had the wood floors refinished. If you have overlap, I would strongly suggest refinishing the floors with no furniture in the house. It made it very easy for the floor guys to get in and out quickly. We had them do the living room, dining room, hallway, and 2 bedrooms. Basically the entire first floor, except the kitchen and bathroom.

Then we spent time painting the bedrooms, a greenish bedroom, and a sky purple bedroom.  These colors are not as appealing now, as when we picked them out. Oh well.

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