Alright, who’s ready for an interior house tour? Fair warning, this is not some beautifully staged, perfect house tour that you find all over home blogs, this is a very unfinished and unpretty tour so you know exactly where the house stands. Today I’ll show you the main living areas (areas in red below), and in the next post we’ll do the bedrooms, bathrooms, and loft.
Just as a recap for any newbies, this is a custom home that my husband and I designed. We hired a builder to build the shell of the house (to drywall) and are finishing the rest of it ourselves. Why are we finishing it ourselves? Because we are big dreamers with a real budget…and we really like projects and chaos, evidently.
We broke ground in August of 2015 and moved in August of 2016. We’ve been living in it for about ten months now, slowly (keyword slowly) making it more and more livable for our family of six.
Anyway, lets start at the laundry and mudroom and work our way into the main living area. So here is the laundry room as of yesterday –
It’s functional, yes, but besides that it is pretty bare bones and hideous. So far my husband has built the cabinets and we poured the concrete countertop, but that is as far as the progress goes.
The plan for this room is to plank the wall and paint it white, do a herringbone brick floor, dark green cabinets, shelving, and lots of functional and pretty things. Oh, and that giant cabinet will hold six laundry baskets, one for each member of the family. I plan to take things out of the dryer and put them directly into the correct laundry basket, then each person can put away their own stuff. I think it’s genius….lazy moms produce the most self-sufficient, hardworking kids, right?
There are two doors in this room, one leads to a small bathroom containing a toilet and a shower (the sink in the laundry is double duty for this bathroom).
This room still needs all the basics (flooring, trim, shower door) but is small and will be easy. Also, the shower currently stores the remaining cabinet doors for the kitchen and laundry, as it has for the last six months or so.
The other door leads to a small storage closet.
Next is the mudroom, which is the main entrance for our family.
The walls in here have already been planked but they still need to be trimmed and painted. The brick floor from the laundry room will continue into the mudroom, and on the right side will be lockers (I’m thinking wood), one for each person. They will store backpacks, shoes, coats, and everything else that currently gets scattered around the house.
Walking into the house, the dining room is to the left, though it’s really more of an alcove than a true dining room. We are a casual kind of family so we decided to skip the formal dining room and just have one eating place.
Since the area is fairly shallow we decided to put a banquette to maximize seating. We have a large family and like to have them all over, plus it’s the perfect spot for our boys to eat. Besides that, nothing has been done in the dining room…we still have to add trim and window treatments, choose a light fixture, add cushions to the banquette (leather or faux leather), and eventually we will build a table that fits this space better. The current one is slightly small, plus the base is terrible for banquette seating because the legs are in the way.
On the other side of the dining room is the kitchen.
We’ve been working hard in the kitchen (my husband built the cabinets from scratch, and we DIYed the countertops) but there is still a long way to go. We need to finish the cabinets, add a backsplash and trim, a wood ceiling, a range hood cover, and lots of finishing touches.
We did recently finish the pantry though, it turned out really well and is super functional. It gives me hope for the rest of the house.
Here is the view from the living room from behind the island….this is my view of the house most of the time.
As you can see we still have a giant, patchy, drywall wall as the focal point of the house. One day soon it will be a giant planked wall instead, we already have the material (you can see the pile of wood blocking the back doors to the right of that photo).
After the wall is planked we will do a built-in to hold the TV and stuff, hopefully it will look as good as it does in my head and make the off-center fireplace look a little less awkward.
Here is the living room from a different angle…
I am completely in love with the bones of our house, when it is finished it will be amazing. Right now though all I can see is the cringeworthy furniture situation we have going on in the living room. The two lighter pieces are the same ones we’ve had for over a decade, and they are gross. They are microfiber, worn and uncomfortable, abused by my boys, and are leaving as soon as I figure out what to do with them. The leather couch we picked up from a neighbor for $180 a few weeks ago, and even though it isn’t pretty it IS real leather (wipeable, hallelujah) and very comfortable. Also, the “rug” is a carpet scrap…basically the only thing I like in here is the baby on the floor.
Imagine a sexy leather sectional in here, a nice large rug, and two chairs by the fireplace. Also, lighting and decor and rustic wood flooring. Nice right?
One of the good things about having a blog is that it’s easy to go back and see the progress you’ve made. Here is a shot from nearly a year ago (the builder was finished at this point).
Even though we are moving slowly, when I look at both pictures and feel pretty darn good about how far we’ve come. I mean, it’s not like this is our full time job or anything, all of this was done in our spare time.
Here are a few more pics from different angles…
And that’s the tour! I’ll be back next week to show the rest of the house, and if you have any questions just leave them in the comments below!