New California Home: Interior Tour – The before

Jul 22

Welcome to my new California house! So excited to share this before tour. It’s taken me a while to get this up on the blog because I live 2000 miles away from the house. Tough getting those great real camera shots when I’m not living in the state. While I was there last week, I finished up with some photos I didn’t capture on my last trip – like the garage. completely spaced on photographing that space in its before-ness.
Admittedly, when I found out we were moving back to California I wasn’t very happy. The south has been so good to me and my soul. Very soon I’ll be sharing my very long list of why exactly the south has become a part of my heart forever. and will share exactly where we lived. And why you should visit if you never have. And did I mention I’ll tell you how much I love it here?
But…But….I can also now admit that each time i’m at the new house, I fall in love a little more. I love the potential, the projects I have outlined in my mind (the list gets longer each day), the surrounding area / neighborhood, and the peacefulness of the property. It’s tucked away behind 4 homes and the only way in and out is from the beautiful driveway I shared in the exterior before tour
By the way, the gorgeous large branch you see hanging low in the above photo…Sadly, it’s gone. Our painters truck took care of the demo work on that one. Ha! As much as I loved that branch, it had to come down anyway because our mover’s truck wouldn’t fit with it up. Even my own truck may not fit, so I’m glad to have captured the branch in this driveway before it came crashing down. With all of the construction going on here over the last couple months, the trees lining the driveway have taken a beating. I had a tree trimmer out last week and will share an updated view for you real soon.
After spending another week at the house, having what felt like a million appointments, seeing family and friends, and even taking in a giants game with elementary school friends – I’m actually feeling more excited about the move. And that’s a positive for me.
Am so glad I was able to be at the house to snap these because, wow, are there going to be a lot of changes before move in….and after. I wanted a true before tour in order to share those awesome afters. Getting started, as you walk through the front door…
The entry drops you almost in the middle of the house. If you walk in the front door and turn left, you head toward 4 bedrooms – Including the original master bedroom that will function as an extra room / guest room. There are 2 bathrooms on this end; one is for the kids and the other is a small bath in the original master bedroom.
If you come in the front door and walk straight you hit the living room and french doors leading out to the backyard and pool.
If you walk in the front door and turn right, you immediately walk through a small galley kitchen. And that is where this tour will begin – the kitchen. Here is the before kitchen…

Gotta love that tile! The entire kitchen is the original – from 1960 – with the exception of an upgraded dishwasher and range. The kitchen sink/window face the front yard…

The view from the dining area into the kitchen – from the other side…

The brick you see is a wood burning fireplace in the living room…Which is the space behind that wall on the right. As of now, without having met with an architect, the plan is to tear down this entire wall and fireplace to make way for an oversized kitchen – wide, open and bright. But I’ll have to meet with people about this. A-hem….Including structural people…

 

Not a ton of cabinet space, but doable. Most of my kitchen items will be stored in the garage until the new kitchen is done. Not a big deal! The kitchen is currently torn apart, being sanded and cleaned up, and then painted a fresh coat of swiss coffee. It was in desperate need of a clean up and since I’ll be cooking in here for a good 6 months or more before the remodel, a clean up was a must.

This brick will all be painted – on both sides; kitchen and living room…

 

Sadly, my current fridge doesn’t fit here. Had to buy a new one, which will eventually be a 2nd fridge out in the garage. Again, not a big deal…

Coming out of the kitchen, there is a large dining area…

These lights have since been taken down… πŸ˜‰ Especially after many a people (me included) weren’t paying attention and knocked their head into one…Or both. Just sayin’…

Love the exposed beams on the ceiling. Have plans to strip the paint off and re-create the exposed beams of my old southern home. The french door you see on the right in the above shot leads to the outdoor patio/screened-in porch.

To the left of the dining area is the living room…

Yup, those would be my large paint samples. Can’t express how much help those samples were during this process! All I had to do was pack them up in my luggage and they came along with me to the new pad. Each color looked totally different in this space. Many of the colors I liked were immediately scratched off the list. More on paint soon – LOVE the colors I chose, with the help of a colorist referred by the painter. For those local to SF, I’m going to share her info with you when we talk paint.

French doors facing the backyard…

Standing in the living room facing the dining area… This gives you an idea of how big this space is on the other side of the kitchen. a lot of future potential kitchen here. Those french doors lead to the screened-in porch, which will also be converted into interior space…

 

To the left of the dining area, is a large family room which will function as kid space…

I know exactly what will be going into those built-in shelves…mesh toy bins! πŸ™‚ I have a lot of dreams for this space for the kids…

 

This kid / family room area also has french door access to the screened-in porch…

A view from the family room to the dining area…

The screened-in porch is in need of some serious tlc. The screens aren’t in great shape and the floor is peeling up…

 

Loving these exposed beams in here too…However, not sure I’ll be able to keep them…

The door heads out to the pool / backyard…

“Help me…I need some love”…

There is a laundry room just off the family room. You walk through the laundry room as you come into the house from the garage…

As of now, the room is getting painted the same color as the house trim (swiss coffee), but I have big dreams for this space. including a much better storage system over the washer and dryer (maybe open floating shelves) and little pops of color…

To the left of the laundry room and off of the family room, these stairs bring you to the master suite…

 

 

At the top of the stairs? The soon-to-be home office of simply organized…

 

Behind the office is 2 doors. The one on the left brings you to the master bathroom and the right to the master bedroom…

The master bathroom…

The chandelier and drapes are down already ;-).

Love this tub!…

 

Will be getting new mirrors and i’m facing the interesting challenge of creating storage for each sink. This is the sink on one side of the bathroom…

A storage closet, which will eventually be completely re-done. The door on the left is for the toilet…

sink #2…

Off the bathroom there is a beautiful blank state of a walk-in closet. This is going to be SO fun to renovate…

Had to share this. The entire closet was empty with the exception of this macgyvered system…

Can you believe it? I had to chuckle about the base moulding rigged up to this system as well as the chain link holding up the rod. Then i=I had to scratch my head. πŸ˜‰

I’m dreaming of what this closet will grow up to look like…

 

I’m envisioning an island for sure!

Heading into the master bedroom from the closet, these windows face the front of the house…

Another blank slate, with beautiful hickory floors. Dirty floors, but pretty nonetheless…

 

This door heads back out to the office…

The window at the top of the stairs…

The view from that window…Hard to see, but it’s the pool back there…

Now that I’m done showing you the right side of the house, I’ll share the left side – the kid’s bedrooms and guest room…

Hallway…

in case you haven’t noticed, the house has a wide variety of flooring. oak on the kid’s end, old tile in the kitchen, very old parkay in the entry and dining area, hickory in the family room and master suite, random tiling in the laundry room, kid’s bathroom, guest bathroom and master bath. Eventually this will be streamlined and uniform. I have a story to share about the hardwoods too, in case you noticed those big chunks of unfinished hardwood flooring in the living room and dining room.

Pretty much every room has a story to share. Maybe 2. Already making memories in this house!

As you head up the hallway, the first room on the left is the kid’s / visitor bathroom…

 

It’s a tight space so it was hard to get good photos for you guys. There is a little built-in cubby here that’s helpful as well as a larger linen closet just outside the door…

At some point, maybe during the kitchen remodel, I’d like to make this bathroom bigger. The front door is on the back side of this bathroom so if the front door is moved (yup, thinking about doing this), it would make way for a bigger bathroom for the 3 kiddos as well as a potential 1/2 bath for visitors.

Moving on down the hallway, the first bedroom…

Oh, and a new type of hardwood in the closets. Am thinking it’s cedar.

Cery old hardwoods with lots of wear and tear….The 3 kid’s rooms will be carpeted before move in. This room would be one of those rooms thankfully…

 

Bedroom 2…

 

bedroom 3…

 

An interesting display of moulding…Has since been removed…

 

And finally on this end of the house, the guest room…Which was the original master bedroom. The green was hard on the eyes. Now it’s a quiet, peaceful, light gray. Happy this was documented so you can appreciate the difference….

 

 

 

 

To finish off the tour – the garage…

Which is currently being used as a part-time paint shop. πŸ™‚ This was one of the spaces I wanted to photograph on my last trip, when it was completely empty. That’s how I roll – Spacey.

The left side…

The previous owners asked if I’d like to keep the shelving – big score. Now I have their shelving as well as mine. And I’ll take all the kitchen storage space I can take! They also left behind that rolling cabinet along the back wall. The door you see leads into the laundry room.

3rd stall – Or paint shop…

 

In the middle of the garage, there is a door accessing the backyard. The door you see tucked away back there on the left is a storage closet – pretty deep too. I see luggage storage. I’m going to keep those hooks up on the wall for now…

But y’all know eventually I will be re-creating my ultimate favorite mudroom

A friend of mine snapped this shot for me and I nearly died…A mud room in the garage? Genius! and this garage offers the space to have a mudroom just like that. Can’t wait!

More storage in the back of the garage…

tucked away in the back of the 3rd stall is what will soon be my little work area. Can’t wait! Tools and drills and nails and paint and maybe even a saw horse with a saw = Heaven! I have dreams to do a lot of DIY building in this house. The previous owners left some great organizers in the back of the garage for me…

How did they know the way into my heart?

Love the peg board…

 

These would be sanded and primed closet doors…We left them off while I did the closet install. And all of the cabinets and drawers you see on the shelving behind it, those would be from the kitchen…

This will be the last space in the house to be painted before the move. Our painter will empty the entire space, pull down random hooks, and spray the entire garage the interior trim color (swiss coffee). Can’t wait to see this on August 7…When I arrive in SF for good!….

And that’s it friends – the interior before tour. These photos were taken on day one of my trip last week…Which was one week ago today. So much has happened since then and I’ll be sharing all those details over the next few days – paint colors, carpet choice, pool progress, tree trimming updates, a swing set purchase, and much much more.

Have a great Monday!

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  1. Heather says:

    What fun! Thank you for sharing these pictures. I love all the natural light and the floors are gorgeous! Not to mention that tub in the master bath…

  2. Day Old News says:

    This is so exciting! Good luck with everything, looks like you have tons of space to play with.

  3. Wow, I can't wait to see the after shots! πŸ™‚ So exciting! And I think, if I picked up a clue on Instagram, you are currently living where my sister, her hubby and baby are moving in August! So you will have to share restaurants and great sights so I can pass that info along! πŸ™‚

    ~Laura

  4. Crystal says:

    Thanks for sharing the pics!! I love the master bath!! It will be exciting to see how you put your touch on it!!

  5. Pamela says:

    What an adventure you are on. Have fun making it your dream home!

  6. Janine says:

    Fun to see these! Can't wait to see the end result. Jealous!

  7. Your new home is so amazing. I am in love with the floors and the staircase. You are going to have soooooo much fun decorating this house because it has such great bones. This is such a wonderful and inspiring post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us today!

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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