House Hunting Tour :: 1923 Craftsman Bungalow

Last weekend, my hubby and I, with the help of our Realtor, Gina,
toured a beautifully restored almost-hundred-year-old house.

The home we saw had been a tad modified. Upgraded.
For instance, the living room was wall-divided and a third bedroom was created, 
the back (master bedroom) was bumped into the kitchen 
to make space for the master bathroom, 
three more fireplaces had been added (for a total of four), many more windows, 
and a lovely deck overlooks the wee yard off the master bedroom and laundry room.
It is 1,565 square feet, FOUR fireplaces and a clawfoot tub.

We have been going through our home
room by room de-cluttering, paring down, painting, repairing, updating

God-willing, we would like to move closer to our downtown
and move into a Craftsman Cottage like this one, or an Arts and Crafts Bungalow
next year.

So, let me show around!

This is the living room off to the right when you come in the front door.

A period light fixture hangs over the center of the room.

I forgot to ask if this fireplace worked (or if any of the four worked)
but it still a gorgeous focal point, even without lit logs. 
But, I know I'd want fire come December/January.
The outlet and cable connector above the ledge is very handy, isn't it?

(This picture was taken off the MLS listing, and is a tad blurry.)
The first bedroom to the left of and off the living room.
This would make a perfect office.
Can you spot the small storage cubby to the right of the fireplace?

The tiny closet.
it is about 2' deep by 5' wide.

This had a brand-new glass tile surround (I saw some at Home Depot).

Be still my heart.

View from the dining room toward the front door/living room.
The three-sided fireplace = YUM.

The house restorers took great pride in retaining or adding
Arts and Crafts details like this chandelier
and the picture railing/molding (the molding 12" below the ceiling on the walls.)
I want to hang my pictures with wire like in the olden days!

The doorway on the left below opens to the hallway (left off the hallway is bedroom #2,
then a bathroom, and past that, the master bedroom).
The doorway to the right goes into the kitchen.

Bedroom #2. Another small (by today's standards) 4' X 2' closet is across from the fireplace.
The first bedroom's fireplace backs up to this one.

And here's the kitchen.
(Barely) notice the door to the left of the refrigerator?
It leads to the laundry room.

New granite counters (I would change it to poured concrete or dark butcherblock, however),
maple cabinets (which I would probably paint a slight cream color), 
a tin tile backsplash, schoolhouse-style lighting, and stainless steel appliances
were installed and give modern helpers to this antique space.

I liked the deep double-basin sink and spigot.

Off the kitchen, as promised, here's the laundry room.
Bead board walls and ceiling in crisp white.
What you can't see is the wall of windows opposite the washer hook-up.
Oh, yeah.
I think I'd love doing the laundry here!

The hall has this first bathroom.
And this bathroom is so charming and it reminds me of a Bed and Breakfast bathroom.
In Charleston.

This tile pattern in black and white is my absolute favorite.
It was nice, once again, see the original touches.
This claw foot tub is original to the house.
Hello, relaxation. Sigh.

Opposite the toilet is the original medicine cabinet.

At the end of the hallway on the left side of the house is the master bedroom.
The natural lighting in here is glorious!
The French door leads to the deck.

The tall master closet was about 5' X 5', and had shelving to the right, as well.
But what I adored was the window, and that one could add more shelving to suit their needs.

Across from all the windows in the master bedroom is this bathroom.
It is long and narrow, but adequate and pretty.
The picture molding, wainscoting, stand-in shower (which is fine for us --
we currently have a garden tub in our master bathroom which has probably been used
once for each of the 12 years we've been here and is not necessary)
give this room SO much character!
If I want a soak in the tub, I'll take one in the clawfooted one! 
The flooring is 12"X12" marble tiles. Nice!

More of the same glass tile also used on a few of the fireplaces.
I found the link for it.
(Say that 3 times quickly!)

The hallway outside the first bath housed the pull-down ladder up to the attic.
This new aluminum ladder had been installed, which was a nice surprise
compared to some of the wobbly, old, unsafe, and scary attic access ladders we've met
during our house hunting escapades.
The attic was large and tall enough that a loft or bonus room could be added later
if you could figure out where to install a stairwell to get up to it.

This is the back of the house.
The left door leads into the laundry room,
the right door into the master bedroom.
The window belongs to the master closet.

The darling and easy-to-maintain back yard.

Mark and I really, really liked this house.
The price is even right: $209,900.
However, it is right on Main Street, and traffic could be heard and seen,
and we'd like more privacy.
We told Gina, our Realtor, that if it could be picked up and moved 
further back into its Historic Neighborhood we'd have loved to 
make an offer on it!
We know we need to get our house ready to list just in case we find the "One".

In the meantime, we will continue to plug away here in our current house.
Mark recently re-tiled our formerly carpeted master bathroom.
I've painted and readied our music, dining, and half bathroom.
We've repaired our moody HVAC and gotten a new roof.
And purged. I have done a TON of that.

I'll show you some more of what we're up to.
Stay tuned!

I have made a board on Pinterest of the many ideas I might like to use
in our Future Craftsman Bungalow if you'd like to see HERE.

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  1. Oh my gosh I love the Sears Craftsman Houses!! It amazes me how something that came from a catalog has stood the test of time!! Good luck and best wishes with your search!!!

    1. Hi Jeri!
      Our downtown historic area has hundreds, if not thousands, of these bungalows (many of them in poor condition)...they are slowly being bought by investors, refurbished and renewed, then put back on the market. I think if I had the energy, I'd buy one for cheap and re-do it...but I think maybe that makes me tired just thinking about is and I'd rather get one already ready!

  2. That is crazy gorgeous. I love the wood door and the kitchen cabinets and all of it. :)

    1. We hadn't seen this nice a house since we started looking last year.
      So, yeah! I agree. It is crazy gorgeous!

  3. I see why you love that bungalow. Beautiful, beautiful bungalow. What a great post, too. You're putting images with your faith. It's out there and ready when the time is right.

    1. Oh, Kelley!
      You do so have a way with words.
      "Images with your faith".
      That's unforgettable.
      Thank you, friend <3

  4. That is worth buying for the claw foot bath. Dreamy...

  5. Gosh, so much character. The people did a very nice job on the house, but I agree about the kitchen. Lighter cabinets, different counters. It's too modern for the charming house. Loved the preview. Happy hunting!

  6. Wow, what a beauty! It's so wonderful when people have lovingly taken the time to upgrade & still maintain the character of the home. Good luck in your search.


  7. Leslie,

    I love this home. It has such character, and the updates are just perfect. Can't believe what a good price! I would love to live in a home like this one. Good luck with your hunt!

  8. Oh My WORD!!!! This is adorable! I gasp with every picture :) Too bad is on a main road, but thank YOU for showing it too us! Lovely!

  9. Wow Leslie! It's beautiful. Good luck finding your perfect home and also with the purging and staging of your current one :)

  10. Love it, Leslie. Yours is out there, happy hunting.

  11. I think this is the first time I've commented on your blog. I'm originally from your home town, so when I ran across your blog, I was drawn to it because of where you live! LOL Now I love it for all your ideas and help - and I especially enjoyed this home tour. I'd love this house! It would be perfect for our empty nest. Thanks for sharing your house hunt, and I sure do look forward to seeing the house you choose!

  12. Leslie,
    You _know_ I adore antique homes and am blessed to own one. I'm sure you know this but when looking be sure to ask about the infrastructure -- the electric, water, cooling/heating, foundation and insulation. It's so easy to be swooned by the character of these ol' gals and be decorating in your mind only to find out later that 'less sexy' and very expensive tasks need to be tended to.
    I adore craftsman bungalows and this home is oozing with cottage charm. The bathroom is perfection; love the black and white tiled floor.
    Your Friend,

  13. Love the beadboard and glass knobs! So many sweet details that give it character that today's houses don't have. I hope you'll chronicle your staging process. We're taking the same measures before we list our house.

  14. I love me a bungalow home. This is a real beauty too. Too bad the location is not right for you. Good luck and have fun! I love house shopping.

  15. I like it, Leslie. Like a lot of its features. Like you, I'd paint the kitchen cabinets a lighter color. I'd also try to exchange the refrige as I don't like aluminum. But all in all, it's a lovely bungalow. Susan

  16. I didn’t know that still such home fabulous home exist that too at unbelievably price. If this is the price I think it is the best deal. If wide open space, nicely furnished interior, porch and backyard garden, hey guy get it today!


  17. This is absolutely beautifull Home

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