Good Bones & Bad Bathrooms

Our house has a lot of things going for it. It's in a great Dallas suburb with top-notch schools. Our town is centrally located in the DFW metroplex and has a charming, small-town feel. Our tiny neighborhood of affordable, late 70s houses is surrounded by sprawling estates that drive up the real estate value in the area (and make for great neighborhood walks). It has a great corner lot with big beautiful shade trees. It's 1,600 square feet, which is much larger than many of the 1,300 sq. ft homes we looked at in this area in the same price range.

Now, the negatives. The main negative on this house is that the bathrooms are small. There are two bathrooms, one on the hallway and one in the master suite, but the master bathroom is no bigger than the hallway one. Each bathroom contains a small vanity, a toilet and a shower. The guest bath has a shower/tub combo, but the master bath only had a shower- which also happened to be broken. The other big negative for us was the lack of a fenced in backyard. Our two lovely mutts really needed a fenced-in yard. Then again, we thought, maybe getting the oversized corner lot was worth not having a fence.

In the end, we were able to overlook the negatives and focus on the positives. We knew what our first project would be- a fence!

Now, more about the house (when we bought it). Check it out!

From the curb? Pretty brown. Pretty blah. But we have big plans for sprucing up the curb appeal...

Here is that master bathroom. As you can see, pretty small. Dated fixtures, broken shower floor and a lovely wooden toilet seat. Lots of room for improvement!

The guest bath is very similar to the master- same size, same wooden toilet seat cover, identical vanity in a lovely red color.

Here is the kitchen. This is how the previous owner had it styled when we toured the house. She did her best with what she had, and I was impressed by her decision to go with two-tone cabinets. We loved the french doors leading into the backyard and knew we could do a lot of small improvements in here that would have a big impact.

The living room/dining room/ study nook was absolutely our favorite part of the house. We appreciated how open it was, and I immediately claimed the nook for my art stuff.

We moved in this June and immediately started making changes, even though our wedding was only one month away...
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