Jed and I both laughed when we first walked through our new house. We had already walked through about 20 homes in our target (new)city and each home pretty much blended in with all the others – walls, bathrooms, kitchen, floors, yard. There were some houses we liked and some we didn’t like, but none of them felt like home.
But this house was different. And it was a house that we didn’t even want to go through when we saw it pop up one morning in our search. Yet after a few weeks we were intrigued. We walked in expecting to hate it and walk through quickly without a second thought. Instead we spent almost two hours walking through and around again and again and again – laughing and exploring. At one point I sat on the steps that lead down into the main family living space and knew that this house was “us.” It was just like us – old and a bit quirky. It had a unique layout and personality and it was truly one of a kind. We saw our family here – the rooms they would occupy, the meals we would share, the friends and family that would come to visit.
And it’s been exactly like that since we moved in about six months ago. This house became our home immediately.
Yet, since the home was built in 1961 – there are needed repairs and updates that will maybe, eventually get done. Most of the home though makes sense and we have design, improvement, and decorating ideas that will work with the home. But…there is one room that we are not sure what we can do with it.
We currently call it the “pool room” or the “party room.” It’s an 1100 square foot ROOM – yes a ROOM(not a whole house) that is interesting to say the least. It was built as an indoor pool room – it had a pool and half the ceiling is all sunroom type windows, and the rest of the ceiling and walls are cedar. 10 years ago they capped the pool with a raised platform and turned it into a party room(in fact all the furniture you see in these pictures is the previous owner’s items that they left for us). I’m sure we could hold a few hundred people in this room for graduations and baby showers. And it has been amazing to use for slumber parties and family holidays this year!
But we want to make it seem more finished and not so rustic and worn looking. I think we’ve decided not to convert it back into a pool(this is possible – we’d just have to get a new liner as they left the pool under the floor), so how to make it into a fun, functional, yet more aestectically pleasing family party/recreation room?
Ideas for flooring? Furniture? Walls? Get rid of the sunroom feel? OMG SO MUCH TO DO!!
I think I need to submit this to HGTV for some ideas as it’s overwhelming.
In the meantime – come on over for a drink as we’ve got the space!