We are proud home owners of a 1970’s Ranch Style Home…and it is a fixer upper. If you missed it- we are moving from Connecticut to Utah! We actually bought this home a month ago and have plans in the works for the remodel. The “Wallpaper House” we call it, needs a lot of work, a diamond in the rough. My father-in-law (who is our contractor) said, “why didn’t you just buy a new house? Or should we just knock it down and start over?” Ha! You too might think that as you take a gander at these photos….
This was the first time Kevin and the kids saw the house in person…and we already owned it! We had actually put an offer on another home that didn’t work out. I was SO sad about not getting that first home, the girls were bummed too. That was when I realized how ready I was to move back to Utah to be near family. I toured this home when I was visiting Utah for work. It really was meant to be. I should have been home, but I had moved my flight to the next day to finish up some extra work I decided to do last minute. I was up late searching on Zillow when this home popped up for sale. I text our Realtor right way and asked if we could see it before I flew to Connecticut the next day. She made it happen. I had heart eyes just driving through the area! Then when I saw the property, the mature trees…. I was sold.
The home is nestled right up near the mountains, in a lovely community with a lot of amenities that I could see the kids loving. It is tucked away in a private area, but very close to family, friends, and plant shops 🙂
There were just a few things important to us while searching for our new home. That it was close to the school we wanted to put our kids in, that it had charm, needed some love, had mature landscaping, close to family and room for a pool. We weren’t shopping for square footage or brand new.
What do you think? Love at first sight for you? Not for Kevin either, ha! Lucky for him, I can see the potential! His eyes after I FaceTimed him😳😬.
Looks like, whatever was hung on the wall, was loved and treasured because it never got moved. The room steps down, that was the style then. “Sunken spaces”. The object was to clearly outline the space without destroying any sight lines. We plan on leveling the space out. I love this window! So much light!!
This room though!! This is where I fell in LOVE!! Can you see why?
The wood vaulted ceiling has SO MUCH CHARM! And the openness to the backyard had me envisioning watching my kids play, entertaining guests and really enjoying the space. Are you starting to see the potential too?
I will share my ideas and the architect plans for this space in a separate post soon!
I was a little caught off guard by the smallness of that dishwasher! I expressed my thoughts and we all had a good laugh over the fact that it was a trash compactor. Ha!
Can you see why we fondly refer to it as “the wallpaper” house? Wallpaper is my thing…maybe just not this wallpaper. But I can appreciate the style. This was definitely “in” 50 yrs ago! This will be our bedroom, feels so BIG compared to the space we have now! I can’t wait to see the cool windows!
Carpet and toilet. Like oil and water. Nope.
Say hello to Finns room. The look on his face when we first told him was priceless! He might be the most excited out of everyone to move to Utah, so he’s excited for his “green” room now. I don’t even think he cares if we change it. But, we will be changing it!
This is interesting. We are guessing it was a space for the poker table and/or dance floor?!
There will be a lot to love in the future!
They weren’t afraid of color and pattern, which I can appreciate! This is a basement bedroom. We are planning on making all the windows bigger (as big as we are allowed to) in the basement. Needs a lot more light!
We love this driveway! The previous (and only) home owner was a stone mason, you can see his talents all over. Future home for the “Nest 2.0” AKA- our home gym. And… we have a garage!!!! Six years living in Connecticut with no garage, not sure what we will even do with ourselves!
This is the future home of our pool! Excited about the memories that will be made in this yard.
We are going to add a second level on the front part of the house, perfect place for the girls bedrooms. We can’t wait to start the process and take you along!