Our Big Blue House

I mentioned a while ago that we moved over the Summer. We bought this big, old blue house that’s over 100 years old.

When we first bought it, there were two giant birch trees about a foot from the house. We had them cut down and had all the old, plastic covered windows and rotting sills replaced before we moved in.

We also had some of the rooms painted including this yellow…Steelers themed one. The picture below is from the listing. We removed the carpeting in that room and put down hardwood flooring too.

The old fan is still in there and we don’t have any furniture for this room yet but it’s starting to look better. In the corner (below pic), we had to run pipes up to the second floor bathroom because we put the laundry upstairs. (The basement was a somewhat horrifying dungeon with extremely narrow stairs so moving the laundry upstairs was a priority.) That corner will eventually be dry walled in. We’re also going to possibly move the half bath partly into this room.

That little stove in the room is a wood burning stove that will only fit very tiny logs.

At some point, someone took out the old glass above the front door, added glass slanted pieces and boarded off part of the opening. I’m talking to a stained glass maker to see how much it would cost to have a piece of stained glass made for this spot. If it’s too expensive, we’ll probably just put in a regular piece of glass.

Here is the upstairs bathroom pic from the listing. We removed that big, black cabinet on the right and put the stackable washer and dryer there. It’s a temporary fix until we can renovate this ridiculous bathroom. By the way, there’s no vent for heat in this bathroom. Just that light up fireplace.

We haven’t done much in the dining room yet but we did replace the light fixture (which had bungee cords holding it up) and the ceiling is no longer blue. Here’s the before:

And the in progress picture below. I’ve been shopping for curtains for this room for weeks. All of the windows in this house are extremely big and tall because the rooms have 12′ ceilings so curtains seem like a big commitment.

And that’s about where we are with this house. We had an architect come this past Friday and we are going to have plans drawn for the first floor. We want to move the half bath, open the kitchen up to the back den and open a doorway from the living room to the dining room. They’re also going to help us with adding a roof over the front door and hopefully a covered porch across the whole front of the house.

The exterior is scheduled to be repainted in October. No more varying shades of peeling blue!

This house is a huge project and we’re going to have to do the work slowly over time and live with the chaos for a while. But we get to walk/bike to school, Frick Park, our friend’s houses and to restaurants and bars so we think it’s worth it. 🙂

New Listing in Shadyside!

We just posted a new house for sale in Shadyside and it is amazing. It has over 4,500 square feet and 6 bedrooms. It’s on the North Oakland side of Shadyside and is walkable to so many places. It’s on a fairly quiet, one way street but still convenient to Pitt, CMU, Shadyside business districts and pretty much everything in the East End. Here’s a map for you:

It has 3 full stories of living space and a long driveway for lots of off street parking. There used to be a garage at the end of the driveway but had to be torn down because it was in bad shape. A new garage could definitely be built.

The back yard is large, flat and fenced. It needs a fair amount of work but it could be amazing. I would guess if it’s renovated nicely, it could be worth $800-900,000. It’s currently listed for $500,000 and probably needs $200,000 of work. (These are all my estimates).

We have 9 showings scheduled over the next few days so there is definitely interest. Honestly, I wanted to buy it for our family and then Aaron reminded me that that’s insane and we just moved 6 months ago. Ha. It’s a bit big for our family. And…you need quite a bit of cash to do the work.

If you are interested in seeing it, please let me know! There are more pictures in the listing. My contact info is here. It is absolutely amazing and I think someone is going to buy it and make it even more amazing very soon.