Monday, August 15, 2011

Our new house actually a duplex!

When Ben and I got married, I told him I didn't want to be a permanent resident of Utah (no offense to you Utah residents...but I'm an Idaho girl at heart). When Ben and I got married, Ben had a great job in Orem. Ben still has a great job in Orem, a job that he loves, and in this economy, that is really hard to come by. I told him I didn't want to buy a house in Utah, because then we really would be "Utahns." But it doesn't make sense to live somewhere for 5(? I'm hoping not more) years, paying rent, when you could be building equity in a home. Or even starting an investment.

So Ben convinced me, and now we are Utah residents. After we move away, we will rent it out, and maybe someday we will actually make some money off of it (although that is in the very distant future for now). It's crazy to think that our first home may some day be Cheyenne's apartment as a student.

Without further ado, our new home/duplex.

Our house was built in 1934. It's an old house, and has a lot of character. I will finally get to live my dream of living in the past. Lots of times I like to imagine a young Grandpa Flake building and living in this house (he built houses for a living). 

When you walk in that red, 1970's door (we are planning on eventually putting in a 1930's-esque door when we get the chance), you see a big room with a nice fireplace and built-in shelves. The glass is wavy, and original to the house. So is the scratched, beautiful hardwood floor.

On your right is the other half of the room, with some furniture left over by previous tenants, that for now we will offer to our renters. The upstairs is too big for our little family, so we live in the basement for now.

Through the quaint arched doorway you walk into the kitchen, where, I believe, you see the original cabinets. Through the doorway you see my very first washer and dryer, probably my favorite part of the house right now!!

The kitchen has two original windows over the sink, and quaint scalloping on the cabinets.

As an afterthought someone stuck the fridge and refrigerator in this corner. We hope to someday redo this kitchen.

Down the hallway you see the first bedroom. Nothing really interesting except for maybe the pale green someone painted it, and the fact that you could see into the neighbor's house if you wanted to.

If you walk through the closet (yes I said walk through, not walk-in), you can actually get to the second bedroom. Here you can see one of the original glass doorknobs complete with keyhole.

 The last bedroom is the master, although not much bigger than the other two, and was added after the house was built.

And last on our tour today is the bathroom. Not much to see, since they've probably done a lot of remodeling since 1930. One cool feature, though, is the rounded bathroom cabinet that was probably hand-crafted, and that people don't even make anymore.

That's all for now, folks! Tune in next time for a tour of the downstairs (and maybe even a personal video tour).