The before house tour continues with a look at the downstairs office. All disclaimers apply.
Walk in the front door and turn left and you’ll find yourself in our office. I’ve always wondered what room this was when the house was first built. According to city records it is considered a bedroom but I am sure it was originally a parlour of sorts. Based on the size of the opening (writing that made me giggle a little bit) and the hinge cutouts on the doorframe, at one point there were French doors here. I really want to go back to city archives and try to find the original plans.
What we now use as the office has two windows and an enormous plaster crack.
The window on the North wall overlooks the front yard. It’s a sunny place to have your desk. Note continuation from living room of beige on beige action, walls + ceiling. Blah! There’s one light fixture in the center of the ceiling. Not sure if it’s original. Open to comments, thoughts and suggestions on its origins.
The other window overlooks the courtyard and Jay and I would love for that to eventually be an indoor/outdoor fireplace. Our neighbors have one and it is amazing.
A fireplace is really the only major thing we feel is missing in this house.
Feel the need to explain something. I took the curtains down to be cleaned several weeks ago and, after conducting a poll here, decided I need to move the rods up above the windows before I put them back up. That requires a drill. Which requires a new battery. Which requires a trip to Home Depot I haven’t made yet. Hence the bare windows. In the meantime, the flood of natural light is wonderful although not particularly conducive to good picture taking.
To the right of the naked window there’s a weird closet and, as you will see happens a lot as I progress through the house, there is no door on it, just a curtain. An ugly one that was here when we got here and I don’t really know why I haven’t changed it before now. It looks like there had initially been a door but something happened to it man. There’s also funky little mismatched quarter round that just looks silly and wee butting up against the original baseboard.
South wall looks into dining room/kitchen. To the west is the living room.
With the exception of what would be considered major construction (add fireplace) and simple but tedious (strip and re-paint woodwork) the fixes in here should be fast and easy.