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House Hunting: Renovated and Ready

March 18, 2010

Things are looking up on the hunt for the next Borrowed Abode.   I responded to a Craigslist Ad with my letter to a prospective landlord, and received an awesome pet-friendly response.  This house (a 1950’s  post-war ranch, I’m guessing) has just been completely renovated – and gorgeously.  Forget Tuesday’s house.  I think this baby could be the one.

I’ve gotten the landlord’s permission to share a peek with you.

I am loving the large windows that shed lots of natural light into the living room.  I was hoping for hardwood floors, but the new carpet should help keep the heating costs down in the winter.  And the recessed lighting is a huge plus.

This kitchen had me at hello.  I’ve dreamed of cooking in a kitchen like this.  Granite counters, gorgeous (maple?) cabinets, natural light, flat-top stove, stainless appliances.  Love.

This is the dining area.  Not ideal, because it’s also the walkway between the living room and kitchen.  However, I could totally make it work – and the recessed lighting is, again, a nice touch.

The master bath is so gorgeous that I’d almost be scared to use it.

Woohoo!  No need for a shower curtain!

He did a gorgeous job on this basement, turning it into an uber-functional rec room, with attached guest room, full bath, and laundry room.

There’s also a back yard, of course, and a patio.  This is what I’m talking about.  This is the kind of home I’d like to call my own, even as a borrower.  A home that doesn’t feel like we’re just a bunch of college kids renting a place for a year.

We’re going to see the home tonight after work.  My only concern is that it’s been remodeled so beautifully, will I be bored for lack of projects?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Amber permalink
    March 18, 2010 2:17 PM

    Jane, that house sounds awesome. And no, you won’t be bored. It’s a completely fresh palate that you can accentuate the positives & downplay the negatives.

  2. March 18, 2010 3:17 PM

    Here’s the awesome thing about move in ready: you’ll be able to do projects that will move with you in the future! (furniture, etc.) Which is really quite a lot of fun.

  3. March 18, 2010 3:18 PM

    Look at the size of those windows! You’d have so much fun with that place. It’s a totally blank slate and it needs some color and life. Just think of the fun you’ll have with fabric in that place!

  4. March 19, 2010 10:56 AM

    So, did you get it? :)

    • Borrowed Abode permalink*
      March 19, 2010 12:06 PM

      You’ll have to wait and see! :)

  5. Kiam Mimez permalink
    March 21, 2010 12:22 PM

    So I’m looking at the pictures of your potentially new home, and the post about you giving away the kittehs, and in the interests of full disclosure, I think you should change the name of your blog to:

    “The Borrowed Abode”
    Mid-Sized. Still Temporary. Less Pet-Friendly. Fabulous (tbd).

  6. March 22, 2010 8:15 PM

    I’m bummed you would be leaving all your clever house fixes behind! But the lure of a blank canvas is enticing. But in an economy like this, why rent? Is it time for you to buy?


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