I come from a long line of home DIY’ers. Erm. Maybe not a long line, but I don’t remember a time that my dad wasn’t pulling down a wall, tinkering with things and generally causing chaos…
Unfortunately for the in-laws it’s a trait that each of us kids picked up. Every single one of us has at least one project in the works (and usually it’s two or three).
Recently, we were able to visit my brother’s latest project. A banged up and abused 1924 bungalow just off their historic Main Street, down the street from the city park and a large water park.
Originally they had planned to live in the house they just finished, but an opportunity to rent came up and so they moved into this place prior to any updating.
My sister-in-law is currently cooking in this retro-fab 1952 Frigidare oven with a pull-out drawer stove.
It’s so old, it’s sort of fabulous! I kind of love it.
Needless to say, the house has not been updated since the 1950’s when it was a hoppin’ Mad Men style pad. Hello crazy laminate…
Beyond the oven/stove combo, the counters, the well-built but old cabinetry, the kitchen has THE. MOST. UNIQUE. LAYOUT. EVER!!!!
The living room entertaining space is full of enormous windows and a gagillion built in shelves and cabinets like this one:
There’s even a trimmed out speaker recessed into the ceiling of the entertaining area.
Perhaps one of the home’s highlights though? The lighting.
Tell me these aren’t the most awesome light fixtures you have ever seen in your life?! And these are just a few of the home’s options…
I don’t know exactly how many acres the house sits on, but it comes complete with a vegetable garden, an awesome flower garden area and even outbuildings.
I only wish I would have take photos of the interior of this “summer kitchen.” Inside, there is a built in barbecue, a large fireplace and the very best? A teeny tiny fridge space and picnic tables and benches that pop out of the wood paneled walls like a bed! LOVE!!!
I wish that I would have had a camera with me instead of just my phone…I would love to show you all the quirky details and unique cabinets. To put it into perspective, let me share that the house actually has six exterior doors. They lead to porches, patios and gardens. Crazy.
So here’s the question. With a beauty like this do you fix it up in modern style, or would you play of it’s quirky features, fix up that oven/stove combo and roll with something retro fabulous?
I think I’d be charmed by the old and ready to polish it up and live in the 1950’s.
Oh, and since I don’t want you to miss my favorite photo of the whole trip…
It’s amazing how soft and sweet the boys can be around little babies…Sweet.
What are the odds that this odd DIY gene gets passed on…