Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A little history on our House...



{The ORIGINAL PLANS}

T
he house that we bought was built in 1948 owned by the same family since then.  The son of the original owners had just passed away, and they had to sell the home to settle the estate.   It was in total disrepair, the kitchen hadn't been touched since it was built, the walls had maybe been painted 2 times...(they surely were not into design.)  But the positive side of this disrepair, is that it hadn't been touched, which means less design mistakes over 60 years, and less paint we had to scrape!!!  The windows still opened and were not painted shut, which is hard to find in a home this old.(a story for another day)

 We had been looking in this historic neighborhood called Wales Garden for a LONG time.  We wanted a home that we could renovate (something most people wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole, but that I had wanted to do FOREVER!)  This house came up and we looked at it, but as the story is so often...they were asking WAY too much, so we sat and waited, and waited.  Put our house up for sale, it sold in 1 DAY!!!! around the same time they dropped the price, we made an offer, the rest is history.  SERENDIPITY. The day we closed we the owners gave us the original blueprints. (and told us they did  indeed have all of the doorknobs...another story)  The feel of old, hand written blueprints is so cool, being a connoisseur of all things vintage, it was meant to be.




4 comments:

mom said...

I love these old blueprints -- How cool are they!
Can't wait to see what you do with the dining room.
Hurry,hurry...

Michelle said...

I love the blueprints! I wish I had them for my house! Will you be using them to decorate? (I hope so!)

Gretchen said...

Thanks, I LOVE them too! But of course I will use them to decorate:)They are currently rolled up, but will be framed soon. I am not quite sure where they will go...YET:)

Sidney Wagner said...

Those blueprints are AMAZING! Please post pics once you frame them....oh, what fun!!!