Our New House (before) Tour

It’s here!  It’s finally here!!! Closing day—This past month has felt like an entire year! (insert stressed face emoji)  But, I’m so excited to finally share our new house with you!!!  Welcome to what I want to call the Hosta House.  If you’ve been following along for a while you know I have love for Hostas, and this house has an abundance of them being situated on a shady wooded (almost) 1.5 acre lot. (If you want to skip the photos, you can scroll to the bottom to watch the video walk through, and . . . while you’re at it, hit the like and subscribe button to keep up with what’s going on!)

Hosta House is a 3 bedroom 2 bath, 1,700 sq ft, 1945 Colonial that has been left unkept for the past two (or more) years, just waiting for us to give her some TLC.  This house is about 300 sq ft smaller than our Victorian but has room to finish and grow (ie.  the basement and attic).

Looking at these pics, I should probably call her the wisteria house, because wisteria vines have completely taken over the front of the house, trailing up the front porch over the portico and onto the side of the house where there’s a dated little screened in porch.

I have to say, I feel a little self conscious about sharing the house–I think you all may be a bit underwhelmed compared to the last house, but let’s talk about the things that sold us on this house.

A few of Hosta House’s selling points for us:

Location, location, location:  although it’s a bit far from where we used to live, we are closer to the beach, and we’re able to have more land, which means more privacy, which my hubs is thrilled about!  If you would have asked me three years ago if I wanted a house with land, I would have said Nope, but boy has that changed!

Besides location, land and privacy, the house is technically move in ready, minus some deep cleaning that’s needed and lots of yardwork.  It definitely needs some updating, but there is not A LOT of work that *needs* to be done right away anyway.  I’ll be sharing more on our preliminary plans soon.

The outbuildings are also a plus!  We have a large 2 car garage with an unfinished loft, a single garage, another garage (which is detached) and then a good sized garden shed.  These were definitely selling points for my hubs.

Hubs and Kyle cleaning the garage

We lucked out with this house because the seller lives out of state, which meant we were able to sneak over and get a head start on yard work and some light cleaning before the closing.

When you walk through this door (above), you enter the breezeway.  If you go straight through, you enter the backyard, to the right you enter the garage and to the left you enter the house.

Kyle sweeping the breezeway

Can I just tell you guys how much I’ve always wanted a dedicated mudroom.  Well now I have 3 potential mudrooms!  I could use the breezeway as one (as it would be used as our main entrance), this little room you enter after the breezeway . . .

or this room which is after the previous room, although I’m trying to convince my hubs to put the washer and dryer here (below).


Once you go through this little room (above), you enter the eat-in-kitchen:

The kitchen is very dingy, but I’d rather have a dingy kitchen than no kitchen at all.

First floor (full) bath with painted linoleum on the bottom half of the walls (you can see a little of it above the baseboard heater) it was a marble-y mint green sort of thing.

After the bathroom you enter into the dining room, which was probably the main living room at one point, but . . . there’s an addition,  which serves as a sort of tv/family room.

The main bedroom is about the same size as our last bedroom 12’x13′, but has a nice sized closet.

When you come out of that bedroom, to the right is the 2nd floor bathroom, which will need a decent amount of work.

At the top of the stairs, there’s a French door that leads to a little porch, that needs railings, but we think its a great little spot to rest and relax–something pretty rare on the second level around here.

View from the porch door

The second bedroom will be shared by our 11 and 5 year olds.  It has attic access via stairs which will eventually (possibly) be my daughter’s bedroom.

Our daughter will occupy the room below, until we are able to get started on the attic.

and here is the basement space we hope to finish as a potential studio for our oldest son.

We are soooooo excited to get started on this project!  I’ll be back soon to share an exterior tour, our ideas and plans so far, and lots of progress pics!  Be sure to stay tuned!





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  1. Jess
    September 30, 2020 / 8:18 pm

    This house and property is already so gorgeous—and I’m sure will be much more so!! And the photo of your son sweeping is just so sweet. I can’t wait to see what you do. I’m so excited to be virtually along for the ride.

  2. Tami from SD
    October 1, 2020 / 2:44 pm

    How exciting. There is just so much potential in that house, and doesn’t it feel wonderful to take something that dated and make it beautiful?!

  3. Carly
    October 27, 2020 / 9:26 am

    Such a great house! I can’t wait to see what you do with it! (Also, I’m totally with you on the importance of mud rooms!)

  4. Lottie
    February 26, 2021 / 3:15 pm

    Flipping the channel… just found you. Your new home is beautiful and warm… always wanted a breezeway. Our son, only 20, just purchased his 1st home. 1930 brick with functioning radiators.

    Will you keep the radiators?

    • madebycarli
      February 27, 2021 / 8:17 am

      Hi Lottie! Welcome! Thank you, the new house is coming along slowly but surely. The radiators are staying, we love them! 🙂

  5. Barb Kruse
    March 15, 2021 / 2:59 pm

    Your house is a real find. I loved your old home in Yankee magazine and know you will have a stunning remodel in the new one.

    • madebycarli
      March 18, 2021 / 5:52 pm

      Hi Barb, thank you so, so much! I miss that home so much, but we are enjoying the process of making this house a home as well 🙂

  6. Carol
    March 16, 2021 / 10:31 am

    I just finished the article about your Victorian in the March/April issue of Yankee and had to check out your website. I’m so excited to watch your transformation of the Hosta House! I know you’ll do an amazing work here.

    • madebycarli
      March 21, 2021 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you so much Carol for stopping by! I appreciate your sweet words! 🙂

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