As you know I love living in a small space. My last apartment was 450 sq ft, but it felt too large. I wasn’t using the space fully and it began to look like someone was either in the process of moving in or moving out. It just had that empty feel to it.
I considered buying a home, but the smallest I could find was 500 sq ft and nothing smaller than that is allowed to be built here. This one house I considered, I considered for many reasons. It was where I wanted to live, and it presented me with an opportunity to remake it in my vision. For years I have driven past this little cottage and wanted to redo the entire thing. As it happens, I moved just down the street from this house, and recently it sold. Can’t wait to meet who moves in.
Everyone by now knows I love to take ugly and find a way to make it shine. What do you think of this house?
This house is the only one in the entire town that has this look. It’s done in a vibrant teal, orange and purple. For me it’s too much. I think the house is adorable, but needs to have it’s features highlighted in a much more subdue manner.
I would have started with a new paint job maybe a creamy white or light grey, enlarged the windows for more passive solar and fixed the concrete step, addressed the door completely, added some landscaping along the front for curb appeal.
Then inside I would have knocked out the wall between the living room and kitchen as these are really small rooms. And on and on it goes. Knowing me the amount of money I would have had to sink into this house to see my vision of it come to life would have been so wasteful.
My dream was to live lightly, there was no way to live lightly with what I wanted to do to this house. I’m glad I passed up the chance to buy this. But it was hard to do with the view from the front door, check it out.
Do you like the look of a vibrantly painted cottage? What colors would you have chosen? I can’t wait to see what the new owners might do to this little gem.