So when we arrived to Mission Lakes (The country club area where our house is in Desert Hot Springs, CA), we were literally coming home for the very first time! My cousin had to hide the key under a rock in the backyard!
After only seeing photos on the internet, we were pretty excited to see what we were dealing with. I liked the exterior view a lot. And we knew that the house needed renovations and we had planned for that. But admittedly, after a very long journey and overall exhaustion from the move, walking into an empty house that does indeed need a lot of work was pretty overwhelming!
|What you see when you walk in the front door. |
High ceilings, fireplace,
doors to the patio, all plusses!
|Looking towards the kitchen from near the front door.|
The first walk through was kind of crazy...it's old...and ugly! The kitchen, which we knew would be a total re-do, was a little worse than we thought.
|The kitchen has great potential...after we rip everything out!|
|Kitchen: Old Cabinetry, bad counter tops and backsplash|
|Facing the kitchen from the great room. |
We'll be opening all of that up.
|Facing the front door from the main living space.|
The bathrooms are functional but terribly ugly with old style brass fittings and paint color that makes you want to puke. It'll all come out and we'll have a great time putting in what we love!
|You can't really appreciate the pukey color of this paint.|
|Dated, brassy, bad color scheme|
|Archway from kitchen to dining area. It's going to disappear.|
So today our friend Adrian is coming over to start pulling out the kitchen. We've semi-moved into the extra bedroom and the garage. We are using our lawn furniture as living room furniture and of course, true to form in 2015, we have TV, landlines, and internet hooked up!
It'll be an exciting journey from fixer-upper to fixed up! Follow it all here on Back Across the Pond!