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A Waterfront Saltbox House For Sale

Our late, great mom used to hop up + do household chores

during the commercials on Wheel of Fortune.

Talk about multi-tasking!

Anyway, here she is, with our dad,

sitting on the deck of the riverfront farmhouse

that we built in or around the year 2000.

doris and bob on kay's deck

So.  I honor her multi-tasking legacy by looking at houses on the bozoputer

while watching Cardinals baseball games on TV!

clydesdales at ballpark

Sadly, all the local houses on realtor.com were a tad boring,

so I looked in Wilmington, IL, (where our riverfront house was located.)

You might not think I would dig this house (below), but I do.

I’ve always loved a house with the chimney in front.

Is that weird?

chimney house exterior

The asking price’s been lowered to $149,900.

That garage door needs to be more plain Jane

+ painted a color instead of white,

+ you just know Joanna Gaines would remove the 80’s arch window topper.

How about adding a more “now” transom, instead?

Omigosh, the pastels in that room!

Pass me the white paint + get out of my way!

But back to the porch.

I also want those posts to be fatter — + maybe in pairs on either side, like here.

porch posts 2

Yes, of course I’d also love a standing seam metal roof, too!

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Now let’s discuss the interior, starting with this 2-story living room:

chimney house living room with fireplace

Okay.  I really like that stone, + the hardwood floor is good, too.

I super love the vaulted ceiling.

Can we put some wood planks up there + say goodbye to the track lighting?

 We really need to beef up the mantel + add tons of woodwork, too.

chimney house living room with fireplace

Most importantly, though — that bad (more 80’s!) deck stair railing must go!

I think I’m in the mood for something in wood + iron, instead.

Check out the wainscoting surrounding this beautiful staircase!

stairs with iron

Back to my house.  Here’s a view from the second story.

chimney house living room from above

Now let’s look at a house with a similar 2-story living room.

I’m loving the wood + iron stair railing combination again,

+ speaking of Joanna Gaines — look at that shiplap!

staircase of black with shiplap

The kitchen looks about like what you’d expect.

I don’t hate the cabinets, + there are plenty of them.

chimney house kitchen stove

Let’s say goodbye to the soffit, though, + move the refrigerator elsewhere.

Maybe here?

chimney house kitchen cabs

As far as the stove is concerned,

I want to make it more of a design focal point.

Exhibit A:

wall of stove statement

Man oh Manichewitz, do I love that custom range hood!

Also, I’m saying yes to the glass uppers flanking the hood,

+ I will never grow tired of subway tile back splashes

(although I think I said that once about early Americana*

+ eagle decor*, back in the 70’s!  HA!)

*Go ask your grandmother.

The bathrooms are, again, what I would expect.

chimney house bathroom

What the heck — let’s just go straight to some Fixer Upper bathrooms for ideas.

Since the vanity cabinet is perfectly fine, let’s slap a coat of gray paint on it

+ add a pretty gray + white marble vanity top, too.

bathroom of fixer upper gray

Don’t forget the crown molding!!!

Since I couldn’t possibly have a fiberglass shower surround in my dream world,

let’s choose white subway tiles — again.

bathroom of fixer upper shower

Ix-nay on the frilly shower curtain, but I never have been much of a girlie girl.

Out back, we have a nice, spacious deck, + look at all the trees!

chimney house deck

  Just say no to mold in a real estate photo, though!

Somebody needs some Clorox + a scrubby brush!

Anyway, surprise!

It looks as though there’s a pretty wonderful balcony upstairs!

chimney house deck with balconey

Let’s give the 80’s deck rails the heave-ho, shall we?

And look!

My new house is located right next to a body of water!

chimney house river

From the looks of that H20,

I think I’m going to need to stock up on the citronella candles,

but it is waterfront, which is usually a plus.

I did some research re: which waterfront we’re discussing,

+ I think that my house is located in a community called Shadow Lakes.

The “lakes” are actually former strip mines, believe it or not.

shadow lakes logo

In southern Illinois, there are still operational, underground coal mines,

but up north, they opted to just go in from the surface + dig out the coal.

Interesting.

Here’s one more photo of my house.

That roof line makes it look a little like a modern salt box house.

+ I’ve always liked fences like that, too!

chimney house yard

 

 

 

 

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2 Houses, No Waiting

It’s time, once again, for us to head to my happy place– realtor.com.

Today I want to buy this house — or I should say housES?

This is the very rare listing for not 1 but 2 houses, both only $199,900!

Do the math!   What’s that, per house?

Whatever it is — let’s start here — The Brick Possible Story + A Half:

redbird-blog-brick-house-2

I’m smitten with that inset porch + the brick piers flanking the steps.

Those evergreens, however, have long outlived their usefulness,

+ let’s get real — awnings like that were never a good idea.

Check out the small-ish upstairs window, though:

redbird-blog-jackson-st-brick-house

One has to ask, Is there an upstairs?

I’m saying a little prayer that there is!  Here’s why:

attice-bedroom-wood-wall

Did you recognize those light fixtures from our living room?

+ + + + +

Next up, house #2 — The Small, 2-Porch, White Farmhouse:

redbird-blog-jackson-st-house-expterior

How adorable is that front porch?

Very.

But wait.  There’s more!

Porch #2:

redbird-blog-jackson-st-house-side-porch

I have to admit, I’ve always had a thing for the side porch.

Meanwhile, our G.O. has a thing for a spacious garage, like this one:

redbird-blog-jackson-st-garage

Please.  Look at that eagle.

In the dark ages, when I bought my very first house, eagles were a major thing.

Yes, I had one on the exterior + only about a 1,00 of them inside.

HA!  Embarrassing!

redbird-blog-jackson-st-garage

 But I digress.

What’s that charming outbuilding that I’m spying, out back?

How quickly can I turn it into the potting shed of my dreams?

Or chicken coop, if we were so inclined.  I don’t think we are.

+ + + + +

Now it’s time to have a look-see inside,

but disclaimer:  it’s not clear in which house these photos belong:

redbird-blog-jackson-st-house-woodwork

No, I think it’s the brick house, because the windows are the same.

Well, brick or no, they had me at all that natural woodwork,

+ the columns + built-in cabs., too?

Yes, please!

Looks like those cabs have leaded glass doors on both sides,

which I don’t think I’ve seen before.

Speaking of awesome built-ins, let’s head to the kitchen:

redbird-blog-jackson-st-house-kitchen-original-cabs

People.  What’s this I’m seeing that looks like an original butler’s pantry?

WOW — I would totally buy a house for just that one feature!

Sadly, it’s time for those replacement cabinets to be replaced, themselves:

redbird-blog-jackson-st-house-kitchen-2

It wouldn’t be any fun if I wasn’t able to design my own kitchen, would it?

redbird-blog-jackson-st-house-kitchen

I’m practically salivating!  HA!

Time for one last room, the bath:

redbird-blog-bathroom

One’s first impulse might be to yank out that original sink,

but just say NO!

I would totally design the rest of the room around it!

Something along these lines:

tile-vintage-green-and-black-houzz

tile-vintage-black-and-white-bathroom

Yum!

While my creative juices are flowing,

methinks we’ll do a little drive-by of these 2 houses, later today.

Somebody grab the camera — stay tuned!


3 HOUSES 4 SALE

What’s more fun than looking at houses on realtor.com?

Nothing.

I’ve been looking this a.m. + now wish to share 3 houses I like.

Every single show on HGTV features 3 houses per episode, after all,

+ if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for my blog!

Let’s get started!

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HOUSE NUMBER 1

THE WOODSY ENGLISH CHARMER

2 bd, 2 ba — $163.500

This house has kind of an odd, designed-by-owner exterior,

which usually results in my shaming of the homeowners during the drive-by.

 Funny thing, though.  I like this!house-woodsy-front

That overhang at the front door is appealing,

+ I will soon replace the shingles with standing seam metal roofing.

Now, then.  Look at the charming walk way on the wooded, 1 acre property!

house-woodsy-deck-walk-way

Inside there is kind of a Hansel + Gretel vibe that I’m loving:

house-woodsy-fireplace

That room had me at exposed stone or brick + a fireplace.

Look at that sweet stool!  Where is Miss Muffet?!?

 (Calm down.  It probably doesn’t come with the house, but still.)

The kitchen doesn’t have a ton of cabinets, but it’s all so very charming.

house-woodsy-kitchen-with-pie-safe

And please.  Built-in bookcases with window seats?

Yes!  I would buy a house for those!

house-woodsy-library-bookcases

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HOUSE NUMBER 2

PLAIN JANE BUNGALOW

3 bd 1+ ba — $178.500

I am head-over-heels in love with that sunny, south-facing front porch,

but am not feeling the love for the bad siding.

house-bungalow-front

Bad siding just means I get to choose something more fun + appropriate.

Important disclaimer:

I would buy this or any other house that has this sort of eat-in nook:

house-bungalow-with-kitchen-nook

Those original kitchen cabs would stay + get a new paint job.

Notice, please, that the stacked uppers are very appealing + very now.

The scalloped trim at the window would have to go, though.

house-bungalow-kitchen-with-stacked-uppers

 I actually like the vintage-style, linoleum back splash

+ counter with the metal edge.

I would keep the design but do it in red or gray, instead.

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HOUSE NUMBER 3

NEGLECTED CAPE COD

$219.00

This house is on the street that runs parallel to the river flowing past our town,

so I am guessing that the views from inside are pretty spectacular.

house-cape-cod-on-ill-st

Meanwhile, I really love the following exterior features:

those dormers, that cute front bump-out, + the bay window on the side!

I’m strangely on the fence about this pair of cupboards in the dining room, though:

house-cape-cod-on-ill-st-double-dining-cupboards

But what am I saying?

 They are obviously original to the house + are oozing with charm.

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  • This concludes my first real estate blog post.

Thanks for viewing!

If you want a link to any of the houses, let me know.




Houses To Save

Today I am multi-tasking by watching House Hunters on TV

while make-believe house hunting on realtor.com

Fun for me!

Let’s see what’s for sale in our town.

First up, here’s a house that we actually toured a few years ago.

redbird blog -- cape cod with large round window top

Hey, the 80’s called — they want their arch-topped window back!

I could see us living here,  because it reminds me of  a Cape Cod,

one of my favorite house styles.

See for yourself:

cape cod exterior

Hooked On Houses blog

cape cod bob vila exterior

Bob Vila online

redbird blog -- cape cod with large round window top

Okay, okay — so this is a bad 80’s Cape Cod.

How much fun would it be to bring an unloved house into this century?

But first, it needs to be asked:

WHAT WOULD CHIP + JOANNA DO?

chip and joanna

What a coincidence that one of their most recent projects

involved an 80’s house with arch-topped windows galore!

fixer upper white brick house before

Bye, bye windows!  Hello, 21st Century!

I was really floored at this major change.

No doubt I would have just tried to settle

+ make do with the existing windows.

(That never ends well, by the way.)

But wait, there’s more.

Here are a couple other houses in our town that I want to re-do.

This one’s a foreclosure:

redbird blog -- 2 story house on benton exterior

Please!  That bay alone makes me want this house!

I can’t imagine the prettiness that’s underneath all that naughty siding!

Speaking of naughty siding, imagine this house without it:

Iredbird blog-- 2 story house with eat in kitchen

And without its inappropriate casement windows + plastic shutters.

I’d buy it just for this charming breakfast nook:

redbird blog -- 2 story house with eat in kitchen

Adorable!

Oh, + I’ve always liked arches in old bathrooms, too:

red bird blog -- 2 story house w eat in kitchen bath

That arch is definitely a keeper, but those tiles would have to go.

In their place, let’s imagine something like this:

bathroom for blog

bathroom for the blog two

Thanks for house shopping with me!

Oh, the houses we’d save, if only we had all the money in the world!

 

 

 


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