Inspired by Navigating The Mothership’s Tour of Homes Round-Up, here’s some pics of our strange little house. We bought this house three years ago because we wanted to take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit, it was in our ideal location (Northeast Minneapolis), and our mortgage payments would be less than rent. We paid $114,000, cheap for the neighborhood, but also probably one of the few houses with no basement and no garage.
We do have a shed in the back though, and an attic accessible through a ladder in the closet, and a cellar accessible through a door in the kitchen floor. Other than that, we have 800 square ft., built in 1914, two bedrooms, one bath, living room, “middle room”, and kitchen with breakfast nook.
View from the street:
The house is set unusually way back from the street, so we only have the front yard, no back yard. The driveway is to the right (you can see Nathan’s out of order 1982 Kawasaki peeking out there) and to the left the front porch extends around the side where we hold our summer social gatherings:
View from the front door immediately into our living room/playroom (that’s a little play kitchen on the left hand wall). A proper entry way or screened in porch is on my wish list for our next house…
Continuing straight through to the “middle room”, which I’m sure could be turned into a much more useful space but for now just holds the piano, our wine rack, and place to store the stroller:
Our bedroom is off to the left of the middle room, you can see the pocket door in the pic above. The door leads to a tiny closet and I also have a clothes rack on one side of the bed – that’s my sports bra in the foreground hanging off it:
Weird panorama thing Nathan took of the middle room:
So continuing through the middle room there’s a sort of hallway that leads through to the kitchen nook in the back and opens to the kitchen over the countertop on the left. The open door on the back left is to Jane’s room and the fridge is blocking the view to the bathroom door in between:
Close up of the nook, a.k.a. dumping grounds for everything:
View of kitchen from the other side:
Little bathroom: (Btw, I don’t understand these people on House Hunters who insist their marriages would fall apart without double sinks. I can recall like, two times when Nathan was in the bathroom and I wanted to be, we have never had a problem just…. taking turns.)
Actually looks smaller in the pic than it is, but she’s sleeping now so I can’t exactly go in and retake it. There are some lovely built in drawers on the other side of the crib and a bigger closet. Off to the right is a door to the laundry room, just big enough for washer/dryer and a sink.
And that’s it!
We’ve been extremely happy with our little house, but are currently on the lookout for another house, more for financial reasons than anything. We hope to score a short-sale in this same neighborhood, lowering our monthly mortgage payment while at the same time renting this house out for a few hundred more than our current payments. It’s a huge step though so just in the exploratory stage right now.
One last pic, and one of my favorite features of the house. Jane kissing Daddy goodbye through the kitchen door, which leads right to the driveway. Most houses in the city you have to park near your garage in the alley and walk all the way through the backyard to your house. I never appreciated this so much before I had a kid, I hate to imagine carrying her and groceries all the way through a snowy backyard.