Friday, May 01, 2009

More House Pictures

Hola. A few folks have been asking for more pictures of the casa. So, voila! I aim to please. Actually, these are pictures from the realtor's website since we still have so many unopened boxes, piles of unassembled furniture and Costco packages that the house isn't nearly ready for its photographic debut. My apologies.
A quick note: Casa=House. For some reason, I can't help but call a house a casa. You can blame this directly on my three housemates from junior year of college who had just spent a semester in Sevilla, Spain. Things quickly morphed from normal, english nouns and adjectives to their spanish (with funny sounding accents from Spain) translations. Hence the term casa. Thank you Pete, Linds, and Nate. We'll think up a proper name for the house eventually but for now we call it the casa or The Brick House. Not very original, eh? Regardless, now that we've got that cleared up, let's move on to the pictures.
First up: The front of the house. The house is a fair ways off the street on a gentle hill. Frankly, the hill didn't seem so gentle at 7 AM this morning when I was hauling the garbage and recycle cans down to the street. At one point the garage can decided that I was moving too slowly and made a wild break down the slope, throwing bags of detritus in its wake. I was not amused. Anyway, this is the front of the house. The garage is on the right, the deck on top. Our living room is on the right hand side (looking over the porch). The dining room is on the left. Bedrooms are on the upper floor. The living room. We're thrilled about the lovely ceilings and big windows. Not so much about the nice puce-colored tiles around the fire place. The lovely kitchen. It's heavenly. Our Santa Ana house had a teeny tiny kitchen with an ancient dishwasher (the kind you manually hook to the sink) and a dearth of counter space. This one is giant. True, it could use a little updating but I'm not complaining. What era would you say it is? 1960s? 1970s?
This is one of the aspects of the house of which we're most appreciative: the view (minus the telephone pole). Here is a shot looking east at the lovely Lake Washington. On a clear day, the Cascade Mountains can be spied in the background. The backyard. Take a detailed look at the lovely patch of ivy on the left hand side of the photo. It will soon be transformed into a fantastic chicken coop and garden shed. According to the previous owners, this was the site of a former greenhouse. Katherine and I spent a long time battling the ivy and it now looks completely different. More on that in a few days. I'd also like to stick a vegetable garden in here; hopefully we'll have enough light. Eh. This is a bathroom. Not very interesting except this happens to be our only functioning toilet at the moment (unless one wants to brave the exposed potty in the basement) since the upstairs one is current decommissioned.
This is why I'm not posting many current pictures. This was our dining room a couple days ago. Not very visually pleasing, eh? We're slowing working on it, I promise.


  1. First off...thanks for the pictures!!! Love them. Second...I like the pictures of an empty house. It gives me a better feel for what you do to the place.

    Your living room looks huge! What are the dimensions on that? I also am enjoying your humungous porch. I wish we had something like that...although with all of the mosquitoes here we'd never use it. Which I guess is why Brian I still haven't extended the patio like we always talk about. Although...I wouldn't mind doing it to house Gabriel's future outdoor toys since our garage is actually being used as a garage. Novel idea, huh? :)

    Keep the pictures coming as you make progress. Oh, and the kitchen I'm guessing the 70's. :)

  2. how many normal bedrooms is it? your ceilings look a lot like ours. can't wait to see what you guys do with the place.

  3. Anonymous7:58 PM

    Calling it the "Three Little Pigs"
    house might make it seem like a reference to the inhabitants,instead of the type of house.So I will refrain. UB

  4. Thanks for the comments, guys. First off, the living room is large: probably about 20'x20', the biggest room in the house. I'm still trying to decide what to do with furniture arrangements since having the couches on either ends of the room makes yelling (instead of talking) necessary. Fortunately, I have a huge stack of boxes in the middle of the room right now so I have a few other tasks before me, prior to doing final arrangements. The deck has been awesome. I can't wait until we get a BBQ and some outdoor furniture; hopefully we'll have a nice warm summer in which to enjoy it.

    As for bedrooms...that's a hard one. I think perhaps I explained earlier that this is the house that had lots of children? Yes? Anyway, I belive that there were seven children and a mother that lived here for 60 years prior to our purchasing the home. So...there are lots of little bedrooms. Currently, there are four bedrooms and one badroom on the top floor. At some point we may decide to combine two of the bedrooms and add a small bathroom/closet to make a master suite. There is technically one bedroom on the main floor that we're using as an office and two (very, very dark) bedrooms downstairs in the basement that we're currently using as a tv room and a workout room. Well, we will once we get the tv set up. We have an excess of bedrooms, obviously. BUT, I should point out that each one is about the size of a bed, maybe a little bit bigger. And we can't fit our queen boxpring up the stairs. So, clearly, the bedroom situation isn't quite as ducky as it seems. :)

    Thank you, Uncle Bill, but I think that the reference to the three little pigs wouldn't not be gratefully received by this particular occupant! By the way, how'd the cake turn out?

  5. you don't have to put your couches on either wall, you can creat a smaller space by where you place them in the room. This is why it is good to have a smaller house less furniture to buy and arrange!

    I couldn't remember how many crazy bedrooms you guys had with this house. Sorry they are so small. I know your pain of not being able to get the bed upstairs. That is how we ended up with a sleep numbers bed. They can be broken down into smaller pieces which make it easier to take up and down the stairs. At least you are only supposed to sleep in a bedroom so maybe small bedrooms aren't so bad...