June 1, 2010

House Plans

As you may or may not know, I am in the process of buying a house… and have been for the past six months. I found the perfect little circa 1900 rowhouse that was renovated in 2007 and put an offer in on it in December. It is a short sale, which means the original owner was short on money and didn’t want to foreclose.

It’s taken the bank months and months to accept the offer, and while they did in theory, we still haven’t gotten an official letter. Time is running out and so is my patience with the seller’s agent, but that’s a whole different story!

I finally got in to see the house last week and to take lots of measurements, although I’d like to have taken more! While I have a house full of furniture, and the new house is about 400 square feet larger than my current one and the layout is similar, it will be a challenge to fit everything in it.1104 pictures copy

Traditional Baltimore-style row houses are like New Orleans shotgun houses – you can shoot a bullet from the front door and it will exit out the back door. In the new house, the long wall is exposed brick. So that limits what I can hang on it. It also has windows, something unusual for an interior row house, so that limits where the furniture can go.

I’ve been fiddling around with some layouts so I can decide what furniture to keep and what to jettison. It’s been interesting to work on this. I think I will use the front room – above in red with the fireplace – as the living room. Since I don’t have formal dinners, and I rarely cook, I thought I would make the dining room into a library with a dining room table – I have a drop leaf table that works perfectly.layout scanThe first bedroom and the sitting room are loft-style and I will use one as my workroom/atelier. I need to figure out whether my beloved steel work-table will fit, both stylistically and size-wise.

I found a great room-arrangement program on the Bassett Furniture site, and have been cutting and placing things in it and then transferring them to a Photoshop document that I can fiddle with. layout for 1104 Some of the items, like the rugs, are just there for placement! 

To put everything into perspective, the house is 12 feet wide at its widest and nine feet wide at the back. It’s about 50 feet deep, and totals 1100 square feet. The house where I lived before I moved to Wales was 9.5 feet wide and 30 feet deep!

Any suggestions are more than welcome and all positive thoughts that the sale goes through before the end of June so I can collect my $8000 in tax savings are appreciated!


  1. This is a gem! Oh, I send all my positive energy!
    I just read the book 'Write it down, Make it happen' I can only recommend you start writing this wish for closure down every day! Just do it! Make your list!


  2. Looks wonderful.
    Crossing my fingers for you!
    Is this also in Pigtown?

  3. I was a Realtor for twenty nine years, so if you have any questions feel free to ask. A short sale is a time consuming, mind boggling mess. The Realtors don't get any answers from the bank, it is a what it is. Take care and congrats!

  4. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

  5. Very exciting - I understand how it feels to wait, and it isn't easy! Best of luck over the next month, when the final details are being worked out.

  6. Great house, Meg. The exposed brick is cool. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Fingers crossed that you have excellent luck over the next month with closing, etc.

  7. Fingers still firmly crossed here as well.

  8. It is so exciting and nerve-tingling to buy a home. It is looking great. The upstairs "atelier" is a huge plus. My thoughts are with all the paper-pushers.

  9. How exciting to hear you are buying! I hope the bank comes thru for you.

  10. So excited for you and your new home...and yay for the tax credit! I'm nuts for the patio/garden space! Of course the narrow dimensions of a rowhome are challenging, but you have a lucky layout--no stairwell on the wall, and that will allow you to float furniture. Can't wait to see all the charm and great style to come!

  11. Keeping our fingers (and Abbey her paws for Connor) crossed. Love the idea of the library/dining room. Can't wait to see to process! Good luck!

  12. Love the brick wall! Hope it closes soon and you can get settled.

    The Gilded Barn

  13. Wow! Nice topics, I am looking this type of topics. But I need more informations. I know a New Drafting CAD Site gives away over 100 House plans for free.

  14. How exciting Meg!! What a great house- love the brick walls. It has Great potental! Conner is going to love that backyard! Fingers crossed that everything proceeds quickly and smoothly!
    all the best,

  15. Cmon Bank of Whatever!!! Give Meg the house!!! From insistence to peaceful I'm sending you home karma.
    A woman needs her redesigning project afterall!!!!

  16. I'm homesick now, for my 12 foot wide hampden rowhouse. it had no fireplace, but an extra long kitchen and screen porch on the back compensated. what neighborhood? good luck with closure/move in


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