OUR CARMEL FIXER-UPPER
I have been grubbing through boxes of old pre digital era photos to find our 1997 photos of “The Last Good Deal in Carmel”. Is this really what we fell in love with?
WERE WE OUT OF OUR MINDS?
A cracked concrete sidewalk led the way to the front steps which sagged off the porch foundation.
The house was completely visible from the street and I would not refer to the design “Carmel Cute”.
The side yard had a broken concrete patio and a small flower bed awkwardly edged with stones to keep the dirt from washing away.
But there was a garage ( we tried to overlook the yellow door). This was an almost unheard of waste of space in a town that has to make the most of every square foot.
The owner ,now deceased, had rented -out the house for years. One renter ran a small newspaper business from the garage. The children who inherited this ugly duckling had thrown some grass down over the bare earth, spray painted the entire inside (even the door hinges) with white paint and put it on the market. No doubt expecting someone to buy it for the land and tear the house down.
Whatever did this sorrowful little spot have going for it.
1. We could afford it!
2. We love projects!
3. It was similar to the homes both of us grew up in.
4. It had 2 bathrooms, hard to come by in water-stingy Carmel.
5. It was 3 blocks from Ocean Ave. and 5 blocks from the beach!!!
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Although it already had an offer pending, we put in a back up offer and in the end it was our very own “fixer-upper “project. We could hardly wait to get started.
Now come on in with me and I will show you the inside.
The tiny kitchen is bright and has a door that opens to the patio .
There is even room for a washer and dryer. Most of the homes we saw put them in the detached garage, which sometimes meant running in and out of the rain while doing the laundry.
The two bedrooms are of equal size but had nice closets and good light. We chose this one as an office for my husband.
At some point, the previous owner had plopped a second bath on the back of the house. As it opened directly into one of the bedrooms, it became the Master Bedroom and Bath!
I can not show you a shot of the other bath because there is no where I can stand back far enough to take a shot.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
We stared with paint
and elbow grease.
TO BE CONTINUED………
“Only a very exceptionally gifted mind could cope single with all the problems which present themselves in the perfecting of a home.”
~ Arnold Bennett