This is the house I lived in for 6 years while I was in Virginia (just outside of Washington DC). Set in a great neighborhood with beautiful tree-lined streets and large lots. My house was on an older lot, so it was heavily treed. The fact that there are no neighbors directly behind the house added to the feel of being in the woods.
This was the pool table room. It was the room you saw first when you walked in the house. TV on the wall, a Coke machine normally stocked with beer (but of course empty in the photo), and a pool table.
There was a good sized deck in the back, which was great for throwing BBQs on Sunday or just chilling out on during pool parties. My brother put up rope lighting which illuminated the deck perfectly. I ran speaker wire underground so we could play music on speakers by the pool.
The kitchen was a retro 70's green/yellow combo when we moved in which was actaully cool in a retro sort of way, but didn't match the rest of the house so my roommates and I updated it, despite the fact we were renting it at the time. We installed a new stove and dishwasher and installed a vent over the cooktop, but had nothing to put over the top of it, so I bought a $20 bookcase and cut off the bottom and mounted that over the top. We installed new countertops and sanded and painted the cabinets and added new hardware. Then a nice new layer of vinyl flooring and some new decorations to complete it. We had no idea how much longer we'd live there, so it was all done on the cheap. My roomate painted the fridge black and it really looked bad. He used gloss paint, but it didn't come out glossy. We called it the death fridge for a while. A couple years later I just bought a new fridge rather than trying to strip that one. The empty
liquor bottles were a permanent fixture all the years I lived there.
The downstairs family room had a brick fireplace that extended the length of the room.
There were speaker wires that ran from here to the pool table room. In fact, the whole
house was wired for sound and CAT-5 computer connections. I think I ran the wires more for
the love of running them than for their usefulness.
Photos of 3 of the 6 bedrooms, but I never took photos of the master bedroom.
Storage and workshop in the basement.
There were 3 full bathrooms in the house. The master bedroom had its own full bath. The other 2 are shown below. The green
one we remodeled and the beige one I re-constructed over the course of 2
years!! Yes, 2 years. I never intended for it to take so long. There was paneling which I wanted to replace with drywall. But when I took off the paneling, I noticed a leak from above had damaged some of the framing. So I needed to take that out as well. So as long as the framing was coming out, it looked like a good opportunity to make a custom shower rather than use a pre-fab one. And as long as I'm reframing, its always bothered me that the doorway is in front of the sink, so why not move the door over. In the end, it was a full gut and reconstruction. And at the time I had a pretty busy life, so it just got worked on little by little over 2 years. I learned how to cut and lay tiles, sweat copper pipe, do framing, drywalling and mud - everything. In this little space. And it turned out great when it was finished - a month before I sold the house.