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I Bought A House! Introducing The Tanglewood Project

Hey all and welcome to the blog! It’s been a long time coming but we’re finally here! As some of you may know, I intended to start this blog over a year ago when I first got the keys to this mid-century beauty, but life happens, plus I got a little shy about putting myself out there; nevertheless, here we are!

Fast forward to now and it feels like we’re still in the thick of this renovation (supply chain issues, contractors coming down with covid, etc.), but there’s a light at the end of this tunnel: we’re hoping to finish up in the next 3-4 months as the remaining furniture and last-minute changes are put into place,

which gives us just enough time to retroactively blog about the whole thing before moving onto the next! Lucky you!

So I'm going to start this blog like I should have way back when—with the house reveal! Take a look:

Ta-da! So here are the stats: about 1600 square feet, 3 beds, 2 baths on about 1/3 of an acre, mostly wooded, on the edge of the Chamblee/ Brookhaven border in Atlanta. I know, I know, it’s baby blue...and that slope...and the landscaping...we’ll circle back to those in a minute. But first, check out this patio:

It’s huge! Probably about half the size of the whole interior. And that bluestone: *chef’s kiss*. Can’t wait to furnish and style this! But okay, I know you’re dying for it, so let’s take a look at the inside.

Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Those ceilings, that color! They speak for themselves, so I will say no more. The kitchen and that big load-bearing wall though—I’m going to do a whole post about the kitchen/living planning, so stay tuned!

This must-have previously been a carport, judging by the size and finishes, and was since being used as a mudroom/office. Behind the far wall is an interior closet as well as an exterior closet containing the water heater. This will all actually become, believe it or not, the master bedroom suite. We’re combining the exterior and interior closets to create a bathroom and we’ll remove that weird built-in and build out the adjacent wall with cabinetry to create a 4th bedroom and 3rd bath. You’ll see.

So the house is split-level, with just 4 steps leading into the lower part of the house which holds the original 3 bedrooms and 2 baths:

The rooms are a little...compact, shall we say? But isn’t there something just so pleasing about the squareness of the rooms and the proportions of those windows? I also didn’t really mind the dark-stained solid oak floors here and in the living area, so I planned to save on renovation costs by just refinishing them and adding them in where the vinyl flooring was in the kitchen and mudroom. As for the bathrooms: we're gonna need a do-over.

So that’s pretty much it! What do you think? I’ll be sure to share my planning, mood boards, and thought processes in the coming posts, but for now, I’ll leave you with the remaining listing photos. 'Til next time!

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