I’ve written before about why I love our small house, but did you know that our house is old, too? In fact, our house, a Craftsman style bungalow that was built in 1927, is 85 years old… and I absolutely love it. Our house has character, spunk, and looks pretty cool… Just like The Goose.
Our house is compact, without an inch of wasted space. It was built during a time when the majority of family time was spent together, in common areas of the home. Because of this, our bedrooms are relatively small, but our living and dining rooms are larger. While it would be nice to have a bedroom that was large enough to accommodate another piece of furniture, it certainly isn’t a necessity. After all, not much time is spent in our bedrooms anyway. And, when we are in our bedrooms we are usually sleeping.
We have the original hardwood floors throughout the entire house – even in the kitchen and bathroom. While I truly love the look of the hardwood, and find them relatively easy to keep clean, I do have one complaint – the floors are squeaky. Really squeaky. And there are certain areas that are squeakier than others – especially in the middle of the night when everyone else is asleep. It makes sneaking out to the kitchen for my midnight snack that much harder…
Speaking of squeakiness, our house also has all of the original doors from when it was built (except for the entry doors, which have been recently replaced). And old doors are wonky. They stick, so we have to pull extra hard to open them. They squeak and creak, so nobody can sneak up on you if you are behind a closed door. And, no matter what we do, they never shut well. In fact, our bathroom door hasn’t been shutting at all recently. Which definitely makes life interesting…
Our home has picture frame molding around the top of the walls, rather than the standard molding you find in modern homes. The difference between picture frame molding and standard molding, is that picture frame molding has a notch as the top for picture hanging hooks. We use these hooks, which are available at most hardware stores, to hang pictures using picture hanging wire. And this means that we can move our paintings and pictures around as we please, without worrying about putting a lot of holes in our plaster walls. which is good for people like me, who can never quite decide on the perfect spot to hang anything.
Speaking of molding, our home also has gorgeous, six-inch, dark wood molding around the entire floor. And our windows and doors have traditional craftsman style casing molding, that makes even the smallest windows in our home appear larger and more elegant.
The thing I love most about our old house is the arched doorways between the living room and dining room, and from the living room to our hallway. They are really beautiful, and they are the first thing you see when you walk in our front door. Truth be told, when we came to look at this house I didn’t think I was going to like it. It was small, the yard was small, and it just didn’t seem like what I wanted. But as soon as I walked through the front door I was blown away. I knew right then that I had to have this house, and I’ve never regretted it. It may be small, it may be creaky, but I love it, and there’s no place else I’d rather live than right here.