Private Stash: Blueprints

There must be a reason why I avoided looking at these for so long, but I finally spent some time in our bomb shelter and figured out which stack of blueprints belonged to our house. Unfortunately they have a lot of water damage on them so I was glad to take a few shots and move them to a slightly drier location.

Some things about our quirky house have been driving us crazy. For instance, the entryway into our living room has two doors. One pocket door and one open door. And there’s a formal dining room and a dining room? Weird, right?

Blueprint First FloorNo, not so weird after all. Apparently from this blueprint there used to be a pair of fabric covered doors that separated the living room from the family room. The “dining room” wasn’t a dining room at all. I’m fairly certain the pair of fabric doors are long gone so I’m not sure if we’ll be taking that portion of our house back to original standards.

Room Divider

Image from Apartment Therapy.

Who knows, maybe I’ll find an awesome sheer fabric and run it on a hospital track and it wouldn’t be too weird. A girl can dream, right?

Blueprints Family RoomHere’s another nice little touch. Apparently in the family room bookcase there was a pull-up typewriter shelf. So fancy. We’ll have to look in to recreating that as my cute little typewriter needs a home. Also, we know that all of our cabinets are made out of birch plywood. So if we ever want to replace the sin that is a honey oak kitchen we can choose the right materials.

Blueprints BathroomNow we can also see how our bathroom was originally planned out. There are two bathrooms separated by a shower stall with two glass door partitions. At some point the left glass door was removed and filled in with a wall. We’re planning on ripping that out and replacing the two glass doors. But at some point all the shelving above the left bathroom was ripped out as well. Maybe a plan someday. Other than that, almost everything is original except the honey oak epidemic hit the right bathroom as well.

Blueprint BasementAnd finally, if anyone was wondering, yes, we have vinyl asbestos tiles throughout the entire basement. Luckily covered by carpet. We’re not going to touch those!


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  1. Susie
    Posted March 24, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    How neat to be able to make these discoveries about your home. I too have honey oak cabinets all over my house. I too hated these type cabinets when we moved in, but I’ve actually started liking them (just a little) I guess cause I’m stuck with them. My dream is for knotty pine though.

    • Angela
      Posted March 26, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      Oh honey oak, why must you infect our houses. It wouldn’t be so bad if everything else wasn’t pristine birch cabinets and the kitchen and bathrooms were so completely different. I’m hoping we can just make new doors and maybe refinish the oak to look closer to the birch color. I’m interested to see the style of your house! 🙂

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