So you’ve toured the before photos of the first floor of our house. Now follow me as we make our way upstairs to the second floor. Yes, this is a two-story Chicago greystone and we occupy both floors. (For some reason this seems to confuse guests when they arrive.)
Please keep your hands and heads inside the railing, people…
That staircase is just… #happydance. Sure it’s a bit creeky. After all, it’s original to the house, so we’re talking 1887, people. The railing and gentle curve makes it so grand. But man did that runner need to go. It was reaaally gross.
BEDROOM 2: THE GUEST ROOM
Good size second bedroom with a small deck would be great for a guest room and extra storage. But the carpet was in awful shape and there was a large water stain on the ceiling. And different colored walls. And hardware leftover from curtain rods. And no closet door. All fun stuff.
BEDROOM 3: THE OFFICE
Which in more ways than one resembled a room where someone may or may not have been held hostage for the past 10 to 20 years. I think the carpet was light beige at one point? Or a light grey? I couldn’t tell. And yes those are cobwebs above the window sill. Welcome home, Dan!
Another gem. The upstairs bathroom. This photo doesn’t really show it, but a bunch of the tile flooring is cracked, and the inside of those cabinets have never been cleaned. But, the toilet flushes and there’s great water pressure so… silver lining? Oh and this room which is located in the center of the house has a killer sunroof and a transom window above the door that allows light to pour into the bathroom and upstairs hall.
THE MASTER BEDROOM
There she is. The cherry on top of our apple pie home. The master bedroom. This was the final deciding factor that we wanted the house. Pretty much every bedroom I’ve ever occupied had room for my queen bed, small nightstands, a small dresser, and nothing else. The dogs’ beds would barely fit on the floors of my past bedrooms. In other words, all of our previous bedrooms were not much larger than that second photo of the bed nook. Honestly, I’m not convinced there’s reason for any bedroom to be this large–what does one do with that extra space? Dance, I suppose.
But the hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows, FIREPLACE. Where do we sign?
WATCH THE BEFORE TOUR VIDEO FROM MOVING DAY:
Same video tour as the first floor – and yes, there are a couple weird pauses and glitches that occurred when I transferred it from my phone to the computer. Apologies.