It is a fairly well know fact that I like to say YES to, well, basically everything, and I sometimes get in just a little over my head. So when Michael and I decided to procure a 1940s vintage charmer (aka Old House) near Rice University, it didn’t much matter that it possessed just two bedrooms with one (yes, one) bathroom. Or that we have 6 month old twin girls, so a home that small JUST WON’T WORK for us. Or that it needed an incredible amount of love just to make it livable: like replacing all the pipes under the slab, requiring tunnels, kinda love (and that’s just for starters). We immediately fell for the charming, ivy-enveloped facade and didn’t stop ’till it was ours. The home was also, allegedly, in an early edition of Architectural Digest which further validated it’s charm in my mind!

 So now it’s ours! Officially. We have keys and a mortgage and a super Old House to go with them But we also have BIG plans, of course! Ground is breaking this week and just in time to make our Thanksgiving holiday totally booked with house-planning. Perfect! Before we demolish the decrepit guest quarters and falling down garage, and gently remove the not-so-sunny sunroom that was tacked onto the home at some point, and then ever so carefully uninstall the existing kitchen cabinetry, I thought I would share some of the pics that made us take notice in the first place! Here are the Befores! Be sure to stay tuned for the Durings (aka “the FUN part”)and Afters!

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5 thoughts on “The Old House Chronicles: Part I

  1. Landi Lausen on November 15, 2012 at 10:54 am Reply

    This house is ADORABLE! and what a perfect place to be (near Rice) to raise your babies 🙂 I am from Houston but am in school for interior design at TCU! Can’t wait to see what yall do with your home!

  2. Jennifer Harrup on November 15, 2012 at 11:02 am Reply

    It’s so lovely! I can’t wait to see what you do with it Laura!

  3. Monica Rogers on November 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm Reply

    Looks super cute old friend ; ) I am sure it will be amazing when you are done with it. Can not wait to see the afters.

  4. Emily Swenson Davis on November 19, 2012 at 10:26 am Reply

    What a beautiful, unique home! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    xoxo, Emily

  5. debrakay86 on November 20, 2012 at 11:06 am Reply

    Love, love, love it and I cannot wait for the “during” and “after” pictures!
    Congrats on the new its gorgeous.


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