I know it’s not Tuesday but I have a tear down I want to show you, so let’s all pretend it’s Tuesday and check out Berlin. Berlin is a cute little house and it’s easy to see the potential, but there is one hard decision that we’d have to make: to paint or not to paint the wood moulding…
Source | Studio McGee
The question of whether to paint original, wood moulding is a tough one for me. I love white moulding. I think it looks fresh, clean and classic. And I don’t care for wood moulding. But, as you know, I appreciate original architectural features in old houses. So when I think about slopping white paint on moulding that has withstood two World Wars, countless natural disasters and has watched over several generations, it makes me cringe.
Thanks to Pinterest, however, I have found a few inspiration photos that makes me think I could like unpainted moulding. One house, in fact, is from the same general area Berlin is in. So I’d basically steal most of the designs from that house when doing Berlin.
Source | Cupojo
1208 sq. ft.
Listed on 9/21/17
This house is in Oakland, in a neighborhood that has been trying really hard to transition for the last decade. I think it’s going to make it this time around. A house on the same block sold on 8/17/17 for $700,000. The sold house is really similar in size so it’s a pretty good comp. (Stay tuned to see a picture of the comp.)
I first thought this house was on a corner lot but actually Berlin is a U-shaped street and this house sits on one of the bends. So you get the benefits of a corner lot (light on all sides) but none of the hassle (a lot of traffic).
I also really like how it sits up a little on a hill. You don’t have to cover up your windows in order to get some privacy when you sit a little higher up.
Living Room & Entry
I’m pretty sure this paneling would have to come down because it looks like the cheap, plastic stuff people used in the 70’s. If, by chance, it was real wood, then I’d paint it.
And of course, I’d keep the original tile around the fireplace — even though I’m not in love with the brown/biege colors.
This next picture gives you a little sense of the layout of the house.
In case you’re curious, the picture below is of the comp house and it gives you an idea of how this moulding would look painted.
Putting aside my aversion of painting over original, wood moulding, this picture makes me think that this particular moulding (with the rounded corners) might not look good painted white. It’s really hard for me to say one way or the other because the quality of the picture and staging are so bad I can’t tell if I’m hating the moulding because it’s ugly painted white or because everything around it is so ugly.
Living Room: Inspiration
I would shamelessly steal from Brett Goldstein (of Decorotation) when redoing this house. Brett’s house is in Oakland and appears to be of the same vintage. (The rest of the inspiration pictures in the post are of Brett’s house from The Every Girl.)
This is the most stunning space in the house IMHO. I love the windows all the way around the room. And am I a crazy person for liking the chandelier?
And now you know the next decision we have to make: to go open concept or not. If I stick to my wholesale thieving of Brett’s design then I’d go open concept but you all know I’m a proud member of W.A.L.L.S. so it’s not so easy for me to tear down walls. Decisions, decisions…what would you do?
Dining Room: Inspiration
Even if we don’t go open concept, I’d still steal from Brett for the kitchen design. I love the combination of tile and the classic cabinets.
This bedroom is right off of the living room. Through the door to the left in the picture below leads to the kitchen.
The door to the left in the picture below leads to the living room. It might be worth sealing that up so you could put a bed against that wall and also have end tables.
The backyard access is through this bedroom, which is less than ideal. The door on the left in the picture below, leads to the kitchen. It might even lead to the breakfast nook. If it does, then turning that space into a master bathroom would make this space great.
This space would need to be gutted but the layout is pretty great.
Alright there you go. What’d you think of Berlin? But more importantly, what would you do about the wood trim?
P.S. I’ve mentioned before that I’m coming into some money and how I hope to use some of that money to flip a condo. Well, in a few short days, the money may be mine. #knockonwood I’m so excited — but also incredibly nervous. I don’t think I’ve mentioned how I’m coming into this money. Good old fashion debt. We’re refinancing our house and pulling money out. I’m not sure this is the smartest financial move but since it’s the only way we could get our hands on enough money to remodel the house, debt it is.