The Ivy House - Our First Family Home!

The Ivy House was the first home we ever purchased and will always have a special place in my heart.  We bought this sweet little bungalow in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver and saw the potential right away.  The yard was very overgrown with ivy  (just wait until I post the garage photos), but we knew this house had potential and couldn't wait to start fixing it up.

This home was where we really started to get our feet wet with home renovations.  While the biggest transformations happened outside, the inside was updated quite a bit as well.

Here are some photos from when we first moved in:

Front Yard

While I do like the look of ivy on some homes, this was out of control.  Not only does it hide bugs (freaks me out!) but it is also bad for the mortar in between bricks.  We wanted to clean up the overgrowth in the front, paint the fence, add plants & make the porch more appealing.

     

 

 

Backyard

Believe it or not, there is a garage behind there.  This backyard was extremely overgrown, so we knew we were going to spend a weekend just pulling out all of the ivy and weeds.  Along with clearing out the brush, we wanted to create a designated potty spot for our pups, add some landscaping & completely redo the back porch.  Whenever it rained the back patio turned into a pond, so we needed to address this quickly.

living room

The living room was in good shape, but bland.  We loved that there was a wood burning fireplace and I loved the little windows surrounding the fireplace!  We wanted to paint this room to give it more personality.

Kitchen

The kitchen was small, there was no way around it, but the cabinets were not in bad shape and there were glass cabinets to provide more storage without closing off the room. 

 The quality of photo is not great here but it is all we have of the kitchen!

The quality of photo is not great here but it is all we have of the kitchen!

 View from the back door through the main living space.

View from the back door through the main living space.

Bedroom #1

You can't really see it in the pictures but the walls were made of some flimsy material that made them wavy and look really cheap.  Our plan for both bedrooms was to tear out the walls, add drywall and paint.

bedroom #2

basement

This was one of the biggest selling features for us.  In pretty much all of the homes we toured, the basement's were unfinished or the ceilings were extremely low.  A finished basement was so exciting!!  Our plan for the basement was to paint and add new carpeting.

basement bedroom

Check in next Thursday to see the yard transformation!!