Tour – Second floor

Let’s get on with the tour. In case you need a reference, check the floorplans

So you’ve just come upstairs. This is the view looking down. We don’t have a ton of pictures of the stairwell yet, but it’s pretty basic: three sets of stairs, two landings, needs painted. The railings are original and have a ton of charm. 


Welcome to the second floor living area. This room is really long and a bit odd thanks to the multiple doorways. To the right is the captains bedroom. Further down the wall is the awesome bathroom.


Looking back into the space from the hallway.


The Captain’s bedroom will eventually become a guest bedroom (and suite if we finish off the bathroom that you’ll see in a minute). Of course, before that happens we’d love to change the paint scheme from burn-your-eyes-out orange with blue accents. This is the view standing from the bathroom. There’s a closet and just beyond that the pole closet hiding the fire pole.



There’s not much to see in the bathroom because all of the fixtures are gone. No sink and no toilet. This space is low on our priority list, but guests will be able to use the most awesome bathroom ever down the hall.



Boom! Awesome bathroom. This is the best shot I have of it so far. Clearly it’s rocking 4 standard sinks, a slop sink and, oh yeah, that’s a urinal. Aaron is extremely excited. I had no idea that a majority of men dream of having a urinal in their house! Score one for the firehouse! On the other side of the room are four stalls – 2 toilets and 2 showers.


The green and purple bedroom will be the workout room/secondary guest room. Once we breakdown the stage/bed platform/kid’s play house we’ll have plenty of space for the treadmill, weights and a to-be-purchased futon type piece of furniture.




I call this the “4th bedroom” and I think that’s generous. There’s no window. The space is tiny. Oh and this:


Yeah, that’s a mammoth furnace. Who wouldn’t want to sleep right next to that? (My hand is raised!) For now, this room will be a catch-all.

The master bedroom has some layout issues. It has a total of 4 closets. Here you see a real closet to the left and former pole closet to the right. Why these aren’t integrated into one storage area, we’ll never know.


Ditto on the other side of the room, except that pole closet door is hiding a person sized hole that opens to the studio.


And there’s this lovely (sarcasm) feature: a half wall. Despite my threats to rip this thing out ASAP, it’s literally the only place where we can put our bed. So it’s staying, but that won’t stop my from giving it the stink eye every day.


I decided the master bathroom is the MOST finished room in the entire place. No holes (that we’ve noticed) and everything seems functional. The only problem? It has zero style. It’s safe for now, but I’m sure I’ll be starting a “Dream bathroom” board on Pinterest soon.




So that’s the second floor. Any burning questions? Any guys who are seriously jealous of the urinal?

In case you missed it, you can click on the Take a Tour tab at the top to see the first floor.

This week at the firehouse 2/22

Things are starting to ramp up at the firehouse. I thought it would be fun to do a quick Friday update with some of the happenings so we can track progress each week.

  • Tuesday was the first day Aaron could really dig in and start work. That meant a lot of measuring, planning and giving more money to Lowes than I want to think about. That included two big purchases: pressure washer and paint sprayer.
  • The contractor came out to take more measurements of the bricked up windows and we got our first peek behind the drywall: windowpeek


  • We discovered that DryLok can’t be sprayed on and we’ll need to brush the entire basement. Guess what we’re doing this weekend… you only get one shot… Did you get it?!
  • Aaron did a few minor repairs in the basement, like replacing a leaky spigot.
  • He also discovered that the vent for the water heater was “swiss cheese” and fixed that too.
  • We had the garage door inspected. The bottom two panels are damaged and were hit from the inside. They’ll need replaced so we’re waiting on a quote.

It doesn’t sound like much, but the thinking/planning/measuring stage is crucial. We should start to see some visible progress next week!

Tour – First floor

Now that you have a lay of the land, let’s get into the good stuff: pictures!

This is your view as you step into the studio space and look left. It’s around 1,700 square feet of open real estate. We have plans for a workspace for Aaron, a meeting space for clients, workspace for me and a conference table. First we’ll have to fix a myriad of holes, hang new lighting and give everything a coat of white paint.


Look to your right and you’ll see the garage door and the mechanical room. Nothing too interesting over here. The mech room will likely be converted to storage.


Looking back into the space from the living side.


A small entryway separates the two spaces. The drywall needs finished and painted, but the former owners decided to make a bold lighting decision. Yes. Those are old fire hoses. I assume that you love that because nearly everyone who has seen the space thinks they are the best thing since sliced bread.

What do we think? WAAAAAAAAAY too kitschy. They’re coming down. Before you get upset, you should know that we’re not going to throw the hoses away. We’ll find a new home for them (in our space or with someone who can truly appreciate them).


From here, we’ve stepped through the entry way and to the left. We’re looking from the dining room into the family room (right) and kitchen (left). Another bold light fixture that won’t be sticking around for too long. Anyone in the market for a massive chandelier? I think we can make a deal…


From the living room, looking into the dining room. If you didn’t notice in our inaugural post, you can see the fire pole straight ahead (to the right of the plumbing stack). The door back there leads down to the basement.


Here’s a closer look at this space.


At first glance the kitchen looks pretty good. The cabinets are fairly new and in great shape. It really starts to fall apart in the details, like the missing range and the missing window (that white rectangle next to the range opening). It’s hard to tell from these pictures, but the cabinets are hung really high. My 5’5″ self can barely reach the first shelf in the stack above the sink.


Standing back near the range, you’ll see the other side doesn’t have much to offer either. Missing fridge… missing window… There’s space for a table or some open shelving, which I think will win out when we see just how little we can put in the cabinets. The kitchen is going to be an adventure for awhile.


One last shot looking back through the door.


The only thing we missed getting a picture of is the half bathroom. It’s a closet of a room thanks to another bricked up window, but the huge slop sink has a lot of character.

So that’s the first floor. Any questions?


I know you’re here for pictures, but knowing the lay of the land and what we call some of our rooms will be very helpful as you follow along on our journey.

Back here (the space not on the floorplan) is currently a chunk of asphalt. You can enter the firehouse through the kitchen, which is pretty closed off. It connects to the dining room, which is open to the living room. From here you have options, you can head downstairs to the basement (on the left of the floorplan), into the former firetruck garage which will henceforth be known as the studio, or up the stairs (top right on the floorplan) to the second floor). The studio has a door near the front (and a big garage door that needs some work) and what we’re calling a “mechanical room.”



When you head upstairs, you enter the upstairs living room. The Captain’s bedroom is the first bedroom and includes a small bathroom and the top of the fire pole. Further down the living room you can enter the community bathroom or head into a hall. The hall leads to a big bedroom (future workout room/guest room) and laundry room (on the left of the floorplan) and the fourth “bedroom” that doesn’t even have a window. Straight ahead is the master suite, which includes two closets and a full bathroom.



The basement, which is wide open save for some support columns, doesn’t have a floorplan yet because we didn’t take any measurements. Rest assured, we have plenty of plans for that space and we’ll fill you in as we go.

So that’s the layout. Got it? Great. Pop back later this week and I’ll show you around the first floor.

Yes, it still has a pole

By far the number one question we get when we tell people that we’re buying bought a firehouse is “Does it still have a pole?” So, let’s clear that up right away. It does have a pole. Just one. When it was still in use it actually had 5 (at least that’s what we assume by the number of “pole closets”). The pole goes from the second floor Captain’s bedroom into the dining room (hence the name of this blog…)



Today we closed on the firehouse, so now it’s all ours – all 5,200 square feet of it. It’s more than enough space for us, our Great Dane (Mojo) and our photography business. It’s certainly not perfect. In fact, I don’t think you can find any section of this space that is perfectly done. We have holes to patch, lighting to run, walls (and ceilings and floors) to paint, windows to replace and furniture to build. But when we look, we see it… our dream space.

Today, we’re just giving you a peak (and I’m doing a very white, nonrhythmic happy dance) and celebrating that we finally have the keys. We’ll be back over the next few days with more in-depth tours and then frequent updates as we make this space our own.