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?

  1. that is SO amazing and cool! can’t wait to see what you do with it all 🙂

    1. Thanks, Megan!

  2. The fire hose lights should definitely stay!! The bring art and function to the old fire house!

    1. Ha! You’re definitely in the majority, Jared. 🙂

  3. Those fire hoses are cool, but I totally agree with you – too kitschy! Maybe you could keep one or 2 and have them hanging above a bathroom sink or as bedside lights though – an ode to the firehouse?

    1. Good suggestions! 🙂

  4. Great tour! In the last photo, what’s on the left next to the door? Cabinets? They look pretty cool.

    1. Yep, those are the cabinets. You can see them better on the first picture of the kitchen. It’s really a tiny room. I can’t wait to completely redesign this space! (Actually, I can wait and I’ll have to 😉 )

  5. Obsessed!!!! I can’t wait to see more.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

  6. I own that massive chandalier in my house. HA HA!! Love the space. Seriously. LOVE IT>

    1. Ha! Do you want another one?! 😉 It’s coming down eventually.

  7. I just saw your episode of house hunters – what an amazing space! I’m really excited to track your progress!

    1. Thanks so much, Chloe! Welcome!

  8. How many sq ft is the entire house and wow, how much does it cost to heat it per month?

    1. Ha! Besides the basement (but including the studio) it’s around 5,500 sq feet – a lot – maybe too much. Luckily we like wide open spaces. Heating varies depending on the month but the total is similar to what we were paying for the condo and studio we were renting. If you’re offering to pay I’d be happy to send you the real number 😉

  9. I cant wait to see the end results of this palatial remodel! That would be so much fun!

    1. Thanks, Malissa!

  10. Just saw your episode of House Hunters on and was THRILLED to find there’s a space where you’re documenting your progress. Everything looks great!

    1. Thanks, Steph! It’s been an interesting journey so far 🙂

  11. Please tell me you still have the fire hose lights???? I will buy them from you. I have a hose rack in the master bedroom, and would love to hang them down from the top level to the lower level. If not, maybe you could share how they are wired. I have hoses, just not sure how I would light them.

    1. Ha! We do still have the lights, but only because we haven’t renovated that area. They will definitely come out when we do and we’d be happy to let you know when that happens. We haven’t investigated the wiring, but we think it’s a track system with pendants strung through the hoses. Maybe that will help you build a set?

  12. Lové this space. The potential is endless and look forward to seeing the remodel. The hoses are a nod to the spaces history but too much is too much. Maybe one in the guest/client toilette.

    1. Thanks, Toni!

  13. Aww, that’s really too bad about the very cool fireman’s hose lights 🙁 That’s a cool nod to the former use of the building!!!

    1. The firehose lights are very divisive. They are not our cup of tea, but we promise to rehome them to someone who will appreciate them!

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