My turn…

Hello, everyone. I’m Trent, the other half of this team and the lazier of the couple when it comes to blogging.

I’m going to share a house that I just can’t seem to get out of my head. It doesn’t work for us as it sits – it’s only 2 bedrooms – but I love the beamed ceiling and I’m hoping that the home and the lot might support renovations that would make it work for us.

I love the lines of the roof and the front elevation. I think we could improve the windows on the front of the house, however.


I can envision this with a mid mod garage door, some bigger windows for more light and dark stained wood soffits. Replace the railing on the front porch with something cool, for certain. The jury is out on painting the brick – I’d need to see it in the flesh to decide, but I’m leaning toward yes. I don’t love that tawny/beige brick in most cases.

Did I mention the beamed ceiling?


The great room combines the dining and living spaces, and is open to the kitchen. A kitchen that needs a ton of help.


I know purists would lobby for keeping the mid century cabinetry – as it looks to be in good shape – but that’s just not us. Sorry. This would be a complete gut and reconfigure if we bought this home. We would be gentle in removing the cabinets, though, if they are in solid condition. That way we could donate them to Habitat For Humanity or something similar. The paneling would all go and be replaced with drywall, as well.

The good news is that it’s a decent size for a 2 bed ranch built in 1958 at just over 1900 sq/ft. Both bedrooms have en suite bathrooms, as well, which is nice. Evidently it was built as an “executive home” for someone who worked at one of the local GM plants. We’d need to add at least one bedroom for this to be the house for us. I’m hoping that might be possible because it’s a cool house and it sits in an underappreciated neighborhood (in my humble opinion). The two beds keeps the list price down, but it needs to be given all the work we’d have to put into the house.

We’ll be visiting this home, and others, when we go back to Lansing over the holidays. I guess I’ll get most of my answers then.