Money Pit Manor: The “Before” Home Tour of Our Country House

Welcome to our home tour! Today I won’t be providing typical content (like as wedding planning advice, or local resources). Instead, you’re invited to our country house- lovingly called “Money Pit Manor!” As an Army wife, I never invested too much in beautifying the home, because every couple years we moved. You can imagine how thrilled my husband and I were when we bought our first house in 2016!

Once the keys were placed in our hands, we enrolled in the school of hard knocks, and have been taking the crash course in homeownership. “Money Pit Manor” has earned its name well! Built in 1973, it decided to begin showing its age as soon as we moved in. My dreams of renovation, decoration, and playing Joanna Gaines have been tempered with the reality that owning a house is hard! The progress is slow, our pennies are pinched, and I’ve had to learn a great deal of contentment- but we truly do love our slice of country!

Without further ado, please make yourself at home in Money Pit Manor. Here are pictures from the day we signed the papers…. before the great, interior deluge that started us down the path of renovation.

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The Foyer:

Practical, mock travertine in a hopscotch pattern is a great choice for our active family. Although the ’90s, glass door gives us great light, we will need to eventually change it for privacy reasons.

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The Parlor:

Directly off the foyer is the “parlor.” It’s one of those inexplicable rooms- common during the time this was built- which seems to serve no purpose. For this room, I was inspired by the 1995 adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility” in which Marianne plays her pianoforte while gazing out the window; however, it still remains an awkward space/ the cats’ toy room.

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The Family Room:

The most used room in the house is the family room. I can’t wait to really cozy it up in here!! Our realtor and attorney were so thoughtful- they gave us these signs as housewarming gifts.

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The Bathrooms:

One of the few things I do not like about our home is the layout of the bathrooms! To access the toilet, you have to go into the sink area, close the door behind you, and pass through another door which is tucked behind the first. I can’t even get a picture of the whole room.

As a point of interest, for six week I hand washed all of our dishes in this sink as a result of our first home disaster.

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The Kitchen and Dining Room:

Like it or not, the kitchen is often the heart of the home where so much of our family memories are made! Holiday dinners are made here, parties always end up with grazing in the kitchen, homework is done within sight of the stove, and important conversations happen here with my spouse. This kitchen is wonderful, and met all of our criteria (I always wanted a window over the sink).

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My Office:

This has been a breakfast nook, office, and pet room for previous owners. Now, it’s where I conduct most of my business, daydream, and spend the majority of my days at home.

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The Upper Rooms:

My daughter’s room: where she’ll daydream, create, laugh, nurse heartache, play with friends, and grow into a young lady. This was the first room I painted.

*NOT my image or my decor! I had to use the image from the listing because I did not take a “before” picture*

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The playroom: As a former attic space, this truly is a kid sized room… we’ve already sustained some injuries to our skulls thanks to the low ceiling. No grownups allowed!

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The boys’ room: They may fight a lot, but they’re way too to separate! I don’t know how much decorating I will be doing… they’re rather destructive.

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Originally, this was to be the library and guest room. Sean and I love hosting- naturally, we were excited to finally have a sanctuary for our guests. However, this room also serves as my boudoir studio because the light is gorgeous.

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The Master Suite:

We know that we are very spoiled with this massive bedroom!

*Again, NOT my image or belongings (or sneaky kitty)! I do not have a “before” picture of the master bedroom. Thank you, Google.*

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The master bath is where the initial damage began. We were able to take one shower and brush our teeth a few times before all of this was gutted.

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The Property:

The biggest selling points for us were: land, the balcony, the completed hen house. Although we’ve experienced some grief with the actual house, we’ve never regretted a moment of this property! Rocking on the balcony while the frogs sing, watching our kids have adventures in the massive yard, and creating a self-sustainable future for our family have turned our frowns upside-down every single time.

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Please visit again next time to learn about the waterfall that “trickled” into all the other renovations that inspired the name “Money Pit Manor.”

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