And now for a quick tour of my new project.  It’s not pretty, but with a little elbow grease it will become comfortable.  We’ll start at the front door…

 

I wish the concrete block walls had never been painted... I might paint them a flat concrete gray in the future.

Note the war going on between the grid patterns on the floor.  I wish the concrete block walls had never been painted… I might paint them a flat concrete gray in the future.

 

Welcome to the hall/kitchen...

Welcome to the hall/kitchen…

 

Remember the 70's?

Remember the 70’s?

 

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The last six decades are all represented here if you look long enough…

 

Former garage converted to the master bedroom in the 1970's.

Former garage converted to the master bedroom in the 1970’s.

 

The stairhole.

The stairhole.

 

The low-ceilinged living / dining room. Nice drywall work on the ceiling... if you squint hard enough, you can't even see the seams or nail locations! The china cabinet was a 1960's afterthought; it was made a bit wider than the opening allowed for and projects about 4" further into the room than intended. Moldings attempt to conceal the mistake.

The low-ceilinged living / dining room. Nice drywall work on the ceiling… if you squint hard enough, you can’t even see the seams or nail locations! The china cabinet was a 1960’s afterthought; it was made a bit wider than the opening allowed for and projects about 4″ further into the room than intended. Moldings attempt to conceal the mistake.

 

The baseboards were painted blue to help camouflage the water stains on them… rising damp from the floor had left its mark.

 

One of two bedrooms with a history of damp walls.

One of two bedrooms with a history of damp walls.

 

The other bedroom with a history of damp walls.

The other bedroom with a history of damp walls.

 

The living / dining room showing poured concrete slab after carpeting was removed. A wood paneling wainscot was removed from the lower section revealing the concrete foundation wall. The block portion of the wall above it still retains 1980's-era wallpaper.

The living / dining room showing poured concrete slab after carpeting was removed. A wood paneling wainscot was removed from the lower section revealing the concrete foundation wall. The block portion of the wall above it still retains 1980’s-era wallpaper.

 

And that concludes our brief tour of the hapless 1960’s split-level which is soon to get a drastic makeover.

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