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Introducing Miller Manor {Before}

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We did it!  Ricky and I have invested in our futures like two crazy people!  Seriously, we bought a house.  Ok, we bought a MASSIVE house (5,196 square feet) and the thing is falling apart.  Our brand new (to us) Colonial Style home needs work from top to bottom, but when it is all done (probably 20 years from now) it is going to be an awesome place for our extended family and friends to gather.  (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE POST TO SEE MY CHECK-INS ON THE PROGRESS)

For as long as I can remember, I have had this recurring dream that I win the lottery and with part of my winnings I buy an older, 8 bedroom home.  Well, I don’t play the lottery so that 8 bedroom home will never happen.  However, we found a home for us and while it only technically has 6 bedrooms (though the real estate listing claims 7), it has 4 other rooms that could be bedrooms.  So, I guess I am finally making my dreams come true and I didn’t have to play the lottery to do it!

I am super excited and can’t wait to get in there and start redoing and designing each room to fit my dreams!  Over the course of fixing up the house, decorating it for Holidays, and just loving (and living in) it, I will be writing blog posts so that you can follow our journey!Before_Miller Manor

Don’t flip out, it is BAD, but I can visualize what it will look like and I don’t think I have ever been more excited about anything… ok, I have – but it has been a ton of years!  My marriage and the births of each of my children have made me more excited, but the baby is 8 so you know it has been a lot of years. 🙂

Instead of trying to take pictures of a home that has boarded up windows and no power, I did a video walk-through of the home and will list out the rooms.  This way, as we get rooms ready I can do a post and link them up here.  Yes, this is going to be a new feature on my site and hopefully you guys are as excited about that as I am!

Note:  I tried brightening the movie a bit since it is so dark- hopefully you can get a bit of an idea of what the house looks like.

The rooms (or areas) that you can find inside and around Miller Manor are:

  1. Guest Bathroom
  2. Front Room – probably going to be the Game Room that houses our pool table and such
  3. Laundry Room
  4. Living Room
  5. Kitchen – oh what a Kitchen space!  We will be completely building a kitchen inside this house!
  6. Informal Dining Cubby
  7. Formal Dining Room
  8. Entryway
  9. Entrance Nook
  10. My Office
  11. Master Bedroom (with the largest closet I have ever seen)
  12. Master Bathroom
  13. Stairwell (planning for it to be a little gathering/reading nook)
  14. Zack & Tank’s Bathroom
  15. Zack’s Room
  16. Tank’s Room
  17. Guest Bedroom
  18. Extra Bedroom <– no plans for it at this time
  19. Gym or workout space
  20. Tripp’s Bathroom
  21. Tripp’s Room
  22. Study
  23. Loft
  24. Front Porch
  25. Garage
  26. Second Floor / Back Balcony
  27. 6 Hallways
  28. There are also several concrete slabs on the grounds and we aren’t quite sure what they are/were, but one is going to be a basketball court for the boys.
  29. Plus, we are planning to build a couple porches eventually!

I think that is it – whew!  Anyone want to come help me clean this monstrosity?

Wanna follow along as I dream?  Check out my “Country Dream Home” wish list/idea/inspiration board:

Country Dream Home Pinterest Board

Follow Along as We Renovate Miller Manor!

  1. Day OneBegin Demolition and Doing Doors!
  2. Day TwoGoodbye Ugly flooring!
  3. Days Three & Four – Goodbye Weird Arches and Hello Hidden Door!
  4. Days Five through Nine – Goodbye Tile & Weird Wood Squares!
  5. Days Ten through TwelveSneak Peek at my Kitchen!
  6. Day 36a Month of Renovating!

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Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

Oh Wow!!! I will be following for sure :) I have a HUGE love of old architecture and houses. Ours is 160 plus years, and we have spent years working on it. Such a labour of love. Enjoy! I can't wait to see your progress! Thank you for sharing!!


Tuesday 11th of November 2014

How exciting; it's HUGE! Looks like a great place for some family demolition to take place!

Kelli Miller

Wednesday 12th of November 2014

It is pretty stinking big, but it is coming along. I am just so ready to move in and take it from "my house" to "my HOME!" :-)


Tuesday 28th of October 2014

Wow, Congratulations! I also dream of a fix-up home! I can't wait to see what you do with it...

Kelli Miller

Friday 31st of October 2014

Thanks! It is a TON of work - ugh. LOL!


Monday 27th of October 2014

Congratulations on the new place! It looks amazing... well, I can see the potential. ;)

Kelli Miller

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

LOL! I am so glad - it takes a special eye to see anything pretty about this place right now :-)

KC the Kitchen Chopper

Monday 20th of October 2014

I can't wait to see the renovation. The kitchen, the gym, the social areas. It sounds so wonderful. I look forward to the journey. Please continue to share the steps you take. I'm fascinated and a good way! ;) Hope to see you again Thursday 9:00 PM EST. Pinned.

Kelli Miller

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

You and me both, KC! :-) Looks like we will begin tomorrow! I will be taking my camera and getting some pictures so that I can hopefully put up a new post :-)