Tour the Ground Floor

Thought you might enjoy a hasty tour of the ground floor.  First off, The Glade is not very large.  There is a living room with a small fireplace, dining room, kitchen and powder room.

The kitchen is the empty room in the plan above which I wrote about here.  From the living room to the powder room are 2 steps up, a landing, and 2 steps down. The long steps go up to the second floor.

Kitchen viewed from Back Door

We enter the house through the back door which goes directly into the kitchen.  We don’t use the front door (into the living room) or the side door (into the dining room) except on very rare occasions. The kitchen – ah, the kitchen – could I hate a room as much as I do this little scullery? Here is the main reason for the renovation.

The dining room is directly off the living room and was an addition to the original house long before I lived here.  The dining room (music room) has an exterior door to a back porch, a double window at the rear and a single window centered on the wall opposite the door.  This room has a built in window seat details of which I’ll explain at a later date.

Dining Room

The front door opens into our living room which has a fireplace (called a “Heatolator” which, I think, means it has vents on the side which pour heat into the room) and 3 windows.The living room is difficult to arrange because there is minimal wall space so sofas are placed in front of windows and chairs try to stay out of the main traffic pattern.  In order to get upstairs we walk through the living room as it is the only way to get to the stairs.  (That is an item that the renovation will address.)

Living Room viewed from stairs

Finally the tiny powder room that we fondly call “Le Bibliotheque” is tucked back in the front corner of the house. Some people have actually passed this room thinking it truly is a library.  Quel drôle!  It has no window but does sport an exhaust fan.  The fixtures are original, however the sink has been refinished and a new fixture added.  The original fixture had two spigots, not very handy.

Door Sign

Thus ends the ground floor of The Glade.  Later in the week I’ll let you in on the upstairs but my son and his friend just showed up out of the blue, dead tired after a long drive from Florida so for now the bedrooms are occupied.

Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

6 thoughts on “Tour the Ground Floor”

  1. Toured the site. Amused by Charlie’s kitchen catastrophe, although I can relate to things like that happening. Will wait to see the remedy undertaken. Like the wallpaper in La Bibliotheque. Quaint. Busy. Quite appropriate at times for the purpose of the room. C’est tres bon bibliotheque.

  2. I’m not sure what I’m doing. I just wrote a response, and now it’s asking me to leave a reply. I’m going to type this and send it. If you will let me know what happens, I will learn from it. Thanks.

  3. Actually, I think I just figured it out. I suppose it will ask me a second time in case I have more to comment on. So I’ll scroll to the top of the page and all should remain fine. Don’t mind me, I’m a novice.

  4. I would love to know what the bibliotheque/powder room wallpaper is. Would you mind telling me?

    1. When I looked back at my notes it is pattern number 569830 by Waverly in their book “Grand Openings”. I cannot find it anywhere on the internet so I suppose it’s discontinued. It came in 4 or 5 colorways. I bought it in 1999. Jo

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