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House Twin

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I’m still getting email alerts when houses are listed for sale in my neighborhood.  For the most part this is fun — not so much when I see a place “better” than ours!  But in general, I love seeing how other folks are decorating their MCM homes and it’s neat to see how each home is unique in its own quirky way.

Many of the homes in our ‘hood have similar features — for example, when we were house hunting we saw a couple places with the indoor grill and the paneled wood wall like we have — but no two are alike.  That said, I think a house just came on the market that is as close to a house twin as our home has!  Which is bizarre to ,me because our place seems so distinctive!

Here’s our House Twin!

From the outside the only difference I note is that the garage doesn’t face the street like our does. Or maybe the front door doesn’t face the street? Not sure — have to do a drive by.

It’s located one street over and there are marked differences — namely its two stories versus our one, and its 5 bedrooms versus our 3 — but the main floor is basically the same.  Check out the great room — the fireplace hearth looks slightly elevated while ours is floor height, but the rest is exactly the same.  I want that lacquered parsons table.  And those tub chairs.

Their slate floor (which looks shinier than ours) extends from the front door to the back slider while ours stops at the threshold between the two rooms.  Also, they don’t have the indoor planting bed in front of the sidelight by the front door like we do.  Also, this house may have once served as a barber shop. Or three.

The walnut wall has been painted — GASP!  And note the stairs to the upper and lower levels (so THAT’S how they squeezed in two more bedrooms — I was wondering!).

Same wall of windows in the great room though.  I wonder if these beams are still natural wood or painted brown…my money is on paint.  And check out that parquet floor!

And look!  No idiot planted small trees under the eaves.  And the patio extends all the way to the window — no mulched flower beds up against the glass!

This is the patio area off the dining room.  Looks like it’s fully covered and serves as a fully-functional outdoor living area.  Very nice!

Back inside, the layout of the kitchen is very similar.  Their cabinetry appears to be laminate while ours is real wood and it looks like they have a trash compactor next to the dishwasher.  That would be nice — right now our trash can sits out in the open in that corner because there’s no other place for it.  It also looks as though they’ve updated the range and the flooring.  And is that a bread box?  I want a bread box!

Same light fixtures, same layout.  Our fridge is positioned just inside the door giving us more cabinetry to the right and none to the left.  I wonder if their laundry room is located beyond the kitchenette like ours is? And is that a shelf built-in under the window?  Hard to tell…

Someone removed their indoor charcoal grill and replaced it with extra cabinetry.  And they’ve got some nice new double ovens to go with that new range top.

This is the den — this side of the paneled wall got a coat of white paint too.  I have to say, while I like the bright space, I could never paint our wood details.

Check out the master bedroom.  How cool are those chairs?! Our bedroom has a door in that corner to the outside which is nice.  I really like the idea of built-ins though.  Right now we have a tall dresser on that wall with the TV perched on top.  When you walk in all you can see is the cords running behind it — drives me crazy!

No yellow bathroom here — looks like theirs got a 90s update.  Can’t say I prefer it.

This is one of the basement bedrooms — they have it set up as a sitting area.  I’m digging that table and those chairs! I can totally see it in our kitchen.  Maybe I should knock on their door and see if it’s for sale.  Would that be weird?

But here’s the kicker … I saved the best part for last…

HELLO!  Um, why oh why did our house not get one of these?!

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Seriously? I would have taken this sweet pool and hot tub over our bomb shelter any day of the week!


And it could be yours.  If you’re interested in this house (won’t you be my neighbor?) email me and I’ll send you the address!


Author: Olivia @ Mid-Century Modern(ization)

I am a wife, mother, and writer. I am also a crafting, furniture-refinishing, home-designing nut.

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