Let’s back up and take a look at some of the photos that were with the Zillow listing of Bebbanburg back in May of last year. In retrospect, I am amazed that such good photos could have been taken at all!
First, we have the photo that stole my heart (after the view)– the great room. Just look at all the light pouring in from windows, higher windows and skylights. The field stone fireplace is 10 feet wide and makes a dramatic statement. The ceilings on the west wall are 12 feet, and the vault goes up to about 22 feet.
Looking east from the great room, there is a kitchen tucked back into the corner of the house. You can see the second floor balcony jutting out over a … uh… wait a minute– what in the world is that room supposed to be? It looks like a nurses station or the window you check in at your doctor’s office. Or that place in lunatic asylums where they hand out the drugs. Brian has always referred to it as the “control room”. He hated it from the start and immediately laid his plans to eliminate it. More on that in a future post.
Another thing that charmed me is the sizeable screened-in porch off the kitchen area. I could picture spinning on my walking wheel there, or knitting on a summer’s night away from mosquitoes and flies.
The room below was the only other one pictured with hardwood flooring. We couldn’t figure out what it was for, and we certainly could not figure out why that weird bench thing was there. We were very surprised when we eventually discovered the reason.
But when we started to see the photos of the master bedroom I wasn’t so sure. The carpet had been removed and the floors had not been replaced. There were two built-in desks that seemed to be placed as nightstands. Also, the old narrow dark trim was not especially pleasing. Still, it looked as if it had potential. The master bedroom, like the great room, has vaulted ceilings with a skylight and a view to the north.
The master bath didn’t look too bad, though the vintage ’80s wooden towel bars screamed “burn me”! (who ever thought that putting wet towels on wood was a good idea?). And who wouldn’t want a giant jetted tub made of fake marble?
At the basement level, we were intrigued to find another full kitchen with a huge island. Here there was still carpeting. We’ll find out what happened to that later.
There was a dearth of photos of the rest of the basement, and we were left to wonder what was in it. One photo was of the upstairs level. This shows the balcony overlooking the great room. Not very informative, I would say.
The photo of the outside rear struck me as not conveying a sense of the “modern” structure of the home, but definitely indicated the size.
And finally, they included a photo of the home when it was first built. We were told that it was “featured” in a magazine. I had visions of a glossy “Homes of North Carolina” magazine with a headline article highlighting the architect and showing the home throughout. When we eventually saw the “feature” it was an advertisement for the builder and said nothing about the home. Still, it is interesting to see the changes from composite to metal roof, and the growth of the forest around it.
The real estate posting photos tell a story of a home with a view that needs some floors, much like a photo of a glamorous actress in a gorgeous gown but missing her shoes. The photos that Brian took when he went to see the house in person show the same actress with no makeup wearing a 30 year old t-shirt full of holes looking desperately into the camera asking for help. We’ll see those in the next post.
Meanwhile, another view: