2.1 – The Scarlet Carpet or "Joseph’s Carpet"
Tracy, and whoever else is curious, this hideous carpet is all over the “first” or ground floor of our multi-level house (basement, ground floor/garage, kitchen/living/dining room floor, 3rd level with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms). So it’s in the hallway, in the back kitchen stairs, the family room, and the 4th bedroom that’s currently our home office. My MIL called it “Joseph’s carpet” because it’s striped and colorful (like Joseph’s coat in the Bible). She also named a “tower light” that we have in the hallway, “Babel Tower” (it’s featured in the first photo below).
So here you can see it from various angles (photos taken when we did the home inspection back on August 28, 07):Doesn’t the carpet “complement” real well the ugly pink wall and wall paper? YUCKY YUCK!!
These are the stairs leading to the kitchen, by the back door. I HATE that border in the dining room! Someone’s peeking in! (note the horrible torn carpet in the bottom of the photo)
This is how the fourth bedroom was before we moved in (I’ll have before and after photos of the office in the other blog sometime):
The family room, its wood paneled walls and carpet (furniture from previous owners):
Now… this carpet does complement well the wood paneling. However, the paneling makes the room too dark and we also would like to remove it if possible…
The worst part about this carpet? The floor is all concrete in this level, BUT it has synthetic tiles underneath the carpet and we suspect they’re asbestos-laced tiles (as well as the tiles in the upstairs bathrooms). NASTY stuff, extremely hazardous to remove! So we don’t even know what to do since we cannot just remove the carpet and put other flooring, we have to deal with the stuff underneath. My dream was to put light colored laminate flooring, but I guess we’ll have to put another carpet on top of this one and ceramic tiles by the front (and back?) door. It’ll be cheaper, less time consuming and more practical. 😦 If I knew we were going to keep the house we’d go ahead and try to get the laminate, but we don’t know. Is it going to be weird to have carpets in the 1st and second levels and hardwood floors in the bedrooms? (Tracy, all upstairs bedrooms have those great floors underneath).