Now to walk you through the thought process when seeing a house you may want to buy:
Kitchen: I don't think I need to say much here, but I will sum it up with 3 points. Oak cabinets, plant shelves, and tile. The beauty of this. This house needed obvious upgrades and we wanted to move into a home we could make ours, not one that someone already came in and flipped with the standard look. You know it would not meet the shabby thing standards! The pros: Tall ceilings, large open floor plan, and generally a good layout that could easily be tweaked.
Ultimately we were able to get this house a good deal less due to it's time on the market and the amount of upgrades it will need. The perfect scenario of do it yourselfers like us. We saw all the potential, and it didn't hurt that we loved the neighborhood. We were ready to get started!