David worked extremely hard all last weekend on our house.  We are pretty much moved into our bedroom, we just have some touch-ups for our contractor and then we can hang out pictures, art, shades, TV, etc. It finally looks like a room and it is such a good feeling.

We are getting down to the end of this remodel (at least for the contractor), so that means it is crunch time for David to finish the laundry room.  They are going to demo our current laundry room probably next week, so our new laundry room has to be complete. The tiling and grouting of the floors is done and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  This is going to be one cool looking room to do laundry in.  I am so tired of folding clothes on our nasty kitchen table, kitchen chairs, and Eli’s big boy bed (which is covered in tools and crap at this point). I never thought I would be so excited for a place to fold, but I am. I am literally dreaming about it!


I can’t believe it is going to be 2018 in a few days, this year went by extremely fast, and while 2017 was great, I am so ready to leave it behind! Have a fun and safe NYE!

The Door

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate.  We don’t celebrate Christmas, but I still love it! We had our usual Chinese food on Christmas Eve, Eli left cookies for Santa, and we went to see some amazing Christmas lights.  So nice!

We now have the door that closes off the new kitchen from the old kitchen (which will be becoming our pantry).  It looks great, and I am so excited to have so much space, but David and I made a little booboo with the planning of this door.

We thought we would buy a new table and light once the kitchen was complete. We were redoing everything, so why not get new furniture right? We had the measurements of the table, and knew the shape of the light, so we told the contractor and they did rough ins for where the light would go, which was based off of where the table was going.  What we didn’t do, was take into consideration where the door to get into our pantry would go, and how big the door would be.  The wall has been up for a while, so we knew exactly how wide the doorway was, but because there was no door, I think we kind of forgot that there eventually would be one, and that area would be used as a walkway into the pantry.  Oops.

Now that the door is there, and our light arrived last week, we realized that our vision wasn’t really possible anymore.  We have no idea where the table will go, and the electrical work our contractor did is kind of irrelevant.  Fortunately, we didn’t purchase the table yet, so we possibly could go with a different shape, but we shall see.4C27698A-AFB3-47E0-B41E-97D450251043

Crown Moldings

In all of our homes, the cabinets never went to the ceiling.  To me, this looked a little tacky and incomplete.  With this house, our cabinets go a lot higher than our previous homes, plus we are doing crown molding.  So far, they are looking beautiful and just what I had envisioned.

Since the counters are not in yet, things are a bit slow around here.  The appliances did arrive, and from what I can see, they are going to look really good in the kitchen.  We did have a little problem with our microwave, but our contractor thinks that he can fix the problem.  If not, we have to sell it and buy a new one.  More on that later. Fingers crossed we get it worked out!

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you get to relax and enjoy with your loved ones!


Closing Off the Kitchen

As you all know, we are building a new kitchen and are converting the old kitchen into a pantry and the old laundry room into a mudroom.  We knocked down the wall separating the old kitchen eating area from the old family room (new kitchen) which basically created one giant room.  We love the old eating area because there are such pretty bay windows, so we decided to build a wall to separate the old kitchen from the new one, but we kept the eating area in the new kitchen. Confusing, I know. Basically, we just moved a wall if that makes more sense.  This wall will separate the new kitchen from the new pantry. The wall looks great and makes the kitchen look so much more complete. I am loving the look, but am even more excited for the amount of space we will have in our new pantry.  It is going to be absolutely insane!


Island and Floors

Our internet is back and running, for now.  Seriously we have never had this many internet problems since we moved here.  It is such a hassle.  I really don’t know how people lived without it back in the day, because my world felt like it was crumbling down on me when it didn’t work.  Dramatic, I know!

I mentioned this last week, but tons of progress is happening over here.  Besides the fact that we don’t have a kitchen sink anymore, and we only have 1/3 of a kitchen, the island is built and the floors are almost complete.  It is looking a-m-a-z-i-n-g.  We picked out our slab last week, but because of the holidays it might take a while to be ready.  I also just received a message that all of our kitchen appliances will be delivered tomorrow.  I am seriously so excited. If you only saw the dishwasher we have been using…

They currently are working on the crown moldings for the cabinets, and I am sure they are doing some other stuff because it is really loud up there. Progress, progress, progress!!


Sorry for the lack of posts. Internet problems over here! Plus life is just insane with the renovation, two demanding children and the holidays. Oh my!

The kitchen is really really coming together. I couldn’t be more happy with it so far. They have installed some of the cabinets and they look beautiful. David wanted to go with a less expensive cabinet since we don’t think we will be in this house forever, but our contractor advised us against that. Instead of completely custom cabs, we went with cabinets that weren’t the cheapest but weren’t the most expensive either. Another thing our contractor highly recommended was that they are built in the United States. Done and done.

I’ve always wanted cabinets that go to the ceiling. It’s funny because I can’t reach anything that high, but it looks pretty and can totally be used for storage right?

We went with pull outs/ instead of cabinets with doors for a lot of the kitchen. Our current kitchen has this and we never realized how incredibly functional it is.

Before this renovation started, I was mostly looking forward to a beautiful and clean kitchen. After living through this chaos, I don’t even care what it looks like anymore. I’m just excited for space, storage, and more space!!!We went and picked out our slab yesterday, we decided on backsplash, more floors are done, the island is built, and they started demolishing our current kitchen. Lots of updates to come. Until then, enjoy your weekend!

New Window

So glad it is Friday, this felt like the longest week ever, didn’t it?  We had a really nice big sliding door in our old family room/new kitchen.  There really wasn’t anything wrong with the door except for that it was a bitch to lock, but it just didn’t work with the new kitchen layout.  It also was bigger than we really needed it to be.  We knew we wanted the door gone, but were unsure what we wanted to do instead.  Do we do beautiful french doors somewhere else? A single door? No door? After the dog started peeing everywhere, we came up with many excuses and conclusions to why he was doing it. One of these excuses was that he is so used to a sliding door leading to a nice dog area, and he doesn’t have that in this house.  That is how we came up with our “door” solution.

We had to keep a sliding door because that’s all that works for the dog.  We decided on making the old slider a window because that is where the sink is going.  We also decided to build a new slider, but a much smaller version.  It will lead to a better part of the yard to make a dog area. Win win. The process to remove the old door, build a new window, and build a new slider was messy to say the least, but it looks so clean and brings in so much light.  I am really happy with what I am seeing so far!

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Looking More Like a Kitchen

Hello hello, to say I have been busy is an understatement.  What day is it again? I feel like I can’t keep track of anything anymore.  The remodel is still supposed to be done before Christmas, and I still don’t believe it.  I sure hope it is though.  I am ready to have a clean and quiet house.  We had some major dust last week after finally getting our housekeeper back and David had to let our contractor know that he needs to do a better job at sealing off the mess.  We totally understand there will be dust, but there is no need for there to be as much as there has been.  Eli went to brush his teeth and I noticed his toothbrush was brown from the dust, his tub was too.  David cleaned everything off and last night when I went to get towels for Eli they were covered too. Bleh!

The floors upstairs are finally complete (except for the laundry room), but the biggest thing that happened was in the kitchen.  We have lights, plumbing, and walls! It was kind of hard to envision the space, but now that we have walls it is so clear to me how it will look and I am so so excited. It might not look much to you all, but trust me it’s pretty major!

This week the cabinets are apparently going in, we get to pick out countertops and back splash, the sliding door is getting torn out and the new one is going in, and they are walling off the old kitchen from the new kitchen.  Hallelujah! Get excited….

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