Hopefully you all had great weekends. I have been fighting off another sickness. I swear it’s never ending. The weather was also kind of gloomy and really cold, so that meant we had to stay inside and work on the house. By we, I mean David (Eli helped too).
Kitchen: We decided that we want different pendants. The ones we were eyeing became available again, so we ordered them! Hopefully we like them more. Here are the current ones we are switching out.Fireplace: The fireplace is almost done being framed. David built it so that it could withstand a lot of weight. AKA a giant TV.Doors: We are replacing all of the doors in the house. The contractor is charging us more money to install the doors, than the doors actually cost, so David is installing them himself. He installed the half bathroom door and the basement door. Maybe now that the basement has a door, the dog can’t run in there to take a pee. Oh wait, he went twice today.Master closet: Our clothes are still all over this freaking house, which makes it hard to keep the house clean and organized. I still can’t find the majority of my winter stuff. Anyway, the shelving and priming got done in our master closet. Which means it needs painting and then we can officially move into our room.I talked to our contractor today and he mentioned they would be done this week. Thats great, but there is still so much more for David to do! I just hope that we are 100% done by June. That seems really far from now right?
I was going to save this post until there was a little bit more progress, but this cold weather made me want to post it a little sooner! Also- progress is going really really slow right now. I’m hoping the contractors are done by next week but who the heck knows!!!!
One thing that I asolutely have to have is a fireplace. We have had a gas fireplace in every house and we used it pretty much October to March, sometimes even April. Totally worth it to have one, and now that we are in the Midwest it would get even more use. Fireplaces aren’t cheap, especially since we are building one from scratch and will have to add a gas line and such. We decided to temporarily frame it out, and wait to get the actual fireplace until next year. This is another project David is doing- the framing part, not installing an actual fireplace. We had different visions for this room, and so far David’s vision is winning. Even though it’s not what I originally wanted, it’s still going to look great.
Have a great weekend and keep your fingers crossed for more progress next week!
Sorry for the delay in posts. We had a death in the family so we were out of town for a little bit. We were hoping to come home to a completed (or pretty much completed) house, but we came back to our hood in the kitchen, and a pendant light above the island. Not sure how I feel about the lack of progress lately…
Anyway, now that you have seen the the kitchen demo, here is the laundry room demo! I know a lot of people don’t mind having their laundry room on the first floor, but we have had ours on the second floor (or third if you count the basement) in every house we have owned. I personally like it so much up there, especially with kids. I am constantly doing laundry and I don’t see the point in schlepping clothes up and down the stairs. Since we started the remodel 4.5 months after moving in, we got to experience laundry on the main level. We thought maybe we wouldn’t mind it and would decide to not move it upstairs, but we quickly realized that we were so used to it being upstairs and it was a major struggle having it downstairs. We also didn’t think we needed a 5th bedroom upstairs, so it made sense to convert one to the laundry room right? Anyway, our old laundry room will officially become our mudroom. It’s going to be so nice to come in from the garage and have a designated place to put coats and dirty, snowy, or wet boots. Can’t. Wait!
I mentioned before that we had to move into the kitchen, well it is not complete quite yet, and we definitely are not organized yet either, but until then…here is a little sneak peak from my phone! Just incase you forgot what this room used to look like, here you go!
We had a busy weekend in our house. We had to empty out all of the old kitchen cabinets and basically move into our new kitchen because they are demoing the old one this week. The new kitchen is probably 95% complete. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and we have more space than we know what to do with. I guess we just have to buy more crap to fill it. Or not. Anyway, the house is chaos with stuff everywhere and its so dirty and dusty that it can’t be safe for the kids, but oh well. We are almost done!
Before we started construction, this house had a designated living room, family room, dining room, and kitchen. We used the family room for storage, the living room as a family room, the dining room as a playroom, and the kitchen as the kitchen. After the remodel, we will have a designated kitchen, family room, office, pantry, and mudroom. We were using the original living room as a family room, and we will continue using it as a family room. This room is a pretty good size, but there was one problem (besides the lovely paint color and texture). There were no lights. Absolutely none. There was a lamp, one dinky lamp.
Our contractor’s floor guy finished the floors and baseboards a while ago, but last week they installed our lights. I never thought I would be so excited over lights! The room is bright and we no longer need a flashlight to find anything in there. The room is also filled with furniture and all of the storage boxes that used to be in the old family (new kitchen). It is hard for me to picture it as a comfortable family room for us, and the more I go in there, the more I want all new furniture. I just have too many visions for the room and I am not sure our old furniture will work, but I guess we will have to figure that out when we get there. There still is a long way to go in that room but I don’t want to give away too much about what we are going to do just yet!
After we purchased Scoria, we knew it wasn’t worth it to get a custom closet built. David promised that in the next house, we could. Well, that next house was Owl, and we were there for a quick minute, so I never got around to getting my closet there either. Too bad because I had my own huge walk-in. Darn! We built Compass Pointe and we had companies come to give us closet bids, but at the end of it all, we decided it wasn’t a forever home, so to pay a few thousand in a custom closet was ridiculous. That ended up being a good thing because we ended up moving from there too, blah! Finally, we are here in the new house and we built a brand new walk-in, so we really had no chouce but to get it customized for us. We researched a ton of companies, considered IKEA, looked at pre-made closet systems that just needed to be drilled in, etc. Some were more expensive than others, but we didn’t even care about price at this point. What annoyed us- well me, was that even though all of these closets were beautiful and semi-custom, non of them really fit 100% of our needs. We decided that one more project for David is really NBD, so this past weekend he started building us a compltely custom closet. My clothes are currently taking up Eli’s temporary room, Eli’s big boy room, our future laundry room, and the basement. David’s closet is currently the pool table in the basement- and we discovered the cat has been sleeping on all of his clothes during the day and also vomiting all over them. Pleasant! Hopefully this upcoming weekend we can maybe move our things in? I think every single room is filled with our clothes.
A little while ago I shared the project that David and my dad were working on upstairs. We removed the railing and built a half-wall on top of the stairs. I personally like how it looks more, and it is 1928730473847x safer for our wild toddler.
David spent a few hours mudding the wall since it wasn’t the smoothest, and our contractor offered to help finish it off. I think that was their way of saying they didn’t like David’s work, but I could be wrong (I’m probably not though hah). Anyway, the wall looks great now and David went ahead and primed it this weekend, along with some of the hallway. Even with primer, the hallway looks so much brighter and cleaner. I know I mentioned this before, but I just don’t understand how mustard yellow, and bright blue walls does any house any favors. Covering this all up has been such a disaster, but it makes us appreciate this process that much more.
Happy New Year! I am so happy to leave 2017 behind. It was such an eventful year. From being pregnant and living in MN alone while David lived here in Chicago, to driving and moving to Chicago at 35 weeks pregnant. Going into labor almost 2 weeks early…on the day we had to close on our new house. Finding out I needed surgery, getting inconclusive results, being told I might need another surgery and possibly might have something scary going on- just to be told false alarm! Starting a complete renovation on our new house, and the list goes on! This picture is from last New Years when we decided to announce we were pregnant again. Eli had zero idea what was going on since he was newly two, but I love to look at this and look at how much he has changed since then. Anyway, all I want is to be happy, healthy, and settled this year, not too much to hope for right?!