Monday, April 29, 2013

House Project {Week 4}

We've owned the house nearly a month now....hard to believe.  The entire neighborhood is figuring out that we are the owners and we've met so many people.  Its a congested area and we are on a corner lot with houses on every side of us.  There've been so many that we printed out a map and we've been filling in the names of people as they come and introduce themselves.

One lady we met in the morning and by evening she was on the doorstep delivering fresh-baked cookies.  Who does that?!?

Much of what was done this week involved that darned plumber, so there's not too much progress happening that I can show you with pictures, although Shaun is acquiring quite the scrap metal pile from all the demo.  (He's actually a really good plumber, I just fear the bill he's going to send us....I get so used to Shaun being able to do pretty much any kind of work and its always a bit shocking when we hire out for stuff).

Early in the week we talked through the laundry room.  For the past 19 years I've had pretty nasty laundry room conditions, so I thought this would be a good time to make a decent one.  The Pinterest laundry rooms make it look like so much more fun.  :)  Obviously we made a decision because the washer hose is sticking out there.  Its going to be in the basement....two and three flights of stairs removed from our bedrooms, but not taking up valuable space.  I'm happy for the exercise and happy for the space.

It is hopeful to look something roughly like this....(without all the glass bottles, of course...it would only be a matter of [not much] time before a thrown ball would take them all out).
 ....or like this.  Mostly, I'm just excited about getting a washer that works.  Ours is truly on its last legs.

My favorite thing about all these Pinterest rooms is there is never ANY laundry!  :)

While we were talking, we looked over and saw Aiden up on the ladder with his tape measure.
Time for some demo!  This is before...
 ...ripping the ceiling out to get to some large, important drain pipes.
 the new home for my fridge.

 I went over early the next morning to clean the mess.  Sweeping up plaster and lathe brought up a whole ton of memories....19 years ago we were doing this with our first house.
 Someone had put in some pretty pavers, right down the center of the driveway.  We worked to clean it up.


This hedge row took a fair amount of wrestling, but we finally conquered it.  The six of us worked hard one evening to get all the brush loaded into the pickup.  Then, instead of paying $10 to take it to the dump, we took it to Nathan's...he'll have a large bonfire soon.

 We took a morning to spruce up the yard at one of the rental places....its just that time of year everywhere!
 This was an exciting day.  We had a designer come out to go over our thoughts and plans, primarily for the kitchen space.  We'd hashed and re-hashed the space but wanted to get an expert's thoughts on it all.

He spent about two hours with us and brought up so many good points and suggestions.  A couple big changes that came out of it:

1. we are swapping the rooms we are using for the living room and dining room
2. our bedroom is going to be on the third floor
3. we'll have six bedrooms instead of seven
4. we're keeping a bathroom on the first floor we were about to take out
5. the kitchen with stay much the way it is now
6. we swapped the floor that the boys and girls will be on

All of this means MUCH time and money saved....and its a MUCH better plan!  So grateful.
 Give us a couple weeks with a little bit of land, and already the kids are riding in the back of pickup trucks.

 Uncle Nathan strung a rope around this tree and the kids have had hours of fun swinging.

Shaun and Nathan transformed our backyard in short order.  They dug up despised holly bushes, bittersweet roots and untangled the trees from all the vines.

I transplanted English Ivy next to the stonewall...hopefully it will do what it did here....climb and thicken.

 We took a lunch break and all these seats were filled with family.  I LOVE this porch and the times we've had there already.
 Z got to use Uncle Nathan's leaf blower....boys and their power tools!
Then my two boys and I took a load of leaves to the dump.
 Yet another brush load!

 I am loving subway tiles for a backsplash.
 And also the lantern-style light fixtures.
And how fun is this for the girls room?  A little reading nook and/or sleepover space above their beds.

2 comments:

Melody said...

Wow, lots of progress! So exciting!

The Bug said...

Ooh I want one of those beds with the reading nook now! Although I don't think our cealing is high enough :)

So much work - but it will be fabulous!