Thursday, July 4, 2019
Happy 4th of July everyone!
I’ve been keeping a “secret” and wasn’t sure how much I wanted to share on the blog at this time because there is no end in sight yet. I teased a bit at this when I showed you some tile samples on my Hello Monday post, so here it is… We are doing a pretty major renovation on our house.
A little history: We bought our 60’s ranch right before our wedding and have never lived anywhere else. That was 19 years ago! Our house was a 3 (4 if you consider the basement bedroom a bedroom) bedroom/2 bathroom house and it seemed huge until we filled it with a chocolate lab (our first boy was Archie and now we have our second chocolate lab Ernie) and twin boys. And, it was still fine for our family of 4. What I liked and still like about it is there is no wasted space. The layout is comfortable and I really love my house.
Right away, we did new appliances, new paint, and filled the house with replacements for our college furniture. We put in new windows, we built a fence for our dog, we put on a new roof, and we did a new HVAC system.
A few years later we added a garage with side patio and then a few years after that we redid the basement with drywall, a new fireplace, new built ins, and added a third bathroom to the basement bedroom.
Our basement family room. Yes, we let our dog on that part of the sectional!
Our garage and side patio
New basement bathroom
Why didn’t we just move? Well, our boys walked out of our backyard to their elementary school, they walked out the front to the middle school and to the high school after that and located in between the middle and high school sits their daycare/preschool, orthodontist, and their oral surgeon. Plus, I work at the same high school, as you know, and we have tons of restaurants, grocery store, and many other amenities within walking distance but still live in a quiet neighborhood with old trees in a good property value part of town.
Current main floor living room: Just wanting to rip up carpet because there are hardwoods beneath
Current dining room: This will stay the same, except hopefully new paint
I’m not showing you current bathrooms, kitchen, or bedrooms because they are just bad. Maybe I will at another time.
We started phase one when we had to dig up an old septic tank in the yard by the house and take off our old concrete back steps. This was Ernie’s spot and I took this photo because he looks so confused.
Not to fear, we built a temporary wooden back entry that would eventually have stairs, too. I can’t find a photo of this. Just picture wooden railings and stairs – very makeshift.
So, what are we doing?
We are adding on to almost the entire back of the house. We are adding a new master bedroom, two new master walk in closets, a master bath, a new hall bath (combining existing hall bath and existing master bath to created one), a mudroom/laundry room off of the kitchen, adding a patio off of the master bedroom/mudroom, extending the kitchen and redoing the kitchen. In addition to that we are re-doing boys’ bedrooms, ripping up carpet and refinishing hardwoods throughout and painting the main floor of the house.
We are doing this in stages and it will be a long time before everything is finished. This will be an exercise in patience for me because it doesn’t come naturally. I’m extremely nervous about the cost, the time factor, the chaos factor, and all that we have going on this year with the boys’ senior year, college visits and decisions, and much more. But, that’s life. There’s never a perfect time to rip up your house, is there?
So, I will show you some progress if that’s your cup of tea and if it’s not, that’s fine, too.
This was exciting because we were able to start the framing after the foundation had been poured. We had lots of rain to contend with as we were trying to get this going. \
This photo made me laugh. Ernie lost his back porch, his wooden porch, and now he’s lost his driveway space. I feel you, Ernie!
It’s fun to see the progress! The people working on it are so nice and such hard workers. I try to give them ice water and popsicles as much as I can. I think I painted a depressed picture of Ernie but he also loves seeing new people that come to work on the house and he has to sniff all the building materials.
Have you been through something like this? Any tips for me?
Thanks for reading!