Archive of ‘Half Way Through’ category
We had an early surprise today. We planned sometime in September to have our tree in the backyard cut down. To our surprise they showed up a little early and did it while we were at work. They had the whole job done by lunchtime. It was a little bittersweet. We loved the tire swing we had on the tree and all the memories we had with it. It was our kids’ favorite spots when we first moved in, but with the new addition we had to get rid of the tire swing. The tree itself looked like it could fall over any second, but it was still hanging in there. We opted to get rid of it just in case and we found someone that did the job at a really good price on a whim. They were doing a job down the street and we had just had a front tree removed next to the driveway and laying in our yard, so Jay stopped and asked them to haul ours off that day as well as chop the one down in the back.
They also added gutters to the house. They blend in so well you can barely see them in these pictures.
Front of the House – Gutters
Back of the House – Gutters
East of the House – Gutters
West of the House – Gutters
The house doesn’t smell as bad now that the stain has aired out, so I ran through and snapped some shots. I can’t really look over everything well to avoid paint fumes, so it’s nice to be able to come home and look at the pictures. Everything looks like it’s primed and ready to go. They even started in on the fireplace and Dining Room Cabinets. I like the Wolf Grey 2127-40 by Benjamin Moore that we decided to go with. I was worried it would have too much blue in it.
Dining Room- Primed Paint
Living Room- Primed Paint
Alexa’s Bedroom – Primed Paint
Kitchen- Primed Paint
Laundry- Primed Paint
Master Bedroom – Primed Paint
Mudroom- Primed Paint
The painters messed up on the locker bench and primed it, so they have to come back and sand the paint off.
Upstairs Hallway- Primed Paint
Our main objective this weekend was to finalize our exterior paint color. We had just repainted our house a year or two ago and went through this. It’s horrible. I hate trying to figure out what paint color will work. I had assumed that we would use the same since we would still have some of the color on our house, but since they replaced our siding 100% we have to do this again. We drove around all evening looking at houses and we though we spot one that we really liked. Just like last time we did this, I did that awkward thing where I hopped out and asked the owner of the house if I could match my paint swatches to it. Luckily everyone has always been really nice about it. Last time one person painted a board for me to match it another just explained how they picked it. This time the lady was super nice and offered to let me borrow a can of paint with the formula on it, so I could paint part of the house and then be able to order it. She was so nice and helpful.
That color was a little to brown for us, so we went with a more grey color. We chose Benjamin Moore Storm Cloud Grey 2140-40 for the body of the house and Benjamin Moore Winter White OC-21 for our trim.
Now onto interior paint. This is more difficult than I thought. We have to pick wall, trim, cabinets and ceilings and it is hard to focus on each room.
We also widened our water pipe to help with water pressure. They got that done pretty quickly on Friday:
Below are recent pics from Friday. They are doing a great job on tiling. I never realized how slow it is to tile, but that just shows that they are taking their time and doing it right.
Baby Boy’s Bathroom Tile
Downstairs Bathroom – Finish Laying the Tile
Maren’s Bathroom Tile
Master Bathroom Tile
Upstairs Hallway – Trim and Cabinet
All of the trim is being put upstairs. They pretty much have it all done downstairs except for some areas I want done for imperfections.
Front Room Fireplace Mantel
I love how this is coming out. I like the detail around the top of the mantle.
Living Room Trim
I am back in town and I finally got to see the house. After I was in Florida at Homestead ARB, I came home and went directly to Whiteman AFB. After a week at Whiteman, I met the family at the lake. So after all that, I came home today and saw all of our new cabinets and trim. The builders tackled the door frames and kitchen crown molding since we’ve been gone as well.
You can see all of the trim that is about to go in:
Front Room Trim
The crown is up and the windows are framed in. Now we have the mantel to decide on and what sconces will go above the mantel.
Alexa’s Room Trim
Alexa has a lot of her crown and baseboards done. I think we even finalized a paint color and trim color, so now we just have the decorating left in her room. She keeps asking to have her ceiling painted like her old room did. I am still trying to decide on if I am going to do that in any of the rooms.
Downstairs Bathroom Trim and Cabinets
Below is a shot of our cabinet for the bathroom. I think we are going to paint it black with carrera marble tops for the sinks.
The kitchen has a lot of its molding done. This room is one of the hardest to decide on colors for the cabinets and what tops we are putting in. I love the marble, but it hold up next to the granite. We are trying to find an alternative that looks like marble, but is made of granite like “Super White Granite.”
Dining Room Trim
All the crown molding is up in the dining room. All that’s left is the baseboards.
Notice the locked door below. This is the laundry room. I still have yet to see it. I did pick out granite for my counter tops for that room, but I have yet to see it. The lockers are starting to go in as well. I like it, but I think it’s going to be a tight fit to get four lockers in it.
Hallway Trim And Cubby
I like the little cubby that will be in the hallway. I also like the fact that the hallway is opened up and not as closed off. Now I just have to figure out what kind of light I want to go in. I think I want a pendant light of some sort.
Baby Boy’s Room Cabinet, Closet and Shower
Baby Boy’s room had the window seat installed, all of the closet done and the tile prepped. They are starting to tile this week. The tile was one of the first purchases we made for the house, so we already forgot what it will all look like.
Maren’s Room Cabinet, Closet and Shower
Maren’s window seat and cabinet were there today as well. They also cut the cubbies in most of the bathrooms where all of our shelves are going to go to hold their shampoos.
These are just shots of our stairs just to remember. It has an old chair rail around the top that was taken out, which I am glad. I never really knew why it was there and it always looked a little odd.
Being gone two weeks have been really hard. I’ve missed my family a ton and I’ve missed a lot going on with the house. I can at least talk to everyone everyday to keep me going. I have two more days and I will get to be with them again! I plan to meet them at the lake after I get off of work on my final day, so I won’t see the house until Sunday. At least I have Jay sending me pictures of the house.
One of my friends text me this morning and say that there were two Miller Custom Cabinet trucks in front of my house. I figured they may be finishing the closets. I had no idea what was in store.
Check out the pictures Jay sent me:
Now the room is feeling like the kitchen. I think having the cabinets in will help us settle on counter tops and cabinet colors.
Laundry Room Cabinets
This of course is one of my favorite rooms, because all of my crafts and sewing machine will be living here. Before I was working in our tiny upstairs closet. I would open the doors to the closet, pull out my folding chair and work sideways on top of an old dresser. It worked well for what I needed at the time, but it will be exciting to have my own place of it. I can also use it as my office when I am working from home. I am thinking I want grey quartz counter tops in this room, but I am going to keep searching around the internet to figure out what I want. Jay said it was even more impressive in person.
Our microwave is going straight into the empty hole. The rest will be a pantry for extra storage. We originally did not think of having the pantry in the mudroom until speaking with our contractor. Mark pointed out that we had a ton of extra space that would be a good place to put a pantry in when we were still working with the architect. I originally wanted a drawer microwave in the kitchen, but I was talked into by everyone to put the microwave out in the mudroom. Hopefully we won’t use the microwave as much as we do our stove top.
Dining Room Cabinets
These came out amazing. I can’t wait to see it with the counters and color we pick. Not all the cabinets are in yet. This room has always been really easy to picture once we bought our table. Now we just have to figure out our light fixture.
Alexa’s Room Vanity and Closet
I originally had Alexa’s closet really simple, but Mark was able to come up with a better idea. I think this will give her the best use for her space. The vanity, I am still not sure of. I am think that it’s not very girly, so I was trying to come up with an idea to help make it more feminine. I think maybe by adding some long curved legs to the front of it to make it feel like a desk may help make it feel complete. I don’t think I like the floating part of it.
Downstairs Hallway Nook
This is our tiny nook in our downstairs hallway. The funny part is that Jay and I don’t really have any nick-nacks, but now we have all these bookcases to fill! I will have to stock up on bookends and books.
Upstairs Hallway Knee Wall Bookcases
More bookcases! We told the kids that they get their own section of the bookcase. I want to come up with an idea for bookends that have their initials or something to show whose bookcase is whose. I am liking the bookcases though. I think they turned out great.
Maren’s Room Closet
The doors are wedged shut, so we don’t know if the closet is built or not. It’s a secret for now…
Baby Boy’s Room Knee Wall Cabinets
We had a fun time coming up with how to use the knee wall. We really wanted to have the best use for this wall. A lot of old cape cods have the built in dressers. I like them, but the drawers seem to always stick or fall of their hinges. I am hoping that these will be done so well that they last a lifetime and won’t give us problems when we are 60 years old.
Master Bathroom Cabinets
It’s not in the bathroom yet, but we got a sneak peak to how it looks.
We were given a deadline to come up with how the closet in each room will look like on the inside and if we wanted to add any nooks throughout the house. Of course I have to be out of the town for the military, so Jay gets to go solo on this meeting. I am trying to do my best to explain what I am wanting.
Master Bathroom Shower Nook
I thought a nook above our bench would work out the best to keep the shampoo and conditioners up off the ground.
Master Bathroom Bathtub Nook
I am picturing something similar to this for our nook by our tub. We haven’t decided if we wanted it on one or both sides.
Master Bedroom Nook
After ordering our bed and nightstand we realized that only one nightstand would work, so Jay and Mark, our contractor, came up with a plan to put a nook by his side of the bed. (Check our new bed and nightstand out in this post: Out Master Bedroom Bed and Nightstand
Maren’s Bedroom Nook
Maren has an odd entry from her hallway to her bedroom. I thought a nook would be perfect there since that space won’t be used.
Maren’s Bedroom Closet
Maren’s closet is pretty big and wide, so I thought I could add a section to the right to organize her clothes for each day of the week. In the past, we had something similar to that. We tried to lay out their clothing every Sunday night for that entire school week.
Shower Nook (Maren’s Bathroom, Baby Boy’s Bathroom and Downstairs Bathroom)
We want something like this for Maren’s and Baby Boy’s bathrooms (and possibly the downstairs bathroom as well):
Baby Boy’s Bedroom Closet
This was easy to come up with a design. I knew I wanted shelves in the odd area. I also figured that since he is a boy he can have two rods hanging in his closet. The girls can’t do this since they will have dresses that would get in the way.
Baby’s Boy’s Window Seat Nook
It would be nice to have an area to put books in by the window seat. It may be too much in that area, but I thought I would see what our builder thought.
I love how this window seat has their bookcase, but they don’t have sconces:
This would be the perfect place to put a nook.
Alexa has a very plain closet, but it is bigger than what she had before.
Alexa’s Nook in Vanity Area
Alexa wanted a built in bookcase somewhere in her room, but I didn’t think there was a good place for it. We may be able to put one under her sconce by her vanity, but I think it might be too tight of an area.
Kitchen Above Stove Nook
This one is Jay’s call, but I know we talked about having a nook in the kitchen above the stove. We haven’t decided yet, but this is one similar to what I would want.
Alexa had just repainted her bedroom about 6 months before our remodel. It used to be pink with green ceilings and she just outgrew the light pink color:
Then we changed to her new teal color that she got to pick out herself and she loved it:
You can also check out her old room here: http://villagecapecod.com/before-alexas-room/
She still wants to stick with her new teal walls (they look blue in the above pictures), so here is the color scheme I was thinking:
Both girls wanted the same color walls. Maren likes hot pink and Alexa really liked the coral, so I think I can do two rooms that have the same wall color but will look completely different. Because of all of the changes in her room, I think I am going to have to get rid of some of the furniture. Most likely her chair and her desk will need to go to accommodate her new vanity area and the pocket wall into the bathroom. She has mentioned that she didn’t want to get rid of her desk, but I think once we move in and she sees how it all fits into the space she will understand.
We did find sconces for her vanity area. Pottery Barn Kids was also having 15% off this week on any purchases, so we were able to save a little bit and find the color that matches her room. All of her furniture is a little off white and Pottery Barn just happens to be the same off white color:Click here to go to Pottery Barn’s site.
Here is my to-do list for Alexa’s Room (not as much compared to other rooms):
Find new curtains
Find a new rug
Maybe a new bedspread
We had to decide on the hardware today and below are our final decisions.
Downstairs Bathroom Cabinet Hardware
I like how the placement and hardware is on this cabinet:
Master Bathroom Cabinet Hardware
I want something similar to these cabinets:
Baby Boy’s Cabinet Hardware
Maren’s Cabinet Hardware
Here is what I would love her cabinets to look like:
Laundry Room Cabinet Hardware
This would be my dream cabinets:
The final sheetrock went in and now the long process of mudding and taping begins. Perfect timing for the boring part to begin. I have to leave yet again for two weeks for the military, so I won’t be missing too much going on with the house. It will also give me some time to focus on the baby and some of our remaining house items we need to purchase.
Downstairs Bedroom (Alexa’s Room) – Sheetrock
Check out her special area for her vanity next to her closet. I am hoping that the make-up/hair mess will be hidden from site from the hallway.
Downstair’s Bathroom – Sheetrock
Dining Room – Sheetrock
Front Room – Sheetrock
We were happy to see the drywall guys working on Saturday and with all the work they did in one day, but we were even more ecstatic to see that they came back on Sunday and got a lot done on the main floor. Now there are only a few rooms less and they can start mudding and taping.
Check out all the work they got done today:
Living Room – Sheetrock
Dining Room – Sheetrock
Laundry Room – Sheetrock
They worked all day Saturday and got a lot of the sheetrock done. We were told that the sheetrock goes up in a couple of days but the mudding and taping is what will take a few weeks to complete. The whole upstairs was completed yesterday and some of the ceilings downstairs. I can now really picture how each of the rooms will look like upstairs and how much space we really have to start figuring out where I want the furniture in each room.
Front Room – Ceiling Sheetrock
Downstairs Bedroom Room (Alexa’s Room) – Ceiling Sheetrock
Downstairs Bathroom – Ceiling Sheetrock
Upstairs Hallway – Sheetrock
Master Bedroom – Sheetrock
Master Bedroom Bathroom – Sheetrock
Bedroom 1 (Baby’s Room) – Sheetrock
Bedroom 1 (Baby’s Room) Bath – Sheetrock
Bedroom 1 (Baby’s Room) Closet – Sheetrock
Bedroom 2 (Maren’s Room) Hallway – Sheetrock
Bedroom 2 (Maren’s Room) Bedroom – Sheetrock
Bedroom 2 (Maren’s Room) Bedroom Bath – Sheetrock
Our street had an exciting day. Every young kid loves to see a fire truck and our neighborhood kids got to see one today thanks to our house. Nothing really major happened, but when they were digging the trench they accidentally struck the gas line. They did all the right things and called in the proper people to help fix it in no time.
Over lunchtime, Jay and I swung by to meet up with our contractor and the trim guy to pick out all the trim around the doors, baseboards and the crown molding. The heat got to this pregnant girl pretty fast, so I wasn’t really in the mood for it all but we made it through and we now have the decision checked off of our list of to-do’s.
They were just finishing up doing the final insulation touches (fiber insulation will have to go in around our can lights and other areas that can’t have the foam spray) and next our sheet rock will go in. Our guys are such hard workers that they actually came a day to soon and started sheet rocking, but had to stop since the insulation guys weren’t fully done. At least they got some of their sheet rock hauled in. They are looking at working more on the sheet rock tomorrow or Saturday.
I quickly went in and grabbed some shots and got right out tonight. It really doesn’t give off a horrible odor, but everyone kept telling me I shouldn’t be there. It was pretty amazing what a difference the insulation is making on the upper floor. Don’t get me wrong – our non-air conditioned house is still very hot, but you can somewhat breath up there now. Before it was miserable to be upstairs.
Front of the House – Add on to the Portico
They did some more fancy trim around the portico today. Most people probably wouldn’t have noticed, but Jay and I both did.
Back of the House – Added the Gas Meter
The gas meter is in safely!
Front Room – Foam Insulation
Alexa’s Room – Foam Insulation
Some sheet rock was installed today too.
Downstair’s Bathroom – Foam Insulation
Living Room – Foam Insulation
Dining Room – Foam Insulation
Kitchen – Foam Insulation
Noticed the old garage door is now gone and foam insulation is in it’s place.
Mud Room – Foam Insulation
The sheet rock is up and you can see where the new casing for the door is going to go in.
Laundry Room – Foam Insulation
Master Bedroom – Foam Insulation
Some sheet rock was installed here as well, but they had to take one piece down to make sure the can light was well insulated.
One of our biggest issues in our house prior to our rebuild was the regulation of the heat mainly in Maren’s room and the rest of the upstairs. During the summer it was really hot and in the winter it was really cold. We always kept a fan or heater in her room, but I hated having the heater running in her room for safety reasons. It was a pretty easy decision to go with the foam insulation instead of fiberglass insulation because of this reason. We are hoping this will make a huge improvement on how our upstairs feel and help reduce heating and cooling costs.
They got half of the upstairs done and will get the rest done in the next couple of days.
Bedroom 1 Insulation – Baby’s Room
Bedroom 1 Bathroom Insulation – Baby’s Room
Bedroom 2 Insulation – Maren’s Room
Bedroom 2 Bathroom Insulation – Maren’s Room
I figured a quick review of the house would be in order here. They are planning that insulation will be done in the next couple of days, so I wanted to make sure to snap a picture of what all the rooms look like with all the wiring and pipes exposed. Plus they completed the wood floors in the upstairs hallway, finished the entire tile on the upper back porch, installed all the speakers and added gas to the fireplace. They also buried our lines finally.
New Gas Lines
I stopped by on my way home from base to see everything new that happened while I was gone. I was able to go through each room and take different angles through the heat and heartburn! Be aware – there are a ton of pictures below.
Downstairs Bedroom – Alexa’s Bedroom
Upper Back Porch
Bedroom #1 – Baby’s Room
Bedroom #1 Bathroom- Baby’s Room
Bedroom #1 Closet- Baby’s Room
Bedroom #2 – Maren’s Room
Bedroom #2 Bath – Maren’s Bedroom
Bedroom #2 Closet – Maren’s Bedroom
Bedroom #2 Hallway – Maren’s Bedroom
Well, almost. They got most of it done in the downstairs, so they will have the upstairs hallway and the rest to do this week. I think they look good and it makes the house feel like we are going on the downhill to completion.
The floors will be stained dark once it’s all said and done.
Here is a look from yesterday and one from today to see the difference:
Downstairs Bedroom New Wood Floors
They had to patch where the old closet was and now where the new closet and vanity are going in the downstairs bedroom.
Downstairs Hallway New Wood Floors
We took out the hallway towel closet to add more space to the bathroom, so they had to patch in where the old closet was.
Dining Room New Wood Floors
I am excited to see how the rooms all flow together now.
Kitchen New Wooden Floors
Living Room New Wooden Floors
We had to bury our lines, so the excavator came and dug out all of our landscaping. It was overgrown and we are going to do something simpler next year anyway, but I did hate seeing the rose bush go.
Upper Porch Tile
They also started tiling the upper porch (actually they started yesterday.) I don’t know how they did this with all the heat. We went to the house around 5:30PM and it was so hot, I could barely stand it for 5 minutes before I was ready to leave! They cut the tile on the top floor in the master bedroom, which is one of the hottest areas of the house.
We opted to leave the tile the color it is. We could have picked to treat it to go a little darker, but I like the greys that come out of it.
Bathroom Fans and Air Vents
One of our biggest concerns was getting mold in the bathrooms. We had a huge issue on our main floor due to the fact that we didn’t have a fan in the bathroom. We want to do anything and everything to avoid having that issue again.
Upstairs Bedroom #2 Bathroom Vent
Upstairs Bedroom #2 Bathroom Vent
Downstairs Bathroom Vent
**Warning: This is going to be a really long post about cabinets!
We have three main items to decide on today. Audio / Smart Home, Cabinets / Vanities and Doors. The doors were pretty easy. I knew I wanted a two panel door like this one:
It’s simple and similar to what we had before.
The Audio / Smart Home was a little harder. Jay made a lot of these decisions around where it will all go and what type of equipment we will be using. We decided to wire for all rooms, but only install speakers in some of the rooms. They put a clamp on the speaker wires that are in the wall, so they can go back and find them when we are ready to expand. We figured we could cut some costs by only doing one zone. We picked the kitchen, downstairs back patio, front room, master bedroom and then the family room will have surround sound. At first we had the laundry room, master bedroom, upper back patio and upstairs hallway, but after getting the estimate we reduced it down to just the 4 main areas we plan to entertain in and get the most use out of. Here is our speaker placement for now (minus the wiring):
Here’s the tough part, the cabinets. We had to become cabinet experts very quickly and decide on what they looked like and how they functions. I want to make sure we thought of everything when it came to this and hoped we didn’t leave anything out. We have a ton to think about too. We have a kitchen, mudroom pantry, mudroom lockers, laundry room, dining room entertainment center, living room fireplace, downstairs bedroom extra vanity, downstairs bathroom vanity, upstairs hallway, first bedroom knee wall, first bedroom bathroom vanity, back bedroom vanity, and finally master bathroom vanity. I am sure I left something out, but I think that may be it.
First to think about is the kitchen. Here is our first draft from the cabinet guy:
We have a main sink and a prep sink. I almost wish we put the prep sink on the opposite side of the counter to spread out the sinks. We are going to have an ‘L’ shaped counter top on the island for seating, so the island is a little bigger then what is actually pictured. Another concern I had is that I feel there should be two trash bins. Maybe we can have a small one place under the prep sink. I just feel like one should really be there to accommodate for the main place we will cook at. I also noticed that we don’t have a place marked for the microwave. I think we finally decided on putting it in the mudroom pantry. I wanted it in the island in a drawer, but I was overruled. Still not sure how I feel on that one.
Dining Room Cabinets
I think this was Jay’s favorite area of the house. As soon as we started to rebuild, he knew exactly what he wanted this area to look like:
We are going to put all of our electronics for the main floor in these cabinets, so Mark our contractor had the HVAC guy put in a vent to keep it all cool.
Originally we had the lockers and pantry on opposite sides, but I figured it would make sense to flip them so you don’t notice the mess in from the lockers as easily. We are also thinking about adding in a door from the kitchen into the mudroom.
Here is a mockup I did with an added microwave. I am not crazy about it yet.
Laundry Room Cabinets
Next is the laundry room:
I am very excited about having my own little nook to work and sew in. It gives me a place to organize all my craft supplies and fabric. The one thing missing on this is a space to put my feet. We also need to decide if we are going to leave the space above the washer and dryer open shelving or put cabinets up.
We have very similar bathroom cabinets for the main floor bathroom, upstairs front bedroom and upstairs back bedroom.
These should be pretty simple to pick out, but I wanted to make sure we did something that looked nice and would function well. I really like this style:
But with this color of paint for at least Maren’s room:
Master Bathroom Cabinets
Jay and I like a lot of different cabinets. We were leaning towards an open area to put towels. This is the first one we both really liked.
Bedroom #1 Knee Wall Cabinets
This drawing only shows cabinets with drawers. We plan to redo it to look more like this:
We wanted to have drawers on the left of the window and open cubbies and a cabinet to the right.
We were gone for a few days, so its always fun to come home to see what was done. They did more HVAC, wiring, outlets, framing and they laid our first tile. Also, all of the siding on the back of the house is complete and the windows in Maren’s room are installed.
Front of the House
Back of the House
Maren’s windows in her room are up and we have all of the siding complete on the back.
You can see all the wiring they did for the outdoors, so we can have good placement for electricity. Older homes like ours generally don’t have enough outlets outside.
We decided to tile the top and bottom porch instead of leaving it plain cement or using wood. We know we aren’t the type to stain the wood every year to maintain it, so Jay researched and found a simple way of tiling it with flamed granite. We only will have to seal it every couple of years, but besides that it’s pretty hands off for maintenance. We bought almost all of our tile through the Tile Shop, so once we decided to go with tile we set out to look again for the best price and the Tile Shop was able to beat everyone else. Even with our contractor’s discount at other places. Here is the link to the tile we bought from the Tile Shop: Tile Shop – Flamed Granite We figured the flamed granite would give it a texture so it wasn’t as slippery if it got wet, plus we like how earthy it looks to look like it fits the outdoors better. The Tile Shop had it in the a kitchen for their example when we went to go look at it.
East Side of the House
Nothing new going on here, but I figured that it would be nice to show the latest update.
West Side of the House
All the wiring is in for the west side of the house.
Check out Maren’s new windows. They are finally in to complete the room. They are also framing in the fireplace. We wanted to leave the nice portion of the wood exposed, so they are making a mantel like shelf for her.
The living room mantel is being framed in and we are ready for the bookcases to be built.
This is what we are thinking about (minus the TV):
Thank goodness for Houzz!
The sconce wiring went in this week.
They curved our arches separating our reading area with where our bed will be.
They got all of our bookcases framed in.
Crazy wires. I hope they know where these all go too. This looks crazy, but I know they all belong to something. I am shocked there aren’t more to be honest with all the wiring going on upstairs.
Each summer holiday all of the Teeter family comes down to hang out at the lake together. It’s a packed house, but we always have fun together. The kids typically fish and swim all day, while the adults sit out and watch. My favorite part is usually taking all the kids jet skiing, but this year I had to sit out and watch everyone.
Earlier we had mentioned that we were going to get rid of our granite countertops during our rebuild, so Jay asked his family if the granite tops would fit at the lakehouse. The aunts all measured and figured that it would fit if was trimmed down a little.
We headed down a day earlier then everyone else, so we weren’t there when the uncles came to pick the granite up from our house. With help from our neighbors they were successful at getting it loaded into the truck. That same day the uncles all got to work uninstalling the current counter and cutting back the granite to fit. They installed it all in record time. Overall, I think they look pretty good. Plus, its a bonus anytime we can reuse instead of trash something.
Our Old House
Here is a pic of what they looked like when we had them installed in our galley kitchen in 2011 before our rebuild. Who knew we would end up redoing our whole house a couple years later.
This is a shot of the countertop’s new home. I like how the old and the new goes together. I was afraid the new granite tops would look awkward with the old kitchen cabinets.
Next they plan to redo the backsplash to fit in better with the counter tops.
They got a lot of our house wiring done today along with a lot of the house cleanup.
Front of the House
You can see the new temporary door they put in this weekend.
There are wires everywhere.
Baby’s Room Wiring:
Master Bedroom Wiring:
Look at the before and after. Pretty crazy how they can clean up so well.
This weekend was the first time we didn’t have sports (we did have Saturday morning golf lessons, Alexa had a birthday party to go to and I had a Saturday middle of the night code deployment), but overall it was a pretty low key weekend. Our contractor asked us to get the rest of the stuff out of the basement, so they can get the rest of the wiring and plubming done. The crew also worked all weekend long and got the new front door frame installed, more HVAC done (more from HVAC Direct), finished the chimney and a ton of other small things around the house.
Here are the latest updates to the house:
They added the new bathtub to the downstairs bathroom.
Our dining room plumbing is going in as well. We are going to have a drink center and all of our electronics in a cabinet in this room. Mark (our contractor) mentioned that he could put in a vent into our cabinets to cool everything, which we thought was a great idea.
Kitchen plumbing is coming along. Once my cousin who is a plumber from the Inner West in Sydney gets here, we are going to have a full sink under the window and a smaller one in our island.
You can see the rough sketch of our island. We made it into an “L” shape so that our stools can be pushed under and they are not sitting out in the open. It’s a pretty small in width island, but long.
Maren’s Bathroom shower’s plumbing was put in today, we can all learn more from an expert at Whitton Plumbing.
You can also see how much plumbing throughout her room to her bathroom.
They also put the copper plumbing in the baby’s room too.
More plumbing in the baby’s room for the shower.
Back of the House
The chimney was finished today. You can still see the mismatch in brick, but after the grout dries it should be better.
They also finished off the back porch ceiling.
Maren’s Room Chimney
Maren’s room is almost all sided. They can finish it now that the chimney is done.
Our new air conditioner is in! This is in a different location then we had it before.
We had to organize the basement this weekend and we still aren’t 100% through. Below is our trash pile that we created while cleaning. The crazy part is that it didn’t seem like we started with much, but we were using part of the basement as temporary storage. They also took down a hanging shelf we had with all of our seasonal decorations on it that we had to sort through and move.
Hope this website will be useful in case you decided to have some updates, too.
Monday Jay, Mark (our contractor), and I went around to each room deciding on where to put all of the different switches, lighting and outlets. Jay and I went this weekend to do an initial walk-through to decide, so we had some sort of idea going into it and it still took us 3 hours to do the walk-through. Today they started in on putting up all of the boxes before the wiring.
Code dictates where some of the outlets are placed, but I wanted to make sure that we had plenty throughout each room. I also read one of people’s biggest regrets is not putting an outlet in their closets, so I made sure we had at least one in each closet.
You can just count how many new outlets, switches and lights are now in. Next stop wiring.
The mudroom has the funniest set of outlets. We are creating a locker area for each kid and then one for Jay and me to share. We wanted an outlet in each of the cubbies, so you can see how they are stacked in a row.
Look at all our canned lights in the kitchen. We are also going to have pendants over our island, but wanted to have plenty of lighting.
Next on our list is ordering interior doors. I knew I wanted a two panel similar to like what we had before, but I didn’t realize how many options in a two panel there were! These are what we think we may go with (minus the door handle):
Here is the website that gave us all our choices (I narrowed it down to only the two panel options.)
So many different things started today. Here is our quick list:
Maren’s Room Chimney Rebuild
Other Random Stuff
It was fun going into the house and seeing the start of so many different areas of the house. It just helps to put together all the remaining items before the sheet rock can finally go up and the floors can go in.
Back of the House
You can see how the chimney is going up.
Maren’s Room Chimney Rebuild
This was supposed to start on Saturday, so its great to see the start even sooner. I was a little surprised too. This is the last piece of the puzzle before we can close this house up and call the siding and framing officially done.
Alexa’s room was full of plumbing elbows today. The also hit the following rooms:
Baby Boy’s Room
HVAC actually started to go in last week, but today you can notice major changes.
Baby Boy’s Room
Floors will actually be one of the last things they do, but they did start evening the floors out by removing some of the wood floors. The entire downstairs (minus the mudroom and laundry room) will remain wood and we plan on staining it dark brown. We went back and forth on tiling the kitchen, but figured the flow of the house would bet better by keeping the hardwoods.
We have random other items happening as well. We decided to take our old towel cabinet in our upstairs hallway and move the doors to the other side of facing the kids rooms. I figured the cabinet was so deep before and would look odd facing the hallway. Now we can use the space better and have it face the kids rooms. It will be perfect to store all of the spare towels and sheets.
Front room fireplace. We wanted to redo the fireplace to smooth out the walls. Plus we want to add gas to the fireplace and maybe some sconces.
Thursday the roof came down and Friday the roof went back up! We ran by Friday night on our way to the lake and they were finishing up on the roof. I was able to snap a couple of pics before we had to hop back into the car and get out of town fast to avoid lake traffic.
Front of the House
Grabbed these shots on Friday night before we headed out of town.
We took this on Sunday night after we came home. It looks so much nicer now that they cleaned up our yard.
Back of the House
You can’t see much of the roof on the back, but I figured I should get a shot anyway!
I came over to check on the house around 5:45 tonight and noticed a crew at the house. Driving up they looked like they were packing up getting ready to go, but when I got closer I noticed that they were unloading. They were just starting their work, which I can’t blame them with this heat. I ran inside to get somethings and check to see if anything happened today, while I was in there it sounded like my house was falling apart with all the scrapping and I was trapped trying to get back outside from all the falling shingles. I was shocked how fast they flew through taking off the roof. Around 6:10 I came out of the house and all of the roof was almost off. We decided to come back by at 8:00PM and they were wrapping things up. They had everything done and prepped to start putting on the new roof.
Front of the House
Starting the demo on the new roof….
When they left today….
Back of the House
Notice the new walls are now up.
The walls are up now and the rest of the floor is in.
All of the HVAC stuff is in and ready to go.
Not a lot happening today, because they had to move the electricity again, but I was able to go in and see some of the changes made yesterday. They installed all of the pocket doors.. I didn’t realize how many we had.
Main Floor Bedroom
They put in the pocket door into the main bathroom and changed the position of the closet with the new vanity area stubbed in.
Main Floor Bathroom
They are getting ready for the shower tub combo.
There is a weird corner to our shower caused from the HVAC, but it made a perfect area to put in a shower bench. They also put in our pocket door coming into the bathroom. Right now we are having a great debate over if the toilet should go next to the shower or next to the tub. The tub would be nice for when I am bathing the baby, but would be the first thing you see walking through the door.
This room wins for the most pocket doors in the house. I wanted to save space in the bedroom, so I added a pocket door in the very beginning. I planned on leaving the closet open to the bathroom, but everyone convinced me to at least put a pocket door in the closet for privacy.