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Banded From the House – Jumpstart on Maren’s New Room Design

I am stuck from going into the house for a couple days due to the fumes from our foam insulation going in. The good news is that I can concentrate on what is still needed for the house and start making my lists. I tackled a little on the baby’s room, so I thought I would start working on Maren’s.

Maren will always pick out the same color of blue every time I give her colors to pick from. Here is what we came up for on the color scheme of her room: (she isn’t digging the gray, but loves everything else)
Maren's Paint

I was planning on making her duvet cover, but when I was browsing websites for ideas I came across the perfect one for her room. I decided to go ahead and buy it since it would have cost at least $60 in fabric alone. For a bonus, Pottery Barn Teen was also having an additional 20% off everything you buy, plus this bedding was already marked down to $79 for a full/queen duvet.

Maren's Pottery Barn Teen Bedding

Click here to go to to view her bedding.

I’ve been looking for a bed for her on craigslist for a while. She always says that she wanted a big bed instead of the small bed she has already had, so I hunted a wood bed down to fix up and it was only $20. The downfall is that it’s painted teal, so I will have to sand it down and repaint it. It will eventually be one of my fun projects. I want to make sure I complete it prior to moving in, so we can set her room up. I also found a nightstand. It was $20 as well and still had the tags on it. So for a total of $40 and a little bit of elbow grease, I was able to furnish Maren’s room. I have to give a quick thanks to my friend for letting me borrow her SUV to get it home!
Maren's Bed

So now I just have the following to-do’s for her room:

  • Find window seat fabric and make new cover
  • Find bathroom sconces
  • Find window sconces
  • Sand and paint bed
  • Find art
  • Pick hardware for bathroom vanity
  • Buy picture frames for fireplace
  • Wall Treatments

  • Insulation To The Rescue

    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 - Insulation

    Bedroom 1 - Insulation (2)

    Bedroom 1 - Insulation (3)

    Bedroom 1 Bathroom Insulation – Baby’s Room

    Bedroom 1 Bathroom - Insulation

    Bedroom 2 Insulation – Maren’s Room

    Bedroom 2 - Insulation

    Bedroom 2 - Insulation (2)

    Bedroom 2 - Insulation (3)

    Bedroom 2 Ceiling - Insulation

    Bedroom 2 Bathroom Insulation – Maren’s Room

    Bedroom 2 Bathroom - Insulation

    Not So Quick Review Of The House

    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.

    Buried Lines

    Buried Lines (2)

    Buried Lines

    New Gas Lines

    Front Room Fireplace Gas - Before Insulation

    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.

    Front Room

    Front Room - Before Insulation 2

    Front Room - Before Insulation 3

    Front Room Fireplace Gas - Before Insulation (2)

    Dining Room

    Dining Room - Before Insulation (2)

    Dining Room - Before Insulation


    Before Kitchen - Insulation (2)

    Before Kitchen - Insulation

    Kitchen - Before Insulation

    Laundry Room

    Laundry Room - Before Insulation (2)

    Laundry Room - Before Insulation

    Living Room

    Living Room - Before Insulation 2

    Living Room - Before Insulation


    Mudroom - Before Insulation (2)

    Mudroom - Before Insulation (3)

    Mudroom - Before Insulation

    Downstairs Bathroom

    Downstairs Bathroom - Before Insulation (2)

    Downstairs Bathroom - Before Insulation

    Downstairs Hallway

    Downstairs Hallway - Before Insulation (2)

    Downstairs Hallway - Before Insulation

    Downstairs Bedroom – Alexa’s Bedroom

    Downstairs Room - Before Insulation (2)

    Downstairs Room - Before Insulation (3)

    Downstairs Room - Before Insulation

    Upstairs Hallway

    Upstiars Hallway Closet - Before Insulation

    Upstairs Hallway - New Wood Floors

    Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom - Before Insulation 5

    Master Bedroom - Before Insulation 6

    Master Bedroom - Before Insulation (3)

    Master Bedroom - Before Insulation (4)

    Master Bedroom - Before Insulation

    Master Bathroom

    Master Bedroom Bath - Before Insulation (2)

    Master Bedroom Bath - Before Insulation

    Upper Back Porch

    Upper Porch - Finished Tile.

    Upper Porch - Finished Tile

    Bedroom #1 – Baby’s Room

    Bedroom 1 - Before Insulation (2)

    Bedroom 1 - Before Insulation (3)

    Bedroom 1 - Before Insulation

    Bedroom #1 Bathroom- Baby’s Room

    Bedroom 1 Bath - Before Insulation (2)

    Bedroom 1 Bath - Before Insulation

    Bedroom #1 Closet- Baby’s Room

    Bedroom 1 Closet - Before Insulation (2)

    Bedroom 1 Closet - Before Insulation (3)

    Bedroom 1 Closet - Before Insulation

    Bedroom #2 – Maren’s Room

    Bedroom 2 - Before Insulation (2)

    Bedroom 2 - Before Insulation (3)

    Bedroom 2 - Before Insulation

    Bedroom #2 Bath – Maren’s Bedroom

    Bedroom 2 Bath - Before Insulation (2)

    Bedroom 2 Bath - Before Insulation

    Bedroom #2 Closet – Maren’s Bedroom

    Bedroom 2 Closet - Before Insulation (2)

    Bedroom 2 Closet - Before Insulation

    Bedroom #2 Hallway – Maren’s Bedroom

    Bedroom 2 Hallway - Before Insulation

    Thoughts On The Nursery

    I am a Air Force reservist at Whiteman, AFB, so I had to go down from Thursday to Sunday for work. This gave me a break from the house and let me think a little more of what I need for the nursery. I do not plan on doing a theme nursery (maybe an airplane here and there), but I did want to select our colors to focus on to get started on the design. I came across a fabric when I was on Fat Quarter and fell in love with it. I was able to pull the colors out of the fabric to use this for the nursery. I may go lighter or darker on some of the colors as I am designing, but here are my initial thoughts for my nursery colors.


    This is the fabric swatch that gave me my coloring inspiration (I am going to use it on a small project for baby boy’s room):


    Fat Quarter Fabric

    We even thought that this darker color from Restoration Hardware might look good on the wall. I am still not convinced I want to go that dark though:
    Restoration Hardware Nursery Color
    Restoration Hardware Paint Color

    My sister-in-law moved to San Francisco, so she is letting us use her crib and dresser/changing table that is all white. That gave us a bit of a jump start on the nursery.

    Items left to do for the nursery:

  • 1. Find or Make Crib Bedding
  • 2. Find Window Seat Sconces
  • 3. Find Window Seat Fabric
  • 4. Make Window Seat
  • 5. Make Changing Table Cover
  • 6. Buy Bedroom Fan
  • 7. Find Baskets for Cubbies in Knee Wall
  • I am sure I have more items to do, but I think this is a good start for now.

    Wood Floors Are In

    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:
    Wood Floor Comparison

    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.
    Alexas Room Unfinished New Wood Floors

    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.
    Downstairs Hallway Unfinished New Wood Floors

    Dining Room New Wood Floors

    I am excited to see how the rooms all flow together now.
    Dining Room Unfinished New Wood Floors (2)

    Dining Room Unfinished New Wood Floors

    Kitchen New Wooden Floors

    Kitchen Dining Room Unfinished New Wood Floors

    Kitchen Unfinished New Wood Floors (2)

    Kitchen Unfinished New Wood Floors (3)

    Kitchen Unfinished New Wood Floors

    Living Room New Wooden Floors

    Living Room Unfinished New Wood Floors

    Backyard Excavation

    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.
    Excavation (2)


    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.
    Upper Porch Flamed Granite Tile (2)

    Upper Porch Flamed Granite Tile (3)

    Upper Porch Flamed Granite Tile

    Upper Porch Flamed Granite Tile (4)

    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
    Bedroom 2 Bathroom Vent

    Upstairs Bedroom #2 Bathroom Vent
    Front Upstairs Room Vents

    Downstairs Bathroom Vent
    Downstairs Bathroom Vent

    Becoming A Cabinet Expert

    **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: Two Panel Door
    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):
    Speaker Placement

    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.

    Kitchen Cabinets

    First to think about is the kitchen. Here is our first draft from the cabinet guy:
    Kitchen Cabinet Layout
    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

    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.

    Mudroom Pantry

    Mudroom Pantry Cabinets
    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.
    Mudroom Pantry Cabinets - Our Changes

    Laundry Room Cabinets

    Next is the laundry room:
    Laundry Room Cabinets
    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.

    Bathroom Cabinets

    We have very similar bathroom cabinets for the main floor bathroom, upstairs front bedroom and upstairs back bedroom.
    Bathroom Cabinets
    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

    Masterbath 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

    Bedroom 1 Knee Wall Cabinet Plans

    This drawing only shows cabinets with drawers. We plan to redo it to look more like this:
    Bedroom 1 Knee Wall Cabinet Plans - Our Changes

    We wanted to have drawers on the left of the window and open cubbies and a cabinet to the right.

    Even More Outlets and Electrical Wiring

    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

    Front of the House - Wiring (2)

    Front of the House - Wiring (3)

    Front of the House - Wiring

    Font of House Wiring of Outlets

    Back of the House

    Maren’s windows in her room are up and we have all of the siding complete on the back.
    Back of the House - Maren's Windows

    Back of the House - Maren's Windows (2)

    Back of the House - Marens Windows

    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.
    Back of the House - Bottom Porch Wiring

    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 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.

    Back of the House - Upper Porch Tile (2)

    Back of the House - Upper Porch Tile

    East Side of the House

    Nothing new going on here, but I figured that it would be nice to show the latest update.
    East Side of the House Wiring

    West Side of the House

    All the wiring is in for the west side of the house.
    West Side of the House Wiring

    Maren’s Room

    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.
    Maren's Room Windows and Fireplace Framing

    Living Room

    The living room mantel is being framed in and we are ready for the bookcases to be built.
    Living Room Fireplace Framing

    This is what we are thinking about (minus the TV):

    Thank goodness for Houzz!

    Dining Room

    Dining Room HVAC and Wiring

    Dining Room Wiring


    Kitchen Wiring

    Front Room

    The sconce wiring went in this week.
    Front Room Fireplace Wiring - Sconce

    Master Bedroom

    They curved our arches separating our reading area with where our bed will be.
    Master Bedroom Framing

    Upstairs Hallway

    They got all of our bookcases framed in.
    Upstairs Hallway Bookcase Framing


    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.
    Basement Wiring

    4th of July Granite Countertops

    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.
    Old kitchen counter

    Teetor Lakehouse

    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.
    Lakehouse Countertops (2)

    Lakehouse Countertops

    Chimney, HVAC and Plumbing – Oh My

    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.

    New Bathtub

    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.
    Start of Plumbing

    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.
    Start of Kitchen Plumbing

    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.
    Sketch of Kitchen Island

    Maren’s Bathroom shower’s plumbing was put in today, we can all learn more from an expert at Whitton Plumbing.
    Marens Bedroom Copper Plumbing

    You can also see how much plumbing throughout her room to her bathroom.
    Maren's Bedroom Plumbing Start

    They also put the copper plumbing in the baby’s room too.
    Babys Room Copper Plumbing

    More plumbing in the baby’s room for the shower.
    Babys Room Plumbing

    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.
    Back of the House Chimney Finish

    Back of the House Chimney Finish (2)

    Back of the House Chimney Finish (3)

    They also finished off the back porch ceiling.
    Back Porch Ceiling

    Maren’s Room Chimney

    Maren’s room is almost all sided. They can finish it now that the chimney is done.
    Marens Room Chimney

    Marens Room Chimney (2)


    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.

    Basement Trash Pile

    Its Electric

    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.
    Outlet Start

    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.
    Mudroom Outlet Start

    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.
    Canned Lights

    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.)

    Let’s Get This Party Started

    So many different things started today. Here is our quick list:

  • Maren’s Room Chimney Rebuild
  • Plumbing Installation
  • HVAC Installation
  • Floors
  • 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.
    Back of the House Chimney Start (2)

    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.
    Chimney Rebuild Start (3)

    Chimney Rebuild Start

    Chimney Rebuild Start (2)

    Chimney Rebuild Start (4)

    Chimney Rebuild Start (5)

    Plumbing Installation

    Alexa’s room was full of plumbing elbows today. The also hit the following rooms:
    Plumbing Start

    Laundry Room
    Plubming Start Laundry Room

    Baby Boy’s Room
    Plumbing Start Baby Room

    Downstairs Bathroom
    Plumbing Start Downstairs Bath (2)

    Downstairs Bathroom
    Plumbing Start Downstairs Bath

    HVAC Installation

    HVAC actually started to go in last week, but today you can notice major changes.
    Baby Boy’s Room
    HVAC Start Baby Room

    Maren’s Closet
    HVAC Start Marens Room

    Master Bathroom
    HVAC Start Master Bath


    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.

    Other Stuff

    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.
    Upstairs Cabinet Start

    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.
    Fireplace Start

    Room Assignments

    We finally decided on where each kid’s new home will be. We were holding off until we officially found out what we were having. The plan was if it was a girl, Maren would share Bedroom #1 and Alexa would get Bedroom #2. The downstairs would become a guest room. We had no clue what to do if it was a boy nor did I really think it was a possibility we would be having one since we had been “girl” parents for so long.
    Boy were we in for a surprise to find out that we were expecting a little boy! I think Alexa’s first words when we found out were “Oh man, now I have to go to my old room again!”
    So our final decision was to put Baby Boy into Bedroom #1, Maren into Bedroom #2 and Alexa will get her original room downstairs. Alexa had a pretty good attitude towards it all, so we decided to try to figure out something special and unique for her room. That’s how the pocket door was added to the bathroom and a vanity area by her closet came into play.

    Here is the final assignment:
    Alexas Room

    Marens Room

    Raise the Roof

    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.
    New Roof

    New Roof (2)

    We took this on Sunday night after we came home. It looks so much nicer now that they cleaned up our yard.
    New roof (3)

    New Roof (4)

    Back of the House

    You can’t see much of the roof on the back, but I figured I should get a shot anyway!
    New Roof Back

    New Roof Back (2)

    Ready For the Roofing

    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….
    Start of the New Roof

    When they left today….
    Halfway Through Roof (2)

    Halfway Through Roof

    Back of the House

    Notice the new walls are now up.
    Back of the House Bedroom 2 Frame

    Bedroom #2

    The walls are up now and the rest of the floor is in.
    Bedroom #2

    Living Room

    All of the HVAC stuff is in and ready to go.
    HVAC is in

    Pocket Door Day

    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.
    Downstairs Bedroom Closet

    Downstairs Bedroom Pocket Door (2)

    Downstairs Bedroom Pocket Door

    Main Floor Bathroom

    They are getting ready for the shower tub combo.
    Downstairs Bathroom Framing

    Master Bathroom

    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.
    Master Bath Bench (2)

    Master Bath Bench

    Master Bath Pocket Door

    Bedroom #1

    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.
    Bedroom 1 Closet Pocket Door

    Bedroom 1 Pocket Door (2)

    Bedroom 1 Pocket Door

    Dormers Done

    Most of the siding is done now and we are waiting on the chimney to do the back rooms to finish it all up. I was only able to snap the outside pictures today. Luckily they had a pretty nice day to work until the rain set in.

    Front of the House

    Front of the House Final Siding

    They did the dormers today, but we don’t know how we are feeling about the wood on the front…
    Dormer Final Siding

    Dormer Final Siding Comparison

    East Side of the House

    They finished the back part of the side.
    East Side of the House Final Siding

    Back of the House

    The top of the back of the house now has siding. (minus the back bedroom, because of the chimney)
    Back of the House Final Siding

    Back of the House Final Siding 2

    They framed in the porch wall and started putting the bead board in the ceiling of the porch roof.
    Back of the House Final Siding 3

    Front Siding – Check

    The front siding to our house has been completed minus the dormers. Now we have over half the house done since the west side and front is complete and the east side and back are almost there. Mark, our contractor said that he is hoping to have most of the house sided and done by the end of this week. Minus the chimney being done, which will happen in the next couple of weeks. This will be nice, because we won’t have to worry about the weather once all of the framing is complete. They will always be able to work on the inside.

    We went with hardy siding and I think it turned out better then I anticipated.

    Front of the House

    Front of House - Full Siding

    Front of House - Full Siding (2)

    Front of House - Full Siding (3)

    East Side of the House

    East Side of the House - Full Siding

    Our New Portico

    I stopped by this morning on my way to work and saw the carpenter and Mark, our contractor getting ready to build out our new front porch. I’ve been excited to get this part done, because it will make the outside of the house look new. After going back and forth with some ideas, we decided to have a curved inside (barrel vaults) and not to do an open peak like we had originally thought.

    The mudroom door went in today and we also had to decide on the outdoor tile for the upper and lower porch. We went with a flamed granite instead of slate. From what Jay read, you would need to seal the slate a few times a year and you wouldn’t need to do that with the flamed granite. Granite was more then slate, but less expensive then wood, so we went with granite. We also felt that it had more texture and wouldn’t be as slick.

    Front of the House

    Once the beams and stone go on it, it will look similar to our back porch. We plan to have a hanging light coming down in the center and possibly lighting on both sides of the door.
    Front of House - Portico

    Front of House - Portico 2

    Front of House - Portico 3

    Back of the House

    Some siding has been added, but for the most part not a lot changed.
    Back of House - Siding

    Back of House Siding

    West Side of the House

    All the siding is up and the new mud room door is in.
    West Side Full Siding 2

    West Side Full Siding

    Mud Room

    Check out the new door. It makes the room feel more open now.
    Mud Room Side Door 2

    Mud Room Side Door

    Upper Porch

    They tarred the top porch in the back to prep it for tiling.
    Upper Porch Tar

    Siding is Started

    The siding was picked up and they started putting it up today. It is pretty amazing how much they already got done within one day. We were just researching and driving around the night before trying to pick the siding we want and then it’s already halfway up. Our contractor sent Jay a picture around lunchtime showing him what was already hung and we were pleased at what we saw. Considering I hated changing the siding, it did come out better then I expected.

    Front of the House

    Front of House Siding Prep

    East Side of the House

    Side Start of Siding

    Back of the House

    Back of House Siding Start 2

    Back of House Siding Start

    Main Floor Bathroom

    They had already framed in the bathroom, but I really wanted the main floor bedroom to have a private entrance into the bathroom as well. Our contractor mentioned that we should add in a pocket door and flip the vanity to the opposite side that we planned. Now we have a Hollywood bathroom on the main level.

    Re-framing of Downstairs Bath

    Downstairs Bedroom Pocket Door

    Living Room

    They also ripped the rest of the fireplace cabinets out, so now we can see the exposed brick.
    Fireplace Demo

    Front Room

    They framed in the front room from the kitchen to make the rooms feel more separate and so that the guests won’t walk right into the house and see the kitchen off the bat. We went with a 5′ opening centered off of the kitchen room.
    Framing of Front Room

    Laundry Room

    Not sure what they were doing at all here, but it looks like they were reinforcing the walls maybe for the cabinets?
    Laundry Room

    Peek-a-boo Maren


    Siding Issues

    Our contractor called and told us that they were having issues with our siding and we would need to consider replacing it with a different type. We decided to go with Hardie siding instead of our original shingles. So they went ahead and started prepping for it. I really liked my old siding and was sad to hear that we had to do something else, but it only made sense to replace it since every piece they tried to hang was crumbling on them. It will make the job go a lot faster and in the end it’s a better siding for any future repairs.

    Prep for Siding 2

    Prep for Siding

    Back of the House – Porch

    They wired everything in for our fans and lights. We also decided to go with a heater in the center.

    Porch Fan 2

    Porch Fan

    Dining Room

    They framed in the dining room to have a 6′ opening into the living room to give the living room more privacy. We are trying to decide on just leaving it as an open door or adding in french doors. So far we decided to leave it open for now.

    Dining Room Framing

    Living Room

    Yesterday we made the decision to pull out all of the fireplace and the cabinets in the living room since it was so old and outdated. Plus it had the paneling like the rest of the living room that we had already demolished.

    Fireplace Teardown

    Mud Room

    Since we are getting rid of the door in the dining room (aka new kitchen) we are sealing up the old door and adding in a new one into the mudroom. They got a good start today demoing everything to get the door installation ready.
    Garage Door 2

    Garage Door

    Porch Decisions

    We met with our contractor yesterday to discuss different ideas for the porch. The first being how we want our lights to be in the ceiling since they will need to go in this week and start sealing it up. The second was that we wanted to have a short wall surrounding our porch. The next day we came to find out porch looking like this:

    Back Lower Porch

    I teased him that he didn’t waste anytime!

    They also went throughout the house finishing the rest of the framing throughout the house.

    Upstairs Hallway

    This was another area we mentioned to the contractor last night about changing and he had it done by the next day. We didn’t plan on pushing the walls back as far, but decided that it may give it more of an open space.

    Living Room

    They took out the support beams in the living room and dining room. The kids kept getting confused, because it looked like another room was being added.


    Dining Room

    We are trying to decide on how open we want to keep the area between the living room and dining room. We love the open space to the kitchen, but we really feel like we want to close off the living room a little from the dining room.



    Bedroom #1

    New framing on the walls.

    Bedroom #1 Bath and Closet

    The shower was framed in today as well as the door to the closet being opened up. I decided that we would add a pocket door separating the closet from the bathroom. At first I was going to leave it open and decided that it would be better to have the option to close it off.


    Bedroom #2 Bath

    The shower was framed in here too.

    Master Bathroom

    They put the spot in for our tub and shower. Now we need to decide on the sink. I know we plan to do wall mounted faucets, which will need to be decided asap so the plumber can do his thing.


    Master Bedroom Terrace

    I finally was brave enough to walk out on the terrace of our room. You can see the pictures taken from our terrace of our beautiful back yard (eye roll).





    Downstairs Bathroom

    This was framed today, but after thinking about the downstairs bedroom a little. We (actually Jay fought this one a little) decided to make a door from the downstairs bedroom going into the bathroom as well. This will help with privacy for anyone running from the bath to the bedroom.

    West Side of the House


    East Side of the House


    Back of the House




    Back of the House – Lower Porch




    Windows Are In

    They put almost all of the windows in the house today. It’s amazing what a difference that it can make to the house.

    Upstairs Hallway

    They knocked out the closet studs, so it feels really open when you walk up the stairs.


    Bedroom #1

    Look at the beautiful new windows!

    Bedroom #1 Bath

    I spot another window in here.

    Master Bedroom

    The put in the new door and closed off one of the windows on the west wall.


    Living Room

    More new windows. The girls were sad that they took the window down with the Lorax painted on it.


    Dining Room

    We got our new doors and windows in here, so the light can shine in.

    Laundry Room

    We wish we would have had a shorter window, but it was to late when we realized what we wanted to do. We wish we would have put the laundry on the wall with the window, but the west wall will have to do.


    We also had to figure out where to put the lights on the porch tonight. You would think that it would be simple, but we went back and forth on how we should lay the lights out. Here is what we came up with:

    Back of House Lights