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Most Progress To Date

It’s amazing what can be done with a day full of sunshine and no rain. I stopped in during lunch to find the upstairs walls knocked out and the rooms coming together. It was the first time we were really able to see the upstairs and get a feel of what the room sizes will be. We have only had the chance to look at it on paper so far.

Back of the House

Back - New Porch 3 Arrows

Back - New Porch

Back - New Porch 2

Back - New Porch 4

Love the mess! It just proves how much work is getting done. Plus we have always wanted to redo the grass, so this gives us the perfect excuse to lay new sod.

Side Yard


Master Bedroom

Master - Bedroom 2

Master Bathroom

Master - Bathroom 2

Master - Bathroom Window

Upstairs Hallway

Upstairs Hallway - Looking into Bathroom

Upstairs Bedroom #1

Front Room - Bedroom

Upstairs Roof

Upstairs Bedroom #2

Back Room - Bedroom

Back Room - Bedroom 2

Back Room - Bathroom

Back Room - Bathroom 2

Back Room - Closet

I leave for base the rest of the weekend, so I won’t be able to see Friday’s progress until I get home Sunday evening. Hopefully, more of the rooms come together and this progress keeps going the speed set today.

Mother Nature Strikes Again

The crew was able to get some work done before the rain came in today. This weather is a constant battle, but they were able to get the new roof on the laundry room and mudroom. And then the rain hit in the afternoon.

Kitchen Rain

Laundry Room Roof 2

Laundry Room Roof

We also got in some of our windows. We ordered 18 to be exact. We went with Marvin’s Wood-Ultrex Casements and decided to replace all of the windows in the house. Even in the rooms where the windows didn’t need to be touched to have them all the same quality throughout the house. Plus we figured that we should go ahead and do it while everything else was getting done. Luckily, we replaced the two huge front ones a few years ago. Those would have been our most expensive ones besides our doors.


We have a less chance of rain tomorrow, so hopefully more work can be done. This weekend was entire miss already because of that.

See Ya Walls

Today was the most exciting day for this remodel so far. Jay sent me a picture when he stopped by the house at lunch that showed the back of the house without the walls.

Back of House Gone

They tore down the back of the house completely and framed in what our new space will be. This is the first time we can visually see what the house will eventually look like. It’s amazing what can happen in a day without rain.

Back of the House

Back of House Wall 2

Back of House Wall


Kitchen Wall 2

Kitchen Wall

Dining Room

Dining Room Wall


They added new support beams in the dining room to help distribute the new load from the expansion.
Beams 2

Beams 3


Living Room

Living Room Wall 2

Living Room Wall

Laundry Room / Mud Room

Laundry Room Wall 2

Laundry Room Wall

Maren’s Room

Marens Wall 2

Marens Wall

We Have Half A Room

We have the start of our laundry room! Now it feels like its really happening. We had a few different things happen today, which is good since the weather is going to be bad.

Today’s Accomplishments
*Half a Laundry Room is up and framing is still going
*Cement for steps are poured
*They are getting ready to put the new support beam in the Living Room

Front of the House

New Cement Front

New Cement Front 2

New Cement Front 3

Back of the House

Back of House Framing 1

Back of House Framing 2

Back of House Framing 3

Living Room Support Beam

A new support beam was needed in the living room to balance out the weight of the house. There is one already in the ceiling, but a larger one was needed to support the new work.
Support Beam Prep

We also came home to a crazy mess in the street. A water main burst and caused a river to flow down. Luckily it wasn’t right by our house, so we didn’t look like the cause of it.
Water Main Break

Framing Has Started

Right now, we are trying to keep all the rain away. It’s been raining quite a bit, which is causing us to have a minor flood in the basement. The good news is that we have a few nice day in the forecast, so they started framing the outside of the house in the back. It doesn’t look like much, but it’s a start.

Back of the House

Framing Start 2

Framing Start 3

Framing Start 4

Framing Start

They were able to finish some of the walls and ceilings inside the house.

Front Room

Front Room Wall Demo 2

Front Room Wall Demo 3

Front Room Wall Demo

Horsing Around

I was able to get in a project over our Memorial Day weekend. I had bought this wooden horse awhile ago at a garage sale with thought of redoing it and hanging it in our front tree. The girls think the new baby will love it and they plan to help push him or her.
I had most of the supplies except for the sandpaper and polyurethane. I always have a huge issue with the sandpaper shifting, so the guy at the hardware store suggested that I tried the sticky back sandpaper. It wasn’t much more and it worked like a charm. I didn’t even have to use my hard-to-clamps on my sander. It took about 40 minutes to sand down the horse. Bye-bye 1980’s paint!

Horse Project

I wiped the horse down first and then sanded with a medium sandpaper and then a fine sandpaper to even out the lines.
Horse Project 2

Horse Project 3

Next I wiped it down with a lightly damp cloth and then stained it with left over Ebony stain from my shutters.
Horse Project 4

Horse Project 5

I let it dry overnight and decided to do another coat of stain to make it darker before applying the polyurethane. I liked how the horse turned out with the second coat. Up close you can really see the grains of the wood.
Horse Project 6

Horse Project 7

I can’t wait to get it hanging in our tree. We are going to have to beg someone with a really high ladder or try to toss it over the branch on our tallest ladder setting.

Framing Of The Stairs

The outside porch was framed so the concrete can be poured. I asked my contractor if there can be a conduit running under the steps so I can put plug in my Christmas lights on my trees that I put on both sides of the steps. He also suggested adding outlets on both sides instead. Either way works for me just as long as nobody is tripping on cords.
Besides the outside, the electrical people came in and pulled out some old wiring. I couldn’t really notice what they did, but I am sure they prepped for adding in the new wire.

Front of the House

Front of House Framing 2

Front of House Framing

Finishing the Upstairs

The crew was able to finish the rest of the demo and move all of it into the dumpster. Next steps will deciding on all of the plumbing and electrical.
After the demo, we noticed that the ceilings are peaked in the Master Bedroom and Maren’s Bedroom. We thought that it would make the room interesting, so we decided to keep them peaked when we put in the new ceiling. We also are trying to come up with some interesting uses for the knee walls. Maybe some chest of drawers or more bookcases? Hopefully Pinterest will have some good ideas on both. If Maren had it her way she would get a bed like one of these:
Pinterest 2


Knee Wall Ideas:
Knee Wall 2

Knee Wall

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Demo Complete 2

Master Bedroom Demo Complete 3

Master Bedroom Demo Complete 4

Master Bedroom Demo Complete

Master Bath

Master Bath Demo Complete 2

Master Bath Demo Complete 3

Master Bath Demo Complete



Maren’s Bedroom

Upstairs Bedroom Demo Complete 2

Upstairs Bedroom Demo Complete 3

Upstairs Bedroom Demo Complete 4

Upstairs Bedroom Demo Complete

Filled Foundation & Upstairs Demolished

Today was one of the busiest days to date. They filled in all of the foundation with gravel and dirt and tore down the walls upstairs. They haven’t completed the cleanup, but it was crazy to see everything they were able to get done in a day.

Our dumpster is now full:
Full Dumpter

Front of the House

Filled Foundation Front

Back of the House

Filled Foundation Back

Filled Foundation Back 2

Back Filled 3

Filled Foundation Back 3

Filled Foundation Back 4

Living Room

They were able to get the last wall down. We decided to go ahead and redo all of the walls, so they will all look nice and smooth. At first we decided we wouldn’t to save cost, but it didn’t add to much to redo them all. The downstairs bedroom and living room were the only walls that wouldn’t have been touched.

Living Room Demo 2

Living Room Demo

Downstairs Bedroom (Alexa’s Room)

Downstairs Room Demo

Downstairs Room Demo 2

Master Bedroom

Master Demo 2

Master Demo 3

Master Demo 4

Master Demo

Master Bath

Master Bath 2

Master Bath 3

Master Bath

Upstairs Hallway

Hallway 2


Upstair’s Bedroom (Maren’s Room)

Upstairs Demo 2

Upstairs Demo 3

Upstairs Demo 4

Upstairs Demo 5

Upstairs Demo 6

Upstairs Demo

Weather Proofing

We had a few crazy adventures on our vacation. The second we landed, we both had messages from our credit card that someone had been using it to buy gun parts. We instantly cancelled our cards and they said they would send us a new one. Then on the way home our flight was delayed by an hour. Once we did finally get up in the air and made it most of the way home, we circled our airport in Kansas City a few times. The turbulence was so bad that we came out of our seats a few times. The stewardess even said out of the three years she’s been flying, it was the worst turbulence of all. After going around the airport for 30 minutes, the pilot came on and said we had to go to an old airbase in Topeka, KS and wait the weather out. We sat on the runway for a few hours until they cleared us to go back to Kansas City. Since they didn’t have TSA employees, we couldn’t get out of the plane at all the entire time.

The next day we went by the house to see the changes. The only change made while we had been gone was the weatherproofing to the back of the house.

Back of the House

Back Weather Proofing 1

Back Weather Proofing

Back Weather Proofing 2

Front Foundation Is Almost Done

Most of the work was done in the front of the house getting the stoop ready today. They also filled in the rest of the blocks in the back.
We are going on vacation to Laguna Beach for the next 4 days starting tomorrow, so we won’t be able to swing by the house to see the changes. From what I understand there won’t be much going on the rest of the week and the work will start up next Monday again, so we won’t be missing much.

Front of the the House

Front Stoop

Front Stoop 2

Front Stoop 3

Back of the House

Back Filled 2

Back Filled

Finishing The Foundation

No work was done on the inside or in the front of the house today. In the back of the house they stacked more cinder blocks and filled them in with mortar.

Maren had been begging to go by the house so we swung by after her soccer practice. She quickly jumped out of the car and ran to the back of the house screaming “Daddy lets me do this.” I immediately thought that she was going down into the hole of the foundation or something. When I got to the back I found she was on top of the big dirt pile posing.


They did a lot of work today. It is hard to believe just last week it was freezing and today it was in the 90’s. I don’t know how these guys do it!
Foundation 2

Foundation 3

Foundation 4

Foundation 5

Brick And Mortar

Not a whole lot of progress on the job site since I last wrote, but they did what they could. (It probably takes a lot longer to do things than I realize.) They laid out a lot of the cinder blocks. We assumed they filled and then put them in place, but it was interesting to find out that they actually stagger them up using rebar to hold them in place and then they fill them with the mortar.

Front of the House

Brick and Mortar Front

Back of the House

Brick and Mortar

Brick and Mortar2

Brick and Mortar3

We did have our first casualty today. Our poor fridge got a dent in it. Jay noticed it when he went to check on progress at lunch. Luckily the new door only costs $200 compared to a new fridge.

We also decided on tile! We picked out our Main Bathroom, Both Kids’ Bathrooms, Mater Bathroom, Mudroom and Laundry Room. We are excited to finally have that off our plate. I think poor James at our tile place was getting sick of us. We beat him up one last time before we finally decided on tile. On a side note, I had fun filling out the application for credit. They had me standing behind the desk to type it all in and people assumed I worked there. I had to keep explaining that I was applying for credit. Once I was done and walked back around to the front a lady said that it looked as though I had made a lot of decisions and asked if I could help her out. I just reassured her that what she picked would look great and explained the different types of floors. It was fun to pretend I was some sort of designer (far from it) and give my opinion.

The Walls Come Tumbling Down

Today they went in and stripped the main level. I was hoping to find tons of money or a hidden note, but the only interesting thing hidden was this located in Alexa’s old room:

Money Man

They are done for the week and will pick back up on Monday and hopefully finish the upstairs. During that time we will get the windows all figured out and ordered. Here is what each room looks like now:

Front Room

They still need to take out some of the walls. We had originally thought we would leave them, but figured we might as well get new sheet rock since all the other rooms will be getting them.

Looking toward the Dining Room

Looking toward the Dining Room

Looking towards our Downstairs Bath

Looking towards our Downstairs Bath

This wall will eventually come down.

This wall will eventually come down.

Looking towards Alexa's Room

Looking towards Alexa’s Room

Hallway to Master Bathroom

Hallway to Master Bathroom

Dining Room

This whole room was gutted. Eventually it’s new name will be Kitchen, so major changes will be happening in this room. Including the door from the garage will no longer be there. There will be a new door coming in from the mud room.

From our Garage

From our Garage

From our Back Door

From our Back Door

From our Living Room

From our Living Room

From the corner by our Kitchen

From the corner by our Kitchen


Our kitchen will be extended and be turned in to a dining room. We are hoping to add an entertainment bar to the back wall and have our walkouts to the porch in this room.

Kitchen Demo 2

Looking in from the Living Room

Looking in from the Living Room

Look at all the outlets!

Look at all the outlets!

Looking in from the Living Room

Looking in from the Living Room

Looking in from the Dining Room

Looking in from the Dining Room

Living Room

Unfortunately, the walls on our fireplace are going to remain as they are. They were nervous taking it down to add sheet rock, since they didn’t know how it was attached. I think it will still look good and at least the rest of the wall will be sheet rock instead of the old panels. I also asked them to leave my wiring. I didn’t want to ever crawl under my tiny crawl space again under the house to wire everything from my back bookcase to the wall near the bathroom. That was not a fun experience.

We are also going to make the bathroom a little larger by taking out the closet in the hallway and moving the dining room door down. Now that we won’t be using it as our main bathroom, we won’t need that large closet. Everything can stay in the vanity.

Looking from the Kitchen

Looking from the Kitchen

Living Room 3

Looking from the Hall Doorway

Looking from the Hall Doorway

Looking into the Kitchen

Looking into the Kitchen


This is the worst room of the house. There wasn’t a fan in there and we would constantly get mold everywhere! You can see the damage near the windows alone. I was excited to tear this out and start over. I think we are even going to seal up our window to prevent future reasons for molding.

Where the toilet was

Where the toilet was

Looking through the Living Room walls

Looking through the Living Room walls

Where the tub was

Where the tub was

Alexa’s Room

Alexa’s Closet never worked well. It was cramped in the corner, so when you put a dresser on the wall, the door would get in the way. They are going to move the closet down and give her double doors, so she can really use the space in her closet. Plus we won’t need a large coat closet because of our mudroom, so we are making it smaller to give more space to Alexa’s closet.

Well, if you want to get ideas for your apartment or house, visit Northern Lights Exteriors here.

Alexas Room 2

Alexas Room

Cement Is Poured

This morning we crossed our fingers in hopes that the rain held off. It sprinkled a little in the morning, but everyone working pushed through it and got the cement footings in the front and back in place. Tomorrow they plan to demo inside since they have to wait 3 days for the cement to harden. We had to cover up the piano and move everything in our basement towards the front of the house. I also pulled out all of the sliding drawers in the kitchen to reuse for other projects.

Front of the House

Cement Is Poured 3

Cement Is Poured 4

Back of the House

Cement Is Poured 5

Cement Is Poured 2

Cement Is Poured 6

Cement Is Poured 7

Oh and we also got our Johnny on the Spot. I wonder why they didn’t put it in the back yard?
Johnny On The Spot

The Holes Are Dug

Today they were able to get more of the foundation prepped and the front porch holes dug for the footings. The bad part is that we are about to have another rain, so they had to bring in long hoses to drain it if it does happen. They said that hopefully they will be able to demo the inside of the house during the rain. If it doesn’t rain then they can continue doing the foundation. We are hoping it at least holds off until after 10:00am because our cement is scheduled to be poured at that time.

Front of the House

Front Porch Hole

Back of the House

One of the guys didn’t look so happy that I was taking pictures so I told him I would make sure that I didn’t get him in any of them.

Back Porch Framing3

Back Porch Framing

Back Porch Framing1

Back Porch Framing2

Fingers crossed that we don’t have any rain and if we do it only lasts for a day. Our contractor jokes that anytime he digs a hole it rains the next day, so far he has been right.

The Dirt That Can Be Dug Up In A Day

Today the most work was done to date, so now it feels like we are really doing this thing.

This is what I saw when I drove up after work:

The girls thought it was fun to watch the guy on the bobcat scoop up the dirt and take it to the front of the house to dump it in his truck. They would run back and forth from the front of the house to the back of the house each time.

Front of the House

The sidewalk and porch are gone now. They said the cement was extremely strong, so they had to keep checking on our basement to make sure that our foundation was solid. I am glad I didn’t know until after the fact, because I would have been a nervous wreck. Our foundation is one of our main concerns going into the project. Cinder block was what was used during the 1940’s instead of poured basements, so we made sure to hire a structural engineer when we moved in five years ago. We are also going to keep an eye on it through this rebuild.
Sidewalk Demo

Sidewalk Demo2

Sidewalk Demo3

Back of the House

The back of the house was completly different. We got the chance to watch the guy dig the hole for a little bit. I never realized that they scooped the dirt up and hauled it to another truck to have it hauled away. I guess I assumed that they would just make one big dirt pile in my back yard.

During the dig, they found an old cement patch where our old circle patio was. They said it looked like it was the size to hold down an basketball hoop. They were able to dig that patch up and haul it off too.

Back of House Demo
I got this shot from my neighbors house. Thankfully they don’t mind me going into their yard to see up close.

Back of House Demo2

Back of House Demo3

Back of House Demo4

Back of House Demo5

Back of House Demo6

The First Destruction

It’s not perfect weather, but they were able to demo our front and back porch finally. We are all doing the happy dance. People have told us that there would be highs and lows so its nice to be on a high after all of our unexpected weather issues and the loan taking so long to be approved.

Front Porch

BEFORE - Front Porch Demo

BEFORE – Front Porch Demo

AFTER - Front Porch Demo

AFTER – Front Porch Demo

AFTER - Front Porch Demo

AFTER – Front Porch Demo

Back Porch

BEFORE - Back Porch Demo

BEFORE – Back Porch Demo

AFTER - Back Porch Demo

AFTER – Back Porch Demo

We also got our permits approved to build, so it’s on like Donkey Kong!

Only in Kansas

We finally got our loan approved! We are ready to start and then comes the weather. It hasn’t happened here in May for over 100 years, but it decided to snow on the day they were going to start tearing down our porches. Completely figures, but the only thing we can do right now is wait until the snow stops. At least we are now official and can start when the weather clears.

May Snow 2

May Snow

The crazy part is that my girls wore shorts to school on Tuesday. It’s amazing what the weather can do in a matter of a few days.

Dumpster Diving

They moved in a big dumpster into our yard yesterday so we are pretty excited. Besides the gas line, it is the first real big move to get this party started. Plus I feel like it will give our neighbors a final understanding what is happening. Some have flat out asked and even have taken tours of our empty house and for those that haven’t been so forward, I am sure they are wondering.

We have been pushing this construction demo off until we sign on the line with our bank. The bank reassures us that we are fine, but once they rip into our house there is no turning back. The impulsive side of me wants to allow them to start, but my reasonable side (aka my husband) keeps me from letting them until everything is official.




And So It Begins…

OK, so nothing to major, but major to us. Currently our gas meter is located under our kitchen window (which I now know it’s out of code), since our new porch will extend out that direction we had to move it. We went ahead and approved this move prior to our loan approval, because we figured if this all falls through we can still afford to pay for the gas meter. We were hoping it would be moved to the side of our house, but they can’t install under a window. So by the fireplace it goes. Not pretty, but we had no other option.

Gas Line

Cleanup And Get Out

We got most of our stuff out of the house, but we filled up the garage with garage sale items. We had to clear out the garage pretty fast, so that we could store our house materials in it. That made us have a garage sale on a very cold day. I was able to sit in my garage with a space heater on the whole time, but it was still freezing.

Garage Sale

We had the sale on Friday only this time. The girls are in so many sports that we couldn’t have it at any other point on the weekend. By the end of Friday, I was tired and ready to give up anyway. We sold all the big items and a lot of the clothes, so we wrapped it up and donated the rest of the items.

Garage Sale 2

Stamp of Disapproval

If it wasn’t bad enough that our financing plans fell through yesterday and we have to go a different approach, our permits came back today with a big fat denied stamp on it.

Denied Plans

Denied Plans

Luckily none of the issues are major, but we will need to get the architect to redo parts of his drawings. One major issue is the door in our mudroom. With the door leading to the side of the house it has to be so far from our property line. I think Greg the architect had something up his sleeve. We also had an issue with a window in bedroom #2 not being in compliance with the egress windows. Besides that, all other issues were minor. This is the major reason why we have an architect and a contractor. Hopefully, they can collaborate and figure things out in a hurry. If everything works out right our financing and permit will be done by the beginning of next week.

House Due Date: September 15 Days Left: 150 days left
Baby Due Date: October 31 Days Left: 196 days left

Bad News / Good News

Bad News: Financing didn’t work out as planned.
Good News: They hadn’t ripped the back of our house off yet.

Unfortunately, our financing didn’t work out as planned. Major lessons learned 1. never trust a banker (sorry if there are any bankers our there) 2. have whatever they say put in writing.

No worries, so far we have other options, however it is slowing us down a few days (hopefully only a few days) and we are on a tight deadline with this baby due on Halloween! On the bright side, we did find out prior to them ripping our house apart. We put all the demo and ripping our house to shreds until lesson #2 happens and we can sign on the line.

So for now our house will stay looking like this:

Before Demo

Before Demo

House Due Date: September 15 Days Left: 151 days left
Baby Due Date: October 31 Days Left: 197 days left

First Night in the New House

New to us anyway. We are staying with my mother-in-law while we do our construction. We are very lucky to have a place to stay instead of having another expense of renting a house on top of the rebuild.

Our first night we had no other choice, but to sleep like babies. We are all so worn out with working full time and then coming home to finish packing and trying to put some sort of order to our chaotic life. We are fortunate that my mother-in-law has patience for all the mess we dumped in her living room until I get the chance to fully organize everything.

Closet Mess

Bedroom Mess

I am trying to confine our stuff to one place, but it’s pretty hard to keep the girls from leaving things laying around. Once we get more organized, I am hoping to get into a routine so they will know where to put their stuff.