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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.