Monday, April 25, 2011

Happenings at the new house

A few pictures to show what's been going on....

The new stairwell has been built

Kitchen cabinets are delivered (and will hopefully get installed this week!)

Tile in the laundry room was installed

Duroc was put around the tub in the master bathroom

More trim work done

Garage door was installed

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bathroom renovation progress

We are almost done with turning our one bathroom into two.  Just a few finishing touches left, but it's ready for people to come look!

Tuesday:  Drywall was put up.

Guest Bath:

Master Bathroom:

Wednesday: Tile work began

Guest Bathroom:

Thursday: Tile work completed

Guest Bathroom:

Master Bathroom: They had to do some tile patchwork where the toilet had originally been.  You could never tell it's been patched!

Friday: Plumbing was finished (Shower fixtures, sinks installed, and new toilet installed)

Guest Bath:

Master Bath:

Saturday: Painting

Guest Bathroom:

Master Bath:

And that's where we are now.  I think they both look great!  The last few finishing touches include trim work around the ceiling, baseboards in the guest bathroom, hanging the mirrors, and adding a shower door to the new shower.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Becoming even more like a home!

Here are a few more in-progress pictures from today.  They are currently installing the crown molding, baseboards, window and door frames, and doors.  Not quite done yet but here is an idea of what it will look like...

That last shot is a picture of the stairwell right now - the stairs are all taken out! 

Bathroom Renovation

I posted a picture earlier of our current bathroom, torn apart.  Why did we do this?

Basically, because it appears no one wants to buy a house with only one bathroom.  We've had several people come look at our house and they have all said they really like the house but they really want two bathrooms.  After talking to Ann about the different options, we decided it would be best to go ahead and turn our bathroom into two bathrooms.  The whole project is only taking a week to finish, so we don't even have to take it off the market.  (We even had one person come look at it last Friday, in the midst of the mess).

The goal from this project, of course, is to bring more people in to the house (those who are only looking at houses with two bathrooms), get more money for the house once someone does make an offer, and hopefully get an offer sooner than we would have.  So, it's quite an inconvenience, but will hopefully pay off.

Here are a few more in-progress pictures:

So this is looking into what will be the master bathroom. The framing is where the wall will be.  We kept our current bathtub/shower in the same place as it was originally, and we moved the toilet from the area to the right of that door (that goes into the master bedroom) to underneath the window (where it is in this picture).  You can kind of seem the plumbing where the pedestal sink will be, diagonally across from the toilet.

This is the best I could do of the other bathroom.  We took out ("we" being the people we are paying to do it - we would take way too long and definitely don't have the time right now) the vanity that was to the left of the door.  It was too big for either of our new bathrooms.  The area on the right is where the new shower is going to be.  It is where our coat closet used to be.  A pedestal sink is going to the left of the door (you can see the base there), and the toilet will be across from the door.

And here's a shot of what used to be the coat closet.  The drywall will be finished tomorrow I believe, and painting will happen on Wed. or Thurs.  It will just be a blank wall and no one will ever know that it used to be a closet!  Unfortunately, we don't have a good place to put all our coats since my sister's garage is already full of our stuff.  So right now all our coats are in my trunk.

(Sorry the picture is sideways - I just don't feel like fixing it now).  Here's part of one of the pedestal sinks.  We found it on craigslist for a pretty good deal.  We'll probably be buying the other one from Home Depot or Lowes.

Arthur is in charge of everything with the bathrooms, so we haven't had to do too much work (thank goodness).  Both of the new bathrooms will be pretty small but I'm surprised that they actually feel bigger than I would have thought.  About average size of bathrooms in this neighborhood.

So that's what is currently going on in our house.  I'm ready to be done with all of this craziness.  My test is in only 2.5 weeks so I kind of feel like I'm losing my mind at times.  But it will all be over soon!

Drywall pictures

Ok, it's time to do some catching up.  This post should have gone up last week or this weekend, but I ended up not having time.  Drywall went up - which is awesome, because it makes it start to really feel like a house.  This post will mainly just be pictures because I don't really have anything to say.  I don't know much about drywalling, except that I'm impressed with how fast they could do a whole house.

Looking toward the kitchen and the pantry:
Living Room:
Dining Area and Entry into Living Areas:
Master Bedroom:
Master Bath:
Master Shower:
Upstairs Guest Bath:
Den Downstairs:
Hallway between bedrooms downstairs:
Downstairs hallway to Garage:

Downstairs Bathroom:

Saturday, April 16, 2011


I don't have much time but I really wanted to share this picture because I think it is awesome.  I'm pumped about how this turned out - it's exactly what I wanted:

We went to the house this morning, went through all the yellow paint chips with my sister and mom, and decided on this yellow.  The painter was there so I went ahead and gave him the chip and he had it painted by the afternoon.  I posted the brick painting earlier, so it's been painted for a few days now.  But I was excited to see how yellow completed the picture.  I posted about the inspiration here and I think we hit the mark.

What do you think?  Do you love it as much as I do?  I can't be the only who gets really happy looking at that bright yellow door.