Remember when we bought a new house in September? And I was begging Russell to be in by Christmas? HA. Fourth of July coming up, still living with my parents. Granted, we need to be thankful we don’t have 2 mortgages and that our other house sold so fast and that took a lot of time to get that house up to par with 2 toddlers, dogs, 4 fish, and intermittent new and dying snails. So to be honest we didn’t even start the new house until AFTER Christmas. But one of the reasons I wanted to start a blog was to document our home renovation and so now that we are finishing up I should probably start this.
What started as remodel of the kitchen and bath has obviously extended to an entire first floor remodel taking everything down to the studs. Moving bathrooms, taking out and adding walls and making this our forever home. We are so excited to get moved in.
Here are some pictures of before.
The house had a really funky brick tile that we did not hate but could not see making it work while we updated the rest of the house. So it got tore up. Then the kitchen was a galley kitchen with pantry in the adjacent laundry room. So we had to get the pantry moved into the kitchen and open up that wall. So much easier to take a wall out on HGTV. Its ALWAYS a load bearing wall. That’s what is frustrating about HGTV. There is one day of demo, one day of problem solving, and then the next day they are installing floors and cabinets and then they move in.
The removal of the load bearing wall above. Makes it look easy in 3 simple pictures.
Then flooring, sorry for the dust.
Now we initially tried to contract this out, but my husband has a background in construction and works for a construction company. And as the costs kept going up and the budget quadrupled, we couldn’t take any more of the unexpected costs and my husband had to take over the brunt of the work. Thus the extended timeline got longer and his evenings are now spent sawing, nailing, painting, and organizing sub-contractors. While my job is to just search everything on pinterest, stress over decisions, make them, and then bring them to him to get vetoed.
We will be getting into painting cabinets, countertop and back splash install in the next couple weeks and hopefully moved in the first week of July. Then slowly working on making it our forever home with furniture and finishing touches. I will most more on specifics and each room individually but enough of an update for now!