Safety Hazard, No More

Hey…remember that time I shared our embarrassing dumpster/garage/landfill situation here and here?

Well this weekend I had a scary revelation that besides it being gross, embarrassing, unsanitary, etc it’s also a huge safety hazard.

David surprised me with a new car on Friday and I really want to park it in the garage this winter, so obvi this is my main reason for getting the garage cleared.  No, not really, in all seriousness, what if there were an emergency or fire and we couldn’t get out of the house through our front door? What if there is so much trash, that the trash catches on fire?

I decided David had to put the laundry room on hold and bag up all of the trash. The garage is finally clear enough to where we could walk safely inside and soon enough park at least one car in it. We eventually want to paint and do the floors in there, but temporarily this will do!

Laundry Room Cabinets

David shouldn’t have to feel bad when he misses a workout, because he probably burns more calories and gains more muscle working on this house than I do during my Peloton workouts. Last Saturday, he finally brought up the cabinets for our laundry room.  This excites me because it cleared some space in our dumpster…I mean…garage and it means more progress in the laundry room. Of course, we had to come across some issues though.

Our contractors did the drywall and the plumping, electrical, and venting for us.  They had to build a false wall which in reality is a brilliant idea.  However, instead of putting the washing machine outlet box deeper into the wall, they put it over the wall. There are two problems with this.  The first problem is that because it’s built over the wall, everything from the machines connecting to the box sticks out really far, so we can’t put either the washer or dryer against the wall.  Instead, they are pretty far, which creates an awkward gap that we will have to cover up by getting a deeper counter.  The second problem is that the box is extremely high.  We want to put in wallpaper or tile, but the box is fairly large and kind of looks random and out of place. It should have been put in lower so it can’t be seen.  David was able to fix it a little, but not enough to make a huge difference.

The other minor issue we came across is more of a David mistake than the contractors.  He pre-measured the space but didn’t account for the moldings and trim in some areas, and that messes with the measurements for the cabinet space, specifically for one cabinet.  The cabinet between the dryer and the window is supposed to have drawers instead of doors, but once the window trim is in, there is no way that the drawer would be able to open. We thought that we could do some messing around with spacing, but ultimately decided to rearrange where each cabinet goes and it completely solved our problem.

We now need to build a base for the cabinets to go on, so that they are level with the washing machine and dryer.  We are eventually going to put in a counter, and want it to be one surface instead of having two different levels.  This weekend we went to pick out counters, and left with about 50 samples. Oy!!

I really feel like this room is coming together, and will hopefully make doing laundry more enjoyable for me, since I feel like I do it 12 hours out of my day. Hah!

Laundry Room Decisions

A couple of weekends ago, David started mudding and sanding the drywall in the laundry room. It was obviously dry and cleaned up by this past weekend, so David was able to prime and paint the ceiling.  The room looks so much brighter, and we are officially ready for the fun part of this room.

We still need to decide if we want to use wallpaper or tile.  We keep thinking that with the busy floors, wallpaper will look better, but we really are going back and forth.  I actually think this might be the toughest decision we have faced so far with this renovation.

Hopefully David will be able to get the cabinets upstairs this week, I think that once we see them installed, maybe it will be easier to make a decision.  Once we decide on wallpaper (or tile), we can get a light fixture, sink, hardware, etc.  I seriously can’t wait to have a completed and organized laundry room.

While the Boys Nap

I am so thankful that the boys nap so well.  Eli still naps from 1:30-3:30 and Dax naps from 9:30-10:30 and 1:30-3.  This break is so needed during the week, it is my only chance to workout, prep meals, catch up on emails, etc.  During the weekend, this is the time David likes to get projects done.  Lately, a lot of these projects require cutting and loud noises, so we are trying to avoid that during nap time.  It’s crazy because the boys lived through noise and chaos when the contractors were here for months and months.  But, now that they are used to peace and quiet again, one loud nap might throw them off for a few days, and this mama doesn’t need that!

Obviously the mudroom is the current big project that we are working on, but David said it will be really loud, so this is on pause and we started the laundry room up again. He mudded some of the wall on Saturday, and then sanded it on Sunday.  Even though it made a dusty mess (right after the housekeepers came of course), the walls are smooth and are ready for priming.  This will make the room look so much lighter and cleaner and will take us one step closer to painting, wallpaper, and cabinets. Is it weird I am so excited for a laundry room to be finished?A little sidetone, Eli is having surgery on Thursday, so I will be taking a short break to take care of him, but hopefully recovery is quick and I can post house updates ASAP.

Have a great rest of the week!

Starting the Mudroom

A little while back, I mentioned that we had to clear out the mud room so that there was a place for our dog to stay in if we left the house. We were tired of cleaning up his pee around the house, so clearing out the mudroom was definitely a priority.

Although it was cleared out, it still isn’t completed. There was still flooring to be done, moldings to put up, oh and still the need to build a bench, cabinets, cubbies, a sink, etc just to name a few.

Last weekend, David finished the flooring and started putting up the baseboard, and trim. He also measured and designed the bench and cubbies. We are going for a simpler look but it’s going to be functional and clean looking! I can’t wait!

Happy Friday!

You’ve Got Mail

Our mailbox is ridiculous looking.  It’s such an eyesore, but we really didn’t want to replace it until we do the entire exterior.  Last weekend we decided to pull the trigger and order a new one.  There are so many gorgeous mailboxes out there, but they come at a hefty price! We decided that we really don’t want to spend 800.00 on a mailbox now or ever.  First, we don’t even know if we will be in this house forever.  Second, I would hate to spend that kind of money on a mailbox and then if we for some reason don’t decide to do the exterior, the new mailbox doesn’t match the style of the house.

We ended up finding a great inexpensive mailbox on Wayfair.  I was surprised how I excited I was when it arrived to set it up, but left with disappointment when we opened the box.  For starters, it was beyond cheap looking.  It looked nothing like the picture, and it honestly looked like it could be a children’s toy.  Well, a giant children’s toy.  The color was nothing like the picture either.  However, in Wayfair’s defense, the description said bronze even though it looked black in the picture.  David was the one who ordered it, so maybe he needs his glasses prescription re-checked, or maybe he just didn’t read the description at all.  Regardless, we had to return it, and we are still left with this lame mailbox. My mission this week is to find another inexpensive one, and I will read the description before ordering!

Never Eating Chives Again

I feel like it’s been forever since I gave an update. Last week totally messed me up with David’s birthda, and the 4th, but I’m back!!

Now that David (mostly) finished the dog run fence, it was time to focus on the inside area of the dog run. Our dog is super picky about where he goes potty. It’s so ridiculous how high maintenance pugs are. He goes fine in grass, but when he poops, he digs it all up. He has long claws, so the dirt or mud after the snow or rain gets stuck in his paws and then he runs around like a Tasmanian devil while we try to clean him up. It’s just too much when I also have an insane baby to chase around. In our Scoria Lane yard, we had grass and replaced it with bark chips that were easy to clean, and the dog had no issues doing his business in them.  We thought that putting some mulch in this yard will make less of a mess when he goes outside. Of course in some areas there is grass, but the main portion of his dog run is now mulch.

Let’s take it back a notch though…

The area that we planned on covering with mulch, was covered with chives. Yes, chives. So random because there is no garden there. Maybe the previous owners started a garden and didn’t maintain it, but I still don’t understand why anybody would plant so many chives. I mean the area was completely covered. It just doesn’t make sense. So obviously the first thing that David had to do was remove the darn chives. This was a lot more work than he anticipated which should’nt be a surprise to anyone.

We had to get all of the chives by the roots, but while he was working on that he noticed some old tree roots, and the sprinkler system wiring that was cut, spliced, and exposed. So after removing the tree root, digging a trench for the wires, and the burying the wires, it was time to dig out the chives. We wanted to make sure they stayed away…for good. So David sprayed the crap out of the area with some type of chemical so they won’t grow back (hopefully).

After he sprayed, he laid out some weed block, and then started to pour the mulch.  We went with black because we hope to paint our house.  We figured black would work with the colors we are debating between.  It might look weird now, but the space already looks 10x better, and we aren’t even done! There are still more areas with chives, as well as some areas where we need to plant some grass.  We really need to find a landscape architect to come help us with the ridiculous concrete situation as well.  Ah, the things we do for our pets!! If we continue to have no rain, hopefully this dog area will be complete within a week or two, and then on to the next project!

Until then, and most likely forever, I will never be eating chives again!