Master Update(s)

As I mentioned before, when our contractors leave, they lock our bedroom door so that our crazy toddler can’t somehow get in and get hurt.  Trust me, I really really appreciate this, but sometimes it’s a hassle and I just want to sit and stare at the progress when they go home for the day.

I always look forward for David to get home because not only does he take the boys off of my hands, but I need him to get the key to open the master door.  The contractor puts it up really high, and I am really short- so you know how that goes.

Last week, David was gone for a business trip and I couldn’t see the room for 2 whole days.  Thats a long time considering how fast they work. So much gets done in a day, it baffles me and makes me feel really unproductive as well.

The dry wall is up for the new walk in closet.  These are the doors we are going to be using throughout the home and we thought it would be a good idea to put them on sliders for the closet so that we don’t lose space with the typical swing out door. We love the look, but when David got home he realized it’s a little bit of a struggle to fit through that doorway, and that could become annoying on a daily basis.  It probably wouldn’t be the best thing for resale either.  We decided that we are either going to do smaller closet doors with the same look if possible, or see if the contractors could shave them down.DSC_00072The bathroom is looking amazing. This is a view of where the tub and toilet will be going.DSC_00022Our shower! Don’t mind the attic access.  This used to be my walk in closet so it didn’t look tacky to have the attic access in there, but now that it is in the bathroom it doesn’t look right, so we are moving it to the future laundry room.DSC_0004All of our wrapped up furniture was moved into the future laundry room this week because they started sanding everything.  We also saw the cabinets, floor tiles, backsplash, and counter last week. The floors and cabinets will get installed this week- I can’t believe how fast it’s coming together.

I probably am going to kick myself for saying this, but I am shocked at how stress free this is going so far.  Knock on wood- we haven’t really had too many problems, just a few minor and annoying issues.  It’s also pretty loud but the boys are doing much better than I thought with napping and such.  If the rest of the house goes this smoothly we are one lucky family!

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I hope you all had a great weekend.  We observed Yom Kippur but unfortunately I couldn’t fast this year due to nursing and pumping- darn it!!

I was going to post this yesterday, but given everything that was happening in Vegas, I just didn’t feel right about it.  I am so sick and sad over what happened, I really don’t have the words. I am thinking about everyone who has been affected by the awful event that occurred yesterday.

On to something much lighter, there is so much progress to be shared on our master, but I thought I would show off the amazing floors in Eli’s room first!

Besides priming the walls, the next thing that had to go in Eli’s room was the floors.  Well, in the entire house really.  The carpet is just awful and it doesn’t help that our 10 year old pug literally goes potty on the carpet a minimum of 3 times a day.  We have gotten to the point where we don’t even clean it in some places because we don’t know if it is a new spot or just a stain that didn’t come out with our carpet cleaner.  It doesn’t help that the color of the carpet is brown, so you can’t even see where there is a stain most of the time.  So gross, I know.  Just know that we don’t allow the baby on the carpet- ever, so don’t go reporting us now!

We picked out the flooring pretty much immediately after we moved in because we wanted it installed in the nursery.  We had that professionally installed because there was just no time for David to do it considering Dax was born on closing day.  He was able to see how the handymen were able to install it, so this made it easier when it came time for Eli’s room.

David removed the carpet in Eli’s room and started installing the floors.  Between watching the handymen install the floors and Dax’s room, and doing it  once before at Owl Lane , that makes him a pro, right? Wrong!

We were in such a rush to get this room finished because we had a timeline of when we had to move into Eli’s temporary room, which obviously meant Eli had to be in his big boy room by then (yep, he’s still not in his room!). David installed the floors in a really short amount of time, too short if you ask me.  He was done installing them and about to install the baseboards , trim, and moldings, but that came to a complete halt.

I have bad OCD and am a huge perfectionist.  I was sitting on the floor and noticed that David did a really bad job at installing them.  Some of the planks weren’t installed all of the way, which caused weird leveling when you walked.  Sure, you would really have to be sitting on the floor and looking for these flaws, but this didn’t fly with me.  The dilemma we were having, or should I say David was having, was that he had to install every single plank in order for this to be fixed- was it worth it?.  I think he was hoping I would say “Oh, it’s fine! Just leave it”, but there was no way that was going to happen.  So, David spent the entire afternoon aka nap time uninstalling and reinstalling the floors perfectly.

He is known to be a very fast paced individual.  He rarely stops to think about anything, unless it comes to his real job. I can’t even tell you how many times I have told him that if he just took his time, things would turn out the way he wanted them to.  David ended up spending 3x as much time to do the floors as it would have taken to do them right the first time, but at the end of the day- or night, they look awesome! I hope he remembers that slow and steady wins the race for the next projects.

*Excuse the iPhone pics, we had no idea where our good camera was at this point

Bye bye bye Cubs colors!IMG_2767IMG_2893IMG_2769IMG_2897See ya, carpetIMG_2895Installing the floors…the first timeIMG_2941IMG_2994IMG_2942IMG_2978After all of the work it took to get these floors installed, you would think I would have taken a picture of the finished product.  Well, we thought it would be a good idea to build Eli’s big boy bed and it is sitting in the middle of the room, which makes it nearly impossible for me to take a picture of the floors.  Don’t worry though, next up is baseboard and moldings and you will be able to get a better picture of the floors then.

Eli’s Big Boy Room

Since our master suite is being redone (I can hear the hammers, saws, and drills as I type this), David and I need somewhere else to sleep.  We have a fully finished basement but I refuse to sleep in there for more reasons than one.  Dax’s nursery is obviously taken, and our 5th bedroom is being converted into a laundry room.  The only two options we have are the room that Eli currently sleeps in, and the room we are making into Eli’s big boy room. Since this poor child has been sleeping in a nasty room with cardboard for blinds, we only thought it was fair to start (and finish) his big boy room so that he has somewhere peaceful and clean to sleep in.  This was supposed to solve our “where are Carly and David going to sleep” problem.

I had some health stuff go on during the past month.  I was unable to lift Dax, Eli, or pretty much anything for 10 days.  Once the 10 days were over it still really hurt (and sometimes still does) to hold my babies.  David had to take time off to help and when he went back to work we had to hire somebody to help me around the house.  Once David got home at 5, he didn’t have time to work on Eli’s room because he had to do everything around here.  That being said, up until last week, he really couldn’t get started on Eli’s new room.  He pretty much had last weekend to do it.

Here are the before pictures. Our previous owners had 4 boys, and were obviously huge Cubs fans.  Apparently they thought it was a great idea to display their love for the Cubs through their paint choices.IMG_2823We had an electrician here to do work on the nursery, so he installed the light fixture in this room before we even started redoing it.IMG_2896IMG_2824You are going to be so amazed at what this room looks like now. While it’s mostly done (by mostly I mean paint and moldings), it looks incredible and it’s truly amazing what even just a new paint color can do to change the look of a room! Oh, and incase you are wondering, since the room isn’t complete, me, David, the dog, and the cat, are sleeping in Eli’s full sized bed and Eli is still in his temporary room. Too bad we aren’t snugglers!

#DemoDay

If you are anything like me and David, you will totally understand the excitement we woke up with because today is demo day!! Any Chip and Joanna fans? You know you love Fixer Upper as much as we do! Anyway, today we are starting our renovation and I am excited, scared, anxious, and stressed all at the same time.

At first, I was really hoping for the downstairs to get done right away.  I am so over our kitchen and all of the boxes that are piled up in our family room that can’t be unpacked until the downstairs is completed.  However, our contractor thought it would be best to start upstairs.  He asked us where we would be living during the renovation and David and I both looked at each other, and then looked at him, and said “Here! Where else would we live?” Apparently it isn’t very common to live in the home during the remodels, however we just can’t afford to pay for a remodel, a mortgage, and rent/hotel costs.  We also have a toddler and baby to think about, as well as a dog and a cat, and I have some health stuff going on.  We thought it would just be more stressful to move out than to stay put.  Ask me again in a few months if this was the worst decision ever!

Anyway, once the contractor knew we would be living in the house, he thought that if they did the downstairs first, we wouldn’t really have a nice place to relax and destress from the chaos we are about to endure.  If we did the upstairs first, then we have a nice sancuatary to resort back to while they are redoing our entire downstairs.  I was skeptical at first, but now I think this is the best idea (again, ask me in a few months when this is all over!)

We have already hired out the nursery within a week of living here, and David is just about finished with our toddler (Eli’s) big boy room, so our projects upstairs will include:

  • Flooring
  • Moldings
  • Trim
  • Paint
  • Lighting
  • Building a laundry room
  • Master suite (closets, bedroom, bathroom)

Eventually David will redo the 4th bedroom into a guest room or it will become our baby (Dax’s) big boy room if we have a third child.  He will also eventually do the boy’s bathroom since it really only needs cosmetic updates.

Our contractor said it will take about 12 days to demo the master suite, and once that is completed we can get to the fun stuff.

Below are some pictures of what our master suite currently looks like.

*I just want to note that we really don’t live like messy humans as it might seem from these images.  There is a lack of storage which has made it really hard to organize and live like civilized human beings in this house.  So don’t mind (or judge) the mess in the photos please!

Master Bath:

This bathroom seems like it has not been done since the 70s.  Besides the tile, tub, fixtures, lighting, it is the choppiest bathroom I have been in.  Oh, and there is carpet! I never understand why the heck people put carpet in bathrooms.  Somebody please explain!

There is so much hard water and rotting on the shower head and the faucet, that every time we go to turn it off, chunks fall into the tub.  How I have been showering in this since June is beyond me. Everything in these photos is getting knocked out and we will have a beautiful clean walk in shower with a bench.DSC_0065DSC_0066DSC_0067The view of the toilet is from me standing on the tub.  That is how small this room is.  Besides the vent right below the toilet that blows freezing cold air at me while I am peeing in the middle of the night, the toilet also has the most bizarre spacing next to the wall.  We will move it over a little bit and depending on the demo, we may or may not add some type of door or separation from the toilet and shower.DSC_0068We only have one sink in the vanity and very little storage.  The door and wall attached to the vanity that you see here will all be gone.  We are going to have a long double vanity with custom storage to fit our needs. This first photo makes me laugh because this is how far the door leading to the toilet room will open.  It makes it a little bit of a struggle to get into the shower! Oh and fun fact, because the bathroom is so choppy and small, and the fan doesn’t work properly, all of our towels constantly smell like mildew since there is pretty much no ventilation.  Not gross at all.DSC_0085DSC_0081DSC_0078Here is the one and only walk in closet in the master.  Naturally, it’s mine, however it is being knocked down and will become our soaking tub.DSC_0082View into the master bedroomDSC_0084

Master Bedroom:

I spy our cat, Cheers! She wants to show you where the new walk in closet will be.  Pretty much the closet will go from the edge of the door frame, all the way to the window by the chair.  It is supposed to accommodate both David’s and my clothes, but we will see about that. We are going to move that same window over so we have more light in the room.DSC_0090DSC_0094DSC_0095Since we are using space from the other side of the room to build a walk in closet, we are going to knock out these closets and expand the room to give it the space back that we are taking away.DSC_0099DSC_0100Besides all of the fun things I already described, we will obviously be painting and replacing the flooring.  I am not sure if you noticed, but the only lighting that this room has is these two little bedside lamps, so we will add lighting, and a pretty fixture as well. We had pretty picture frame molding in Compass Pointe, so we know we want to do some type of moldings here too, just probably a bit more modern than before.DSC_0102DSC_0103

Take a good hard look at this current master suite, because pretty soon it will be gone and we will never ever look back! Excuse the unprofessional looking photos- besides the fact I don’t know anything about photography, it was really difficult to get somewhat decent photos since the layout is so choppy and there is obviously awful lighting.