Tiling the Floors

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that we also tore out the closet in the laundry room, and that obviously included the carpet that was left in there.

After David ripped out the carpet, it was time to prep the floors so that he could tile them. He spent a lot of last week prepping, and this weekend tiling. We ran out of grout, but after a quick run to Home Depot the floors should be done this week!

Between the cabinets being installed and the floors almost being done, this laundry room is hopefully on track to be completed in a month or so.

Wishful thinking, right?

4 Months Later

Our table has arrived…for the second time! We ordered it in April/May-ish and it was on backorder until August. There was a specific date, but I don’t remember when it was. That date rolled around and we were so excited for the table to be delivered, but were disappointed when we got a phone call telling us that it was time to schedule our delivery. Apparently the date on our invoice wasn’t a delivery date, but a date to confirm that it would be shipped out. We only had to wait a week for it to get here which seemed like another 4 months.

Finally the table arrived. The delivery guys said for 20 bucks they would bring it into the house, but David wanted to do it himself- typical. The box looked really damaged but it was hard to tell if the table was damaged too. You guys, this table is heavy. It took a long time and a ton of strength for David to get it inside by himself. We were actually shocked that he was able to do it on his own.

Once it was safely in the kitchen, we opened it with excitement and were disappointed yet again at how incredibly damaged the table was. We were nervous that it would take another 4 months to get a new table. And we weren’t sure if it was the shipping company’s responsibility or the shop where we purchased the table, but after amazing customer service, they shipped us a new one and told us to keep the damaged one.

Our new table arrived (mostly) damage free and we couldn’t be more happy with it!

7 Years

I have some laundry room updates, but today I’m taking a break to write about our anniversary!

David and I have been together for 13 years (this upcoming October) but today is our 7 year wedding anniversary.

In just 7 years we have lived in 4 states (Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, and Illinois), 7 cities, have moved a total of 8 times and have owned 4 homes. We have traveled the world from Hawaii, Tahiti, Mexico, Costa Rica, Greece, Canada and so much more. And most importantly we had two beautiful but wild boys!

Although this is not our forever home, this is the first year out of the 7 that we are actually settled- well settled is a loose term but there are no pending moves on the horizon so that’s settled for us!

I can’t wait to see what the next 7+ years brings!

Entry Way

So remember that one time I said our closet would be done this weekend? HAH. It’s definitely not done. However, we did get a chance to hang our entry way mirror. So that’s cool right? Now we need to get a little table for underneath. Still not sure what style I’m going for.

In other news, David always laughs when I say we have so much left to do with the house. His usual quote is “there’s really not that much to do”. Well, we came up with a punch list this weekend. We went room by room and wrote down everything that needed to get done. Let me tell ya, there’s a lot. I mean- a lot a lot. By the time the house gets completed we will be able to build our dream home. I guess that’s good news for this blog to continue?? Anyway, as stressful as our list is, at least I feel more organized than ever!

Remember Me?

Oh hey there! Remember me? Sorry I’ve been MIA. So much going on here I really can’t explain it. But what I will explain is how much progress has been made. So so much! This place is finally looking like there is an end in site but today, I’ll focus on the fireplace. I already mentioned it a while back (feels like decades ago).

Let me back track a little though. The painters started yesterday. We scheduled it two weeks ago so it’s not like it was a shock and last minute that they were coming this week. The problem was that David made other projects his priority and so all of the things that had to be done for the painters weren’t. To say it was an extremely busy weekend is an understatement. David was up until about 2 am Sunday night trying to get everything ready for the painters. He had to install all of the trim, the doors, the fireplace, and all of the moldings. Most of this got done but more on that in another post. This is about the fireplace- man I get sidetracked.

He shiplapped the entire fireplace and even though I originally wanted tile, now I’m in love with it! One decision we were contemplating was if we should put crown on the top or not, but we decided to do a small trim instead of a thick molding and I think it turned out great! The painters painted it today and it looks gorgeous. So so impressed. Also, not going to lie, David is soooo obsessed with his work. Ok, maybe proud is the better word choice. But either way it’s a great accomplishment and we are in love with it. I guess the only sucky part is we don’t get an actual “fireplace insert” until next year. Oh well, we can just look at it for now!15f278ee-43de-4c5e-b7fd-c89c200d80a2d4a05625-62c2-419c-ba76-e9db099f3ef6c719f09b-5bb2-4a3f-a74d-d3b7dd6ee96475fbaf10-6146-49f4-8cb6-d4fb8bdadae3029fda21-daa3-400b-9d2f-1624d11bfa39952e6b43-a3db-4f5b-9be1-cbd2bcb75ddb6eb07be8-770c-4597-9183-78ee030bd9ce

Cabinets

Sorry for the lack of posts. Internet problems over here! Plus life is just insane with the renovation, two demanding children and the holidays. Oh my!

The kitchen is really really coming together. I couldn’t be more happy with it so far. They have installed some of the cabinets and they look beautiful. David wanted to go with a less expensive cabinet since we don’t think we will be in this house forever, but our contractor advised us against that. Instead of completely custom cabs, we went with cabinets that weren’t the cheapest but weren’t the most expensive either. Another thing our contractor highly recommended was that they are built in the United States. Done and done.

I’ve always wanted cabinets that go to the ceiling. It’s funny because I can’t reach anything that high, but it looks pretty and can totally be used for storage right?

We went with pull outs/ instead of cabinets with doors for a lot of the kitchen. Our current kitchen has this and we never realized how incredibly functional it is.

Before this renovation started, I was mostly looking forward to a beautiful and clean kitchen. After living through this chaos, I don’t even care what it looks like anymore. I’m just excited for space, storage, and more space!!!We went and picked out our slab yesterday, we decided on backsplash, more floors are done, the island is built, and they started demolishing our current kitchen. Lots of updates to come. Until then, enjoy your weekend!

Just One More House

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For those who already know us, you might be laughing at the title of our first post/ and the name of our blog.  If you don’t know us or our situation, I will give an introduction to our life and why we decided to create this blog. This post is going to be a long one, but I promise the rest will be shorter and contain more pictures!

To start, I’m Carly and my husband David and I just purchased our fourth home in Illinois.  We have moved 8 times and have lived in 4 states since we got engaged in 2010. David has been fortunate enough to get promoted quite a bit, but after 10 years with the same company, he decided to pursue a new career opportunity.  If that doesn’t sound crazy yet, we also had two babies along the way.  Our most recent baby decided to come early on the morning we had to close on our new house. Timing has never ever been on our side, but that is an entirely different blog itself.

3 of our 4 homes that we have owned have been new builds.  We built and designed our first home (let’s call that Scoria Lane), our second home (let’s call this one Owl Lane) was brand new but we bought it too late in the process to choose our own finishes, and our third home(Compass Pointe) we designed and got to pick and edit our floor plan.  Our friends and family always laugh and joke at us because we are known to build new homes but change them after we move in. In David’s terms we are “New Build Home Flippers”.

Let’s backtrack a little.  We moved into Owl Lane October 31, 2014, had our first son on November 21, David was promoted December 25, and we moved to Minnesota on February 19th to a hotel for a week, and then temporary housing.  After 4 months in less than ideal temp housing, we closed on Compass Pointe in June of 2015 and in July 2016, David decided it was time to leave his job which was the reason that we were in MN in the first place! He had a great job opportunity in Chicago that was honestly impossible to pass up.  The kicker to this change, is two days after he accepted the job, we found out I was pregnant again. We didn’t want to sell Compass Pointe right incase David hated the job, also it wasn’t a good time to sell in our neighborhood, so for 6 months I was pregnant and raising a crazy monster of a toddler in MN, while David lived, worked, and house hunted in Chicago alone, all while commuting  back and forth on the weekends.

This brings us to today!  We moved here May 3 and lived in an amazing temporary apartment until we were set to close on  June 1.  I think we had this vision that David and I  would be at the closing together, and have a smooth moving process.  We would unpack everything before the baby arrived, have his nursery done, the house cleaned… you get the point.  However, things never go according to plan, so we had to sort of wing it along the way.  I mean I wouldn’t really define “going into labor the morning of closing, having nobody to watch the toddler, and having to move 24 hours after the baby arrived” as going according to plan, would you?

When we purchased this house (or should I say when David purchased the house, since I never saw it before we put an offer on it), it looked very clean and well-kept. Shortly after we closed, we realized that maybe the house wasn’t in as good of shape as we anticipated.  Could it have been in worse shape? Of course, but there were a ton of things that needed to be done quickly in order to make it safe for the kids and as stress free as possible for my postpartum recovery.  For the first month or so, little but expensive things would pop up.  I mean, who knew you had to get your air ducts cleaned every year? Not us, maybe because we haven’t lived anywhere long enough to know that! Both David and I agreed that this house needed a full renovation, and fast, which leads us to why we started this blog! At first we thought just a kitchen reno and master bath, but it has turned into much more.

After 3 months of interviewing contractors and architects, we will finally be starting construction this week! I can’t even explain my excitement into words, also the fear.  Construction with an almost 4 month old and toddler who both nap…yikes!!  Most of the renovation will be hired out, but David will also be doing a lot of the work for easier jobs that don’t need to be done right this second. We are so used to just adding on and building character to our new build homes, that this is going to be a much more drastic process for us.  We have always been asked for updates on projects for our last three homes, and we figured this one would probably be the most exciting yet for you all to see. Although we are doing some major changes e.g. moving the kitchen to a different part of the house, we still want to be mindful about the changes we do incase we decide to sell one day. Once we really get to know the “village” we live in and have a better idea where we want to live, we have talked about building a custom home in 5 years as a true forever home but let’s be real…I have a feeling David will get the construction bug again and again, and again.  That, my friends, is why this blog name is so fitting.  Just like with kids, we keep saying that “this will be our last house”, but really, what is just one more, right?

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