I never thought I would be writing this, but our mudroom is complete. I repeat, the mudroom is complete. I gave David a strict deadline, and he got it done. Ok, two days later than the deadline, but baby steps right? It looks beautiful and I love it, but I do think it would have been worth a few thousand dollars to have hired it out so that it would have been done months ago. Oh well.
He basically built everything from scratch and it’s so nice knowing there is a place for muddy and wet shoes and coats now. I also feel confident that we will have a designated place for keys, especially for David’s since he is always losing his.
The cabinets were a great addition since we have so much random stuff in the garage that would go better in here. The sink will be great to rinse off after playing outside.
Now that the functional stuff is done, we get to decorate! The wall behind the sink needs something, as does the blank wall between the bench and the cabinets. I am thinking a mirror will make the room look bigger, but I have to play with different ideas.
Next up, the planning center! Yep, David had a deadline for that too, and it’s complete as well!
I think that our contractor and his men wanted to be done with the bathroom just as bad as we wanted it to be done.
Besides not reading the reviews for this company, our biggest regret was not having the contractor do a final walkthrough because there was a lot more to be fixed than we anticipated.
Last weekend, David went to deep clean the bathroom so that we could move the boys into it. Who would have thought sharing s bathroom with two small children for 2 months would be such an ordeal?! As he was cleaning we discovered quite a few things that we would have expected to be fixed.
The grout is kind of mess but I really think if we used a lighter color it would have turned out great. I just expected more from a professional company. We noticed one broken tile and three scratched tiles in the shower. All which can’t be fixed but need to be chiseled out.When David was walking in the bathroom, you can hear and feel that some of the floor tiles are loose. Again, they need to be chiseled out.They did terrible planning when installing the vanity because the drawer on the end cannot be opened all of the way due to the window trim being in the way. Unfortunately, this is something that can’t be fixed at this point.Lastly (from what we could tell), there was ceiling paint splattered all over the counters. I’m not exaggerating here, splatters everywhere. Luckily the counters are light so it’s hard to tell, but it took a while to scrape them off and we didn’t even get all of them!I am so mad we didn’t have the contractor do a final walkthrough but I am so grateful that David could fix all of this stuff. We would be in big trouble if he couldn’t.
We learned so much during this experience and with all of the trouble and stress that came with it, at least the bathroom is done…but no the boys still aren’t moved into it yet!
Oh hey, remember the mudroom? While our contractor and his crew are working on the bathroom, David is working on the mudroom when he gets home from his real job. I showed you the molding and trim progress a couple of weeks ago, but since then, David installed some cabinets for storage.
Since this room used to be the laundry room, there is a big bulky gas line. We thought that it would be pricey and annoying to remove, so we figured that covering it was our best option. At first, we were going to install a single cabinet and sink, but the more we thought about it, the more we realized that would look a little weird. We decided to do a row of cabinets instead, because you can never have enough storage and it looks much better than a single cabinet.
The built-ins unit is white, so we went with a light gray cabinet. I am wondering if the gray walls are a bit much now, but at least painting the walls is an easy fix. Once the painters come to paint the built-in, they can always repaint the walls as well.
This room is really coming along! The thought of not having all of our junk piled up on our kitchen island because it will finally have a place in the mudroom feels so so good!
Happy Monday! Lots of progress to report this week! The vanity for the boys’ bathroom was delivered and installed last week. We did have a little bit of spacing issues, but they seemed to figure it out and make it work. The vanity is two pieces and it is really long once put together. We had the option of having a big space in the middle to fill with a wood filler piece, or the option to push the two pieces close together and have wood filler pieces on both the left and right sides. Ideally, I wanted it that way, but they told me that there would have to be some plumbing rearranged for that to work. So, David and I decided that having a space in the middle to fill was the way to go.
I was going about my afternoon and one of the men working on the bathroom told me that he realized he didn’t account for the door jamb, so he had to adjust the plumbing to make the vanity work. This wouldn’t be my first choice, but it is still looking amazing! Counters are measured and ordered, and I can’t wait to see it all come together.
We are one step closer to our laundry room being completed. Last weekend, David worked on installing the doors to the cabinets and drawers. We thought that this would be a simple task, but of course we came across a little issue.
Since all of our walls are completely not straight in this house, it makes it hard to have counters, moldings, trim, window treatments, etc. that are all level. When David went to install one of the drawers on the end, it was so crooked and off, that it was difficult to open. He ran out of time, but planned on having to make some adjustments with the cabinet base, and shave some of the top off in order to make it fit evenly. Last night he had some time to work on everything and to our surprise, there was a much simpler way to adjust the drawer with adjusters that came attached, duh!
We also noticed that the cabinets are not as white as they looked in the store. Hopefully that will change with better lighting, but we will have to think about paint colors if it continues to look off white.
I have been researching what type of hardware I want in there, and surprise, I have no idea. Hopefully I will have that figured out soon!
Have a great weekend!
Oh hey, remember me?! It has been way too long. Now that David is doing the majority of the work, our progress obviously depends on him.
Right when Eli finished camp, he got really sick. Awful fever, awful cough, it was the worst. Naturally, Dax got sick, and then just when you thought I would be the one to get sick, David got sick. He actually had it the worst. Eventually I got sick and we all just kept passing it back and forth.
Because of us all being out of commission, it made it kind of impossible to get stuff done around here. This weekend, we were finally back in action. David worked long and hard on the laundry room and got so much done. This room became a lot bigger of a project than we planned for so it’s also taking a lot longer to finish than we planned for.
Since the laundry room was previously a bedroom, it had a closet. We don’t really have a need for a closet, so we ripped it out, carpet and all. Still not sure if we will use the area to hang dry clothes, but I’m thinking that it’s a good space for that. The goal was to have the cabinets installed, they aren’t finished because there was a lot more to installing them than we anticipated. David built the bases for the cabinets to make them level with the washing machine and dryer. They don’t look “level” in this picture yet because he hasn’t finished screwing the levels on the legs of the cabinets, but I promise that they will be!
After looking at it, David thinks that he needs to raise the cabinets a little higher. I honestly can’t tell, but what’s one more thing to do? I think we decided on our counters, and after months and months and months, we finally decided and ordered wallpaper. We decided to go bold and fun since it’s a laundry room, but more on that later.
Hopefully now that we are all better, there will be more progress which means more blog posts. Stay tuned!
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!
I mentioned before that we had to move into the kitchen, well it is not complete quite yet, and we definitely are not organized yet either, but until then…here is a little sneak peak from my phone! Just incase you forgot what this room used to look like, here you go!
In all of our homes, the cabinets never went to the ceiling. To me, this looked a little tacky and incomplete. With this house, our cabinets go a lot higher than our previous homes, plus we are doing crown molding. So far, they are looking beautiful and just what I had envisioned.
Since the counters are not in yet, things are a bit slow around here. The appliances did arrive, and from what I can see, they are going to look really good in the kitchen. We did have a little problem with our microwave, but our contractor thinks that he can fix the problem. If not, we have to sell it and buy a new one. More on that later. Fingers crossed we get it worked out!
Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you get to relax and enjoy with your loved ones!
Our internet is back and running, for now. Seriously we have never had this many internet problems since we moved here. It is such a hassle. I really don’t know how people lived without it back in the day, because my world felt like it was crumbling down on me when it didn’t work. Dramatic, I know!
I mentioned this last week, but tons of progress is happening over here. Besides the fact that we don’t have a kitchen sink anymore, and we only have 1/3 of a kitchen, the island is built and the floors are almost complete. It is looking a-m-a-z-i-n-g. We picked out our slab last week, but because of the holidays it might take a while to be ready. I also just received a message that all of our kitchen appliances will be delivered tomorrow. I am seriously so excited. If you only saw the dishwasher we have been using…
They currently are working on the crown moldings for the cabinets, and I am sure they are doing some other stuff because it is really loud up there. Progress, progress, progress!!