Patio and Retaining Wall Reveal

I finally have a completed project to share with you all! We all know how long it takes for David to do complete something, so it’s been so nice having a finished patio to enjoy.  It took the guys about 5-6 days between demo day and building it out and we couldn’t be happier with the final result.  The only thing that we aren’t the most happy with is the retaining wall.  That is completely our fault though.  It’s 15 feet and it just looks really small against the giant patio. I think we assumed it would go all the way to the dog run, but we figured that we could always add onto it if it really bothers us, or we can build in the BBQ like we planned between the dog run and the retaining wall.  I know that the dog run looks really ugly and out of place next to this gorgeous patio, but once we paint the exterior of the house, we will paint this as well.Since the patio has been finished, the boys have loved playing on it.  They bring out their trucks and cars, play soccer, basketball and t-ball.  It’s been so fun to see how happy they are outside and finally enjoying their safe space. I can’t wait to get our outdoor table and chairs out here so that we can have dinner outside this late spring/ summer. I also am looking forward to do the landscaping, it’s looking a little bleh out there.

Planning Center

After a long hiatus, I am back! Battling an awful cough and sinus infection while being pregnant isn’t fun.  Of course, it is also about to be Passover and Spring Break which means baking and kids will occupy my time! I do have a little house update though…

One thing that I miss about out Compass Pointe house is the planning center.  It was so nice to have a designated area for the computer and all of our mail and other junk while the “office” was being used as a playroom.  Our situation is a little similar here.  We turned our dining room into the office, but that is our temporary playroom.  When I say temporary I mean, it will be our playroom until we move from this house.

Anyway, now that we have a giant pantry, we can go ahead with building the planning center.  We thought it would be a great quiet area for the kids to do homework, but most importantly, hide junk in a organzed way of course.

We purchased the same cabinets that we used in the mudroom and David installed them in a layout that would allow two people to do homework at the same time.  There is plenty of room and it’s already looking great.  We also went with the same counter as the laundry room and mudroom and I can’t believe how quickly David got that done.

As soon as the planning center is 100% complete, we can clear out the mudroom and finish , that or maybe vice versa.

I am really hoping that the mudroom and the planning center is done before May.  We have a nursery to design and I don’t need the stress of doing it last-minute!

Back Door

This house has a lot of doors leading to outside.  We have a door from the garage to the backyard, one from the mud room to the backyard, a slider from the kitchen to the backyard, and of course the front door. Every door needs to be replaced, and the slider and front door have recently been replaced.  Since we rarely use the door in the garage, we decided to replace the door from the mudroom to the backyard.  The door was so old, had the worst insulation, and was rotting. David replaced it and put in new insulation and it already looks 80% better.  We still don’t have the handle installed, and it’s not painted yet, but I am relieved that it fit and wasn’t too hard to install.Now if only the rest of this mud room could get finished…

Mudroom Molding and Trim

David worked on the mudroom a little bit last night after the boys went to sleep.  He put up the crown molding, and some of the trim.  He decided that he wants to raise the horizontal piece a little bit, but other than that it’s looking more and more complete.

I feel like we have a million projects happening right now and I can’t keep them straight, but hopefully we will be able to be 100% with one room soon , maybe?! It will probably be the boys’ bathroom because we hired it out.  Sorry David!

Starting the Mudroom

I am not sure if I mentioned this or not (my brain is a little off right now from the long winter break), but David finally agreed to hire out the mudroom. We have so much going on, and you all know about my little basement breakdown, so we thought that it would be worth it for somebody else to do our mudroom.  Even if it meant spending thousands instead of hundreds, totally worth it.

We got quotes from carpenters and were pretty set on hiring one that we both agreed we liked.  One day while the kids were napping and my sister and I were watching Bravo in the basement, David asked me if he could start the mudroom.  I was super annoyed because I knew that this would happen. He totally wasn’t planning on hiring anybody! Since the boys were napping I stupidly agreed.

He built the start of the mudroom in the garage and had to hire somebody to help him carry it inside.  That thing is heavy, and there were noises coming out of David that I have never heard before.  When he had me come look at it, I was a little surprised to see that he had not built a bench.  Well, he did, but it was really short and kind of hard to sit on.  One thing we agreed on and pointed out in photos, was that we wanted a big bench.  At least bigger than the one he made.  It was apparently an easy fix and David whipped a new one right up.  He definitely got a lot of it done and it looks great, but it’s still not done.  Go figure. We will see how much longer it takes to finish, but my vote is 2 months. Any takers?

Take a look though, because I will admit it looks fab!

Breaking Point

I can’t believe that Hanukkah has been over for a week already, and that Christmas and New Years are coming up. Seriously, where has this year gone? I know I promised that there would be updates, and there will be. The laundry room is (was) coming along just fine, but we have decided to take a break on that room.

Cabinets are done, hardware is in, David finished painting and just has minor touch ups, and this weekend he installed a closet system. Even though everything is looking great, now that the room is mostly cleared out, I am noticing that there are some issues with the spacing of the floor tiles and the grouting. The only solution is for David to rip out some of the flooring and redo it. This is obviously annoying, because we have been working on this room since July, but it just has to be fixed. When we go to sell this house, I would hate for somebody to think anything looks DIY.

Let’s backtrack a little bit though. A couple of weeks ago my oldest had a play date. We rarely have play dates here because the house has been a construction zone, and Dax was napping twice a day until recently. But, I thought we were in a good place to finally have friends here, plus I was doing my friend a favor by watching her son. To say that Eli and his friend destroyed our house is an understatement.  I took pictures of the damage, but I deleted them because I wanted no memory of what the house looked like that night.     The thing is, I wasn’t even mad about it, it just made me realize that we need to readjust our priorities (again), and focus on getting our basement and playroom done.

I definitely think I hit a major breaking point with this house and I was totally distraught after the playdate. I want for my kids’ friends to come over and destroy the house, I want them to come over and think that they could have so much fun and not me nagging all of the time.  I expect nothing more than a total mess, especially with these wild boys.  The problem is, we have zero organization system in any play area in this house.  There are toys piled on toys, piled on toys, and it must be just as chaotic for the kids to play and not be able to know where things belong, as it is for me.

So, while there is still work to do in the laundry room, we had to get our act together with the basement.  We headed to IKEA to get some major storage solutions and David built them all within 45 minutes.  They are not complete yet, and there is so much work to be done down here, but it is an absolute necessity at this point, and everything else can wait.

Enjoy the hot mess “before” photos of the basement, I hope it doesn’t stress you out as much as it stresses me out!

Plumbing Problem

Not sure if you all remember or not, but I told you guys to ask me if everything in our laundry room was still standing in a few months. Well, you don’t need to wait a few months, because we already are having problems.  Not huge problems, just some plumbing issues.

I had about 9123892743974 loads of laundry to do, so I started my first load early Monday morning as I usually do.  Everything was going well, but I suddenly heard some “dripping” that turned to “pouring”.  I ran into the laundry room and saw that there was water coming out of one of the pipes that is under our new utility sink.  I instantly texted David and he told me to put a cap on it, or stuff a towel in there until he got home from work.

I did just that and walked away, took one kid to school, the cat to an emergency vet appointment, and then back home.  When I checked on the leak when I got home, I saw that there was a ton of water.  A lot more than before I left the house. I was told to stop doing laundry (there went my day) and he would fix it when he got home.

It was a pretty easy fix, but this incident reminded me that David will not be remodeling the boys’ bathroom when it is time to.  Plumbing is just not his thing.