Boys’ Bathroom: Demo Day!

Our contractor and his employees came over Friday morning to start the demo for Eli and Dax’s bathroom. I forgot how unbelievably loud and dusty this part of a project is.  The bathroom is above our kitchen, and I was really nervous that our giant mirror would come off of the wall.  We did lose one light bulb from our light fixture.

By the time I picked up E from school, came home, made lunch, and ate lunch, they were done.  This was just in time for naps so that worked out in our favor for sure.

They didn’t run into any problems, so hopefully the rest of the remodel goes just as smoothly!

Kitchen Demo

A lot has been going on lately, construction has slowed down, and some personal things going on, but the day has finally come, kitchen demo day! I have been looking forward to this since we moved here! Our kitchen wasn’t old or nasty or anything, in fact it looked like it was recently updated. The cabinets were also really high end, and the counters weren’t bad either. It was a little painful to rip it all out since we know the cabinets cost a ton of money, however the layout was just awful. Absolutely awful. We decided to make the kitchen a big pantry, but after the demo we realized the big pantry was actually a giant pantry. I would rather have more space than not enough, however we have no idea what to do in there now. I guess we could have worse problems!

Before:IMG_4309IMG_4310IMG_4311IMG_4312IMG_4313During:

After:

Stay tuned!

Demo Day 1

Happy Friday!

To David, demo day is by far the most exciting.  You get to knock walls down, rip stuff up, you know the drill.  Too bad he has a job and missed the entire thing.  I got to hang out at home in between school drop off and pick up and watch (I mean listen to) the progress. I am seriously shocked at how fast our contractor and his crew work.

Before they left, our contractor showed me the progress.  I was holding an exhausted and naked toddler so I feel like I couldn’t really take in everything he was showing me and telling me.  He put some caution tape up and locked the door for the evening so that Eli couldn’t somehow get in.

When David got home from work and found out that they locked the door, he lost his mind.  Well no, that’s an exaggeration, but he spent a good 10 minutes searching the house to find a way to unlock the door.  After much success, we were able to enter for David to swoon over the demo.

With all of the bathroom walls down, the bathroom looks completely different, and ten times bigger and more open.  I am now able to see our vision a lot more. So helpful.

DSC_0002The inside of our closets are gone.  The other side of this wall is the nursery- most specifically the wall that Dax’s crib is against. How he napped for almost 2 hours when they were knocking everything out of there is beyond me!DSC_0004DSC_0005Carpet is out and ready to build our new closet.DSC_0007Our view into the bathroomDSC_0009Where the tub used to be.DSC_0011DSC_0016Tub and toilet are gone!DSC_0018Old walk in closet.DSC_0021Previous single vanity.DSC_0022Toilet area- how I miss looking out the window while using the bathroom!DSC_0023View into the master bedroom.DSC_0024

Enjoy your weekend!! You will be able to find us camping out and admiring our new open space.

#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.