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!

Basement Bar Demo

The holidays are officially over, and so is winter break, but go figure Eli has a fever and will not be going back to school today. Ugh!!!!! Fingers crossed for tomorrow. These past two weeks have really felt like months.

While we were all hanging out in the basement yesterday, David decided to demo our bar. Right now the bar is just too clunky and big. It makes the room look a lot more closed off than it already is. It’s also a dated oaky wood. We decided to cut off the side of the bar, and it’s crazy what a difference eliminating one piece makes.

Once the bar is the size we want it, we are going to shiplap it. We were going to just paint it, but I think that paining over this wood grain might just look like a quick and cheap fix. The shiplap will make it look much better without breaking the bank. Once the shiplap is done, we will pick out counters, do the floor, and then I think that this basement will be ready for paint!

Flooring Hiccup

So, remember when I mentioned that David did the floors in the pantry? Well…we had a little hiccup. Ok, not a little hiccup, a big(ish) one.  It’s hard to make this long story short, but I will try.

Our contractor was supposed to do the floors in the pantry and mudroom.  I heard him say it and I heard David tell him during the walkthrough.  In fact, they were supposed to do all of the floors on the main level- pretty sure the pantry is included on that main level.  Anyway, our contractor told us that it was never discussed and blah blah blah.  The specific word “pantry” is not in our contract so there really is no way that we can get what we want (the floors done).  Our bad for not making sure we had proper wording in our contract, but again main floor means every room on the main floor in my opinion. Otherwise, wouldn’t the contract just say kitchen? Or family room? Am I crazy?!

Once David and I had to accept the fact that David was now responsible for installing the floors, the contractor explained how David should install them the easiest and most functional way.  He told him that we should lay the new floors right over the old tile.  David was excited because he really could have gotten this room done in a couple of hours if this was the case.  More on that later.  A red flag should have gone off because our contractor refused to install the new floors over the tile in every other part of the house, so why was he telling David to do this now? Was it the lazy or shortcut way? Was the tile in the pantry different than the rest of the house? Who knows, all we know is that we trusted him.

On Sunday, David got to work on the pantry. He installed a bunch of planks and as he started to walk over them he quickly realized that the floors felt completely uneven and wobbly.  There was no way we could install the rest of the planks over the tiles unless we wanted to take “shortcuts” and be annoyed every time we walked into the pantry.  The only solution was for David to rip out all of the tiles and then install a subfloor. This meant more work, more time, more money, and more mess.  The further along David got, the more pissed I was about our contractor not doing the floors. In fact, I am so pissed that it might be the deal breaker for me on whether or not we use him again for Eli and Dax’s bathroom. This fiasco also means more delays because we can’t get a quote for the pantry until the floors are done, and we can’t clear out the family room, dining room (future office), or kitchen until the pantry is complete, which means the painters can’t start!!!!! Ahh! Blood. Is. Boiling.

David’s list seems to be growing and growing, and all I can hope for is some form of completion by March.  I know I am starting to say this every post now, but really I am at my breaking point!

Thanks for reading my rant and letting me vent.  Let’s all hope for a nice progress post next week.

Laundry Room Demo

Sorry for the delay in posts.  We had a death in the family so we were out of town for a little bit.  We were hoping to come home to a completed (or pretty much completed) house, but we came back to our hood in the kitchen, and a pendant light above the island. Not sure how I feel about the lack of progress lately…

Anyway, now that you have seen the the kitchen demo, here is the laundry room demo! I know a lot of people don’t mind having their laundry room on the first floor, but we have had ours on the second floor (or third if you count the basement) in every house we have owned.  I personally like it so much up there, especially with kids.  I am constantly doing laundry and I don’t see the point in schlepping clothes up and down the stairs.  Since we started the remodel 4.5 months after moving in, we got to experience laundry on the main level.  We thought maybe we wouldn’t mind it and would decide to not move it upstairs, but we quickly realized that we were so used to it being upstairs and it was a major struggle having it downstairs.  We also didn’t think we needed a 5th bedroom upstairs, so it made sense to convert one to the laundry room right? Anyway, our old laundry room will officially become our mudroom.  It’s going to be so nice to come in from the garage and have a designated place to put coats and dirty, snowy, or wet boots.  Can’t. Wait!

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!

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Stay tuned!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I am so happy to leave 2017 behind.  It was such an eventful year.  From being pregnant and living in MN alone while David lived here in Chicago, to driving and moving to Chicago at 35 weeks pregnant. Going into labor almost 2 weeks early…on the day we had to close on our new house.  Finding out I needed surgery, getting inconclusive results, being told I might need another surgery and possibly might have something scary going on- just to be told false alarm! Starting a complete renovation on our new house, and the list goes on! This picture is from last New Years when we decided to announce we were pregnant again.  Eli had zero idea what was going on since he was newly two, but I love to look at this and look at how much he has changed since then. Anyway, all I want is to be happy, healthy, and settled this year, not too much to hope for right?!

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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!