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!

Clearing out the Mudroom

While there are still so many big things to do in this house, there are also a lot of small things.  To start, there are zero pictures up anywhere.  I know that sounds like such a dumb thing, but to me, pictures make a house a home.  We also have spent thousands in photographers, so you bet your bottom I will have those pictures displayed!!

The next thing that bothers me, and it is so petty, but there is no place to put our shoes.  We have a pretty small foyer and entry way, so when we put 4 pairs of shoes at the door, it becomes messy and cluttered. Not to mention, one of us is always tripping over them.  In normal homes, people would put their shoes in their mud rooms or whatever room is off of their garage.

We can’t use our garage at the moment, so we decided to clear the mud room by going through this hot mess, and re boxing and organizing everything.  This really kills two birds with one stone because it gave us the opportunity to find all of our decor and pictures to put up around the house, and it also gives us a pretty empty mud room to place our shoes in so nobody gets hurt.

Now that the mud room is cleaned out, I think I know what I want our next major project to be…

Not sure how much we will get done with Father’s Day this weekend, but knowing David, he will want to work on something. Have a great Father’s Day weekend!

Organizing the Pantry

Our pantry was built a couple of months ago. We loaded the shelves but we never actually organized them. It was starting to become really chaotic- especially for Eli. He couldn’t find anything and then would put things back wherever he felt like it.

If I had my perfect pantry- everything would be in bins. Everything. There would be no boxes, no bags. It would look so clean and perfect. Unfortunately, spending $1000+ on bins just isn’t in our budget at the moment. Instead, we purchased a few just for items that often are out of place. It is hard to tell which items are in bins because they are clear, but it looks great.

The shelves are looking 10x better and they are already so much easier to navigate. Hopefully we can keep the cleanliness up. There’s still a ton to do in here. We need to finish painting, moldings and trim, switch out the lights, and go to Costco to buy even more to fill those naked shelves. If we get enough done this summer- maybe we can start on the second part of the pantry- the planning center! We are currently using our basement and kitchen island to store junk so the planning center will come in handy.

We have family coming in next week to celebrate Dax’s first birthday, which also happens to be our one year anniversary in this house. Time sure does fly. I’m hoping there is lots of progress during this long weekend, but I most likely won’t be able to share it for a little while, I’ll try though!!

Have a great weekend!

When You Hire Out the Pantry

David and I got into countess arguments and fights about our pantry. I really wanted to hire it out, obviously David didn’t. We got numerous quotes, the highest being 9000. Yep, you read that right. No matter how much money we have, there is no way we could justify spending that. We got many other quotes and David was becoming more and more annoying. I think at one point he even told me he could have built the pantry by the time we finished getting quotes and making a decision. I doubt that is true since he’s still not finished with our walk in closet. Finally, after all of the arguing and fighting David decided to get his own quotes. Go figure, the quote David got was the winner. We got a great price and the pantry looks amazing. We finally are starting to fill it, and once we finish filling it we will make it pretty! It will be a busy and productive weekend for sure. If you have any good organization bin recommendations, or organization recs in general, help this girl out!

When One Door Opens

Let’s talk doors.  To start, we agreed that we would replace all of the doors in the house except for the front door, door leading to the garage, and door leading to outside.  We temporarily were just going to paint those doors to save some money.  However, we noticed that the previous kitchen and laundry room (current mudroom and pantry) are absolutely freezing.  Because those rooms are so cold, the cold air gets into the new kitchen and honestly it is just uncomfortable to be in.  We love the new kitchen so it is painful to be so cold while we are in there.  We decided that it was time to replace the doors leading to the garage and the backyard.  When David took out the old doors, he discovered that they were installed incorrectly.  There was a giant gap from the moldings/door to the wall which was letting all of the cold air in.  He filled it with some foam and put in the new doors and you can already feel a significant difference in the temperature.  Replacing the doors was definitely worth the money now that we know how much air was getting in, but it also makes me a little afraid of what else in the house wasn’t installed correctly.  Only time will tell, I guess! Have a great weekend!

Pantry Floors

David says everything will take “a few hours” or “a couple of days”.  I am starting to figure out that “a few hours” means a weekend or two, and “a couple of days” means a couple of weekends…minimum.

Anyway, we got our IL drivers licenses on Friday, and David got his stitches out from his little fireplace accident, so that left him with tons of time to get stuff done.

There was a little progress on our walk-in-closet that was supposed to be done last month, and lots of progress on our pantry floors.  They are looking great!!  Now, as soon as these are completed, we can get our pantry shelving unit built which will help us clear out all of the other rooms from our food and small appliances.  I can’t wait!

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.