Tiling the Floors

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that we also tore out the closet in the laundry room, and that obviously included the carpet that was left in there.

After David ripped out the carpet, it was time to prep the floors so that he could tile them. He spent a lot of last week prepping, and this weekend tiling. We ran out of grout, but after a quick run to Home Depot the floors should be done this week!

Between the cabinets being installed and the floors almost being done, this laundry room is hopefully on track to be completed in a month or so.

Wishful thinking, right?

Officially Fall

Well, it is officially Fall.  Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons, but when it comes to renovating this house, it probably is my least favorite because we are always extremely busy which gives us little time for the house projects. Between all of the Jewish holidays, sports classes for the kids, sickness, and birthday parties almost every weekend, it is hard to get a minute in to do much with the house.

Last week, it was Yom Kippur and David went away for a business trip.  I also got really sick during the weekend so David was on 24/7 daddy duty and couldn’t get too much done- although he thinks he got a lot done.

The air vent in our laundry room has just become this annoying problem.  We want to make sure that there is enough airflow, but between the cabinet and where the vent is located, it’s been really difficult to deal with.  David had to rip out the flooring and cut a big hole to make it work.  After a ton of dust, noise, and a lot of work, the vent is exactly how we wanted it.

Ready…Set…Laundry!

David worked extremely hard all last weekend on our house.  We are pretty much moved into our bedroom, we just have some touch-ups for our contractor and then we can hang out pictures, art, shades, TV, etc. It finally looks like a room and it is such a good feeling.

We are getting down to the end of this remodel (at least for the contractor), so that means it is crunch time for David to finish the laundry room.  They are going to demo our current laundry room probably next week, so our new laundry room has to be complete. The tiling and grouting of the floors is done and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  This is going to be one cool looking room to do laundry in.  I am so tired of folding clothes on our nasty kitchen table, kitchen chairs, and Eli’s big boy bed (which is covered in tools and crap at this point). I never thought I would be so excited for a place to fold, but I am. I am literally dreaming about it!

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I can’t believe it is going to be 2018 in a few days, this year went by extremely fast, and while 2017 was great, I am so ready to leave it behind! Have a fun and safe NYE!

Laundry Room Progress

We need to move everything out of our current downstairs laundry ASAP so that it can be demolished and our new mudroom could be built.  That being said, Eli’s big boy room is on hold…still. Dax’s room is also still not completed, and our room still needs to be painted.  Just when you think one thing is a priority, another pops up.  So, David started another project- the laundry room.  I mentioned before that the contractors did all of the plumbing, but David is doing everything else.  In order for them to move the washing machine and dryer upstairs, the floors need to be done.  David actually started last week and when the contractor was looking at them, he noticed some changes that needed to be made.  Luckily David didn’t get too far so it was an easy fix.  This past weekend he started the tiling and it took a bit longer than we anticipated.  He didn’t get really far, but now that he knows what he is doing, it should be an easy process.  I think it is going to look really cute in there.  We just need to decide on what color cabinets we want, grout, and what type of backsplash we want too.  I just can’t make up my mind! Happy Friday!IMG_4358IMG_4371IMG_4372

What? I Can’t Hear You!

Just when I thought that demo day was going to be the loudest day yet, they started ripping out our floors.  Not our carpet, but our tile and wood.  I guess I am not sure why I said “ripped” out since it’s more like jack hammered out.  It has been so unbelievably loud that the house is shaking.  How Dax is somewhat sleeping through this is beyond me.  Maybe the constant vibrations are soothing to him? Who knows, I just know that if he could sleep through this he will be able to sleep through anything.  Let’s just hope he doesn’t lose any of his hearing…I’m not joking.  Eli on the other hand is having a really hard time.  He doesn’t understand why it is so loud and he is truly frightened.  Poor guy.  David is so lucky to be at work during the day and miss all of this fun stuff.

Since this house is so choppy, there are so many rooms and ways to get in and out of every room.  They put plastic up to protect the kitchen, bedrooms, living and family room, but it is still so dusty in the house.  I feel like I took a bath in dust.  It is disgusting and I am not sure how every single item is going to get cleaned.  Literally every item is covered. You can see why belowDSC_0019DSC_0021Hopefully my hearing goes back to normal this weekend, all I hear is a ringing at this point.

Back Aches, Teething, and Delays

It’s been a while since I have been able to write! For starters, the baby is officially teething. Eli was a really easy teether, half of the time we didn’t even know he was cutting a tooth. Dax is a whole other story.  He is in so much pain and there just is nothing that will help.  It’s messing with his naps, sleep, and personality.  This means it’s also messing with my blog time, but baby comes first!

You would think that there would have been a lot of progress with the house since the last post, but David also has been in some pain.  His back went out…again.  He hasn’t been able to work on Eli’s room because he is just in too much pain.  We have family here this upcoming weekend, so really not sure when the room will be finished.  Hopefully soon though because I am starting to feel really bad for Eli in his temporary room.  Poor guy has cardboard and towels for blinds and constantly asks about his big boy room.  Ideally, it is done by his birthday in November.  Here’s to wishful thinking.

Our contractor/ crew only worked 4 days last week and they didn’t work this Monday either.  So far we are 2-3 days behind with the renovation, but our bathroom is looking amazing. I am loving it so much and can’t wait to move back in there.  If you read my last post, you know that we were still trying to decide on grout.  Well, we finally made a decision after a ton of going back and forth.  We (and by we, I mean I- sorry David) decided to go with white grout and gray walls.  The white grout looks gorgeous against the white subway tile, and we knew we wanted to do gray walls, so I thought having gray walls, cabinets, floors, and grout would just be too much gray.  I think our contractor was thrilled with our decision, but he warned us that he’s never had any cleaning crew that could clean it properly, so I hope David is ready to put his cleaning gloves on because this girl right here is too short to clean all of those wall tiles.  Kidding, but not really!

Hopefully by the beginning of next week I have another update or two.  I think they are starting to rip out the floors of our entire upstairs, and start our laundry room next week.  Not sure if this means our bathroom will be finished or not, but we had to order our vanity lights, mirror, and all of the bathroom hardware, so that seems like it’s coming to an end…stay tuned!

*These pictures were taken at night if you can’t tell, David got home late and by the time he was able to unlock the door it was dark out. Ugh

Completed vanity wall DSC_0002DSC_0003Our shower- you can tell where they still have grouting to finish. Doesn’t it look pretty?!DSC_0006DSC_0007

Tile, Tile, and More Tile

Ah another Monday! I usually love the weekends just like anybody else does, but lately I can’t wait for them to be over so that we can continue to get our house worked on!

We are finally starting to get to the fun stuff of the master renovation.  Last week our cabinets arrived for our vanity, we picked out our counter, and our contractor picked up our floor tile and wall tile. In Compass Pointe, David tiled the back wall where our vanity was, and he also did a half wall around our tub. We loved the look and never got sick of it in the entire 18 months we lived there. So, we decided to go with subway tile for the backsplash and walls in this bathroom too.  It is clean and classic looking, and I think it’s good for resale as well.  We are going a gray and white color scheme, and since our vanity will be gray, we thought white was the appropriate choice for the subway tile.  Our homework for the weekend was to decide on a grout color and a paint color.  You would think this would be an easy task, but we are struggling! Part of me likes the idea of white walls and gray grout but then another part of be thinks that that would be too white.  We are also toying with the idea of white grout and gray walls but I get nervous that the white grout will get dirty and gross looking. Decisions decisions. Hopefully we figure it out soon!DSC_0001subway2subway