Monthly Archives: January 2014

You’re the Meaning in my Life, You’re the Inspiration…

When we made the decision to demolish the old three season porch for a more functional laundry room/bathroom I was excited about the decorating possibilities.  Our style has become more refined as we’ve been working on the house and I was excited to begin working on the colors and fixtures for the space.  I love the look of our current (read only) bathroom and was ready to build off it in another room.

We designated a very small space in the addition for the bathroom thinking that we’d need more space for laundry and random baby stuff, because we all know that for someone only 13 lbs, this baby has already accumulated a lot… I mean a lot of stuff.  The goal of the laundry room was to:

A) get the washer and dryer out of the dining room
B) create more storage

C) give us a better entrance to the house than the front door

The bathroom was really only an after thought for resale value, although it will be nice to have one of the first floor, especially when we have company.

Although we really only needed to have a toilet and sink, for resale value we decided to add a shower which will abut the vanity.  To retain as much usable wall space as possible (and keep it from feeling like you’re bathing in prison) we decided on a small frosted window for the room. Unfortunately that also means that we’ll have minimal light, so we’ll need to keep the room bright with colors and fixtures.

With that criteria in mind I have started my inspiration for the room.  I recently came across this bathroom over at Love and Life at Leadora.

I love the moldings, the brightness and the fact that the vanity looks like a piece of furniture.  Definitely an inspiration room.

Although I love the molding, I’m toying with the idea of using tile on the walls as well. It could get costly and be far more labor intensive than drywall and paint, but may be worth it.  We’ll see.  In the meantime you can see other inspiration rooms on my pinterest bathroom board.

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Breaking on Through to the Other Side

There’s just something about sitting back and watching progress happening to your house without having to lift a hammer. This isn’t the norm for around here. I’m usually the one to get my hands dirty so we don’t have to pay someone to do something that we could do ourselves, but it has been nice to see progress when I get home from work. With the impending arrival of the baby, it was nice to get this project moving faster than normal.

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With the installation of the exterior door and progress being made to the siding, it was time to tackle the new passageway to the house. This was one of the last steps for the contractor before I could take over the construction.

Here is the old doorway getting prepped to be framed in.

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And here is the wall that will get the new doorway.

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The old wallpaper is one of the last visuals of what the house looked like back in the day. I can’t say that I’ll miss it. And just to clarify, it was previously covered up with beadboard paneling inside the laundry closet.

And here it is with the new hole!

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One detail that bugs the crap out of me is the level of the floor. The addition sits a few inches higher than the existing floor in the house. It’s kinda a bummer, and presents a challenge when I try to blend the two room together. Not much we can do about it at this point. This entryway will remain open. We won’t have a door here because we want the light to shine in during the day, and keeping the air flow is going to be nice in the summer. I’m also planning on adding a transom window in the doorway, similar to what I did in our bathroom.

Here’s a look at what it looks like inside the addition.

The soon to be bathroom, which you’ll enter through a pocket door.

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And the future mudroom.

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The outside of the addition has really come full circle at this point, and we were so happy with the way it turned out. It’s just big enough to give us extra space in the house, and still gives us enough of a back yard for Miles to play when he gets bigger.

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We still have lots of landscaping to do. Hopefully we’ll tackle that this spring.

Just as a reminder, here is what it looked like before.

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Finally Sporting Wood

Since the concrete had been poured on the addition, we decided that we needed more room in the mudroom, since we’d be using that room more often than the bathroom. Really the only difference between the previous plan and the current is about 6 inches. This would allow the washer and dryer to not obstruct the window to the backyard.Here is the latest plan.

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The position of the bathroom window changed, and we also moved the vanity to the side of the shower enclosure. The backyard still remained a DISASTER area, causing much stress.

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That door leading to the infinite abyss leads to the kitchen. The ‘Big Plan’ is that once that door is moved to the left and the hole filled up, we’ll be able to add more counter space in the kitchen. The new door from the addition will lead in to the dining room. More on that breakthrough in the next post.

The process of building the foundation took much longer than we had hoped. It seemed to rain for days, and weeks, slowing the process down considerably. Also, we found out that the foundation contractor had an accident with an excavator that put him out of commission for a few weeks. When the concrete had finally cured and the back-fill pushed in to place, we were 3 weeks from the baby arriving.

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To see lumber delivered was very exciting! More progress!

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And that progress would bring us to 2 weeks before the baby arrived. Here’s a picture of Sara just getting home from work to check out the progress.

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In the next post, I’ll cover the removal of the door in the kitchen, breaking in to the new entryway in the dining room, and the exterior will get sealed up for arrival of baby.

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Long Time, No See!

For most, a new year’s resolution involves exercising more, like once a week, or eating healthy. I myself like to keep things realistic. So I vow to try to keep up with these house renovation projects a bit better this year. In my defense, the end of 2013 was filled with lots of excitement, and writing updates on the reno blog wasn’t a top priority.

The most exciting thing in 2013 was the introduction of our new bundle of joy, Miles.

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To get you caught up with whats been happening besides the baby, we finished up the baby’s room in time to welcome Miles in August, and the exterior of the addition was wrapped up just before his arrival. My original plan was to work on the addition during the 2 weeks I was off for paternity leave. Anybody that has ever had a child would have already known that this was a bad idea. I started to lay down the Hardibacker cement board, and in my sleep deprived brain couldn’t work even the most basic of math problems. So before I ruined $100 worth of product I decided to give it up until I could get some rest. 2 months later and I’m making progress. More on that later this week. I promise!

So what about that baby room you might ask? Well, it turned out pretty nice!

We decided to add chair rail to the room to break up the wall color.

Once the room was completed, we started the task of putting together baby furniture. We got our crib from Target, the rocking chair from Wal-Mart, and the credenza that we’re using as a changing table belonged to Sara’s grandmother.

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And the finished room, with all of the decorations looks like this!

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His closet isn’t the biggest of spaces, but we made good use of what we had. The addition of the rolling cart helps to keep his bath and sleeping supplies organized.

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