Hey friends! Happy, happy Tuesday!
Well, my kids are all off at school again today. It’s so weird having them gone after six months at home! Even though there isn’t a pumpkin in my house (yet!), I’m going to get me a Pumpkin Spice Latte, turn on Steve Tyrell, light a fall candle and pretend it’s chilly outside while I work inside my little office 🙂 . Last week, we took our bubble walls down on the first floor (finally!), so I thought I’d do a little update. Andrew would say things are moving along really quickly…but they feel slow to me. Some days, I don’t care and am in good spirits, other days, I get really sad and/or angry about the mess. It’s a bit of a roller-coaster to say the least! I’m not good at seeing the progress unless it’s obvious. When they do major electrical work and/or things like HVAC, Andrew gets excited, but I’m pretty much like “show me some tile on the ground and then I see progress”. I don’t have a vision for construction…so this week was good for my soul because after the wall went down, I really did see a difference.
The plan is to finish up the guest bath, patio and living room so that we can move back in and then from there, they can finish my room, bathroom and closet accessing outside doors (so there would be no construction mess in the newly renovated part of the house). Hopefully, the first phase will be finished within the next two weeks and then maybe my room will be done within the next 6ish weeks…upstairs (the brand new construction) probably has a solid 10ish weeks left before it’s done.
Here’s a little reminder of what our living room looked like at the very end of June…
…yeah. That’s bad.
And on Sunday, I took this pic…
…huge difference! After the bubble walls came down, we could really see the progress!
They have put in the new floors, sanded, scraped and stained them, the new baseboards are “mostly” in, they’ve cut out where the new giant sliding door will go, added in sheetrock and painted the cabinets. What we have left to do in this room is repair the beams, put in the new giant door, finish the trim, texture and paint the walls and replace the ceiling fans. After that, this room should be finished!
The electrical is now all great in the breakfast nook, and we have floors (whoop, whoop!). Other than painting the trim and walls, this space is done.
This is the hall that leads to the guest bath. I wish I had a “before” pic of this room, but I couldn’t find one. I didn’t know I needed a before pic (sigh!), but I apparently did because it was gutted too. The door was locked, so I couldn’t snap a pic, but all they have to do this week (I’m told!) is hang the new chandelier and put up the new wallpaper. I will share a pic of that when it’s all done! This will be our first “completed” room!
The cabinets are now nice and white instead of antiqued cream with a brown stain. I love them. We have new hardware for them too which also needs to be added.
This is the doorway that leads to our bedroom. After we get the living area finished, we can lock this door and then the construction will all stay behind it (keeping the mess out of the freshly fixed rooms!).
Here’s a before of my room…
…and now, here’s an “after” of my room…
…and now, here we are today…
…some progress. The list is too long of things we need to finish in here (from floors to windows, walls, my fireplace mantle needs to be replaced, lights, and on and on and on and on and let’s just keep that door shut shall we?). Sigh. There’s some progress in there though.
Here’s my bathroom now…
…it has sheetrock up. That’s basically the progress.
They “set” the tub and did the plumbing but can’t keep it there until the new floor goes in. The new window (see how it’s going to be floor to ceiling now) isn’t in yet either.
Andrew’s cabinets have already been ripped out, mine are still there.
And that’s my closet way back there. It’s a disaster but one day, we’ll get it back to normal too.
The good news is that our patio is moving right along…
…hey, hey, hey! Look at that! The scaffolding for the new construction upstairs is obviously still up (see all the 2x4s?), and they haven’t bricked the column in yet, but girls, this is major progress. The ceiling of our patio had caved in due to the heaviness of the rain, so this is huge.
The electrical was a crazy hot mess, the heaters were all bent and falling out, the fans were leaking rainwater…disaster, but now, it’s looking pretty great!!
They had to take down the brick arches for the construction and once they did, I loved it so much more!!!! I gained more of a view, so that made me really happy and we asked them not to put them back up. Remember what they looked like…
…I loved them at the time, but once they were gone, I was so excited about the extra 12ish inches of view 🙂 .
We’re still waiting on that pesky giant glass door…but it’s lookin’ good! New ceiling all freshly painted 🙂 .
And there you go, a little home update for your Tuesday 🙂 .
I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow! xo