Saturday, May 26, 2012

Remodel & Summer Begins!

Once again I find it has been months since I last posted. School is out, summer activities with 2 little people will take precedence, my belly will keep growing with lil "Burrito" inside (as we have labeled him until we decide a name), and the remodel continues.

I thought I would post a few before pictures of the house so we can see what the place looked like to begin with. The bones were good, as they say. I loved some little details about this house--the finnial tip door hinges (weird, I know--who luuuuvs hinges?), a couple of dutch doors in the laundry and garage, the beautiful random width wood floors, the "vintage" calacutta gold marble in the master and powder bathrooms, the fairly simple and classic floorplan and facade, the HUGE backyard and location, location, location of course!

I'll start with the living room/kitchen area which is where the bulk of the work is being done.

Here are the BEFORE pictures: Family Room/Den - On the other side of that wall of built-ins is the breakfast room. We decided to take down that wall and put the kitchen there with a big island visually separating the family room and new kitchen. Basically flip-flopping the old breakfast room and kitchen areas. Kind of a big deal but we think it will have the flow of a more updated open family living space with that change
Photobucket Those big windows on either side of the fireplace will turn into french doors leading to the patio outside Photobucket Here is the old kitchen. It was redone about 10 years ago but wasn't going to fit the vision for an open floorplan concept. Take a good look at that kitchen.... Photobucket My sister in law attempted to salvage the kitchen cabinets and granite counters for her house. Sooooo....a few weeks later, her kitchen looked like this...Photobucket ...amazing, huh? The refrigerator was hers to begin with but all the cabinets, other appliances, and light fixtures are from our "new" house. One girl's demo pile is another girl's new kitchen... .

What you can't see in those pictures is we are bumping out the wall where the existing laundry room used to be to make room for the new kitchen and create a larger laundry/mud room. Kind of hard to explain so I'll just show you that in the pictures of the build back later.

We are also remodeling the master bathroom, seen here in it's original 1950s glory: Photobucket ....but take note of that marble. I'm going to use it somewhere!

And this little study/office room that used to sit next to the master bath will be converted to the master closet. The shelves were removed and a pocket door leading to the master bath will be located about where that computer screen is on those shelves.Photobucket So there you go! Before pictures of the house and I can't wait to see how the transformation takes shape. I always love a good before and after story!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Many Kinds of Busy

Well, hello there, friends and followers! I can't believe it's nearing the end of March 2012?!
I suppose I have temporarily dropped off the face of the earth....I'd like to tell you I've spent all this time basking in the sun in the Caribbean, drinking fruity drinks, and swimming in the crystal blue ocean.....but I digress....

I'll give you some excuses that October/November became overwhelmingly busy as we started negotiations and finally ended up purchasing a new home!


Very exciting but my days were filled dealing with all the home buying minutia. December we were busy with Christmas activity and January we discovered we were going to welcome Baby #3 to our family. It has been quite an exciting few months!

I kinda dropped doing projects around our current house because we are going to sell it soon and I'd rather start over and put all my creativity in the new house. I love painting/redoing furniture but my current house is so crammed full of furniture there isn't space (or time with 2 small kiddos) to do any of that.

There is a lot of remodeling we (um, our contractor is) doing to the new house so I hope to be able to share that project with you as we move forward.

I would love to post some inspiration pictures but there are so many so I'll just send you to my Pinterest account for now.