It’s been almost 3 months since we closed on our house, and there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel for the renovations.
After completely gutting the inside and removing wood paneling and wall paper from the walls, we had the drywall restored and patched. As soon as that was done, my sister started painting the rooms. I chose lighter shades of grays with tints of blue and purple in some of the rooms. The girls room is a light pink and will be a Parisian theme, of course. That will be its own post!
For the floors, we decided to go with a lighter color since our last house was a darker color. We also wanted Pergo since it is so much more resistant to dents and scratches. The floor installers found problems that caused a huge delay in the project. The mortar in the exterior bricks had small holes and cracks that was causing water to leak in, especially through the chimney. The area next to the chimney took most of the damage, and we had to rip out the drywall, insulation and studs and stop the floor install so the water wouldn’t damage them. After lots of headaches, stress, and debating, we decided the best option would be to have the whole house tuckpointed, the chimney repaired, the roof repaired from the gutter to four feet up, and new windows. So, good bye money.
It is nice having the peace of mind that everything is completely repaired and sealed from water, but 3 months later we’re still not living in our home! I am getting very impatient, but I want everything to be perfect since we’re planning on staying in this house for a long time.
Right now, Dave is working on our master bathroom. We decided to do a walk-in shower with a marble wall, which can only be tiled 3 rows at a time since gravity will cause them to start to slip. Needless to say, this is taking FOREVER and is basically what we’re waiting to have finished so we can finally move in.
Our kitchen is 90% done. The quartz counters were installed with no issues, and we need to finish installing a couple cabinets that Ikea forgot when they were delivered in July, and we need to get the hardware installed too. Ikea cabinets do not come with holes pre-drilled, so it’ll take a little more time to get the hardware on. Our last project for the kitchen will be the backsplash, and it’s going to be a white subway tile in a herringbone pattern. Classic and contemporary, so I (hopefully) will never get tired of it.
To avoid paying for our storage unit for October, we decided to move everything out and into our house since the floors are finished. I haven’t seen my stuff for almost a year, and I’ve forgotten about things that I had and didn’t realize that I bought! Unpacking is a little like Christmas morning! It’s so nice to start to see our house look like a home. The last time we sat on these couches, Phoebe was only a year and a half old and I was just a couple months pregnant.
What’s up next for us? Hopefully, we’ll be able to move in by mid-October! As soon as the master bathroom is finished, we’ll be ready to move in. We still need to install our doors and paint the frames around them, install new trim around the doors, windows will be installed in a week or so, finish the kitchen cabinets, install the light fixtures, CLEAN, and decorate!
Say a prayer to the house renovation Gods that this will be over soon!
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