Monday, January 13, 2014

Construction Begins

 Welcome to our New/Used home...Build in 1971 a 1,800 sq ft, 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom, ranch style home. We are so pleased to share with you our new adventure, thank you for joining us.

 This home was loved and lived in, it has seen many children and puppies grow up and families come and go. She is a good home with good bones and feels right to us.
Every family that has lived in her has added their own touches and remolding to meet their family needs.

Now its our turn. Every week I will share with you the process of making this house "our" home.

View from the front door, as if you were at the front door looking in you can see straight down the hall into the Master bedroom
 The green wall you see is the bedroom across from the room on the left in the photo below, between the two bedrooms is a coat closet. The living room is directly to the right of the front door.
 The white cabinet was used by the previous owners for their TV and TV equipment. A nice cabinet but to small to accommodate our 56 inch TV.

There was carpet and tile throughout the house, and with Shiloh we know he might try to mark his spot since there were doggies that lived here previously, so the carpet had to be replaced (we will be having wood flooring installed) Behind the corner white cabinet is a closet the wall you see by the fireplace.
 In order to rectify the problem of seeing down the hallway and into a bedroom from the front door and our TV being to big, a wall had to be built and the closet removed to add floor space in the family room. Also the fireplace brick had to be removed and redone in order for our TV to be mounted above the fireplace (Gary's choice of placement for the TV). Now demo begins.
 Changing the location of the door in the green  bedroom was first on the list
 and ripping out the corner white cabinet and closet. Making the wall straight adding more space r in the living room.
 Since we are also  more working on remolding the kitchen and bathrooms we decided to have all the plumbing updated. No more galvanized metal pipes. Now they use plastic red and blue tubing for the water lines.
 Planning with our contractor Charlie and one of his crew help us with the design of the wall to give much needed privacy down the hallway to the bedrooms.
 A lovely round wall with a archway to enter into the hallway bedrooms. With the wall in place and the doorway changed from one of the front bedrooms we now have a closed hallway and much needed privacy.

Sub flooring was opened for the new plumbing!  (men hard at work)

 I know this photo looks so funny like a submarine, its the round wall with the sheet-rock
 Skim coating has been applied to the surface of the new wall.
 You can now see the wall coming to life, the wall is now straight. No more closet.
 The little window will provide air flow in the hallway and also a fun little spot for a nick-nack, I was also thinking of a stain glass window, um  I have some thinking to do about that.
The  Ceiling was also re-textured due to moving lights and adding some new electrical. of course Gary had to have a new sound system so he reused the holes where the can lights were before to save money.

 A new wall, I love how it's turning out! lots of skim coats and texture were applied. No more peeking into a bedroom from the front door (Yeah),  Problem solved, thanks to Charlie our great contractor.
 The bedroom to the left of the front door will be  Gary's office and the coat closet is straight ahead. The other three bedrooms are now behind the wall.

On top of  the new wall I thought might be a good place for vintage baskets or pottery, I just can't wait to start decorating.
To close this post I thought I would show you what a tired camper looks like, that would be (me) lol hehehe  puffy eyes and all.
  Yup this is real life, my life living in a trailer with Gary and our little dog. Every day we can see improvements and dream of the day we can unpack the POD. Aw just to sleep in my own bed again.

Have a wonderful week my friends!

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Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabet and Gary! Your last home was so beautiful and all the work and time you put into's kind of sad and bittersweet at the same time.... yet exciting to see what wonderful idea's you have for your new home. I have always loved your blog with all your pretties and beautiful crafting. Enjoy your new journey! Hugs (strawberry cupcakes)

Stacey said...

I like it already and my goodness, you've started!! :)

Sandy said...

What an exciting time for you! I know that it is stressful living out of a trailer while repairs are being done on your new home but it will be so worth it in the end. Before you know it the fun part will be here...decorating! So glad you are sharing with us. Great solution for privacy for the three bedrooms!

Connie said...

Looking good to me, sweetpea! Wow, you're gorgeous, even tired! Love how you're pro-active on doing this remodel. Good luck. Can't wait to see it finished.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Looks exciting! You've made some big changes already and they look great. The rounded corner wall is very unique. That area above will be fun to decorate. Good selfie picture!

Betty said...

I love it too and so exciting moving into a new home and making it yours. Hopefully we will be doing the same in about 6 years when David retires.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I feel we are kindred spirits. It seems the both of us have a thing about buying homes and totally remodeling them every couple of years, lol.

Your new home is going to be fabulous and I am having so much fun watching you as you make it beautiful!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

It's going to be fun following you and Gary on this exciting home remodel. I'm so glad that you've found something you love and so far it's looking fabulous!

Keep the progress report and pictures coming.


Miss Jean said...

What a fun adventure for you! Moving 6 doors down would be so much easier than moving half way across the country like we did!!!! Although, I don't know how you could leave your fabulous kitchen. I am looking forward to all your posts.

Barbara F. said...

You are beautiful, Elizabeth, and before you know it, house will be ready and you will be sleeping in your bed. Guess you are too busy to get any crocheting done, I still remember that lovely heart afghan you crocheted. xo

Becky said...

The house is already looking wonderful! Can't wait to see it transform!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Elizabeth and Gary,
So if I am correct, this is a one level home and your previous one was not?
You are almost rebuilding it; so much work to do! Wow, I admire you but you look happy in your last photo and that reveals it all. It will be worth the wait and all the work as in the end you have a convenient 'new' home!

Linda said...

This is awesome and I can tell it is a labor of love! Thanks for dropping by this afternoon!

Tiffany Santana said...

Elizabeth for the little window that is allowing air flow and light about a pretty wrought iron detail. That would allow the air and light. They make faux iron pieces that are super easy to order and install. You can even choose a pretty color. Happy house !!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You look beautiful....I'm wondering HOW can you look so GREAT! But I know you are glad to get the work done. It will be like a brand new house when everything is finished! It's going to be so nice! Sweet hugs!

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

What a wonderful start! It's beginning to look like "you" already. It sounds like you've got a good contractor and that's half the battle (at least)! I can't wait for the next installment :)

Melinda said...

Love how the wall turned out! I like that you made it rounded and not straight.
Looking forward to seeing what you are up to next!

Get some rest.

M :)

Martha said...

Wow -- you certainly did a lot of work and I like the change you made.

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth I have just discovered your blogand I LOVE it. Please don't keep us waiting!! Updates, please! said...

So excited for you! It's going to be beautiful:)

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

We moved into a well loved 1981 home right after Christmas - I am anxious to follow your journey ♥

Shirleyanne said...

Wow...what a project! But I'm sure you will enjoy turning this place into your New Home! Look forward to seeing how this progress. I'm sure you will manage to enhance this home with your personal tastes.

Cindy said...

Your new to you home is going to be lovely! You have a very clever contractor, they are valuable, aren't they!
Have a great week ahead!

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La Petite Gallery said...

Built 3 houses in my life,
It's tough going, BUT you get
what you want.
It's the only way to go.
Looking Great.

Susie Q said...

Your new home will be just lovely! I am excited for you as you enter this new adventure!

Ana said...

Stop it Elizabeth, you look beautiful, as always :-) How very exciting for you and Gary. I cannot wait for the full tour. I already know it's going to be beautiful. I have always loved your decorating sense. Sending you both a great big hug.

Much love,

Anonymous said...

pretty nice blog, following :)