Long time, no blog- Renovation Before/Afters

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It has been a long time since I’ve blogged. The last entry, I was lamenting the bed bug infestation of 2015, and all the construction struggles. If you’ve been following along on Facebook, you may have seen that we have made considerable progress lately on the house. I feel bad though, I opted to not update along the way due to kind of wanting to hide all the errors and troubles we have hit along the way during this renovation. I also felt kind of shallow/embarrassed to share some of our struggles as we chose to do this home renovation. It sometimes felt like gloating on what we were doing, rather than sharing the awesomeness of learning how to use power tools and see something come together by your own hands.

We aren’t done and probably won’t be completely done with the house for a while. We still have a few rooms to put the new laminate flooring into, all the trim work, painting, and finishing drywall. We also discovered that we will need to very soon regrade our front yard due to water issues in our crawlspace.  We are still trying to figure out how we will re-do the master bedroom and bathroom layout. It is a tricky space and we are trying to put a lot of things into the space: bedroom with more space than we currently have…our bedroom only has room for our king sized bed. Nothing else, no side tables, no dressers, etc. We one day will have a slightly larger bathroom, closets, bedroom and maybe laundry area. For the time being though, things will stay the way they are.

We’ve learned a lot through this renovation and I’m sure many have said, “I told you so…” in their heads in regards to how long it would take. However, we’ve done most of the work with help from friends, family and a few skilled workers like electricians and plumbers.

On December 23rd, it will make one year of this home being ours. I will admit, I’ve cried my fair share during this renovation. I cried at things taking longer than I hoped, upon discovering damage to subfloors, and just the stress of living in a more than normal mess. But I’ve also gotten excited. Seeing our hard work come together, from an idea sketched on paper, to seeing it in person. I have been proud of   my husband knocking out projects late into the night after working all day, or just coming home from a road trip. I’m so grateful for the time he has put in to progress the renovation. I am so proud of the kitchen design. However, there are mistakes all over the place. One day, when we go to sell, a future home owner will probably say, “What the heck were they thinking?” But that is okay.

During this six month blog hiatus, Grant turned 3. Damon had a birthday (he is still older than me, giggle). Liam turned 8 and I turned 35. Helena learned to sit up and crawl with the beginnings of cruising around the furniture. Nick has remained adorable and cute and is very excited that he is 5.5. Christmas is upon us and we have our decorations up. I’m hoping for a quiet Christmas. Time spent with family and friends. If you want to come by and see the progress on the house, give us a call and come over for dessert and coffee.

So here are some before and afters with few family photos thrown in.

Duplex to single family home:

Kitchen layout planned in the IKEA kitchen planner. Many weeks were spent cursing this program.

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The “B” side of the duplex. Where most of the existing kitchen now sits.

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When the wall came down….








The boys helping me get up carpet staples.


The messiness and clutter in other rooms that just drive me crazy but they are what they are for now.IMG_0016 IMG_0008

Floors going in and looking better than I had hoped.


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Black Friday hike. A much needed break from all things house related.


Gas line being installed by Piedmont Gas for our gas cooktop and outside grill.


Picking out our Christmas tree from The Christmas Tree Barn on Long Hollow Pike.

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Still lots to finish, but much closer than we were last year.

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