Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tudor Renovation Updates #2

Lots of updates! If you follow me on instagram then you see these more in real time with more detail. This is just a highlights reel and not in a very orderly fashion either but I am too tired to organize it! HA

So .. fireplace has been redone entirely. New gas logs, firebox, stone, and reclaimed mantle. If I ever need another side business it will be re-claimed wood cause they cost dolla 
dolla billz y'all!

 Drywall repair and you can see the floor is raised now and all the hardwood is down.

I want something like this by the garage door. 

Built ins are started and all carpentry stuff. I originally wanted them on the sides of fireplace but they could not be recessed so the fireplace would have been stuck between and further back. 

The closet that we turned into a guest bath, or as Fenn calls it "The guessing room" aka Guest Room. :) Tile is in on shower and floors. Toilet is in and now frameless glass ordered.

Master bath : quite the transformation. Walls down, shower tile in, tub in, and marble hex floors. I am SO excited about this room!  That floor is my favorite!!

The giant storage closet is has been added to the playroom. We needed some storage space and this will be perfect! Plenty of room for holiday decor etc and then the door on the far right will have floor to ceiling wood shelves for toy storage. 

This was a half wall on the side of the staircase but I was so worried about Fenn trying to climb over it and a friend suggested building it up and making and L shaped desk/homework space here. Once I saw the wall up I knew that was a good move. I will have a nice art work area now for Fenn and upper cabinets that I can hide marker and such so sister is not decorating the place in her spare time.

Kid's bathroom tub/shower is in. Floors are tiled.
 Master shower tile. I really struggled with the tile pattern but after studying the pics I liked on pinterest, I loved the clean look of tile without any pattern and am happy with that choice now that I see it up. Who KNEW how many tiny decisions would be involved in this. I also went with small grout lines and epoxy grout in a platinum color.

Laundry room tile is in. Color is hard to see in this pic but it's kind of an oyster white-ish color.

Kid's bathroom tile floor. Our tile guys listen to dub step music all day which I love. (That is their phone plugged in there , playing their jams).

Unexpected expenses since last report :
- I made a large error in the master tub selection. I let the tub guy talk to me about a tub that was not in stock " but was like what I picked out" except when it was delivered it was much more shallow than the one I wanted. I tried to just get over it since it was in , and then it was installed but the more I thought about it the more I knew it had to be changed. Then I had to pay for 2 tubs and the installation/removal etc. UGH! But when the new tub was in I knew it was the right decision. Just a painful one.

- Added a few more things to the carpenter list.
- raised that half wall in the playroom

We have 2 weeks left till move date! 
- hardwood will be stained and finished
- carpet will be put in
- paint will be finished
- cabinetry installed in kitchen and bathrooms
- plumbing fixtures put in
- electrical finished

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Updates on the Tudor Reno!

I always worry about jamming up everyone's feed with house pics, but then people ask me for them a lot and my favorite pics online are Before/After House type pics so here we go! Round 2! We are about 2 weeks into the renovation. It has been going really well and fairly fast. 
A quick rundown:
- Demo ( removing all the carpet, old floors, and wallpaper and some walls, and all the existing kitchen and bathrooms)
- Building up the living room floor
- replacing the old subfloor ( it was not suitable for laying hardwoods. )
- rebuilding one of the stair cases
- can lights installed
- Hardwoods have started going in. Office, dining room, and power room are complete. Living room, kitchen and hallway are partially complete.

Unexpected Expenses:
- old Termite damage
- plumbing in a wall we were removing
- stairs not built properly so once carpet was removed we had to rebuild them

You can compare most of these pics to the previous post. 

Living Room: Building up the recessed floor. I liked the recessed vibe, but for safety and re-sell reasons and overall better flow , we decided to bring it up to the other floor.

Kitchen: No more cabinets, floor removed, lights in, wall gone. 

Playroom: MAJOR difference without all the wallpaper and chair rail. 

Guest room. Painted, carpet removed. 

Dining Room : Painted, hardwoods in. 

Office : hardwoods in, wet bar removed. 

Master Bathroom : Gutted. Walls removed to create more space and add a shower. This room is gonna be crazy different. YAY to having a tub again :)

A look coming down the foyer stairs. New floors, and chair rail gone.

New stairs coming out of the playroom/bonus room. These stairs are SO pretty! From the top of the stairs everything looks new and bright and light and I love it! 

Coming Up : 
  • Bathroom Fixtures being installed
  • Dry wall/framing work
  • Fireplace stonework
  • I can't remember the rest!

Over all we are really enjoying everything and watching it come together. I don't anticipate being done by the time we move in. I think we will be lucky to have cabinets and unlikely any countertops. I didn't want to order anything until we closed so that time frame was just too tight. I am OK with that because I think we kept our expectations realistic, and let's be honest... ain't much cooking going on around here these days anyway... 
I underestimated how many tiny decisions would be involved. I have a million pinterest pics and I can say " I like that" but then when asked a detailed question like, what type of tub, what size, what brand faucets, this stone or that one.. etc.. it's pretty overwhelming. Mostly because I just worry if I am making the right decisions but I guess time will tell. 

If anyone has any recent appliance shopping experiences or feedback I would love to hear that as I am ordering those this week . 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Chateau Le Griza : BEFORE PICS

First things first, we were not looking to move! We simply got trapped inside for a week due to the snow and I got a flyer about this house in my inbox, and it caught my eye. It was just down the road from where we live now, so I suggest we go over there to check it out for fun, and it was all over after that. 
Right when we walked in, and I got that brady bunch vibe, I loved it. I am "feeler" sort of house shopper. I always have a list of things I want, but if I get "the feeling" I can overlook some things. Fenn was sliding down the stairs on his face and found some shamhodricks stickers and it all just felt right. I could see us living there.

I really loved the layout of this house, and of course this beautiful tudor exterior. It is on a big lot, and is wooded in the back, all pluses for us. I also loved the idea of being able to choose all our own finishes and design, without having to build which we will NEVER do. 

Things I didn't love were the sloped lot, and lack of parking for all our friends and family when they come over and I really wish it had another bedroom. 

For whatever reason these pictures would not load in order. This is the downstairs half bath.
Master bath:

Dining room:


Office ( super pumped about an office AND that grasscloth wallpaper which is gonna stay )

Living Room: ( gonna knock out that wall between kitchen and also the half wall ). Behind those little closet doors is a wet bar open to either room. LOL

Kitchen.. ( gut job) but I love the groovy cabinet hardware and will def keep it.

Laundry room with a laundry shoot, which I LOVE. @grizaham won't love his modeling debut :) This is my favorite room. We are some weird people cause Bubs always loves garages and attics, and I love laundry rooms. This one is big and will have washer/dryer , utility sink, extra fridge, and mudroom. 

Cornflower blue with mauve carpet. The things your 80's dreams are made of :)

The playroom is HUGE and has outdoor carpet and tons of wallpaper. It will soon have tons of storage as well to accommodate my mad holiday decoration collection and all the toys. 

So there you have it. Some gnarly before pics! Stay tuned for progress pics.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Time to Play Catch Up....

So behind on the blog but big things are happening on the house front so time to play catch up and post some pics.  We went from 1927 Tudor to a Brick Ranch and now we are going back to a Tudor, but one from the early 80's. 

Here are pics of our Rancher.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Disney Ice/ Chappells & Warrens Visit /Titans Tailgate.

I don't know if life has ever been as busy as it is these days! We are having a good time and packing in some great stuff. I am a few weeks behind with this post, (which should actually just be an assumption from here on out since I have to sat that every time!)

We went to FROZEN ON ICE with Fenn which was awesome fun! It was nice to do something just with him and give him some special attention from both parents. The show was great and we ended up being there at the same time/show as Cousin Chloe! She was dressed up in her Elsa gown and having a blast.

Then our college buddy Martin P Chappell made it to town with his wife, son and new baby and we had a wonderful time catching up and eating dinner. I will never stop being shocked seeing our kids with our friends kids. I still can't believe we have TWO kids! ha
Fenn and Sister were excited about baby Arden.

Fenn and Everette. They were too funny! This boy is definitely my son because he loves when we have guests and especially if they have kids that sleep over. He always gets sad when they leave. Nothing like a  built in buddy for a few days.

Then some more of our favorite AU peeps came to town the next day, Wade & Andrea. We call Wade "BW or Brother Wade" and Fenn now calls him " Brovver Wave" HA and Andrea always brings trinkets for everyone, including the dogs so you know Fenn will never forget that she brought him some CHOCOLATE EGGS. (In fact, Marty and Eli brought the kids stuff too so it was like Christmas up in here. No wonder he likes houseguest so much ;)

Brovver Wave and Andrea also cooked dinner for us on Saturday and everyone hung out and grilled out and had a camp fire for the Auburn game with a beautiful LSU Victory. The Kelton clan ever came by for part of the game so Fenn had " his ladies" to play with as well. 

Sunday we did the big Titans Tailgate which was fun. Somehow we didn't get any good pics :(

 This picture CRACKS me up cause brovver wave ain't down with da babies.

Thanks to everyone for coming to visit and all the fun! 

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