Wood floors installed? Check!

Well folks.  It’s official.  The wood floors are installed and ready to be finished thanks to *this* guy!  Three cheers for Handsome Man!!!!

 

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He seriously killed these floors.  I mean we are talking a lot of sq. footage and it’s DONE! Whoop whoop!!!

 

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I gather from this look that he is a bit on the ready-to-be-done-with-floors side. ;)

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In addition to Handsome Man… His brother, came an entire afternoon and evening to pitch in on the detail work in the hallway! (THANKS MATTHEW!!!)  And sorry I didn’t think to get any pictures of you hard at work!

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 Also… Some of my family came and totally knocked out clean up for us!  Three cheers for mom and her mad sweeping abilities!

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And three cheers for little brother Caleb and Step-dad Scott (Who I also neglected to get pictures of!!!! YEASH!) Who were TOTAL rock stars cleaning up and hauling out trash, tools and all the other clutter we’d accumulated upstairs!  They seriously saved this pregnant lady’s hips with all the trips up and down and up and down.

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Last night we finished the last of the clean-up/put up plastic to keep the insulation up and out of the way/etc…

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Hence the dark nighttime pictures.  lol!

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This munchkin like to think of herself as an awesome helper… Occasionally that’s true.  ;)

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Really though…. She’s been a trooper!

Anyway…. We are just heading out *now!* to go to the house and approve a stain color for the professionals that are going to sand, stain, and seal our previously finished floors in the bedrooms as well as the unfinished ones we just finished.  Crossing fingers it works and the floors are relatively matching when it’s all said and done!

Post to follow on why we chose to have the pros finish this house’s floors instead of our usual DIY method! ;)

Gotta go!!!!  I’m totally psyched for this!!!!!

Beam me up Scotty!

Yeah. That title should put me in a few nerdy Google searches.  ;)

 

Anyway…. We’ve been gone much of this week because we have an awesome boss who also happens to be even better friends.  They took the whole company and all their families to Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City and we had an awesome time!

 

Hanging at Great Wolf Lodge!

We are quite certain this munchkin adores the water.

Hanging at Great Wolf Lodge!

Cutest thing ever!

Hanging at Great Wolf Lodge!

She’s also addicted to water slides of all sorts!  She would tootle to the top all by herself and the look of sheer joy on her face every time she slid down was priceless!

Hanging at Great Wolf Lodge!

After all… Daddy (AKA: Handsome Man) was always at the bottom to catch her and that’s just pretty cool! ;)

Hanging at Great Wolf Lodge!

She did these over.  and over. and over.

She was soon exhausted!  Yay for wearing out the kiddos!  We basically had to pry her away from the slides when it was time to leave.  lol!

Anyway…. The day before we left for Great Wolf Lodge, we actually got the BEAM installed and our wall GONE!!! Whoop whoop! (Ahhhh…. Now the title makes more sense….)

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Finally after all the rigamarole that getting the correct sized beams entailed, we went with Menards to get the laminated beam.

(They were the ones who gave us the smallest number for necessary beams. lol!  And it still seemed like overkill.  I mean really? We aren’t talking another floor above or anything… Just the roof.  But I suppose overkill is better than a saggy roof, right? :)  )

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First… Handsome Man built a temporary wall directly next to the first one.  (It pretty much looks like the old one.  lol!)

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More of the black poodle hair insulation.  So ready to be done with that stuff! Ick!

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After all 4 beams were up, we installed the cross beams on the other wall.  (It supports one end of the massive beams on the load bearing wall)

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Then we REMOVED the wall!!!  Have you ever seen anything so amazing??!  The place is huge now!!!!!

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After that, it’s on to finishing the wood floors… Getting closer!!!!

Planking – And no I’m not referring to exercising.

Yeah… I’m 3rd trimester.  I don’t plank.  Not the exercising version anyway!

 

The building-a-new-wall-and-planking-it-type? That I can do! :)

 

 

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So when we bought the house the railing by the stairs was obviously original… You know, back before they had regulations as to how close together the spindles had to be and stuff.  So as it was, Emma was having a hay day shimmying through the spindles and I was envisioning an 8 month-old new mister innocently scooting across the living room floor and falling.  Besides that the railing was rather wobbly anyway.  We decided to just go ahead and rip it out and start fresh.

 

 

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First Handsome Man built the 2×4 wall.  Rather quickly too!  I was impressed with how fast it all went together!  (We did opt for a taller wall this time as Emma is a climber and the worried momma in me felt better about a taller wall.  lol!)

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Then we started planking the wall with car siding from Menards.

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I think I’m really going to love it when it’s done! Yay!

I think I'm really going to love it when it's done! Yay!And in addition to the partially finished wall, we’ve started installing the wood flooring in the living room!  There’s just something AWESOME about putting stuff IN instead of only ripping things OUT! :)

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Because installing wood flooring in your superhero pajamas tucked into your tall socks while wearing crocs is totally the best way to do it! ;)

Sorry ladies… This sexy man is taken!

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Such a beautiful sight!  Those first couple rows take the longest… Getting all set and ready to roll.  After that, it’s a breeze!

New house at www.diyinreallife.comThe first evening we got it all started and set and laid 3 feet of flooring.

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Then we went over tonight for a few hours and knocked out another 6 feet.  So we’ve done a total of 9 feet of flooring!! Whoop whoop!

We can do another 3 feet before we need to stop and wait to get the beam in the load bearing wall.   Handsome Man and our construction guy are working on it and *hopefully* they can get down to the city to have it approved and the beam ordered this week yet!

*Crossing fingers!*

I’ll keep you posted on all our PROGRESS!!!!

New House Renovations!!

So we didn’t have a whole lotta chance to work on the new house after closing on Monday with Christmas family stuff and all.  Mostly ordered stuff from Menards to have delivered tomorrow, etc…  However all that changed over the weekend.  Yesterday and today was chock full of progress!  And when I say progress, I mean chaos!!!  It’s awesome!  lol!

I just keep telling myself it has to get worse before it gets better!  Ha!

Yesterday morning we left Emma with our niece Ella (whom she absolutely adores!) and  our nephews came along to the house for some serious ripping out.

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For some strange reason they seem to enjoy it and goodness sakes!  We love having their help!

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They’re like the spectacular tornados of demolition and can rip out carpet and pull up carpet tacks like nobody’s business!  That morning they managed to clear the upstairs of all carpet, carpet pad, and much of the carpet tacks.  They pretty much rock.

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Handsome Man’s dad also came over to remove all our upper cabinets and let me tell you what…. It felt so much more open after that!!! Whoohoo for phase 1!

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After the nephews left we (and by we, I mostly mean Handsome Man) tore out the remainder of the lower cabinets.

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Including our built-in tiny avacado green stove… *Rawr!*

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We took her and her matching stove hood buddy out to the curb and with a craigslist ad under the free section they had made some scrapper very happy by the next morning! ;)

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So after the cabinets met their demise, Sam went to work on above where the upper cabinets used to reside.

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 (Handsome Man and I differ in what exactly they are called.  Help us out and weigh in on this!  He refers to them as a soffit and I maintain that the Property Brothers call them bulkheads.  I am convinced I am right.  ….But am I? :) )

 New house at www.diyinreallife.comAll I know is that as we ripped each section down, lots of black insulation fell like an avalanche.  And it was nasty. It was as if someone shaved 100 black poodles then shoved all the hair up in our ceiling.  I’ll spare you the pictures.  This was after we swept up.

Also… You’ll notice there are no pictures of me.  I like to think it’s because I’m the one taking pictures! ;) Ha!

But really…. I kept busy too.  I removed a bajillion staples out of the floors in all three bedrooms.  It took a while.

Then…. As if yesterday wasn’t enough… The nephews were down for MORE destruction.  I know, they rock.

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Check out their wicked wall demolition moves!

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Look at ‘em go!

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And the wall came a tumbling’ down!

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Three very hardworking dudes!

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And as if that weren’t enough, they went to town on the kitchen floor ripping up the linoleum and the underlayment.  Not. An. Easy. Task.

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Wicked-tough stuff to get out!

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Finally working on the last piece.  It took like 10 times longer to do the floor than rip out the wall and looked a lot less fun! lol!

All in all, I’m giddy with excitement at how the house has changed in a matter of two days!  Well… I’m sore and can barely walk…. But still giddy!  (Yay for a chiropractor visit tomorrow! Ha!  Remodeling when 27 weeks pregnant is going to be harder than I anticipated!  Even MORE reason why I am so VERY grateful for the nephews’ amazing help!  They are saving me! Ha!)

This next week will mostly involve getting the beam for the wall we will finish tearing out.  (Boo on load-bearing walls. Sniff)

Get our various fellas to come take a look at what needs done.  Construction guy for help on the beam installation…. Electrician for rewiring the new layout and recessed lighting…  Plumbing guy for moving the sink and dishwasher… Etc…

Our Menards delivery of cabinets, wood flooring, car siding, etc. comes in tomorrow afternoon…

And the subfloor needs to come out of the kitchen yet.  (We want the wood flooring to be level between the living room and the dining room/kitchen so we are ripping the uneven subfloor in the dining room/kitchen out.  Also… There are so many of the longest, most wicked staples, you have ever seen in the subfloor.  It’ll be easier to pull up the old and install new than to pull them all out by hand.  Several times over.  It’s craZy!

Absolutely cannot wait for this week!  I’ll keep you posted on the progress… In the meantime, envision me doing a happy dance. Tomorrow.  When I can walk again! ;)

An exciting-new-can’t-keep-the-news-in-any-longer development!

Yes.  It’s true.

 

And I can’t keep it quiet any more!

 

We are in fact going to buy another house!!!!!!   WHOOHOO!!!!!

 

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We close on the 22nd (***Less than two weeks!!!!!***)   and we’ll spend a month or two redoing the worst of it before we move in.

 

 

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New hardwood floors are on the list.   Lucky us, it appears the bedrooms upstairs already have hardwood installed.  They just needs to be refinished.

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Also a kitchen remodel. (It’s all original 70’s complete with a sexy built-in avocado green stove)

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Floors and kitchen are the things that are hardest to re-do while living in a place so we’d like to check those things off the to-do list before we move in.  Also… Since we will be renting out our current home, March is a much better time to find a renter than January.

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After we move in we can begin to remodel the bathrooms.  And since we have 3 bathrooms in the new house we can easily have one down at a time and use the other 2 in the meantime.  This is the main bathroom and will be re-done first… Since after all, it has carpet.  Carpet.  Caaaaaaarpet.

In the bathroom.

Not a fan of carpet in the bathroom! :)

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Mostly I’m looking forward to starting over again.  Only this time we will be making choices  that we really love, not just because it’s the best choice for an investment.  That makes me giddy! :)

In the meantime, I’m going to go work on my design plans and supply lists.  I want to have this as WELL thought out and pre-planned as possible as we will be remodeling the kitchen before living in the space first.

EEP! I love this.

2 Main Offices:

And now we come to the two main offices.  These are the rooms that belong to the guys who work in the office the most… The big boss and the guy-who-writes-checks.  (I’m pretty sure neither of those titles are correct… But whatever. ;) )

 

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 Again… This is the main inspiration photo. (Just in case you’re not tired of seeing it yet. Ha!)

Who could get tired of looking at it anyway?  It’s awesome!

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This is the adjusted floor plan for the desk. We changed a fair amount along the way due to being a tad unsure how it would all end up together! ;)  Yay for guys who go with the flow and fill in the details!!

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This is the side view of the desk/bookshelves.  You’ll notice we did cut the bases off the bottom of the 3-drawer cabinets to make it an appropriate height for a desk.  After adding an extra 2 inch butcher block on top it was still a tad on the tall side, but it was close!  Nothing a little taller chair couldn’t fix.  I think normal desks are somewhere around the 30″ height as opposed to 31.5″-32″ height.  All said and done this looks-like-a-custom-built-in only had about 5 screws actually in the wall so if they ever move, they can easily do that!

 

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Love these these offices so very much!!!!

Reception Room Makeover:

Okay!  Back to filling you in on the details of the MAJOR office makeover!

 

Now we’ll cover all the juicy details of the front Reception Room.

 

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Again… This was the main inspiration for most of the rooms.  In some way or another they all resembled this.  Of course instead of doing uppers on the bottom, we did lowers.  This better allowed for more of a desk feel to the area.

 

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We also loved this T shaped desk and how it both looked so awesome yet was super efficient! The only difference is that we made it bar height instead of desk height.  And I totally TOTALLY loved how it turned out!!! It’s so comfortable for either sitting on the stills or just standing at. No one really works at the reception room desk for long periods of time, as far as I know… It was intended to be more of a place for potential customers to drop in and look at sample shingles, sign papers, etc…

I am curious though how reality is playing out there and how they are ending up using all the spaces!!! :)

 

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This is the footprint of the whole unit.  The goal was to build something that looked built-in but in reality could be removed and taken somewhere else easily if they ever moved.  And I think we succeeded because in the whole unit there were very few screws into the wall studs!  The whole thing can be taken down by removing just a handful of screws.  Boom baby!

 

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This is what it looked like from the front view. (Not including the T desk part)  What I love about the guys is that they were able to take these rough sketches and totally make them come to life even better than I imagined!

For instance, Adam had the idea of adding lights above the bookshelves.  I would never have thought about doing that let alone HOW he did it but when it was done?!?!?  It TOTALLY made the whole unit!  Seriously it was awesome!!!

 

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Again, The before and after.

Amazing, right?!?

The area rug came from Rugs USA.

The decor from Master’s Hand, Marshalls and Target.

The cupboards from Home Depot.

Butcher block countertops from Menards.

Cabinet Hardware from D. Lawless.

And the furniture was bought on garage sales and given a fresh coat coat of paint.  Score!!

Can’t you see why I’m so in love with this remodel?!?!

The inspiration…

What inspired us in the office overhaul?

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The basis of our inspiration was something along the lines of this awesome built-in by Thrifty Decor Chick.

Since we were giving 5 rooms an overhaul in 5 days, we knew we needed to find ways to speed things up.  Using stock cabinets and building from there seemed like a great way to achieve that!  I also love how all the rooms are different but they tie in together so well.

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We loved this T desk but also loved the idea of a bar height desk for the front reception room.

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We also used this inspiration for the group office.  Thankfully before we started on our 5 day blitz, Adam (one of the awesome guys in Manhattan) built in the desk similar to this one.  It has 3 workspaces and looks like it will be super efficient.

Anyway… This is kind of the direction we wanted to go… More details will follow room-by-room! :)

Sources:

Cupboards – Home Depot and Menards

Butcher Block Countertops – Menards

Cupboard Hardware – D. Lawless 

Decor – Marshall’s, Target and Master’s Hand

Secret Office Remodel…

So my last good week before I dropped into the pit we call first trimester, we worked on pretty much my favorite project ever.

And I fully acknowledge I say that phrase often declaring this or that project my favorite project ever… But this time it really was!  And I’m fairly certain it will stay my favorite project for quite some time!

 

Sam’s boss (also our awesome friend) went on vacation and since he was gone, we (and when I say we, I mostly mean his wife Emily) brainstormed on how to do a week-long remodel of their office they had recently rented.

So for weeks, together we talked… compiled inspiration pictures… drew up plans… All in secret.

 

We had 5 rooms to complete in about 5 days. Thank goodness we had lots of help!  A couple of the guys that also work for the same company in Manhattan put in a ton of work on it and we even recruited some other friends and family to paint, etc…

It was awesome!

And totally felt like we were doing a HGTV show! Ha!  Time crunch… Lots of help… Total overhaul on a space… :)

 

Anyway… On to the pictures!  I’ll give more details later! :)

 

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Reception Room

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Allyn’s Office

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Brandon’s Office

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Group Office

See what I mean??!

Favorite.

Project.

Ever.