The Grand Reveal: moving day

The house is not 100% complete but our apartment lease ended September 30, so it was time to move, ready or not.  Among the things still to finish:  paint & caulk main floor base & case, finish upstairs casing where we ran out, paint & install interior doors, paint & carpet the stairs, paint the entryway crown, re-install living room crown (where the wall was cut back).  It’s not a terrible amount of work and the house is definitely livable and cozy as is.  My plan going forward is to obviously finish the big things but then switch to a room-by-room approach.  Take one room each weekend and tackle all the little details that make a house a home.  Things like coat hooks, rugs, curtains, decor, etc.  Once that is finished it will probably be time to get started on the backyard … or the basement … haha.  It’s never ending 🙂  And now, a room-by-room look at the changes as they stood on moving day.

Entryway

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Dining Room

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Kitchen

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Half Bath

Playroom

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Living Room

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L’s Room

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2nd Bedroom

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Kid’s Bath

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Master Bedroom

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Master Vanity

Basement Stairs

 

Wow!  I know we’ve been working since June but, man, all these pictures really show just how much work we’ve done.  When I first walked into this house I was not impressed.  The evening after our initial showing I told J: “Every inch needs work *sigh*” and sure enough we have worked on nearly every inch — and those inches we haven’t worked on yet are simply waiting for future time and funds.  This house went from “meh” and “ick” to “Home Sweet Home”.

Going from a 990 sq ft apartment to a 2800 sq ft home is amazing!  There is plenty of room for all our stuff — our materialistic, American, collection of stuff; plenty of room for little L — I don’t have to dodge landmines aka toys just to sit on the couch; plenty of room for friends and family — we don’t have to crowd into a tiny living room.  The one down side of expanding our living space is that we don’t have enough furniture!  We technically have the same number of seats as before but at least people aren’t sitting knee to knee anymore.  And the basement is essentially empty except for storage.  Little L’s playroom is mostly a room of toys without kid-sized furniture (here we come, Ikea!).  The rug that used to fill our entire dining room/nook in the apartment is now a sized-too-small rug for the playroom — it looks so tiny!

I could go on and on about this house.  I haven’t even touched on the exterior work yet.  And I haven’t even started on about the neighborhood or our great neighbors!  This is simply, hands down, a very good move (pun intended). Our future looks bright (not to be too cliche).

P.S. I promise we will host a housewarming once things are a little more settled and the big work is finished 🙂

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Half Bath: an update

The last time we visited the half bath J and I had removed that green wallpaper.  Since then we pulled the toilet to finish removing the wallpaper.

Also, another great find (like that tile)!  We were definitely not planning on replacing the vanity.  All the cabinetry in the house is in fairly good shape just a bit worn and dated colors.  The half bath vanity though had been chewed and scratched by the dogs.  So we were planning on replacing the doors.  But then, The Home Depot special buy of the day was bath vanities.  I immediately forwarded the link to J after reading the daily email.  We ended up snagging this combo for roughly equal what we would have spent on doors plus shipping.  And in the words of the legendary Barney Stinson: “New is always better”.

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Glacier Bay Delridge Vanity

 

And we get a new mirror!  The medicine cabinet in the half bath is actually attached to the mirror.  I was going to try to separate them and reframe the mirror but now we have a bonus new mirror!

Next step:  New flooring.  With the toilet and vanity out in the garage, we have direct and easy access to the flooring so they will remain in the garage until the old linoleum is replaced (probably with bargain tile).  Stay tuned!

Before & After: Entryway

All the walls are gone!  We’ve completely opened up the entryway and it looks freaking amazing.  I was concerned about it looking too open and compromising the flow of the rooms as being separate rooms.  But after removing the entryway closet and taking the drywall all the way back, it was obvious that our original plan of taking it all out was really the best plan.  I love Before & After pictures so enjoy!  Here’s a sampling of what it looks like.   Since it’s a small area it is kind of hard to capture in pictures but we’ve tried our best.  All that’s left is to put the place back together:  drywall, flooring, paint, and other finishes.

From Above

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From the Dining Room

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From the Living Room

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With that last stair completely exposed we’ve now got the option to replace with a more decorative, larger stair.  So we’ll keep than an option as we move forward with finishing the entryway.  Let us know what you think!

The List: A Comprehensive Guide

It is time!  The long-awaited List is complete.  The List is a comprehensive guide to all the work planned pre-move in.  There are definitely other projects we are mulling around in our minds for later.  We lovingly call these ideas “Phase 6” and includes such things as landscaping the backyard, completely remodeling the basement bathroom, finishing the basement guest bedroom, replacing flooring that’s aging but still in good-enough condition, etc.  And now, with no further ado, The List from top to bottom:

Third Floor

Little L’s Bedroom

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– Paint
– Base and Case
– New Carpet
– New Light Fixture
– Remove Old Smoke Detector (and double check new detector is functioning)
– New Closet Doors
– Closet Organization System
– Window Coverings/Curtain
– Redo Window Calking
– New Door
– New Light Switch Cover
– New Door Stop

Second Bedroom
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– Paint
– Base and Case
– New Carpet
– New Light Fixture
– Remove Old Smoke Detector (and double check new detector is functioning)
– New Closet Doors
– Window Coverings/Curtain
– Redo Window Calking
– New Door
– New Light Switch Cover
– New Door Stop

Kids Bathroom
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– Paint
– New Vanity Light
– Paint Vanity Cabinets
– Base and Case
– Reseal Toilet
– New Faucet
– Fix Sink Drain
– New Hinges and Knobs for linen closet
– Clean Shower Grout
– Recaulk around the tub
– Repair Leaky Tub/Shower Faucet
– New Showerhead
– No-slip Bath Stickies for little L

Master Bedroom

– Paint
– Base and Case
– New Carpet
– New Door
– New Ceiling Fan
– Repair Light Switch
– Redo Window Caulk
– Window Coverings/Curtains
– Remove Old Smoke Detector (and double check new detector is functioning)
– Repair Broken Window Screen

Master Bathroom

– Paint Closet Doors
– New Closet Systems
– Paint
– Base and Case
– New Sink with New Faucet
– Paint Vanity Cabinet
– New Vanity Light
– New Towel Rings
– Repair/Replace Linoleum
– Paint Overhead Cabinet and Lower
– New Door
– New Towel Racks
– Swap Out Shower Head
– Clean Shower Grout
– New Shower Shelving

Hallway
– Paint
– Base and Case
– New Carpet
– Repair/Replace Rusty Cold Air Return Vent
– Remove and Patch Swamp Cooler Vent
– Remove Old Smoke Detector (and double check new detector is functioning)

Hall Closet
– Paint
– New Door

Stairway
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– New Flooring
– Replace Handrail
– Paint
– Baseboard

Main Floor

Entryway
– Remove Coat Closet & Widen Doorways
– New Flooring
– Paint
– Base and Case
– Paint Front Door
– Front Door Weather Stripping
– Remove Sidelight Curtains
– New Doorbell Chimes

Dining Room (formerly living room)

– Paint
– Base and Case
– Replace Ceiling Fan with Chandelier from current dining room
– Redo Window Caulking
– Window Coverings/Curtains
– Remove Old Smoke Detector (and double check new detector is functioning)

Kitchen

– Paint
– Base and Case
– Get a Fridge
– Paint Cabinets
– Paint Countertop
– Add Backsplash
– Swap Faucet for our current faucet
– Remove Radio

Half Bathroom
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– Remove Wallpaper and Paint
– Base and Case
– Paint Vanity Cabinets
– Remove Medicine Cabinet
– New Light Fixture
– Toilet Paper Holder
– Redo Window Caulk
– New Curtain

Mudroom
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– Move Washer/Dryer (if feasible and affordable)
– Install Cubby System
– Paint Door to Garage
– Install New Deadbolt
– Paint Pantry Doors to match kitchen cabinets

Living Room

– Paint
– Base and Case
– Replace/Repair Cold Air Vent
– Trim Wood Floors around Fireplace
– Paint or Replace Fireplace Door
– New Pillars for Mantel
– Redo Window Calking
– Window Coverings/Curtains

Play Room (formerly Dining Room)

– Paint
– Base and Case
– Remove Chair Rail
– New Light Fixture (chandelier is moving to dining room)
– Window Coverings/Curtains
– Redo Window Caulk

Basement

Basement Stairway
– Paint
– Replace Handrailing
– Install Balisters

Living Rooms

– Baseboards
– Install Recessed LED Lighting
– Address the Electrical Issues
– Move Sprinkler Control Box to Garage

Hallway
– Baseboards
– Add Washer/Dryer Hookups (if feasible and affordable)
– Replace Dead Lightbulb
– Remove Old Smoke Detector (and double check new detector is functioning)
– Remove Telephone Box Thing

Storage Room
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– Paint
– Remove Shelves

Mechanical
– New Steel Door (to bring up to code)
– Install Water Heater Periphery (to bring up to code)
– Vent to Exterior (to bring up to code)

Basement Bathroom
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– Anchor Vanity

Closing Thoughts

As you can see, it is quite the list.  There is nothing too serious though, mostly it’s cosmetic/visual items.  The house is getting a thorough cleaning this week so it will be interesting to see if some areas we currently think are too dirty to save might actually be manageable for now.

* Also, this list is subject to change at any time.  We don’t have a final budget set yet (we don’t have quotes from the various professionals yet) so we may add or subtract items as needed.