Wednesday, December 17, 2014

House Updates | The Master Bedroom

Tyler and I have been so excited and anxious to start work on the house. 
We are so ready to move in now.
The house, unfortunately, is not.
During our time in Danville we've made some great friends.
Great friends come in handy when you're redoing an entire house.
Lucky for us, one of those friends wasn't busy the other night.
They demoed the entire master bedroom in just a few hours!
Plaster and lath demo.


(Sadly this is our only before photo)


Tyler and Michael working hard!

Not only do you have to knock down the plaster and tear out the lath,
all the trim has to come off as well.
Not a huge deal if you're just going to toss it, but we want to keep the original trim (obviously).
So taking the trim off can be a very tedious process.

I love the old, thick trim.

Another plus;
the house still has the old iron vent covers, too!

Watch where you step!

Can you say, tetanus?

My favorite part was when I got to kick a hole in the wall.

We've got a long way to go, but we'll get there.

3 Month Updates!

Time for an update folks!
3 months later and we have insulation, new windows, and are on our way to having walls!

Yay for exposed brick!

The view from our room is fun because i can peer down at our [currently] ugly patio and creep out my guests.

Here we go again.....

     It's been a pretty busy (and stressful) couple of weeks. With nothing having been actually finalized, I couldn't share what was going on with all of you; but now it's official. 
     We are home owners!

     Oh boy.
     When we purchased the house we are in now, we did so thinking it would be temporary. We would move back 'home' at the earliest opportunity, so we bought a small, cozy house and waited. Little did we know, Danville would soon become home and we had no desire to leave anytime soon. We slowly began the search for a more permanent place of residence. Neither of us thought we would actually buy anything for another 6-12 months, but we kept our eyes out anyway. After looking at a house a few blocks from us, and deciding that it was most certainly not the house for us, our realtor told us that a house was coming up for sale in a neighborhood we really liked. When we asked for details, he laughed and said, "It's a project. More of a project than anything else you've looked at!" (that's really saying something for us). 
     We drove up the road to take a look and Tyler fell instantly in love with the garage. The whole setting seemed to be what we wanted. Now we just had to get inside.
     Oh was a mess. In short, it's a gut job. About 3/4 of the way, anyway. We are demoing all of the exterior walls in order to insulate, replacing all the windows, tearing out carpet, redoing the bathroom and kitchen, etc. In the end we kind of figured, "Hey, why not?" and went for it.
    We closed yesterday and are now officially the stressed owners of a project house! I'll be recording our progress and posting photos of demo, construction, and the finished project here on my blog. If you want to live vicariously through our mistakes, you've come to the right place!