Monday, September 20, 2010

The five year remodel

I decided to do this for my own records and to help myself understand why our latest remodel project has me so exhausted....More pictures to come I hope!


August 2005 - Moved into our house with 3 month old saben. Immediately tore out old carpet in all the rooms, kitchen linoleum, and lowered ceilings they'd drywalled into the living room. Spent the next 3 months patching holes, refinishing the fir floors, painting and somewhat landscaping the front yard. (I'd brought plants from our old house I needed to get in the ground) Lived in our attic room most of the summer & fall.

January 2006 - Rip out the old kitchen cabinets over christmas/new years break. Fix walls, get rid of superfluous doors. Install new EVERYTHING into the kitchen. Make our own concrete countertops which stalled the project for months.

May 2006 - Move into our new kitchen

Fall 2006 - Start working on our backyard, rip EVERYTHING out, build a new fence, remove concrete parking pad, remove old backstairs, all the old grass & plants, build a new patio.

Spring 2007 - Rototill in 10 yards of manure into the backyard, plant new garden, install drip irrigation while 7-9 months prego with Annika.

July 2007 - Annika is born! Start of a nice remodel hiatus....

Fall 2007 - Install Hot Tub

December 2007 - My favorite Blog Post Ever about our yucky bathroom. Spend christmas break emptying out our basement so it can be "finished"

Spring 2008 - Start framing in our basement,

Summer 2008 - Rip out old bathroom upstairs after adding new toilet & sink downstairs. Redo plumbing, water heater, gas lines, electricity, furnace & ducting.

Fall 2008 - Work on gutted upstairs bathroom, new EVERYTHING

Winter 2008 - Basement FLOODS, luckily we hadn't drywalled yet. Realize roof is also leaking. New roof, new gutters to help improve water flow away from basement.

Spring 2009 - Basement is drywalled, paint, carpet installed. Bathroom upstairs is finished!

Summer 2009 Move into new basement!

Fall 2009 - finish up odds & ends in basement, decorate. sort of. Move kids downstairs.

Spring/Summer 2010: Replace all windows on the main floor. Move our bedroom, create an office in the extra bedroom. Repaint both bedrooms. remove windows & doors from our front craftsman style porch.

Fall 2010: Start working on getting our house repainted. Get house scraped, pressure washed and then 2 days before the painters start applying paint, decide to rip off aluminum siding.

And now the work trim pieces, fixing old boards, more scraping and finally new paint, hopefully before it gets cold and rainy, but who knows. Thankfully we are hiring most of it out this time.


Shauna said...

I can't wait to show Pete your he can see that we are normal and these house projects will never end (oh wait, maybe I shouldn't show him so he doesn't lose hope in ever being 'done'). ;)

Shauna said...

PS - i would like more before and after pictures of said projects. It's kind of awesome to see the transformations. Your bathroom is totally awesome now...and the kitchen? Well, I want to see the before pics cause the after is super awesome.

~beautyandjoy~ said...

This makes me want to cry. And cheer for you. You are completely amazing. And your home is so beautiful!!!

Kelsie said...

I'm so tired just reading this! And to think we are dreaming of getting into an old craftsman. After all that, what's your thought--should we bail? :)

Anonymous said...

what is a craftsman? Is it like a kit house from Sears, I've heard of those. Deb
bye the way, way to go, just keep on keepin on. But watch out for those beer cans in your back yard.