Finale Tour! Finally….the remodel (rebuild!) is complete!

We have everything just how we want it — so I snapped some pics and took a video of the final house presentation –> basically this is as good as it gets…WE ARE DONE!! We told our realtor slash friend “It’s been three years of blood, sweat and arguments, but we’re done.” Truly, we didn’t fight about it THAT MUCH. It was mostly the following points of contention:

I didn’t want to try concrete counters…because it was pretty experimental…we weren’t sure what it would look like at the end of the day, but they look amazing! I admit it, I was wrong for not wanting to do concrete counters.

Also, I didn’t want Ross to paint the leaded glass door for the upstairs bath. It was a beautiful solid wood door, and in my head I pictured a polished wood door with leaded glass warming up all that cold, sterile white tile. However, now that it is in and it’s painted white, the leaded glass is really the main focal point, and mimics the black and white patterns all over the tile, and the natural wood might have detracted from the leaded glass. In all honesty, either wood or white, it doesn’t really matter, the door itself is just killer cool. It’s stupid shit like that that we fought about that doesn’t even impact the house.

Ross wasn’t a big fan of my “hello” decal idea on the door — which I think adds huge curb appeal and gives the house personality. Now that it’s done, he admits it looks great — maybe he thought it was going to look like a small sticker on the door or something, but I actually painted it, so it doesn’t look cheap.

Ross wanted to build some sort of shelving or storage built-ins under the stairs, until I nixed the idea. Now that it’s nice and open under there, with hooks and a bench, he likes it and is glad we didn’t do all the additional work on that area.

Still on my list — I want to do side by side comparisons of areas that were overhauled in a big way, like the bathrooms, the staircase, the kitchen cabinets, the pantry corner, the grossly-carpeted living room…and the master with new walk-in closet of course!

I also have a concrete countertop post sitting in my drafts. I kind of feel like Ross should write it, but he refuses, so that’s why it’s been pending so long…I’m hoping he fires up the laptop and writes it himself. I’m going to sound like an idiot because I didn’t touch those counters, haha.

Here are the pictures of our fourth baby…and a walk-through video of course. It’s really satisfying to see it finished!! #alloureggs

Notice my “hello” decal on the door!

Shutters + window boxes added a lot!

We added some patio furniture to the back patio and our fire pit

The living room looks a lot bigger with furniture in it

The rugs and table fit perfectly, and it was just lucky because I bought them a long time ago

The downstairs bedroom is right off the dining room

The downstairs bathroom is now off the back hallway; we moved the original door which led into the kitchen

This built-in we put together from an antique buffet; it could function as a pantry to store baking goods or could store dishware.

We added a farmhouse table instead of an island – we definitely needed more “workspace” in the kitchen but didn’t want to close it in any more with more wall cabinets

I was nervous about breaking the “kitchen work triangle” design concept but it totally works!

I love the space under the stairs – the possibilities are endless!

We used Edison bulbs on the staircase fixture to [hopefully] add a little industrial look

That leaded glass door is a surprise gem at the end of the hallway!

We debated adding more storage to the right of the sink, but I liked how spacious it was and figured someone could always add a stand/shelf if they want later on

The opposite side of the upstairs bath has a clawfoot tub

I staged the second upstairs bedroom as a nursery

The shiplap makes the master super cozy and cottage-like

The walk-in closet space was the extra corner left over after the bathroom expansion

We expanded the chimney in the master in order to cover up the ductwork/chaseway that we didn’t just want to block out with drywall

 

Progress Update 4

I’m supposed to be grocery shopping right now but I wanted to share our most recent progress. George is busy watching The Safe Side (three times in a row…he loves this movie). We posted pictures of the drywall and it looks great! Below is a full update – now off to spend hundreds of dolla$ on sustenance. I promise I’ll never take a tour video again with my iPhone…[covers eyes] sorry!

…and Happy Father’s Day to my man meat.

Downstairs living room

Downstairs living room

Standing in dining room

Standing in dining room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Staircase

Staircase

Upstairs bathroom from tub corner

Upstairs bathroom from tub corner

Upstairs guest bedroom

Upstairs guest bedroom

Upstairs master bedroom

Upstairs master bedroom

Progress Update!

This is our third video progress update/tour…second if you don’t count the initial walk-through as a progress update. Everything is opened up to the point where we are putting it all back together. The walls are where they need to be, the windows are where they need to be, the pipes are where they need to be and the outlets and lights are where they need to be. At this point we are just put the finishing touches on everything before we wrap it all in drywall. We have a lot of work ahead of us in refinishing all of the trim, repainting the cabinets and refinishing the floors.

There is a solid video recap below, and pictures of all of the rooms below the video. Can’t you envision it finished? It’s coming together!

As you walk in the living room is on your immediate left (we widened the doorway)

As you walk in the living room is on your immediate left (we widened the doorway)

As you are standing in the living room you are staring into the dining room with the downstairs bedroom in the back

As you are standing in the living room you are staring into the dining room with the downstairs bedroom in the back

The downstairs bedroom is being used for storage...is this stuff even ours??

The downstairs bedroom is being used for storage…is this stuff even ours??

This is standing in the back of our house, by the bathroom, looking into the kitchen and front hallway

This is standing in the back of our house, by the bathroom, looking into the kitchen and front hallway

Looking into the downstairs bathroom from the back hallway

Looking into the downstairs bathroom from the back hallway

New window at the top of the stair landing shines light down the hallway

New window at the top of the stair landing shines light down the hallway

A bigger frosted bathroom window lets more light into the upstairs bath

A bigger frosted bathroom window lets more light into the upstairs bath

We still have to deal with the crappy laminate on the upstairs bedroom floor

We still have to deal with the crappy laminate on the upstairs bedroom floor

The master bedroom upstairs has a new closet space after we stole part of the room for a bigger upstairs bath

The master bedroom upstairs has a new closet space after we stole part of the room for a bigger upstairs bath

We are getting excited as our “third baby” comes due. We have everything in place now so the finishing can begin. There is a lot of work ahead, but we are excited about all the improvements we’ve made, and plan to spend a lot of family time over here this summer…maybe the kids will help…haha! I’ll kind of be sad when everything is “decided” and “finished” and we can no longer dream about what we could do here.

Bauer Brothers Salvage haul

We went to Bauer Brothers Salvage for the first time on our way to a birthday party, thinking we would be there for an hour or two tops. We even brought the kids with, which was just silly. It was way too cold in there for them and they clearly didn’t have as much fun as we were having.

We only made it to the first floor out of five floors!

We only made it to the first floor out of five floors!

I kept telling George “Look at those stained glass windows!” and he had zero reaction. We just decided to come back when we had an entire day to look around, when we didn’t have the kids, and to bring the truck and trailer. We can’t wait to go back. We have a gigantic list!

You can find just about anything there...storage, decoration, architectural materials...

You can find just about anything there…storage, decoration, architectural materials…

My favorite part of the trip was seeing super-expensive items that we had purchased on Craigslist for next to nothing. Right when we walked in, there was a cast iron clawfoot tub for $1200. The only difference is we had to clean ours. We also saw the exact same cast iron farmhouse sink we have, for a $1k price tag. This made me really glad we drove all over the state to find rehab materials on Craigslist; it was totally worth our time and gas money.

They had a huge collection of cool knobs and hardware...I WANT

They had a huge collection of cool knobs and hardware…I WANT

We left with two items which was all we could fit in the truck. We bought a buffet for the “pantry” corner and a medicine cabinet for the downstairs bathroom. They were willing to make a deal on the buffet because it had been there since at least 2014 and they wanted it gone. We were actually looking for one with a counter for additional workspace but those were all $1k or more and Ross said he can just split it in the middle to add a countertop and back/sides. I’m not sure when he’s going to have time for that but it was such a deal and the perfect width, so we couldn’t say no!

We need to clean up our buffet a bit but we got a deal on it

We need to clean up our buffet a bit but we got a deal on it

We almost got into a bidding war for the medicine cabinet. A party of three came by and started touching it so I stood closer to it and said it was mine. With a warm smile of course. The Bauer Brothers worker had to come by and haul it so we had to wait, but I put my arm on it possessively. They started asking what we needed it for and who was “doing the work” for us….what a laugh! I pointed at Ross and said “He is!”

#diy = do it yo’ damn self

Our new medicine cabinet from the side

Our new medicine cabinet from the side

We are going to use this in the downstairs bathroom

We are going to use this in the downstairs bathroom

Rental Tour (progress update!)

The rental looks completely different than when we bought it. The wiring is knob and tube so we knew that would be a project. Luckily, I have an amazing electrician brother who is ready to rough-in some recessed lighting throughout.

As the [gross] paneling came off the plaster was ruined. Much of the paint contained lead so Ross had to carefully and safely remove it. Glorius pictures of Ross in his mask to come.

We discovered some nast in the pipes (as detailed in this post) so Ross removed the old steel pipes, so we can install new clean, open pipes throughout.

The old flooring is mostly gone. You can see where we will need to patch in hardwood, in the areas where we have moved walls and uncovered areas missing hardwood. We found some old gym floor on Craigslist that we can use to patch.

There are three new support beams in the basement because the floor was not perfectly level. Now that floor could withstand an earthquake!

There are probably other changes I neglect to mention, so here is a solid video recap.

Video walk-through of the most current progress and photo updates below:

Entryway stairs and hallway (where there used to be a closet)

Entryway stairs and hallway (where there used to be a closet)

Kitchen window (where bank of cabinets used to be)

Kitchen window (where bank of cabinets used to be)

Newly framed wall where pantry or built-in will sit and new doorway for bathroom

Newly framed wall where pantry or built-in will sit and new doorway for bathroom

View of dining room and living room from newly framed kitchen doorway

View of dining room and living room from newly framed kitchen doorway

Upstairs hallway leading towards the bathroom (bedrooms on each side)

Upstairs hallway leading towards the bathroom (bedrooms on each side)

Upstairs bedroom ready for new layout (sink on left, tub and toilet on right)

Upstairs bathroom ready for new layout (sink on left, tub and toilet on right)

Chalk line showing the newer bigger bathroom layout

Chalk line showing the newer bigger bathroom layout

Chalk line showing the new upstairs walk-in closet (along the bathroom wall)

Chalk line showing the new upstairs walk-in closet (along the bathroom wall)

Second bedroom upstairs

Second bedroom upstairs

We’ve found yellow brick!

Remember our design dilemma about the metal chaseway next to the chimney? We wanted to cover it somehow without using drywall or cabinetry and without ruining the view of the brick chimney. We thought of using yellow brick to cover the chaseway to match the chimney. The closest match to this type of yellow brick we could find is Milwaukee Cream City brick. And…we couldn’t really find any locally. We contacted a bunch of salvage shops in the area who didn’t have any, and were this|close to giving up when….

The chimney and chaseway currently.

The chimney and chaseway currently.

 

out of nowhere…Ross landed on a Craigslist ad with FREE (!) yellow brick. A gentleman in Minneapolis tore out an old chimney and posted a curb alert. Or more accurately an alley alert.

Free yellow bricks WHAAAA!?

Free yellow bricks WHAAAA!?

It was a miracle because we were getting desperate. We even debated buying new yellow bricks and roughing them up in a concrete mixer…sooo glad we didn’t attempt that!

Brainstorming some alternatives to old yellow brick...

Brainstorming some alternatives to old yellow brick…

Ross went over after work one day and loaded each brick into the bed of his truck. Luckily it was still there – you never know with a curb alert! We should have plenty of brick to cover the chaseway, and them some. Craigslist doesn’t always come through but this time we nailed it.

A truck bed full of yellow brick

A truck bed full of yellow brick