Spring has finally come to our area and that is such welcome news for our little family and our renovation. The winter had us stalled and frustrated and the weather finally breaking has us jumping for joy and seeing a glimmer of light at the end of this displacing tunnel. There is still mountains of work to do and the list is so long it is more like a book but there is visible evidence of the final product and a clear sight line from the old house into the new. Seeing our vision starting to come to fruition is gratifying and so thrilling!
Here is a quick progression of the old house from the outside. The side of the house being torn off was one of my favorite moments so far. I have been waiting to have that kitchen open to the new part of the house for so long!
During the winter, the inside of the original house got completely torn out and re-framed. The layout is the same but we fixed the closets and eliminated the laundry room in the hallway because that will be moving to the new utility room.
Digging out the foundation for the new house was quite a process! Thankfully, we had Greg’s dad and a family friend with an excavator to help.
Standing in our future family room looking at the kitchen.
Standing in the kitchen looking out at the family room. The view I have been waiting for!
Yesterday the first wall of the new part of the house was raised and it was a big one. This wall was almost 80 feet! It was so exciting and a bit nerve-wracking to watch it go up.
Now onto the fun part. These bathrooms were much harder for me to develop than the kitchen was. I had been thinking about the kitchen design for so long that it just sort of came together. The bathrooms were a different and more expensive story. I wanted them to go well with each other but not be the same. I wanted them to evoke the same style and vibe without repeating a bunch of finishes and giving them both a unique look. They are both that boho/eclectic style that I love and I can’t wait to get to the point where we can start putting the finishing touches on these rooms.
Bathroom #1 – Large Family Bathroom
- Merola Revival Ring Floor Tile 2.Merola Park Slope Subway Tile 3.Pottery Barn Piper Frameless Mirrors 4. Delta Linden Faucet in Champagne Bronze 5. Schoolhouse Electric Davis Double Sconce 6. Jacuzzi Arietta Tub 7. Pinterest Inspiration (love the shower curtain rod and tub) 8. Pinterest Inspiration (this is the vanity Greg is going to recreate and we are going to do a white quartz counter top)
I loved the bohemian, vintage vibe of the floor tile and that was the starting point for the bathroom finishes. This is going to be the bathroom that all of us use which is down the hall with the bedrooms so I wanted it to be kid friendly but also feel sophisticated enough for Greg and I.
Bathroom #2 – Guest Bath
- Merola Matte Black Penny Tile 2. Merola Park Slope Subway Tile 3. Anthropologie Madeline Mirror 4. Delta Linden Faucet in Champagne Bronze 5. Schoolhouse Electric Abrams Double Sconce 6. Anthropologie Shower Curtain (out of stock so I am on the lookout for another similar) 7. Kohler Memoirs Pedestal Sink
This bathroom took me forever to conceptualize but now that I have chosen the finishes I am loving it. It is a little bit more formal than the family bath but retains the same vibe. Now I just have to find that shower curtain…
As the house progresses, I am getting giddy with the thought of moving our family back into the home that we love. It is going to be such an exciting day when we can walk into the house that we have envisioned for so long and be able to call it home. The house was already filled with so many memories and so much love and I can’t wait to fill the new spaces with our family’s future snuggles, laughter, tears, and joy. We are getting so close! MEB