We passed our final inspection on the upstairs remodel last week (!!!!!!!), which means that we spent the weekend knee deep in our next project, naturally. I referred to the now-finished ‘upstairs upgrade’ as the ‘house project of the decade’, but clearly I was wrong because here we are in the same decade and boy, are we about to start a doozie.
Really quick, let’s go back over what we’ve done since moving into this house 3.5 years ago:
Re-landscaped front yard (which I apparently didn’t blog about. whoops.)
What’s next, then?
The porch, breakfast nook, kitchen, mudroom, backyard, garage, patio and driveway. Obviously.
Ok so here’s the deal: we have (had) a three-season porch through which you enter the house from the back yard. We don’t really love that set-up and it is space that doesn’t get used. Also, our backyard and garage are in desperate need of an overhaul and have been since we bought the house (it was vacant/overgrown). Lastly, our kitchen is actually pretty nice – some previous owners installed new, good-quality cabinets some time in the 90s – but the layout is really, really inefficient. Like, can’t fully open the refrigerator door, inefficient. Thus, the math goes something like this:
unused porch + (backyard over haul^patio) x garage + inefficient kitchen = REMODEL ALL THE THINGZ!
First step is the porch. We are integrating it into the house by replacing the windows, insulating behind the walls, and tearing out the wall between it and the breakfast nook (which will eventually let us remodel the kitchen with a more efficient layout).
We have started the gutting process which is no cake walk. When you picture someone taking a hammer to a wall, the hammer goes right through it, right? Makes a big ‘ol hole in the sheetrock with one swing? Well, in 1935 when our house was built, walls weren’t made out of sheetrock. They were made out of wire mesh covered by cement covered by a coat of plaster.
Insert crow bars, sledge hammers, and diamond-tipped saw blades, O MY!
Do not adjust your monitor. The trim really is that shade of blue and has been since we bought the house. We knew the porch would be remodeled, so we never did anything about the heinous trim assuming we’d take care of it along with the rest of the room eventually. (Also, WHO PAINTS TRIM THAT COLOR?!)
While DanO wielded the heavy-duty tools and took on the cement walls, I attacked the blue atrociousness.
And the really, really exciting news about this particular project?
I am not pregnant!
HUZZAH! For the first time ever, we are starting a brand new project and there is no nugget or gummibear in my uterus! There is no 9 month make-it-or-break-it deadline. There is no ‘be gentle with the work load, pregnant lady’. No concern about my placenta while we’re having sheetrock swung over our yard. No cautionary face masks for even the most innocuous of fumes. No sitting on a birthing ball laboring while we install hard wood floors.
It will be a fun experience, learning how to be a home re-modeler not pregnant. I can paint? I can climb ladders? I don’t have to excuse myself every 20 minutes to go to the bathroom?
Well heck! LET’S REMODEL ALL THE THINGZ, THEN!