It has been one year ago today that we bought our house here in Tennessee wow how time passes so quickly. We didn’t make the move here until April, and we have been hard at work making this house into a home….and… well also something you could live in. So here is where we are today with renovations. First to be done was a bathroom, before… during… and after.
Next was the Master Bedroom, before during, and after, we added a walk in closet and expanded the area for the master bathroom. We have not started on the bathroom to date however we do have all the fixtures and are gearing up for it to be the next project.
Then came the kitchen and pantry…. thank goodness, we were pretty much eating microwave only at this point, no gas for the motor home, and the BBQ was not functioning properly….and there is no ordering out here! This is a little before in the 1st picture by the 2nd picture we had already torn out the wall of the laundry room, we poured concrete for the floor so that is a during, although it was much more complicated I will just jump past all that to the after, I am however still waiting for my baking center to be built, it will go where I have the table with coffee pot by the fridge. I was pretty happy to have a kitchen
Then came a lot of between stuff, ripping out floors replacing joists, insulating, removing fireplaces…. just a bunch of have to do’s before anything could be completed, the next room to be finished was the guest bedroom . This is where I sustained injuries falling through the floor. Before, during, and after
Oops… I jumped ahead, we actually finished the Laundry room before the guest bedroom, there really aren’t any before pictures we ripped out a closet in the hallway and framed in a new laundry room, it made more sense for it to be in a central location then on the other side of the kitchen, really no before just during, and after. Also managed to get a nice size linen closet too, sorry these pictures are kinda fuzzy but they are all I have
By this time the dinning area had a sub floor and paint, but the work shifted to living room and office ripping out the floors and replacing the joists and putting sub floors and walls for the office and living room once that was done it was time to put in the floors and finish up all 3 rooms, first up the office. I might add at this point that Wayne was next to sustain injuries, after the living room was torn out he slipped and fell off one of the joist, he split his eye open and banged up his leg pretty good it was actually his second injury, he slipped and fell down the front porch steps the first month we were here. The far right window in the 1st picture is now in the office, we saved about 1000 bricks from the fireplaces we removed and Wayne built me a brick wall in the office, where we actually have our bar set up, I am still working on these 2 areas as I have not unpacked everything yet and we are going to put the bar fridge in too, but its getting there…so before, somewhat during, and after so far!
Then we painted the living room and the floor goes in there next, before during and after, we have also put our game table in here, not sure if we will still put a game in the 2nd floor its up for discussion, which is I want it and Wayne does not want to do it …hmmm wonder what will happen? I have also ordered shelving for our DVD’s which still have not come in yet due to the weather, whatever… The “W” a gift from Wayne and Jessa and my giant Yahtzee dice made by Jessa. I was a little disappointed in the living room basically because my couch is so large it would only fit on one wall, but I’m getting used to it. It is really nice to have a place to sit and watch TV bedsides my bed .
Then it was time to finish the dinning room. Thanks to our friend and neighbor Ray we have a dinning room table too, Ray also gave me the drop leaf table in the kitchen and both the chairs in the bedrooms, what a nice guy, I truly didn’t realize how much of my furniture did not make the trip here, what was I thinking? anyway free stuff works for me! The wall where the tile is got framed in for the coat room, and a little extra storage under the stairs got built in
The hallway got the floor put in as well as the trim around all the doors and finally the ugly light fixture in the stairwell got updated
So whats left? Well nothing has been done on the 2nd floor other than the electrical, master bathroom on the list, the stairs still need to be repaired and finished, and the outside of the house is still in need of siding , I’m sure there is more but I don’t want to think any farther ahead, one of our favorite sayings has become “It is what it is” we were at a local auction and found this sign…. perfect!
When you are virtually building a new house inside a very old house… well you get the picture. Enjoy! Peace