Recently Nikos, from 'Nikos Out of this World' blog, posted up about his bathroom remodeling project. This got me to thinking about all we have remodeled in our home.
When we closed on our house in June 2006 we knew it needed some renovations. It had been vacant for 9 months and prior to that a rental and the renters had two indoor dogs. Just how much we would renovate I don't think we imagined when we purchased it. No contractors have been engaged, 100% of the work has been done ourselves. Family did assist in replacing a kitchen and living room window though.
(2006: 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 912 sq ft, built in 1970)
One of the first things we did was paint the exterior and do some landscaping. Then came replacing all of the windows.
(I think Spring 2007)
(Fall of 2011 - plants have grown up)
By November 2006 we were ripping out the nasty carpeting in all but the two bedrooms and painting the sub flooring. Over the winter holidays we used our time off to renovate the bathroom right down to the studs. In order to make it larger we took out a hall closet that was invading the bathroom and a half wall in the kitchen. This also opened up the kitchen so that the fridge could be moved away from the patio door.
(kitchen prior to moving in - half wall on left has to go)
(bathroom when we moved in)
(bathroom after remodel)
(half of living room when we moved in)
(the same corner after remodel and installing pellet stove)
(the kitchen prior to remodel and fixing ceiling issue)
(And kitchen after remodel - one day I'll buy a black fridge to match)
For those of you that are interested or are bored have too much time on your hands, take a peek at the following two videos Troubadour painstakingly put together two or so years ago to document the process.
After these videos were made we built a walk in closet in our spare room so that we could wall off it's second closet, which was back to back to the closet in our room. We have just started remodeling our closet. We've torn it all apart and are pushing it back into the old closet to make our bedroom larger and the closet a little larger too. We've scraped the ceiling and ripped out the last of the carpeting. Soon we'll rebuilt the closet and paint the floor, walls and ceiling.
After that is complete all that is left is installing the cork flooring throughout the house, installing and painting all of the baseboards and trim, and ordering and installing a few more doors that need to be updated. It's a good thing we work well as a team.
One day we will be finished and we can't wait. We are really getting tired of renovations.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into our world and what we do during the cold wet winter days that aren't always great for riding.
- Au Revoir
"Teamwork is the ability to work as a group towards a common vision, even if that vision becomes extremely blurry." - Author Unknown