House progress and plans

You might remember our house when we bought it. (That post is here.)

first showing

We’ve done a bit of work to the house since then …

Kitchen

(Here you can read another post about some changes and progress we made over the last year.)

Last fall we completely renovated our basement and what once looked like this:

first showing

Now looks like this …

basement

And the other side of the basement once looked like this …

first showing

Now sits like this …

basement

Later this week the work on our main floor begins. When we bought her she was lovely and functional and her bones were perfect.

first showing

This morning she sits a little less put together:

Remodel demo stage one

We’ve moved out of the main floor and into the basement for the remodel. The kids will stay upstairs in their rooms.

Remodel demo stage one

We’re opening up the main floor – this huge wall in the middle of the living room/kitchen is coming out:

removing wall

removing wall

We’re moving the doorway into the master bedroom, making the room bigger and adding a closet:

New door in masterbedroom

closet

The main floor bathroom is moving entirely; layout and walls and plumbing. The hallway that leads to the bathroom/master bedroom now will no longer be there. And the chimney will be exposed.

hallway

The last of the major changes are the fireplace coming out and being replaced with french doors to a deck outside in our backyard.

Main floor living room

Hopefully we’ll be adding a huge window above the sink in the kitchen:

Kitchen

And the builtin cabinets pictured below will be removed and framed out (floor to ceiling) for a pantry and storage:

Main floor living room

Phew. Aside from electrical and lighting and all the details, new flooring and what not. We’ll be living in dust for the next month or two. I’m prepared to be completely blind-sided by the amount of dirt and dust and we have crock pots ready to go for living with a less than functional kitchen through Christmas.

We’re nuts!

I don’t know how on top of it I’m going to be with updates on the progress, it’s a lot of work to photograph and explain this over and over so I probably won’t. Just being honest. But you can check Flickr for photo updates and Facebook or Instagram as well.

I’m excited and ready but so glad I had last night walk the empty main floor in the quiet. I’ve already memorized her secrets, this little house. I can maneuver her halls in the dark and I know where the floorboards give way to the weight of a family living out-loud. I’m glad I had time to say goodbye to the old, something I don’t usually practice, but something I’m glad I’m learning how to do.

Here we go!

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