Sunday, February 03, 2013

D O N E !

Hi!  After 4 months, it looks as though we are finished with our remodel!  Hallelujah!   I am so ready to move on!   We still have some furniture to purchase and I need to decorate the walls etc...but that will come with time.  I'm not too worried about that.   Well, here ya go.... remember how it looked before:

the range is now on this wall

over view...oh how i hated those floors! when i washed the floor the
grout would smell like lake water!  nasty! 

this wall was opened up and the fridge is now here

this is now the "butlers pantry" beverage area

looking into the mud room.  this doorway is now opened up
and at the same height as the other doorways 

new mudroom

opening up the doorway made a huge difference.  

girls artwork went back up!

mudroom sink

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bad lighting...gloomy day but the space is so much brighter now!

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opened up Terry's office.  (we need furniture in this room too)

need wall "shtuff"  
bad picture...but front door.

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looking from front door. to left is the front room and far right is dining room.
(the chair in the pict. is a 4.99 Goodwill find that I repainted and recovered.) 

we didn't do anything in here....just added new base trim for now.  need to paint
(bad photo, the flash went off so there is a funky shadow on the right) 

dining room....need curtains to soften the space. 

 I didn't take photos of the front living room...we have our old dining room set in there for now, until we sell it.
So, there ya have it.  I couldn't be more happy with how it turned out.  It's definitely a challenging process to go through.  It will test your patience and sometimes your relationship....but it was so well worth it!  
Thanks for letting me share this process with you!  It's been fun documenting the ups and downs along the way.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Held Up & Just Our Luck!

Good Morning~  Thought I would pop in and give a quick update....I haven't posted new pictures of our progress because there really hasn't been much progress!   Well, let me back up.   There has been progress just not quality progress!   We finally had the tile installed prior to Christmas.  We are very disappointed in how the tile was installed!  I'm not 100% convinced the guy who installed our tile does it for a living???   When someone is hired through your contractors you would think they would make sure to hire someone who is going to do a good job!  From the second he walked into our home he seemed very unsure of himself.  (maybe he was just shy, I don't know?)   He didn't come with the proper wet saw!  But rather a small hand held saw, probably appropriate for some tile jobs.  The tile we chose for the majority of the backsplash was a natural stone, gray tones in a "subway tile" formation.  So, the tiles came on a 12x12 mesh sheet BUT the tile shop still suggested the need for spacers in order to keep the tiles level and even etc.... We bought all of the necessary supplies for the job.  Well, low-and-behold the tile guy didn't feel the need to use the spacers.  Evidently he felt he had "skillz" and it was beneath him to use spacers.  Guess what....Joey should have used the spacers we provided!  I have roughly 80 pieces of blue tape marking the areas where our tiles are not evenly spaced or crooked!  Above the ranges we used the glass tiles (pictured in a previous post) and a 2" framing tile.  He pretty much messed that up too.  The frame is not evenly spaced.  The corners are not mitered nicely (he used his handy-dandy hand saw).  This area should have been a feature rather than a cluster *&%$#!.   We ran out of tiles, so he was unable to finish the butlers pantry area....the tiles that are installed have not been grouted yet, which is a good thing because the way it looks now, is not acceptable!  So chances are they'll be ripping it out and replacing it.  Which, I dread and wish did not have to happen BUT I think by adding grout is only going to make those uneven/crooked areas look even worse!!!!  
I'm still trying to get our house in order.  The holidays threw me off.  And now not having the kitchen complete I just don't feel I should decorate anywhere.  The office area, front room, dining room, 1/2 bath and mud room all need to be decorated.  But I need to take down the Christmas decorations first before I drag with anything else.
Still waiting for our faucet.  It's been a month now!  They installed it but it leaked water from the hose so they had to re-order that....well, guess what....when it "supposedly" came in, it came in the wrong finish.  Keep in mind our sink arrived and that "supposedly" came in scratched so they had to re-order that....which held up the install of the granite.  Are we seeing a pattern here????
Anyway....that is where we are at right now.  Unfinished & Unhappy with the way things are panning out!   You pay an arm-and-a-leg for labor, products and "contractors" fees and you end up with unsatisfied customers!  Makes me crabby!  
I'll post pictures....soon, I hope!