Saturday, February 22, 2014

House 4, Week 1, it begins...

And we are underway!

Ready for a whole bunch of before photos?

First, take a look at this handy diagram which I created to help you to orient yourself as we tour the house. I trust I don't need to tell you this is not to scale (because seriously, that master bedroom would require bunk beds to sleep two).  It's just to give you the lay of the land.

We shall begin our tour at one end of the house and work to the opposite end. Thus I give you the master bedroom, complete with wood paneling and telephone. 

The master bath sports enough room to turn around (unlike the claustrophobic half baths of previous houses). There is even a shower stall to the left.

Take a good look at this. It will all be in the dumpster.

One of the smaller bedrooms. Helper David has already removed the carpeting and Sparky (a.k.a. Son of the Mr.) has put in a nice new smoke detector.

The smallest bedroom (but it does have a surprisingly large closet). Pea green. Gotta go.

The hallway from the master bedroom. You are going to be amazed at the after photo on this one. 

A clean view through the living room and kitchen.

Requisite pastel tub in the larger bathroom.

And the necessaries (dumpster bound).

Oh boy! An actual entryway. Like totally can you believe it? This is our first project house where guests have a little cooling off area to wipe their feet before coming into the living area.

And even hang up their coats. For real.

The tools have already begun to arrive and have taken up residence in the dining area.

Or is it the living area? 

Kitchen demolition has begun. Major appliances tossed willy nilly about and cabinets all askew.

Anybody need a refrigerator? The one left behind is wandering into the rumpus room.

The garage where the oven was rather unceremoniously dumped.

New doors and windows ready and waiting.

I'm not even going to show you around outside other than the view of the dumpster. The snow is thigh deep and icky yucky, so you can wait for the spring to see the exterior.

Now typically, houses are done from the outside in, but because we have about 87 feet of snow on the ground right now, the work is starting with the interior. Right now, it's demolition time and despite what you see on DIY shows, this is not hammer time. More like crow bar. Carpets coming up, kitchen and baths will be emptied.


  1. Those colors just might be back in vogue again.....

    I LOVE your floor plan diagram - and the idea of bunk beds for a master bedroom!

  2. About that wallpaper in the master bathroom- what were they thinking! FlowerPower!

  3. Hold the crow bars! My Mom wants to know - you are keeping the floral wallpaper right? She's squeeeing in my ear Oh my gosh that's so cute!!

  4. Oh and the 3 seasons room Mom and I both say keep keep keep. A family with doggies would love it. We have always wanted to add one and it's a feature we would look for in a home. Just an idea :)