Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical, oh my.

Lots of action has been going on at the house, the mechanical, plumbing and electrical are all going in. The house is starting to look like it should before we get the appliances in. This week we also get these things inspected, something that can go well or not so well. Keeping our fingers crossed…..

Lately we have been getting really good at making decisions like: How many shower heads do you want and where?, What finish on the faucet?,  Where do you want the toilet?….. And so on. This whole process has taught me to make decisions quickly and move on. I am sure this will come in handy at least a few more times in my life!?

Here is a peek at what is to be made of the kitchen. There is also an island missing in these drawings that will be in the middle of the kitchen with barstool seating and pendant lights above it.

Kitchen cabinet plans

More kitchen

More kitchen

Being silly

Next week we pick out the counter tops for the kitchen and bath… Yeah, more decisions! Wish us luck.

 

Moving along

Last week there was lots of rain but also lots of work done. We were lucky and it only rained in the afternoons, so they were able to work for most of the day. They finished framing the walls to the kitchen addition, the overhangs and the porch.

The front of the house before

The front of the house before

Now with the overhangs and the front porch

Now with the overhangs and the front porch

Kitchen addition framed

Kitchen addition framed

Inside the kitchen

Inside the kitchen

Giant windows going here

Giant windows going here

Master bathroom framed out

Master bathroom framed out

Rain, rain go away….

It’s been pouring rain all week and there is not much going on at the house so I want to share this really awesome story.

After Gordon and I interviewed 4 different contractors, we chose Shelley Braun, she was positive we could make the changes we wanted and be happy with the results. After we decided on the changes, we had some wait time while the permits were going through, so Gordon and I decided to start on the renovations we are doing ourselves. I started on the guest bath while Gordon started on the fireplace. I removed most of the wallpaper, the mirror, light fixtures and the built in medicine cabinets. After I pulled one of the cabinets out, I noticed a signature on the drywall. The contractor who remodeled the bathroom signed it! After talking to my dad, who worked in construction most of his life, he told me that he always signed his work. I never knew.

Now for the awesome part:

Ted Braun  December 10, 19980 Saline, MI

Ted Braun
December 10, 1980
Saline, MI

Can you see the signature? Do you notice anything???? This person has the same last name as our contractor, Shelley Braun! I immediately sent this pic to Shelley asking if she knew this person. Ted Braun was her father-in-law! What are the odds? Her family was super excited about the signature and the fact that Shelley is doing the work in our house.

Then, while removing the kitchen cabinets a few days later, I found this on top of one of the kitchen cabinets:

Ted Braun

And when they removed the wall separating the dining room and the living room, they guys found this:

And upstairs in the master suite:

So, now the signature theme has really taken off. I have asked the guys to sign their names, I signed mine, and Shelley will sign hers before the house is done.

After we first got the house, I was searching for some hidden treasures or some stash of something fun from the previous owners, who know we would find some really cool history? Not only do we have an interesting story of how we got the house, but now we know it’s remodel history.

The master suite

Here are the before and now for the master suite.

Shag carpet.

Shag carpet.

Steps to bath and closet.

Steps to bath and closet.

Vanity outside bathroom in between the bathroom and closet.

Vanity outside bathroom in between the bathroom and closet.

Master bathroom

Master bathroom

Demo

Demo

Mold on  roof plywood from poor ventilation in attic space.

Mold on roof plywood from poor ventilation in attic space.

Moving right along

 

So the renovation has been moving right along and I am behind in my posts. This post will be to catch you up on what the house looked like when we bought it and how it looks now.

This is the kitchen in all it’s green glory:

The temporary wall holding up kitchen for when they blow the wall out to add on. This is where the sink and dishwasher were.

The temporary wall holding up kitchen for when they blow the wall out to add on. This is where the sink and dishwasher were.

The entry way between the dining room and kitchen before.

The entry way between the dining room and kitchen before.

The entry way after I did some demo of drywall.

The entry way after I did some demo of drywall.

The entry way now. It has doubled in size.

The entry way now. It has doubled in size.

The view of the dining room from the kitchen.

The view of the dining room from the kitchen.

After knocking out the spindles.

After knocking out the spindles.

After removing the wall.

After removing the wall.

The fireplace before

The fireplace before.

And after Gordon busted out the bricks on the right side.

And after Gordon busted out the bricks on the right side.

The repaired fireplace!

The repaired fireplace!

The stairs before.

The stairs before.

And after. We changed the direction of the staircase to give us more room, add a coat closet by the front door and tie the living and dining rooms together.

And after. We changed the direction of the staircase to give us more room, add a coat closet by the front door and tie the living and dining rooms together.

Next post will be the upstairs master suite.

And GO!

Last week there was lots of action at the house. The official sign went in the yard

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And they started with the foundation for the kitchen add on, they poured a slab and  started building the foundation walls. Image

Of course, I could not resist carving our initials in the wet cement

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And taking a pic of Speedy in the Bobcat!

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This is the finished foundation still drying and waiting to be built on

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During the foundation work, the main crew started the demolition inside the house.

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More to come next week.

The rest of the wallpaper

Here is the rest of the wallpaper that I removed:

this is one of the kitchen prints:Image

the flowers were coordinated with a green and white checkerboard: Image

 

And while I was removing the floral print, I was not amused to find another print underneath:

ImageThis floral pattern must have been the original paper from 1958. It reminds me of the Charlie Brown cartoon for some reason. This paper did not want to come off nicely and removed a lot of the paper from the drywall, so there is quite a bit of repair work that will have to be done before painting.

And lastly, the wallpaper in the master bedroom:Image

They broke ground on the addition to pour the foundation this week and there has been a lot of progress happening. I have to run, but will post again tomorrow. Stay tuned!