framing updates

It has taken what seems like forever to get to this point but it has been so so worth the wait!

FIRST FLOOR

We’re like 90% fully framed out on this level. The stairs are being re-built this week and the last wall to be furred out is the wall with the fireplace. This glass wall is going to be so awesome! We’re thinking of framing it with some traditional trim to make it look like a giant window.. since it is haha! That way it won’t look too modern. It should flow with our style!

The door leading into the office is going to be glass and then that doorway right next to it is the door leading to the bathroom. When we first decided to knock down the giant wall, we got comments that it would be weird seeing the bathroom when you first walk in, but I think it’s going to be great! We’re debating on wallpapering this bathroom, that could make the view even more desirable. Another thing that I like about this bathroom is that you won’t see the toilet or sink at all when you look in. It’ll just be an open wall 😊 We’re thinking we can put a little linen cabinet there!

This is the staircase that will be rebuilt next week. In it’s current state, it doesn’t pass city code so that’s why we have to rebuild it! We’re thinking that we’re going to stain the wood to match, not 100% sure yet though! I’m just super excited to see the new stairs!!

SECOND FLOOR

We’re super excited about all of the bedrooms having peaks with exposed collar ties. It makes the each room seem sooo much bigger!

We’re utilizing all of the dead space in the entire house, isn’t that crazy!? Not a single foot wasted 😬😬 gutting the house ourselves really helped us with this. We were able to see so many opportunities once the house was opened up!

MASTER BEDROOM

It’s so funny, I VIVIDLY remember telling Shawn that this would not be our master bedroom. And that the room with the skylights would be. The second floor wasn’t anything special, and we were totally fine with that! But when we opened the place up, we realized there was a lot of dead space on both sides of this room, so we decided to use it!!

I hope you guys love the progress as much as I do! I must say it took be a few days to write this post and having to come in and edit and continually see the new photos made me realize how amazing this whole situation truly has been.

What amazes me the most is something I realized about Shawn and I. Even though these plans are going to be beautiful, especially the second floor, they were never the original plan. We were completely content with the rooms being how they originally were, just with new drywall and cleaned up obviously. We were just so happy to be moving in to this house that we never thought of adding on to the bedrooms like we are now. When the house was completely torn apart and WE had to do the work, we didn’t curse at the wind. We actually did the opposite and just continued to pray for blessings on our new house and our future there.

It took a lot of seriously hard labor and time to gut the house, take out thousands of nails, all electrical, HVAC, and plumbing, and this is what I feel has had the most impact on us, especially right now. Shawn was talking to me from another room this weekend about how he remembers us working all day and night like it was yesterday. I could literally hear the smile on his face. I know the peaks are so exciting but I must say the process of getting to THIS point has been the most amazing and the best growing experience I have had so far.

Hugs,

Christine

first floor plans

Second time around I want to be more intentional about my posts. In the past I would just share a quick update, snap some photos. But now I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and think about how exactly I want to share our renovation. I definitely want to go in depth a little more, share our thought process, future plans, etc, etc, etc. :) 

A lot has changed since the first attempt at renovating our home. So I’m going to share our plans and talk through changes throughout the blog. I will try my best to make these short and sweet!

Details in the living room—nothing too crazy but we’re filling in these small windows! Tell me that we were doing that a year ago and I would have called you crazy! I am obsessed with natural light but the size of these windows and their placement really bother Shawn and I. I don’t know why, they just do! So we’re filling them in.

The office has some big-ish changes that I’m actually super excited about! We originally wanted all glass sliding barn doors that met at the corner of the room, like this.

That was one of my favorite details that we wanted to invest in on our house. But turns out, there was no possible way we could do them, our old builder was just saying we could do it, even though he knew we couldn’t.. LOL. It’s one of those really funny, yet not funny at all situations.

Anywho, instead we will have a tempered glass wall and a glass door that leads into the office,  still unique and I’m super excited about it!

The last major update for the first floor (and the rest of the house) is that we will be changing our windows from Andersen 100 Series to Pella Impervia. This might sound a little odd because we have 4 Andersen windows and a slider but we know changing to the Pella windows will be actually less of a hassle than it would be to get all of the Andersen ones. Here’s why—

From the get-go Shawn and I really really wanted the Pella Impervia series in all black. Our old builder told us he doesn’t have a Pella contact and that he doesn’t like Pella which is essentially why he didn’t want to order them. Then randomly one day he told us he ordered the all black Andersen windows (all black was a separate war we had to battle with him). He never let us pick out grids, never went over the sizes, nothing. So when they came in they installed 4 of them (there’s like 20+ windows in our house lol), then they broke one and left the slider in the box.. The window installation was SO BAD on the windows they installed. The size of the windows are huge and the Andersen windows ended up being so wobbly.

We backtracked and found out where the old builder ordered the windows from and it turns out there were a few windows missing in the order and we knew that at least one window was ordered incorrectly. Since there was no guarantee that this order was correct, we didn’t want to take any chances, especially because majority of the things the old builder did was wrong. So we decided to change to our preferred window instead. We’re going to try to sell the slider on craigslist since its new in box. :)

So now we will have the windows we always wanted!!!

Anywho, super excited to share more with you guys! I hope you enjoy this update!

Hugs,

Christine

design inspiration

@leanneford

We have been working on the design for the new house for over a year now.. hard to believe, right? With more time, comes more ideas.. more planning.. more changing our minds.. and I am honestly so grateful for that! Shawn and I have our own personal ‘style’ that is definitely evolving. For a minute we were loving mid-century but it honestly just doesn’t seem right for the new house. We are basically living on a farm, so we gotta start acting like it! Just kidding. We’re not going farmhouse.. But we are going on more of a vintage-ish farmhouse-ish inspired route! I am soooo excited to share!

ready for some inspiration?

One piece of furniture that Shawn and I both absolutely love and want in the new house is a chesterfield style sofa. We plan to put one in our great room for sure.

@leanneford

Mixed with some natural elements, an area rug, and a vintage inspired media console. Very specific.. yes. I have been working on floor-plans until 2am many nights, ha!

@davidtsay

Another one of the many exciting things for us in this new house is the simple fact that we will have a dining room! We have never had one before. In fact, we only have one ‘table top’ in our current house, our desk! We landed on our dining room table, the Francis table from Arhaus. It’s gorgeous, feels super vintage, and will definitely be a family heirloom so it’s worth the investment to us. My parents have given Shawn and I many Arhaus pieces that lasted over a decade for them and over 5 years for us! I love the idea of passing furniture down, especially since it’s made to last! I am also loving the idea of mixing dining chairs.

@studiomcgee

I’m so excited to hunt for unique finds at flea markets, Craigslist and Etsy to use as wall decor. I’m really interested in finding a couple of vintage chests/cabinets too. This is going to be a long process of decorating but I know it’s going to be so worth it!

@leanneford

So what do you guys think?! Are you as excited as I am?!? I can’t wait to start sharing more and more inspiration/renovation progress.

xx, Christine

forever home update

I’ve been waiting for the right time to share this new ‘first’ post about our forever home. It’s been a long time coming but I finally have some courage to write about it! Thanks for being patient for me. :)

First, I will say I really do believe that everything will work out even better than what we originally imagined. I know that whatever God has in store for our house is way bigger than what the old builder could ever accomplish. I mean, even after Shawn and I gutted the house ourselves, we saw so many more opportunities to make improvements based off our original plans.. so.… I think we’re off to a good start!

To be honest, I felt so upset when this whole thing fell apart.. for so many reasons! I felt so naive for sharing such horrible updates with you guys for an entire year. Majority of the things that the builder did was wrong and I literally had no idea. All electrical, HVAC, plumbing was completely wrong. Shawn and I ended up removing it all ourselves. The addition wasn’t attached to the house so we had to bring in an architect to help us figure out how we will tie it back to the main house. The basement was flooding constantly. By the time we fired the guy.. I had already stopped sharing updates for a few months because the house was a complete disaster. As more time passed and work wasn’t being finished we realized we were in the middle of a huge scam. We would follow up with the builder daily for months and there would be excuse after excuse as to why work wasn’t being done.

I was so sad to see the house so disrespected by these people after how much was invested in it. The inside and outside of the house was completely trashed… no joke. Luckily we were able to clean up majority of his mess ourselves, but the old builder definitely left his mark by priming the entire front of our house before his time on our project was up. So we have a humbling view whenever we visit the property. I can’t wait to paint the house next spring haha!

More importantly, this house isn’t just for Shawn and I, it’s for our entire family to enjoy! My dad owns the property that the house is on, it’s literally within walking distance of his house. My littlest sister said last year that the best Christmas gift she got was that Shawn and I were going to move closer…She was 7 years old at the time. By the time we move in she will probably be 9. So imagine how bummed it made me feel when she would ask when I was going to move closer so I can hangout more and I could never give her a real answer. Now we can at least tell her that we’re working on it and it’ll be done sooner than before. :)

All in all, I try so hard not to dwell on this experience since it’s really easy for me to go off on a tangent. And I don’t want to take away from how much of a BLESSING this house is. We just want to get our house finished so we can move. This place is a better home for our animals, for our future kids our current family. 

With all of this being said, I strongly encourage you to do thorough research on not only the company you’re working with, but the person you are trusting your home with. We learned our lesson the hard way but this time around I have spent so much time researching the people we’re working with by name, not just by company!

I am not proud of our circumstances by any means, but I hope you can learn from our mistakes! Once we are back up and running, I plan to do a post about the DO’s and DON’T’s from our experience. We’re not experts.. and I think that’s a good thing because most of us don’t have a background in renovation. So I really hope I can help educate you guys from this super unfortunate experience!


Thank you all for sticking around, and thank you for your kind words and prayers. It truly means a lot to me. 

Major updates coming soon!


Hugs, Christine