As crazy as this sounds, I was originally drawn to our house from the curb while house hunting in the neighborhood . Even though the house was REALLY ugly, the lot that it's on is pretty amazing. Our house sits on half an acre and the bulk of it is in the front yard. The large front yard combined with several… Continue reading Curb Appealed. The long journey of de-uglifying the outside of our house.
The ugly addition that once served as 400 square feet of wasted space has finally been thrown away. Literally. Trent and a beast of a man named Santiago, completed the demo job late Saturday afternoon. If you are curious why we would throw away 30% of livable house, here are a few reasons 1: The… Continue reading Downsizing complete!
I would like to say that my lack of posting is because we are SOOO busy nonstop renovating this place. The truth is that we have kind of been taking it easy and enjoying our house. This has been much needed after the past couple of months we have had. Don't get me wrong, we've… Continue reading Days 52-60: Demo, kitchen and this and that!
Though we have been living in our not-so-ugly house for almost a month, we hadn't really done much unpacking. We've been able to get away with it since all the boxes have been in our "storage" (an addition that we are going to demo) and not cluttering our house. Most of what hadn't been unpacked… Continue reading Days 47-51: Kitchen, paint and unpacking.
I am aware Kitchening isn't a word, but it sounds like the perfect verb to describe what's been going on around here. Trent has been steady tearing through cardboard boxes with strange names on them, and creating masterpieces out of their contents! I think he may have a side job with Ikea that he forgot… Continue reading Days 40-46: Kitchening and paint projects.
So we were out of town some of these days, but since we've been back lots has been accomplished. During our drive home from Dallas on Sunday, we discussed taking turns push mowing our huge front yard since we don't own a riding lawn mower yet. We had not done anything with the grass since… Continue reading Days 35-39: Kitchen progress!
Last week started on a rough note, hence the lack of updates. We were overworked and sleep deprived which made for two grumpy, inefficient renovators. One night I vacuumed up all of the sanding dust throughout the house with our trusty Oreck vacuum. After I had nearly completed my vacuuming, I saw clouds of dust… Continue reading Days 27-31: Construction zone gone house.
Last night Trent and I had a very late night at the house. We started the evening by renting a floor sander from Home Depot. For a few hours Trent sanded, and sanded, and re-sanded the living room, dining room and kitchen. I followed behind him and swept up the mess. He offered to let… Continue reading Day 26: Floor prep in common areas.
Oil based paint fumes are thick in the air of Ugly House, which means trim has been painted, which means walls have been painted, which means I am HAPPY! They FINALLY completed all painting in the house with the exception of the baseboards in the common areas, the crown molding in the dining room and… Continue reading Days 20-22: Paint is done! Well, almost…
We concluded our move Sunday evening and said our final fair wells to Pretty House. Though I will miss that house, seeing it empty was a beautiful sight. It's safe to say that we were a little optimistic about how long moving takes. In our defense, it has been over 4 years since we have… Continue reading Days 18 & 19: Move is done and we are homeless.