Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bad Blogger, Bad!

I know I haven't posted any updates of the house in a while but we've been so busy just trying to get the carriage house room up and ready for us to live in that there just hasn't been any time.  As it was, we were living with our neighbor for two weeks since we had to be out of our old house and the carriage house room took a wee bit longer to finish up than we were anticipating.  You know how things always take twice as long as you think they are going to?  Well for us it's ten times longer.  Go figure.  The delays started with the plasterer.  It took him 4 days instead of the 2 we thought it would take.  Apparantly it was quite humid and it wasn't drying as fast.  Then my husband and a friend put the tile in the bathroom.  Let's just say they were a little out of practice and it took a few days.  My husband also sanded the floor...kind of.  He really needed a belt sander but made due with what he had.  Needless to say it didn't turn out too good, but it's clean and sealed.  When we finish the house and I'm looking for something else to do (and I have some extra cash) I'm going to revisit this room and really fix it up.  For now we just need a clean place to stay.  We ended up putting down some really cheap carpet tiles that I found online.  Not completely stylish, but it looks a hell of a lot better than it did.  After two weeks at our neighbor's house I was ready to pull my hair out.  They're amazing people, but you never feel comfortable at someone else's house, you know?   So the carriage house is livable now.  We've got our Ikea daybed that folds out into a king bed, two nightstands that I bought at a consignment store that will eventually be painted and go in my daughter's room, an antique that my husband made into a tv cabinet (yes we have tv/cable/internet...heaven!), a mini fridge, a baker's rack that serves as our kitchen/pantry with a microwave, and a fold out table where we eat our meals.  The room is tiny, but I'm getting used to it.  We're still tweaking the bathroom a bit but once it's done I'll show some before and afters.  Keep in mind, this is not high style we're talking about, but when you see the before's you'll be amazed.  I know I was.

Anyway, now for house updates.  Here's some pictures of where we are now in the new kitchen.

Where the plywood remains is where the windows will eventually be.  

This is the left wall looking into the kitchen.  They haven't finished with the drywall yet so they haven't cut out the window openings.

Looking from the kitchen into the new family room chock full of our belongings.

Hallway leading away from the kitchen and family room.  First door on the right will be a full bathroom.  Second door is the butler's pantry.

New entry from dining room into kitchen.

So there has been some progress.  The electrical, plumbing, and insulation are done in the kitchen.  Drywall is almost done and then the kitchen, family room, hallway and butler's pantry get new wood floors.  Supposedly  the new floors are going in at the end of this month.  Supposedly.  I think the cabinets go up after that.  The cabinets and appliances have been sitting in the house for ages so it will be nice to have a little walking room:) 


  1. yay for being in your own space! I'm curious as to how that bathroom in the carriage house turned out--did you give it an exorcism? ;-)

  2. Lisa,
    I'm going to do my best to finish the bathroom and clean it this weekend so it's ready for its closeup. I'm working on a painting to put in the bathroom but not sure if it will be done in time (or if it's going to look good). And yes, we had a priest bless it...kidding;)