Saturday, January 26, 2008

Life during a remodel

So this is where we began 8 months ago. We sold our house and are remodeling a fixer-upper. It is hard to imagine this will ever be a place we love to call home. Each week it has been moving along and is starting to become a pretty great house.

Above the garage we built a 700 sq foot apartment that we hope to someday rent out after we have finished and moved downstairs. We have been living in this apartment since June. We ended up putting a ladder on this wall for a great play loft for our kids. They really like it. It is a one bedroom apartment. Our kids are sleeping in a hallway and actually they enjoy it. For us parents, it has been fun to sit outside their door at night listening to them talk forever. These will be good memories for them.

Since we are living along a busy road and we now have a puppy, our fence had to go up in the middle of this project. (I know, this doesn't seem like a good time to get a puppy, but why not add to the chaos!) Curtis, the kids, My dad and I all worked on the fence for many hours. We now have a great little courtyard on one side of the house, that is going to be fun in the summer. My dad has done all of the electrical in both the apartment and downstairs, which has really blessed us. Even my brother got in the act when he visited over the holidays.

Today we got our spiral stair case delivered. We cut a hole in the upstairs floor of the bonus room, which is currently attached to the apartment. The stairs lead down to the main kitchen/family room of the house. The stairs aren't quite finished, but they are pretty cool already. Mark helped Curtis and Pete install them. Then they put in a lot of the trim downstairs. It is coming along.

Here is my children nailing down the dining room floor today. We will be putting wood down on it next week, so we are prepping it. All of our parents helped us paint this last weekend and lots of cleaning was done by Curtis' family this weekend.
We are so thankful for all of our friends and family that have been helping us. You guys have given us a ton of support through this challenging time.

I will send more pictures along the way, to keep you updated.


annette said...

love the spiral staircase, meleea! your house is going to be really cool... hang in there! and give your hubby some advil tonight, like i had to give mine ; )

Trish said...

You are so right about the memories that your kids will have. Some of my favorite memories are when my family (all 8 of us and a dog) lived in a 22ft motorhome, in the dead of winter, in Alaska. I didn't know it at the time, but we were basically homeless. But during that time we were together a lot, and I remember good times then! Also, how great to see Cody working right along side his grandpa!

Julie said...

your house is going to be so cool. I'll sell your super cool is the ad...(those of you who don't know me...I'm not a realtor...i just really like their apartment)...
"Cozy one bedroom apartment above single family home. Private access. Trendy, loft feel with separate loft above bedroom. Stainless steel appliances, everything brand new! Custom details make this apartment stand out. Perfect for newlyweds or a college student, this is the perfect place to call home."...Can you tell, I want to live there! ;) Meleea, we are praying for you guys in this final process. Wish we could have been there to help you. Ryan is good at fences. ;)