Tag Archive | remodelling

Making Progress: One Room (Mostly) Done!

We started our big house remodel last spring. I knew I was idealistic in my expectations of finishing this summer, but I hadn’t fully appreciated how much work it is to remodel yourself, especially while pregnant and with a toddler hanging around. And so, as I think it is with most remodelling projects, we’re not done yet. Not too long ago, Hans asked me what we’ll work on next summer…  and I responded with a resounding, “finish this summer’s projects!”

Dance a little... we finished a house project!

I know the photo’s blurry, but we had fun dancing around once the room was clean. It feels good to have a room done!

It has been fun to see the changes in the house. The electrical work is done upstairs. We have three bedrooms – and Hans and I moved into our new (mostly finished) room a few weeks ago. Caleb now gets to sleep in what is to be his room – granted it still needs to be mudded, primed, and painted. But it was fantastic to get our first room cleaned and moved into. We’re still finding places for everything, but it’s nice having our stuff all in the same room. (Before it was in semi-storage as we moved stuff around to work.)

It's done!

Our friend, Chris, and his son, Christopher, helped us with a lot of the work this summer. My dad came for a few days and helped us mud the walls when Hans was really busy with work, and when Hans’ parents were visiting last month, they helped me prime. And another friend helped us paint. This has definitely been a group venture!

The reason the room isn’t completely done is two-fold. Trim still needs to go up (but that’s pretty trivial after all the changes we’ve made) and we plan to have new built-in drawers made to replace the current ones, giving us more storage (and more attractive storage) than what is already there. Caleb’s room will have the same built-ins installed as well, so there’s a “hole” in the drywall in his room, revealing the old, ugly wallpaper where it will go. Hopefully that will be done next summer. Anyone with drawer-making skills want to come show us how to build them? 🙂

It has been wonderful to have three bedrooms, even though they’re not finished yet. We’ve already had a few people take advantage of our third bedroom, and when the baby comes, it will be nice to have the flexibility that another room gives. But maybe next time we remodel, we’ll take it in smaller stages…

New Bedroom!

Like our headboard? Until Caleb’s room is done, we get to store his mattress in our room…

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Our House’s Identity Crisis

Several people have asked me lately what the summer holds for us. For work, we’ve been spending time with students – taking advantage of the slower pace of summer life for most international students and working on behind-the-scenes ministry stuff (like preparing for next year and raising more support). Family-wise, we’ve been taking time for picnics and other summer fun, but one of the main things we’ve been doing involves power tools.

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The house we bought was built with three bedrooms. Sometime between its construction and when the previous owner took residence, two of the bedrooms were combined into one. (Based on the wallpaper, carpet, and curtains in the room I’m guessing it was sometime in the 60’s or 70’s.) Since none of the aforementioned attributes of the room were desirable in this decade, I was anxious to remove them, plus we wanted a third bedroom. So our house has undergone another identity crisis and is becoming a three bedroom house once again. Read More…