Saturday, October 27, 2012

Demolition

The fun of owning a house is the customization, don't you think? Our new house was built by a builder for some generic people, most likely, and the previous owners don't seem to have done much to make it better. Once the excitement of the closing occurred, we had time to really look at the house, and decide it had to change. There were so many features we loved about our last house, and the little things that made it so wonderful are absent here.The first order of business was to remove the existing kitchen, with its stains and cracks and inconvenient layout, and take up the tiled floor and the carpeting so we could lay down oak flooring and re-finish the existing, weathered and scratched flooring. Peter has done all the work so far singlehandedly. It is a grueling schedule, and it is a good thing he knows so much about construction and demolition, and that he has been getting in top shape in preparation for this.He's done a great job so far!
Here is how the place looks now:


The fridge is temporarily there but will be moved down to the basement next week. Oak flooring will make everything so much cleaner, and a nice coat of paint will brighten it up considerably. Because lead time for kitchen cabinets is about 6 weeks, we have time to get the flooring down and make everything ready, and move some of our belongings into the rest of the house. The place looks a lot bigger without the huge unit in the family room, and that awkwardly angled island in the kitchen. I am so glad we have another place to stay in the meantime!

Friday, October 19, 2012

New House!

 After waiting 2 months for the lawyers and bankers to hash it out, we finally closed on our new house. It is in a fabulous location 25 minutes from my husband's job, and near a huge mall with everything anyone could ever want. Plus several local yarn stores nearby! It is in a part of town near a forest and there are great walking trails, but there is a Starbucks 2 miles down the road.
 The original kitchen was laid out in a most unusable way, at least for the way I like to work, with the stovetop jutting out at an angle right where the counter should be left clear. Peter is spending this week demolishing this so we can re-do it entirely.
The powder room is also going to be changed. In fact, we will put hardwood floors down and re-paint the place also.

The livingroom and diningroom will become my studio. I haven't quite figured out how I will arrange it, but there is a great deal of space there!

We will remove the wall unit in the family room and use that as our living room.It is right off the eat-in kitchen, so will be a great space for parties.There is also a deck with a grill right off the family room!
 The basement is huge and has a bathroom and a kitchen, so it will be excellent for Peter's lab and a guest room. I hope to host many visitors eventually!
 The master bedroom is also huge, but strangely has only one closet ( with a window!). I might use that for yarn storage and add another closet for clothes. And we will put down oak flooring up here.
Here is another shot of the basement which will be re-carpeted and host Peter's stuff. There is a cedar closet and a huge boiler room for additional storage.
We are very excited about customizing this house, and finally getting our belongings out of storage!
And, probably we will keep the blue theme going...( you noticed that, right?).