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Making New Rooms Upstairs

Making New Rooms Upstairs

More renovation progress to share!!   Here’s what the inside of the former doorway to the hallway looks like plastic-ed over. And as you can see from the pic below, we have new support beams for the new walls. Now HERE is where it gets super exciting: Above is a photograph taken from the master bathroom-to-be...
Renovation Progress

Renovation Progress

Thought I’d share some updates to the renovation! We had to put in all new floor beams to support the floor.  The old ones just weren’t 100%, and why put all this money into a house if it doesn’t have a solid floor? Another big step was cutting a hole in the wall where the...
Inspiration for the Master Bathroom

Inspiration for the Master Bathroom

Hi folks!  Before I share how things have been progressing with our major upstairs renovation, I thought I’d show you my “dream” of how I want it to end up looking.  I’m lucky to have a husband who supports my insane Houzz/ Pinterest/ magazine flipping for inspiration and here are some of the “winners” we...
Bye Bye Upstairs

Bye Bye Upstairs

  Good morning, and Happy Mother’s Day everyone!!!  Taking advantage of Daddy and Evie playing outside with the chicks to upload a few pictures of the progress in our big upstairs renovation.  These pictures are a bit old now (I can’t wait to share how much has been done!) but I just never seem to...
Walk-In Closet Accompli!

Walk-In Closet Accompli!

This is Part 2 of the Walk-In Closet story.  So as I mentioned in my last post, first David and I painted the 4 walls and ceiling a calming blue, which I love.   Then we hung a great mirror on sale (only $29!) from Kirkland.   Next our contractor built some great shelves for us....
Walk-In Closet

Walk-In Closet

Okay, time to share some cool updates on the renovation project! The first step of the project is demo-ing an old random fireplace that apparently exists behind the wall in the hallway to make room for a new, big walk-in closet for our bedroom.  This fireplace was covered over in drywall and its chimney stopped...

And So It Begins…

Well, it looks like our 5-year-down-the-road-plans were meant to be 5-month-down-the-road-plans.  Glad we got the architect to draw them up last fall because since then, we’ve had no less than 3 burst pipes in the bathroom upstairs that have leaked into the kitchen.  We keep replacing the old, disintegrating copper pipes with PEX parts but...
Chickadees!!!

Chickadees!!!

So on Friday, David and I had a wonderful, awful idea (to paraphrase from the Grinch?  Anyone?)… we took Evie to Southern States, which is having a special where you get 6 chicks for free if you buy a bag of chicken feed. Evie LOVED looking at all the baby chicks and lost her calm for...
Designing The Upstairs

Designing The Upstairs

Big changes will be happening in our neck of the woods!! Last fall we hired one of Charlottesville’s most renowned architects, Russell Skinner (from Abbott Skinner), to come take a look at our upstairs and help us come up with a long-term plan. The issues with the status quo upstairs were many.  We hadn’t touched the...
Complete Little Brick Outbuilding

Complete Little Brick Outbuilding

EXCITING UPDATE! The floor in the little brick outbuilding is done and we’ve moved everything into David’s new office! I don’t know who’s more excited… David, for having a place he can work from home, or me, for having a place to put David’s crocodile head and Claymore sword.  (After we got married, we had...
Tile Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

Tile Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

So when we left off, we had the heated subfloor installed in David’s office/ little brick outbuilding.  (Post here.) Since then, the tile has been laid!!! Check it out! I decided to do a tile from Home Depot reminiscent of bricks but a whole lot thinner (and cheaper, added bonus!) than bricks.  The main goal...
Lessons from Havana

Lessons from Havana

David and I just returned from an incredible week in Havana, Cuba, where we got to experience so many new things we didn’t even know were possible.  Throughout the trip I found myself marveling at the many oxymorons that constitute Cuba… it is a surreal place and probably impossible to fully understand.  And while I...
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