Hi everyone! I thought I would give you an update on the house renovation project. A lot of you have expressed interest in being kept up to date with the renovation progress, so I will do my best to do just that. I think it is one of those morbidly fascinating things. “They have literally gutted their house. What if they can’t put it back together? What if they run into a deal breaker? Will someone get hurt? If so, will they not finish for a long time?” I can honestly say that the getting hurt issue is the only one I occasionally worry about. Prayers would be greatly appreciated that no one gets injured! 🙂
If you haven’t read our last renovation article, check it out first to see all of the progress from the start!
At the moment most people would probably say it is a hot mess! Not me though…I can see it all coming together aside from the dirt and debris. The renovation progress looks absolutely beautiful and the house has lots of potential to me. Never judge a book by its cover or a house by its appearance. Look for the hidden potential! That is one of the things I loved the most about this house when I saw it. All of the potential! For Austin, my husband, it was hidden potential. I had to help him find it. 🙂
Hello Open Concept!
This right here is where the dining room, tiny kitchen and basement staircase used to be. This whole room will be the new kitchen! The picture below shows before we knocked the wall out that goes into the family room and made it an open concept floor plan. If you are wondering what the hole in the floor is, that’s where we knocked out the basement stairway. Now we will have a really nice size kitchen that is open to the living area. I am beyond excited, if you can’t tell! 🙂
Now you can see, in the picture below, where it is all opened up. The closest room in the picture is going to be the kitchen. The room through the archway is going to be our family room/dining room. Since I spend so much time in the kitchen, I wanted to feel like I was still part of what is going on in the living area. The two rooms feel like they just flow into each other now. It is absolute perfection! The renovation progress has really made this look like a whole different house in just a small amount of time!
Austin has been learning a lot from my dad! Probably more than he ever wanted to know. 🙂 Austin has been awesome throughout this whole project. A total gut rehab was not what he really wanted to do, but knowing how important it was to me he compromised and went with it. This is only one of the many reasons I love him. He was definitely excited about the fact that this saves us tens of thousands of dollars in the long run!
Austin’s New Skills
Austin has gotten quite skilled with the saw and many other tools that, before this project, he had no idea even existed, let alone what they were used for.
We also have the bathroom gutted and ripped up that old tile flooring. The vanity, bathtub and toilet were all taken out to start with a fresh slate! It already looks better…in my opinion. 😉
The “Scary” Basement
Being that the house is over 100 years old we had to remove the old fuel oil tank and radiant heaters. We are installing natural gas heat and central air. As you can see below, the fuel oil tank is all gone. Currently, we are working on getting the sump pump system up and running. There are so many things to do in an older house. So much renovation progress everywhere you look! Some are pretty quick and easy, but most are time consuming and much harder. We knew this going in though. My dad has renovated tons of old houses and I knew exactly what we were in for. 🙂
That is all I have for you at the moment. Just a quick little update on where we are in the rehab process. We have gotten several requests for updates with pictures, so as we get things completed and are moving along, we will most definitely keep you all up to date.