It’s hard to believe we have had the house for nearly three months. J and I were talking yesterday and about a month into the project, each of us unknown to the other, was wishing we hadn’t taken it on. Here’s the thing about these major remodels…DEMO SUCKS. It feels like you are going backwards. And things like plumbing, electricity and septic tanks? They make watching paint dry seem like a trip to the Super Bowl to watch Peyton Manning play. And when your husband is the GC, all he wants to talk about during the demo phase is where electrical outlets should go, lighting should hang, what kind of plumbing fixtures we need, which end of the bathtub will the faucets go. All. Day. Long. And night too. GOD HELP ME. A month ago I wanted to light the effer on fire and run.
But now, the demo is over. And we are starting the process of making into a home. Slowly. But it is happening. I am picking out appliances, beautiful doors and windows, carpets, tile and flooring. The color is slowly starting to bleed into our black and white pallet. And? I am glad we have this project. I no longer get hives when I go there. Instead I ache to be moving in. Our move in date is April 1st. It won’t be done, of course, but it will be done enough. It is hurting my soul to pay rent and a mortgage. And my shoe collection.
Below is a peak at where we started, where we are and where we are heading.
This is the main room. It was mid-century which we at first thought we would maintain, but ultimately decided that isn’t our style. We are instead going with an industrial theme. The three main openings you see in the last photo will be all glass, with black trim, garage doors. The view is our focus in this house and we want it to be wide open. It is southern California after all. The weather is fine and the bugs are few.
The master bathroom was something special when we bought this place. Clearly we took out the bizarre roman tub. Now if only I could erase the images of what went on in that thing from my head. We are installing a steam shower in the left corner and a claw foot tub in the right. I am putting a television on the wall on the left. Oh yes I am. I plan on locking myself in my bathroom with a glass of wine and Downton Abbey. Often.
We designed the kitchen, as we did in our last house, with a large island where we spend a great deal of time enjoying family meals, doing homework, etc. It is the hub of our house. The area looks directly out into the living room where a LARGE flat screen television will hang. We are a sports family. We don’t watch regular television during family dinners, but sports in our home provide a constant backdrop.
If you walk past the kitchen and down the hall past the three boys’ bedrooms you will eventually end up at the old garage and carport area of the house. The garage is now my office and a giant laundry room. We knocked out a door in that wall to connect the carport to the house and it leads to the kids space.
The old carport is now the kids TV/game room. This room will have one giant glass/black trimmed garage door so that it can open up completely to our outdoor basketball goal and ping pong table.
When I look at the photo above I start to panic. There is still so much to be done. But I try and stay focused on the things below. Beautiful lights hanging from that tree, the piles upon piles of calming green that surround this property and the amazing view that begs you to just sit down and breathe.
Last week this giant pile of reclaimed barn wood arrived from Elmwood Reclaimed Timber. Someday very soon it will be under my feet.
Next week I will be sharing all of the windows, doors and appliances we have chosen for the Holly House including the brands and pricing. Now THAT is the fun part.