Monday, May 30, 2011

A Mini Tour

I have not had much free time to write lately because trying to put the house together while working full time keeps me pretty busy. We still have a lot of boxes around and no idea where to put the contents.  My daughter, when visiting recently, asked how it was possible to move from an apartment into a house and actually have less room. Not sure, but apparently we did it!   Actually it's because we had a lot of storage at our former dwelling place - a full attic, two story garage and two story barn out back.   Here at the new place we have no out-buildings at all, an attic with no floor (just insulation above the ceiling) and there were only two closets in the whole house, one downstairs and one upstairs. So, the first thing Mac did was build a closet in the master and one in my son's room.

As I write this, he is outside constructing a small shed to keep the recycling bins and the lawnmower in to keep them out of the rain. It hasn't solved the whole problem but we've made a start.  Here is what the upstairs looks like right now.  Scroll down a few posts to see the pictures from a couple of months ago for comparison.

Here is what the hallway Mac built looks like now. He still has to put the window trim and the radiator cover on.

Here's the new half bath.

This is the little bedroom where my daughter will stay when she visits. We were calling it the office until we realized there won't be room for a desk if we keep the bed in it, and of course we want her to have someplace to sleep when she comes to stay over. And there is a small stand of shelving and a T.V. as well.
We had to take space from the two smaller bedrooms to carve out the half bath and the hallway.

This is the master bedroom.  The skylight has not gone in yet - that has to wait until Mac does the roof.  But it will be right over the bed.  Here too we still have to do all the window trim.

Although most of the work we have done has been upstairs, as you can see it is still a work in progress. 
The downstairs is another matter entirely.  We really have not done anything to it.  Because the frame of the house needed such extensive repairs, we didn't have nearly enough money to do what we needed to.  There is still much that needs to be done and because of time and financial constraints, it will take years.  But at least it is livable.
Here are some shots of the kitchen.

...And our little deck out back.
Mac is planning to demo it, maybe next year and build a patio instead.   It was not done correctly in the first place and because of that, it's causing problems with the sill of the house, but for now it's nice to have a place to sit out there.

 I would show you the parlor and living room, but they are not too photogenic right now.  We have most of our furniture crammed into the parlor, because Mac has all his tools and table saws and building supplies in the living room.   He needs a space to work that's out of the weather and as previously mentioned, we have no garage or barn yet.   He intends to build one as soon as our budget allows, which may be a long time away.  We also have an in-ground pool, but it has not been operational for many years and is over grown with grapevine and bittersweet.  There are cattails and reeds growing in the bottom of it and it is currently serving as a frog nursery.  Mac says he hopes to get it back in shape and running by 2014.  I'll post some photos of it soon for the curious.

All things considered, I feel very blessed.  I now have everything I ever wanted in life.  How many people get that?


  1. "I now have everything I ever wanted in life. How many people get that?" (Not many!)

    Show me someone without meaningful challenges, and I'll show you someone who is bored. You won't be bored, not for a few years. Awesome! (And congrats again!)

  2. It is so good to see your dreams turning into reality. It's all a very long way from Deedee, Cut Adrift. I wish you both a long and happy time in your new home.

    The colours upstairs are very restful and I love the fact that your deck has such an open aspect too.

  3. Deedee, you are busy making a lovely home for your family! I love the color in the bath. Yum!
    You guys are such hard workers, I know this is hard work and I know it has to be tough when you work full time. You go girl!
    I wanted to thank you how much I loved your comment. Wouldn't the world be ideal when all are accepted and loved?
    Love to yu,

  4. I'm glad to see that things are coming along nicely, albeit slowly.
    Yes, living in an apartment,I have to remind myself of why people in homes can have such clutter free living/dining rooms!. Mostly everything I own is just always on display!

  5. Love the look of your blog..and such a homey home! To me the deck looks just fine..and a pool, oh my!
    And you're right about Rigby! Love and luck to you...

  6. Congrats! Love the colours you picked - I used to have my bathroom painted that green and it made me happy every morning when I woke up!

    I can relate to having little storage. It's funny how we always manage to make it work though.