Hi Friends! Aside from my short blog last week about my Autumn Alfresco on a little blog hope, it’s been a long time since I’ve written. I can’t wait to share what’s been happening in this small house!
Our baby is almost two months into her sophomore year of college. Has it really been that long since I’ve written a proper post? Yikes! Time to get back to it.
After our youngest left the nest, it got Handy and I thinking about retirement. We are hoping it won’t be that far off, and we need a plan. Instead of what ever will we do with our time; we began thinking of what we DON’T want to do with our extra time. So the task at hand became, what do we need to do to make our house relatively stress free.
It all started with a huge priority, a new roof. Well that quickly became a new front porch, new doors and windows. This lead to extra insulation, new siding and new lighting. The project quickly became and fondly referred to as the “may as well” renovation.
This project was started in September of 2017 and we got pretty far along until the snow began to fly and as luck would have it, our siding wasn’t delivered until Christmas Eve. It’s now the beginning of October 2018. There is still scaffolding in the front of our house. The crew is finally back on the job and it’s conceivable that this project might be done by the end of the week. One whole year! Why is it that construction just never goes as planned?
This is about where we were when construction came to a halt. The wood did get one coat of paint but we were waiting on our custom color siding to be delivered and so the crew pulled off the job. We saved some money by buying our custom color siding from a big box store but it did cost us some time.
Trying to make the best of it, I still decorated my 1/2 done porch for Christmas.
We lived through another Chicago winter and come spring, we started counting the days until the crew would come back and start the siding. Handy got anxious and started to work on things himself and we lived with a semi-pink house for a very long time. Handy did the door trim himself. There are 61 individual wood pieces. He is very proud of that feature as well he should be.
Days turned into weeks and then months. On September 18th – They were finally back. It’s been a week and 1/2 and they have made great progress.
The inside of the house must have been feeling left out because during those cold snaps we started tackling indoor projects. We desperately needed a refresh of our bedroom. All of our projects start out small and then somehow turn into something on a larger scale. How does that always happen?
With our bedroom we decided to take out two windows that were next to the french doors, which lead out onto our balcony. This would give us a nice long stretch of wall and we would finally be able to have regular sized end tables. Yeah – No more juggling my books, flowers, water etc., next to my side of the bed. Anyone who has had drywall projects in the house knows what a mess it makes in every room and every cabinet. Boy that drywall dust can sure travel.
So what was supposed to be a simple fresh coat of paint became a window removal and drywall mess before it could be painted. Since we were moving our bed to another wall we also needed to run new electric and cable for our mounted TV placement. Yikes! Handy then decided that a new headboard and mattress where in order. I got busy picking out new end tables, lamps and bedding!
Eliminating the windows in our bedroom created more patching, drywalling and fresh paint not only on our balcony over looking the great room but the entire great room. It was a soft grey/green color and now it is blue that matches our kitchen. It has become a much more cohesive space and I absolutely love it.
We also switched out the old cedar spindles on our balcony for white traditional railing.
As if that wasn’t enough, Shiplap is something I’ve been wanting on my great room walls so of course Handy went to work and created the most beautiful shiplap walls for me. I don’t say it enough – I’m the luckiest girl in the world.
By the end of the week our major project should be finished and I can’t wait to share some finished project pictures!
Thanks so much for spending some time at “Living Large in a Small House”. If you have any questions about our project, please feel free to ask questions in comments.
Have an awesome day!