Thursday, September 21, 2017

::teenager drive in::

How is it even possible that Lily is 14!  WHAT!  14.  
It's not like I didn't see it coming but still...
This year for her party we decided to turn the party barn into a drive in movie.

I used my old luggage cart as a blanket rack.

Quinn helped with the popcorn machine.  

I loved the treat table.

We had hot chocolate with mini chips and sprinkles.
Whip cream got brought out latter.  

My lovely friend Emily and her family gave me this bowling pin vase. 
It made it too the party table because it'ss so cute.  

When it got dark we drove the trucks in and filled them with air mattresses and blankets.  

Max decided he would sneak in and join the party by sitting on the roof of a truck.

It ended up being five girls total. 
They had a really good time.  

::putting a new barn door - in an actual barn::

My 40th birthday party is coming up!  
I haven't had a real birthday party since junior high and I am kinda excited.  
It's actually a 40th birthday/graduation/house warming/dream job extravaganza.  But calling it my birthday party is a bit simpler. We are going to have it in our party barn space of our big barn.  
Unfortunately as we get moved in the "center room" has turned out to be a storage room for lumber salvaged from the house remodel.  
It's not horrible - like the good little hoarder I want to become.
Let's say - it's disorganized.  

Here it is.
Stop eyeballing my barn wood scraps.  
They are mine.  
(See- hoarder in the making)

Josh gets shit done.  
He walked out there and agreed with me so he modified a different barn door we had taken down from another space to go in the track that was already above the open doorway between the center room and the party barn.  

We took really old white washed boards that where on an old barn exterior door that got blown apart in the wind in a storm this year and reused them to make up the old door.  
I was in charge of nailing them up.  

Josh was in charge of remaining hot and cutting all boards to size.  

There it is open to the center room and partially closing off the chickens area.

And here is is closed and blocking off the center room.  

Saturday, September 2, 2017

::lily's bed build::

Here is the original layout of the house.  The first window on the bottom left will become the front door. Along the hallway on the right was three tiny bedrooms.  They had two different ceiling heights and an old chimney hiding behind some walls.  The three bedrooms got turned into two bedrooms with a laundry room.  The two windows on the right hand side became part of Lily's room.  

The door to the old hall got closed in and part of the room became a hall closet.  
The wall blocking off the part that would be Lily's bed got removed.  The two windows where one of the few things to be reused.  

Here is the finished plan.  

This was when they torn down the wall between Max's room and Lily's room.  
See the old chimney that had to come out?
And the football floor found it's self into the dumpster.  
The window you see is what will become Lily'e bed nook. 
The yellowish wall in the background in the wall that is now gone.  
You can see the awesome beam that we got to expose wrapped in drywall to the left of the window.  

 Lily may have the best room in the place.  We knew from the first that a built in bed was in the future, but we were not sure when we would be able to do it.  Her room has an L shape and this area of it was designed to exactly fit a queen bed.  

I dug through Amazon one day and found a very inexpensive mattress that had really good reviews.  I bought it and it came shrink wrapped in a box that was smaller than a dishwasher.  So far - I would highly recommend it.  It for sure beats the twin mattress she had on the floor. 

Josh started by building the frame into the wall. 
It's all anchored in to studs.
Quinn was very helpful in making sure it was all strong and up to his codes of safety and fun.  

Her nook for her cell phone is in the background.
Cross bracing for strength. 

Notice Q's feet are not even on the ground.  I think if it can hold these three it will do.  
Plywood decking being added. 

A piece of trim board covered the 2 by 4 construction.
Josh and Lily marveling at the handy work.

Here is the bed nook all done with her 100 pillows.
We intentially left room under it to add a trundle bed latter.  

When you lay in the bed you have a view of the original hand cut beam that's holding up the house.  A big window and an industrial crystal chandelier. 

One happy teenager.  

Still left:
Add a built in desk at other end of L shape
Display shelves above desk
Closet doors
Door for secret pass through between closets
Add trundle

Monday, August 28, 2017

::boys bath::

Here is the original floor plan of our house.  There where two middle bedrooms that had a wide hallway between them.  The smaller bedroom had to be passed through in order to get the bathroom.   This section of the house also had very low ceilings, like around 6 1/2 feet tall.  Parts of those drop ceilings were dropping themselves to the floor with damage.  

That wide center hallway got the ceilings raised and vaulted.  It got narrowed to make room for a hall bathroom.    

Green shows the walls that basically stayed in the same location, with green X's showing the parts that got removed.  (Again - I know marker and cell phone pics are not the most professional stuff, but this is for me to remember and the kids to look back on so bare with me.)

In the new floorplan you can see the layout of the hall bath and how they used the basic layout of the old walls to make up the new hallway.

Once the demo was done you could see some amazing old logs and hand cut beams in the walls and ceilings.  Here is some cosmetic damage from an old kitchen fire (in a spot that is different from where the kitchen we removed was).  

They had to cut access panels in the original sub floor and reworked the location of some plumbing and electrical to work around more old beams and logs.  There was no going through that stuff.  

The counters for the boys bath are wonderful.  I fell in love with them the second I saw them and I wish they were in my room instead. 

Here is the sample back with details.  

The beam was covered up on accident by the drywall folks.  We were just going to let it stay covered and love the other few we had exposed, but then we needed the space to fit everything in and it got re-exposed.  The bottom of it got cut out since it is just cosmetic at this point and the cabinet slid into that spot.  

I really wanted the single trough sink with two faucets but the cost was huge.  Lucky for me my builder/designer can up with this inexpensive option.  It has worked perfectly and I love the look.  

The beam shows cut outs at the top from old construction projects.  Poor thing, its had some abuse in its life.  

The cabinet is really solid and might actually hold up to my crazy boys destruction for awhile.  

I got the shelf for above the toilet from a flea market for $25, all made and ready to hang.  

We took some scrap wood and attached two hook for towels.  

Mirror - lucky the boys don't really care
Toilet paper holder
Organizers for under the sink

Friday, August 25, 2017

::master bedroom::

Here is the original floor plan for our house.  The right side is the side facing the road.  Notice no front door - just a window at the end of a hall.  Five front bedrooms carved up into too many pieces.  You had to walk through one of those bedrooms to get into the bathroom.  Next center region on the house was the kitchen snuggled between two bathrooms, a dining room, and living room with what I think was the "front door" (but on the side of the house).  Behind that was a converted garage with stairs to the basement and a large closet.  The other side in the back was a decent sized laundry room with half bath and a SHOWER in the hall way.  Yes - a shower in the hallway.  Not behind a door, just a curtain.  My crew likes to run around naked, but that might be where they draw the line.  

Here is the final floor plan that is what the house is now.  I'm going have a couple posts chronically what we did to what part of the house and why.  Let me clarify one big point - be had a build/design company do this project.  They worked with us closely, but they are the real brains in this outfit.  They took our dreams and told us yes or no.  The took my requirements (4 bed, three bath, living in the back with a killer view, mudroom, and huge pantry) and made it all fit in the frame of what was already there.  They took the five different ceiling heights and four (or five) different floor levels and made it all cohesive.  They are GENIUSES and I love them.  It is a family run company and over the course of this project they have become my friends, and occasional drinking buddies.  They understand budget, and balancing that with dreams.  

This is what the old master bedroom looked like.  It always had tall ceilings and nice sized windows.  It had to reach in closets on each side of a doorway that lead into a TINY bedroom that then lead into a seriously beat up bathroom.  The bathroom got taken out and turned into part of our living room.  The old TINY bedroom got turned into the master bathroom.  The old closets got rearranged into a large (large for me) walk in closet, a hallway, and a his reach in closet.  

The central hall way got turned into a full hall bath.  I've outlined the master suite area in red.  Exterior walls did not change location and the orange walls stayed in the same place.  (Forgive the hand drawn additions, but learning how to do this via computer is something I currently have zero interest in doing.)  

Phase one: for me this means basically getting everything in the right place and then making choices about design.  So here sits my plane old stuff, and from here I will figure out what to do to pimp it out.  

The view out the window.

This little stunner was a present that my Emma felt needed to go on ironic display.  I'm actually getting kinda used to him.  

Door into bathroom.  

Looking into master bath.  

I seriously can't believe this bathroom.  We shared one 3/4 bath between six people for ever.  This much space feel like luxury.  The use of space is perfect for us.  

The glass doors arrive but they where made incorrectly.  They should be installed soon.  

One sink because we are thrilled to only share a sink with each other.  

Big my fancy light fixture?  We ran out of money, but we will add one soon.  

My closet is a major work in progress but I'm thrilled just to have my own space.  

These all the wall towel hooks that have actually already gone up.  

Phase two:
Glass door
Curtains - right now I have a towel taped over the window
Light fixture over sink
Trade chandeliers with the laundry room

Phase three:
Not sure yet - I got big plans elsewhere but I like this bathroom not being over done.  We will see.  



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