My old boss’ New Years Resolution (in 2004) was to stop answering ‘GOOD, just so busy’ when asked how she was doing. All I can say right now is that thank God the two things that are making me feel so ‘busy’, are also the two things that make me feel ‘good’. I’m talking about family and designing. I wake up with a new tile pattern I hadn’t considered the night before, and can barely focus on Arie (from the bachelor of course) while pinning. I’m consumed trying to get both of these houses done by June, AND HAVING THEM LOOK GOOD BECAUSE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WILL SEE THEM, LOVE THEM, JUDGE THEM, HATE THEM AND POSSIBLY SHARE THEM…
Plus we are creating content around them which surely slows down the process.
To be clear I am not looking for any sympathy designing a house for our family and creating content with my husband is FUN. And help is on the way, don’t worry. 🙂 It just goes to show you that you can’t ever predict the number of decisions you have to make during a renovation. Ever.
We are fully demoed at the mountain house and very few major decisions have been made regarding fixtures. All the floorplans are done, yay! I’m working SO HARD on the bathrooms and kitchen plans without trying to rush the design process and settle for things without fully shopping for the perfect resources.
More to come later, but I wanted to show you the almost final floor plan and some fun demo photos.
Things have changed a bit from the first iteration of the plans and while these aren’t FINAL FINAL, the updated plans are pretty darn close.
For all your floorplan junkies (a surprisingly lot of you) here is where we started:
This is where we are now:
Essentially it’s a gut job and every finish is being replaced (except the stone on the fireplace). So I don’t need to go into detail to say ‘new faucet’. Read all the details of what is happening above, but the major changes are these:
- I took your advice and gave “Bedroom 1” its own full bath to create a suite, with enough room for a powder room.
- We now have access to the garage because it’s too small for a car anyway (but fits Brian’s bright red 80’s golf cart with a ‘Ferrari’ bumper sticker so nicely). So we’ll likely use the garage for storage of everything seasonal. Going out and around was pretty annoying in the cold, so now we have interior access.
- We are reorienting the stairs so that we can create more of an entry/mudroom as the back of the living room was kinda wasted space. We will likely put different flooring up until that point, with some storage…we are still working this out.
- We are creating a counter height bar between living and kitchen (with tricked out drawer and wine fridges beneath it!!) to open up the rooms, but allow for more function and a sense of ‘a bar’.
- “Bedroom 1” will have french doors leading out to a little deck that then leads to the backyard. We are trying to make every room desirable and doing so by maximizing light and flow.
Things I’m still thinking about – that floating wall in front of the HVAC. Now it could be treated in something pretty – maybe it’s clad or something. Our architect wanted to cover the door to the HVAC and lead your eye into the kitchen instead, but I still don’t totally get how to design it with that wall. It needs to look really intentional or functional… We are looking into moving the HVAC altogether without spending 1 million dollars. Then we could put a coat closet there…
The second floor has a decent amount of changes as well. Below are the as-builts with our original plans, but a lot has changed since our first thoughts and the actual architect’s drawings.
It’s so exciting. This house used to have: 3 bedrooms, 4 ‘hang out spaces’, 4 bathrooms (kinda) and now it has 4 bedrooms (3 of them suites), 3 hang out spaces, with 3 full baths, and 2 half baths.
Major changes upstairs:
- We are giving “Bedroom 2” its own powder room/closet (which was just a HUGE closet) and stealing from that closet to make still a great big full bath for the kids.
- “Bedroom 2” will also have a french door out to a little deck (and a ton more light – more on that later).
- The bunk room will actually have a staircase up to the play attic, which will be SO MUCH FUN FOR THOSE KIDS. So they’ll have their own little retreat.
- We stole from the bunk room to give some additional square footage to the master bath, so it’s a big pretty suite with so much light.
- The upstairs family room is now a big old master suite, and we just found out this morning that it can have a vaulted ceiling – YAY!
Generally, you can see we are also adding windows and access to the outdoors wherever possible.
We’ll get into every single specific thing later, on individual posts but for now, please enjoy some before and ‘demo’ photos.
The living room…
HA REMEMBER WHEN BRIAN AGREED WE COULD SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS BY JUST PAINTING THE CEILING WHITE?? More to come on that. 🙂
Demo is on …
Into the kitchen…
It’s all gone, folks. So exciting…
We have to put in a support beam to remove that wall. But no problems there. 🙂
The dining room didn’t need much demo, but while we are at it…
The family room is transitioning nicely.
Thanks to all of you who suggested we get rid of the staircase to make the family room and our master bedroom (upstairs) bigger. Both those rooms will be WILDLY more functional and pretty now.
We are likely putting in a fireplace along the new non-stairs wall because a big ol’ wall of glass doors will be going in where those windows are (below).
Well, buh-bye bathroom. Don’t worry – everything that could be salvaged was donated to the Boys and Girls Club as my contractor is on the board. THANK GOODNESS. I was feeling guilty, but all those vanities and faucets will have a new home soon.
Our master bedroom, that used to be another hangout area, is getting a jackhammer to that burgundy wall.
The old ‘master’ is being turned into the bunk room (sans fireplace).
It’s a lot. And this is just one house. I’m going to write a whole post about how to get your project done on time (or as fast as possible) but the biggest tip? Plan, be decisive, order everything with ample lead time and check in. every. single. day.
Oh, just that.
So hanging out in a jacuzzi shooting a video with my husband doesn’t fall on my to-do list, AND YET IT DOES.
Happy Friday, y’all. If I’m not ready for the master bath ‘I Design, You Decide’ post by next week I’m going to take one of my 95 tile options and bury them in my eyes. This ‘designing each room twice, but where we both love them equally’ thing is so hard I can’t even tell you. But I think it’s making me a way better designer and it’s also SO FUN. I’m being way more thoughtful and considerate than usual, which I think is good for all of us. I just need to do it FASTER.
See you Monday (unless you are coming to the ‘Let’s Rummage For Good’, sale tomorrow – get details here).
Update: Check out all of The Mountain House REVEALS here: The Kids’ Bedroom | The Kitchen | The Kitchen Organization | The Kitchen Appliances | The Powder Bath | The Living Room | The Downstairs Guest Suite | The Loft | The Hall Bath | The Upstairs Guest Bath | The Dining Room | The Family Room