Sunday, October 2, 2011

Putting it Back Together

Step by step we have been putting the Provision back together!
I debated on how much of the upstairs to share,
and decided to go all out and share it all
from where we started to where we are today!

For those joining me for the first time
First ~ Welcome
Second~ to catch you up to date
My husband and I bought this house
at the beginning of the year
and have spent the past 8+ months
gutting it and putting it all back together.

We were so excited this week to FINALLY
have the upstairs ready for carpet!

However to really appreciate the change
it helps to go back and see just where we started
and how far we have come!

Zac's Room
(my son)
This is what the room looked like
when we first saw the house.
This window faces the front of the house.
Turning around you could see the
window facing out of the back of the house!
In order to make it a real bedroom...
we added a wall to divide the bedroom from the hall.
While we took down most interior walls and
ceilings in the house,
we decided to leave the original walls and ceilings
in this room.... opting for a fresh paint job and trim
to bring the room up to par.
Like the bathroom fixtures?????
After window trim and base boards were installed,
I painted the room this warm gray/ purple color (Zac's choice).
And here is the room with carpet!
I've never been so happy to say goodbye
to the old asphalt tiles!

Madison's Room
(my daughter)

This is what the room looked like the first time
we walked thru the house!
This was the room the day we purchased it!
Looking to the left in the opened door, in the back, was...
... a very tiny, scary bathroom.
And the door closest to the entry held a closet.
But it was what we found in the closet that
was the true gem...
A secret room!
And the dead raccoon!
We quickly removed the old bathroom and
closet and the raccoon.
Exposing the entrance to the secret room.
Our contractors framed a new entrance
to this room, creating a new closet
and hang out place for Madison!
We then added a window allowing
for light!
We removed all the walls and ceilings in this room.
The door to her room was moved a little to the left
allowing for the wall in Zac's room.
Drywall goes up!
Room gets new trim
and a paint job!
Oatmeal and Purple!
(Madison's choice)
Even the closet gets a purple wall!
(sorry for the bad photo)
New door to the closet!
Carpet in the closet!

The Hang Out Hall
and Staircase

When I first saw this dormer....
it screamed at me
" Window seat!"
To the left of this was the original landing
and a hall leading to a small open space which would
become the new bathroom.
The stairs were wrapped
by a plywood half wall.
We removed the plywood in order to prepare
the steps to be reversed.
Looking back from the end of the hall towards
Madison's room!
Once the stairs were reversed
it was time to build a new banister.
(We will put that toilet anywhere!)
Wayne and I worked at setting the newel posts
and setting the balusters!
The finished banister!
Minus the awful blue wall!
From the other direction.
We added trim work to the hall.
Remember the window bench idea?
Wayne built one!
Using the left over wood from the trim,
Wayne created the backing to the shelf!
All done!
Ready for carpet.
And in the end...
We have carpet and a finished room!
Madison has already claimed the window seat!
This landing will be the hangout room for the kids.
The wires coming out of the wall on the left
are for a small wall mounted TV.

The Bathroom

This is the small room that was slated
for the new bathroom.
We removed the knee wall and
side wall next to the chimney.
Added a full wall between the stairs and an
opening for the door by the window.
Next we built out a shower with a large bench.
Kids decided against a bathtub.
Wayne and I used subway style
tile with a slate look on the walls
for the shower
and the same tile in a square on the floor.
The door still needs to be installed!

Well, that is the upstairs!
Coming soon.....
the first floor!


Anita Diaz said...

Oh my, I am loving this!! I really want to be doing something like this, so I'll enjoy it through you minus the work, lol!! What a wonderful transformation!! Wish our kids had such great space to call their own. Can't wait to see more!!

Christine said...

Dee Dee,
I know the vision, sacrifice, and work you & Wayne have put into your new home.
I'm in awe of the work and beauty that has emerged. This home will be a joy for your family for many years to come.

PS, putting this post together was another labor of love! Thanks for the posting. Now I'm really excited to see you at home, again.

Anonymous said...

DeeDee and Wayne,

Beautiful job!!!! Now I am getting very excited to see the kids all settled into their new bedrooms. The way you two work, it won't be long. Your new home is a true work of art. I will be soooooooooooo happy when you can sit down and enjoy the fruit of your labor.

Love, Mom

Wendy said...

Dee Dee,
You and Wayne are amazing! Your finished pictures remind me of a model home...especially the hall with the window seat. It is beauitful. You have great vision my friend!! I am soooo happy for you.

Anonymous said...

I continue to be amazed at what you two do together. Who says you can't make a silk purse from a pig's ear. You are doing it! I am eager for you to finish so you can have your evenings, weekends, vacations and other time to enjoy what you have done.

God has provided The Provision, but you have prevailed and performed.

A proud Dad

Carol said...

Wow! You are amazing!

Anonymous said...

Comment from Tee

I am having trouble posting to Deanna's blog...... I wrote it and when I went to preview it - it blew it away!!!! Frustrating.

Everything looks fantastic. I just can't believe how professional everything looks. How do they do it????

Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

All of your work wears me out just reading about it! You guys are so talented and have made such wonderful choices. Everything looks amazing. Really like the carpet you chose...and that window seat! love it.

I thought of you today when I posted about my very first giveaway...a RAMSIGN! It sure would look great on your black and white house! Come on over and enter!

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

I admire people who a) have such talents and b) who work so hard. Awesome!

UhOh! Here We Go said...

Hi! I'm new here! I was directed her by Wendy. We are gutting our house also...though half the house at a time!

I am a bit sad, after reading this post, that my house doesn't come with any secret rooms. And through out the entire post I just could not get over the fact that you guys found a dead raccoon! Ew! Lol...such is buying older homes!

It is looking fantastic so far!! I'm off to keep reading and poking around here!

Melissa said...

Wooo HOOO! That's just great! said...

DeeDee and Wayne,

I am speechless! Amazing, just amazing. I sure you and the family cannot wait to move into an almost new home. Looking forward to seeing the first floor. Love you both.....

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Hi Dee Dee, Wow, such a dramatic difference! Loved seeing the Before and After pics. You were so smart to see the potential in this home. I love the secret cool is that! Great place to squirrel away and read Nancy Drew, I'm showing my age. Love the window seat, too!
You guys have really done a wonderful job! Glad you took all the Before pics...have to remember this amazing transformation.

abeachcottage said...

You have done a lot of hard work and it shows in the pics. Your home is coming along wonderfully :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! It really has been a while since I blogged. This looks awesome! Awesome enough to make me want to buy a fixer upper when our military days are done so that we can remodel a house. Great job!

Sue said...

I am in awe of all of it. The fact you had such vision and that you have worked so hard for so many months! It is turning out beautifully and has been such a pleasure to watch. You posted this while we were gone and I wanted to come check in with you. If you find a second, pop over to my blog and see what we added this week!

Ronda Batchelor said...

Wow, that's a lot of work. It looks so nice with such character. You have a good eye!