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Over the weekend, we met with our contractor to finalize details and plan for the near future – aka, when can we expect to get a ceiling over our heads? The great news is that they’re working on it right now, as another job on their schedule had to take a backseat for a few days. This was cause for celebration (a ceiling! We’re getting a ceiling!), which had us planning even further ahead – we could start mapping out ideas for a new media wall and a larger desk for the studio. (We left our last home’s semi built-in media wall in the condo for our tenants, since it was tailored perfectly for that space.) In addition, we had bits and pieces to shop for, such as extra food/pantry/glassware shelving, a toilet paper holder (exciting, ha!) and a bathroom medicine cabinet. We’d been putting a lot of these tasks off as a side-effect to living in our mostly demo-ed home.

We need a toilet paper holder? Pfft! Save that for when we have a ceiling!

Lucky for us, we did get the bathroom necessities from Ikea, but for kitchen shelving, media needs and a studio desk, we hit the road for Jubilee – an absolute Chicago gem that is filled to the brim with donated furniture (you might remember us talking about it a few times, right?). But because you can’t really plan for purchases at resale shops, we left the house with an open mind and a slip of paper listing our would-like-to-finds.

Needless to say, we loaded our trusty wagon to the brim; some things were on our wish list, others were not. (As the story goes!) Here’s what ended up coming home with us:

ONE: A CREDENZA. While finding something to house our television was high on the wishes, we weren’t planning on finding anything right away (we’ve been using this side table as a placeholder, which besides being comically small, also came from Jubilee). But when Scott spotted this credenza – there were actually 3 or 4 of them; they appeared to be old office desks – we both started excitedly talking over each other. We can paint this part, then leave this wood! We can add shelving around it, making this the base for a future built-in! We can stash our receiver right here, and use this drawer to hide the remotes!

TWO: AN OLD MEDIA CART. This solid metal cart was probably used to wheel around projectors from members of the A.V. Club (we all remember those days, yeah?), but how adorable is this guy for the kitchen island? We’ll need to piece together new pipes from the hardware store to give it more height (we’ll see if we can make that happen), and we’d also like to add a larger top (maybe a slab remnant? Butcher block? More leftover studs from the entryway?). It needs some TLC, but it’s way more sturdy than the rolling carts we saw in Ikea and for half the price; we picked it up for $40.

THREE: A LARGE BUFFET. This was absolutely not on our list, but I saw it and fell in love. The brass hardware, the curved front, the tapered legs – it was all to much! The wood is in rough shape (not to mention, it’s only a veneer), and it looks as though it was refinished and stained poorly. While we prefer to salvage wood when we can, we’re seeing this more with a coat of paint. There are a few dings, scratches and gouges that need to be filled, but she’ll be beautiful when done. It’ll live in the studio, and I’m thinking the deep drawers will contain extra prints and Shop supplies.

FOUR: ANOTHER (GIGANTIC) MIRROR. The last thing we need is another mirror, but this mirror. This mirror! It’s huge. I made sure to take the photo with me included (the cute noodle at my feet is just a bonus), so you can get a sense of scale. I’m standing farther back, but if I were right next to it, it comes up to my eyes. The wood frame is actually a very pretty color, so we’re thinking it will probably stay as-is. This guy has a future in light-bouncing, don’t you think?

I’m still on the hunt for a great studio desk, and we’re being incredibly picky about shelving for the makeshift food and/or dishes/glassware storage, since it’ll likely be sitting in plain view in the kitchen. We think the solution will be temporary, but at the same time, we know it’ll be a little while before we can fully renovate. So perhaps we need to buck up and look for something on the nicer side? That, combined with fresh paint, the new island and a colorful mat/rug will bring the kitchen from blech to ooh, very nice.

But that’s another post for another day. (Admittedly, our minds are a little all over the place.)

In any case! We fit all four of the above items in and on top of the car, plus this bathroom cabinet, the TP holder (very important), a set of new dishes and a mini trashcan for our second bathroom. While the helpful crew at Jubilee showed their doubts on fitting all that in our trusty wagon, we assured them, it’ll fit! And it did.

We’d call that a successful day.

PS… In the mirror photo, do you see that wall beyond the arch behind me? This weekend, it’s coming down to open up the second floor landing. Yes!

  • Cait @ Hernando House - August 7, 2013 - 6:59 AM

    I was just thinking about your media console the other day! Love that piece; I’m sure the tenants appreciate it!

    Absolutely love all your finds!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - August 7, 2013 - 7:21 AM

    omg, the credenza!! LOVE. and that mirror is pretty fab.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Kate - August 7, 2013 - 8:02 AM

    Okay, I have to ask – what kind of wagon do y’all have?! I have an old Subaru Forester and while I always preach about how it’s bigger on the inside – I still can’t believe all that amazing furniture fit in a wagon!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 7, 2013 - 8:07 AM

    Mary Kate – ours is a Forester too! We love that girl. We fit the credenza inside in full, then took the legs off the media cart and put the mirror on top (still inside)… THEN we strapped the buffet to the roof and shoved all our Ikea finds in the nooks and crannies! Go Team Subaru!ReplyCancel

  • Laura at Rather Square - August 7, 2013 - 8:54 AM

    That is a beautiful credenza. We haven’t been to Jubilee, but we’ll have to check it out sometime!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 7, 2013 - 9:40 AM

    Laura, it’s a 30 minute drive from the city, but WORTH IT.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - August 7, 2013 - 9:43 AM

    That credenza!! How amazing is it?! Looks perfect to house your media and then be built around. So excited to see everything come together. And even more excited you’re getting a (straight) ceiling back!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - August 7, 2013 - 9:54 AM

    So sorry I missed you and Scott – but so happy you found such amazing pieces! Love ’em all! Good eye (as usual!).

    Excited to be along for the ride as you transform your “new” home!

    Take care!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - August 7, 2013 - 11:39 AM

    Oohhh, nice things. I am blown over by that mirror!ReplyCancel

  • Kati from so happy home - August 7, 2013 - 12:59 PM

    Your thrifting always leaves me in awe. The character and personality in those pieces – plus all the other finds you’ve shared – well, let’s just say that I’M just as excited to see your home renovation finished as you are. Ok, that’s an overstatement, but you get the idea (having lived through a renovation I know that you guys are the MOST excited). Anyway, well done.

    And now I miss my Forester. Sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 7, 2013 - 1:05 PM

    Amanda, YAY for straight ceilings and floors!

    Susan, it’s a bummer you’re not there on Saturdays anymore!

    Kati, thank you! Our Forester has seen a washing machine, stove, and everything listed above – all in the last 3 weeks. It’s a trusty ol’ girl.ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - August 7, 2013 - 2:10 PM

    Love the credenza and big mirror. I think I recently bought the exact same camera strap (guy who makes a lot of guitar straps on Etsy?) as you, ha : )ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - August 7, 2013 - 2:20 PM

    I really like your idea for the media cart… can’t wait to see what you do with it!ReplyCancel

  • Phoebe - August 7, 2013 - 4:38 PM

    Wow that credenza!!!

    If I had a car here in the city, I’d book it to Jubilee…now.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - August 8, 2013 - 7:35 AM

    Love LOVE LOVEEEEEEE the credenza and mirror! Seriously fabulous finds! And totally impressed you squeezed it all into the car! GO TEAM!ReplyCancel

  • julia @cuckoo4design - August 9, 2013 - 3:17 AM

    Love that credenza!
    (I want a jubilee in my area ;)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - August 9, 2013 - 2:21 PM

    My parents had/still have that exact same buffet…and a matching china cabinet! Can’t wait to see what you do with it. It never was my favorite piece of furniture but maybe you’ll make me want to arm wrestle my siblings for it if my parents ever decide to give it awaty. ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Karen A. - August 12, 2013 - 3:06 PM

    The credenza is my favorite. It seems so perfect for fitting records in the middle compartment. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - August 13, 2013 - 9:05 AM

    Ugh. I’m super jealous of the old media cart. I would buy that all day long for $40. I’m wondering if an Ikea/Jubilee/meet you guys trip to Chicago is in order sometime in November…

    We’re also inching closer to having space in the kitchen for some much needed open storage. It will be a semi temporary basis as we’re at least a year from a kitchen reno. These caught my eye in the recent Ikea catalog: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40103727/
    As did the wall shelves – all seen in this shot: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/kitchen/roomset/20141_kiro02g/ReplyCancel

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If there’s one thing we could use around here, it’s a simple project (the most satisfying) and a teensy bit of normalcy. Unfortunately for us, the normalcy isn’t too close in our future, but fortunately for our spoiled, pampered (loved to bits) pup, we’ve squeezed in a mini project to enhance his every day routine. (In addition to his new yard, front porch and all day naps, this is just what he needs, right?) So while we’ve only just unpacked our plates and coffee mugs, we’ve taken the time to create a totally necessary pet food station for our main man.

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In partnership with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and The Home Depot as part of the Ready, Set, Paint Blog Hop, we put together this food station for Jack (and eventually, we’d like to make a mini one for the girls, too!) using leftover studs from our entryway. Which, besides being upcycled and doggone adorable – ha! – it also works triple duty to cheer up our sad kitchen.

MATERIALS USED:
1 – 6′ section of stud, saved from our entryway demolition
Hairpin legs (we used 9″ legs from Cream Street Shop)
2 – stainless bowls
4″ drywall screws (because our stud was so thick)
Test pot of Lemon Zest paint by Behr
Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish

TOOLS USED:
Compound miter saw (to cut our stud into 3 usable sections)
Mini Kreg jig
Measuring tape
Drill
Jig saw
Sanding block / Mouse sander
ScotchBlue™ Advanced Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape
Paint/Foam brushes

WHAT WE DID: We scavenged for a good looking leftover stud, and started by cutting it into 3 equal 22″ sections. Using our Kreg jig kit, we installed 4″ drywall screws on the ends and middle of each of the 3 pieces, creating one solid base. This will be the tray part of the food station.

Once we had this, we took our food bowls and traced around the outside, mostly eyeballing the placement. We used our measuring tape to make sure they were floating evenly within the tray, then we…

… used a jig saw to cut out each circle just inside the line. This would allow the lip of the food and water bowl to rest on top of the tray, while the remainder of the bowls would sit below the surface. I used a sanding block to smooth out any rough edges, and I followed that up with our power mouse sander to get rid of large splinters and (mostly) even everything out.

We tightened the existing screws and added a handful more – again, using the Kreg jig kit – to really pull everything together. (Below, you’ll see what the bottom of our tray looks like.) Once it was good and sturdy (and boy, is it!) we used more of the same drywall screws to install our hairpin legs.

Never having used ScotchBlue tape before, I put all my faith in it by really going for it. I lined the top of the food station with the tape, then used a small foam brush to paint the edges in the bright yellow paint (Lemon Zest by Behr). Because we like the look of the 100-year-old wood, we decided to keep all the scuffs and pocks in place – no spackle was used to fill any old nail holes.

To be honest, we were a little nervous to pull the tape up, but holy shmoly. The wood has a rough texture to begin with, and yet the line was smoother than we expected. Crisp, even.

Once the paint had dried, we applied 2 coats of Polycrylic to seal everything in and protect it from doggie water dribbles and food spills.

We allowed everything to dry and bond overnight, and by Monday morning, it was ready for its first run!

We had originally planned to trim the edge hot pink (you know we love that), but when nothing was hot enough for us in the paint aisle, we switched to the brightest yellow we could find. The bonus? The Pittsburgh pride in us loves any excuse to sing Black and Yellow.

But! There’s a bonus for you, too!

THE GIVEAWAY. As part of the Blog Hop team, we’re giving one lucky reader a $75 Home Depot gift card! The details:

  • TO ENTER: Simply leave a link to your favorite summer DIY or painting project in the comments below (can be a link to your own blog, another website or Pinterest) for your chance to win the $75 Home Depot gift card.
  • GIVEAWAY ENDS: Monday, August 12th, at 5pm CST
  • SHIPS TO: USA only, please.

And if you’re still searching for that summertime (or painting or pet-loving) inspiration, we encourage you to check out the following projects from fellow Ready, Set, Paint Blog Hop teammates:

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The lucky dog winner will be selected using random.org on Monday, August 12th at 5PM CST. Good luck and happy entering!

This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Opinions, cute dog and Steel City love are all ours.

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As we share the unraveling (and subsequently, the re-raveling) of this house with you – between demo, clean-up, more demo and more clean-up – it’s been mentioned a few times that, wait a minute!, this isn’t making sense. You need to see the layout of our home. How are the rooms connecting? Where is that orange wall in relation to the future studio?

Luckily, our awesome friend and architect (and home-woes-therapist and cheerleader) Nancy whipped up floor plans, and now (finally!), we can share with you what in the world you’re looking at. Because our house is a two-flat conversion, we inherited 2 bathrooms (yay!), 2 kitchens (not necessary) and way too many chopped up make-shift bedrooms.

Let’s start with the first floor, which you might remember looked like this before we picked up our sledgehammers (just click on any thumbnail below to view larger):

And here’s a side-by-side of how it was laid out as a rental unit (on the left) vs. our plans for the future (on the right). The corresponding numbers on the right are explained below:

WHAT WE’VE DONE SO FAR:

1. We opened up the entry walls completely, removing the original door from the first floor unit. The small closet from bedroom #1 was reversed, closing it off from the bedroom and opening it up to the entry – making room for a much needed coat closet. New drywall will be installed to repair the holes we’ve opened up, tile will be laid, and an arch will be added as an ode to the original architecture of the house.

2. The door to bedroom #1 will be widened, allowing light from the north-facing window to stream into the living room. Eventually, we’d like to add a sliding barn door on the inside of this room to close it off in pinch (say, for example, if we need an additional room to set up an air mattress for guest overflow), but for the every day, we’ll set this space up with a cozy chair or two, an ottoman and a stack of books.

3. The partition wall has come down, and the chimney will be removed completely from the first floor. (It was already taken down half way, and for whatever reason, the previous owner just boxed it in with drywall, rather than take it out altogether.) A new proper support beam will be added to support the weight of the second floor, which will also raise the second floor, eliminating its steep slope. This is one of the bigger jobs that’ll be tackled by a licensed contractor.

WHAT WILL CHANGE IN THE FUTURE:

4. The first floor bathroom has a very, very small shower, and down the road, we’ve been dabbling in the idea of making this room larger by taking space from the bonus storage behind it. We’re not completely sure we’d like to do that though, because…

5. We might use that bonus storage room to re-arrange the kitchen. The kitchen, while large, makes absolutely no sense in the way it’s currently laid out. Because this will be a pretty hefty expense, we’re going to make do with what we have now (i.e., add a floating butcher block table for more prep space, set up temporary shelving for food storage, etc.), and we’ll decide on what makes sense for this family once we’ve replenished our bank account. It could also become a pantry, so, we’ll see. (Thoughts?)

Aside from the partition wall on the second floor unit, not too much has been changed – yet. I’m using this floor as the studio (6 pets have since been painted up there!), but we have big plans to make it the most functional space possible for the business. Here’s what it looked like less than a month ago (click on any thumbnail to view larger):

One of the big things you’ll notice in the side-by-side below is that we’ll be eliminating 2 of the bedrooms. Really though, we’re not technically removing bedrooms, because they were never proper bedrooms in the first place! They didn’t have closets, and even by Chicago standards, these rooms were small. Like, maybe they’re 6′ wide. Below, see the floor plan before (on the left) vs. our plans (on the right):

WHAT WE’VE DONE SO FAR:

1. Item 1 falls in the in-between category. Technically, we haven’t done a single thing to the landing. But! Scott and I are toying with the idea of moving forward with our plans now, since there’s a chance the cost of drywall repair can be lumped in with the rest of the home’s repair – which, hopefully, will save us on costs overall. (We still need to discuss this with our contractor; I’m sure he just loves us!) In any case, we’d like to remove the wall that blocks off the stairs, opening it up to the second floor. It’s currently closed off (again, since this building was a two-flat, so it only makes sense), but we’d love to create the single-family-house vibe, and taking down this partition will help us to do this. It might happen now; it might have to wait.

2. We finished taking down this partition wall, and after several talks with a handful of contractors, we’re almost positive that the chimney can stay! This means it will just have to be properly framed out with new drywall. Three cheers for a slice of exposed brick in the future studio!

3. Scott and our friend Pete ripped out the second floor kitchen in less than 30 minutes (which, along with everything on this floor, created a smell that had us running outside for air). We still need to cap off the plumbing, but we’ve converted this entire space into our master bedroom. Because the room is large (at least to us), we’ll likely install a wall of closet space. For now, our clothes are hanging on these guys – which is more than fine in the meantime.

WHAT WILL CHANGE IN THE FUTURE:

4. Originally, Scott and I swore off this bathroom as unusable. It was so bad, that even after a sweat-inducing scrub down, pulling out the medicine cabinet and a laying on a coat of primer, it still didn’t have us touching it with a ten-foot-pole. After calling it a loss, Scott’s mom kicked this bathroom’s ass this past weekend! It might not be beautiful, but it’s completely disinfected, our shower curtain has been hung and a pretty mirror was installed. Eventually though, this bathroom will be a complete gut rehab.

5. This tiny space will make the perfect laundry room – that is, once we can afford it. We originally tacked this project on to our initial estimates with contractors, and while it wasn’t too expensive (but certainly not cheap, either – running the pipes and venting the room came to a ballpark of $2,500), we decided to hold off on this “wish list” item and use that money for more immediate fixer-upper projects / furniture needs around the home (because as we all know, items add up quickly!). There is laundry in the basement unit (which we’re working on for city approval as a potential rental apartment), so we’re okay using that for now.

So, there it is!

There are items on the above lists that a floor plan can’t show, such as the need to: replace the flooring in the second floor guest room and future laundry room, level the hardwood in the studio and in conjunction with that, fix our sagging first floor ceiling! Man, that’s going to be a happy day when we have our ceiling back. In the end, here’s our projected idea for both floors (bearing in mind that tweaks will likely be made as we live in this space for a while, you know?):

As we motor through this new adventure, we’ve learned to never ask, why? There are so many unanswered questions as we (literally) uncover walls, floors and ceilings, but rather than dwell on the corner-cut-decisions that this house has seen throughout the 100+ years, we’re only looking forward.

This house is really going to be something. We can feel it.

  • Rachel - August 2, 2013 - 8:53 AM

    Wow! I love this – thanks so much for laying everything out. Your photos are beautiful and your home is coming together so nicely. You can tell that you are there and making such a difference. I am so excited to be able to follow along with you on this awesome journey. I know you will do great things with your new place.
    Have a great weekend!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Sarge in Charge - August 2, 2013 - 8:58 AM

    For some reason I am picturing the sun nook becoming an unofficial pet dormitory! If your pets are anything like my basset hound, they will be snoozing in the sun all day.

    One idea for the bonus storage- maybe you could rip out the wall and add built in seating and a table. It would be a perfect breakfast nook.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 2, 2013 - 9:57 AM

      Sarge, yes, I can guarantee that the sun nook will fast become the pet dormitory (love that!). Good idea for the bonus storage. If we take Melissa’s idea, technically, we could put the breakfast nook in the left corner OR the right corner. Regardless, Scott and I have definitely been discussing a casual eat-in-kitchen-corner!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - August 2, 2013 - 9:35 AM

    Is it just me or is that orange wall just awesome?! Also, I wish you could win the lottery so you could just do everything you want to do now… watching this remodel is like having to wait ANOTHER week for the next episode of your fave show… it’s awesome but also excruciating. I’m sure you don’t feel the same way at all? ;)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - August 2, 2013 - 9:48 AM

    what a cool house! You guys are going to make it look amazing. I had a thought about the first floor bathroom. What if instead of taking space from the storage room you moved the wall that the shower and toilet touch out to the LEFT. Meaning extend the hallway that leads into the kitchen by taking away the counter area and moving the bathroom wall out to where the counter is currently. If you reconfigured where the counters would go in the kitchen you could open up the storage space completely into the kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 2, 2013 - 9:51 AM

    Rachel, you’re so sweet! Thank you!

    Emily, haha – you hit the nail on the head! Send some lottery vibes our way (I guess we should buy a ticket first though, right?). The wait is hard, but it also allows us to more thoughtfully plan our next move. What’s the most important? What can wait? It’s been fun and scary, and we’re just so excited to keep diving in…

    And Melissa, that’s a GREAT idea! Out of all the things we’ve discussed, that never crossed our minds. Thank you so much! It would create a little bit of a hall (a very, very small one), but it would make the kitchen more square and allow the the first floor bathroom to be more functional. Such a good tip!ReplyCancel

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art - August 2, 2013 - 11:41 AM

    I am so excited to follow along in this adventure of yours. Looking at your floor plans, I was wondering if I could throw out an idea I had? I don’t know if it is good or not. You decide… :)

    How about turning the upper part of the Guest #1 room into part laundry (accessed from the hall) and part closet for the guest room.

    That would free up the bonus room by the master for a walk-in closet?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 2, 2013 - 12:55 PM

      Hi Katja, that idea could definitely work, but the number 1 reason we want the laundry upstairs is since that’s where all our clothes will be :) Also, the bathroom we use for showering is up there, too. Otherwise, we were thinking of putting it in the downstairs bonus room – but your idea works much better!

      Jessica, that’s actually a REALLY good idea. Melissa (above) suggested that as well! We can see that working – thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • jessica - August 2, 2013 - 11:45 AM

    For the first floor bath/kitchen/storage…what if you bumped the bath out to the left where the kitchen counter and sink are? Then you get a bit more space in the bathroom and can use the bonus storage for kitchen and pantry space.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - August 2, 2013 - 12:33 PM

    so exciting!!!ReplyCancel

  • Helena - August 2, 2013 - 1:30 PM

    Sarge in Charge – I can confirm that my sister’s sun nook is now “The Cat’s Room”. She goes there in the morning, bakes, and leaves at night for tunas.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 2, 2013 - 2:15 PM

      Helena, that had me cracking up. I imagine our girls will be no different!ReplyCancel

  • Laura at Rather Square - August 2, 2013 - 3:29 PM

    It looks so ambitious, and yet I know you will power through and make it amazing! For all our (millions and millions, it seems) house projects to do, I just keep chanting “it’s not a race, it’s not a race!” It helps keep the pace reasonable.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - August 2, 2013 - 6:36 PM

    Hi there,
    Not sure if it is common in America (I’m in Australia) but I don’t understand the laundry coming off your master bedroom? Would it be better to have an ensuite and walk in robe in that space and move the laundry to another location? Possibly where the current bathroom is.
    This is really exciting to be a part of and thank you very much for sharing. Hope my comment doesn’t come across as rude. I guess it’s because in my mind I had a vision of your home and you are going in a different direction so it’s messing with my mind hahaReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 2, 2013 - 8:02 PM

      Hi Emily,

      That’s not rude at all! We’ve seen this popping up more and more – laundry rooms off of master bedrooms. It makes sense because that’s where all your clothes are going once you put them away! Scott was hesitant at the idea at first too, but then I showed him a few examples and he warmed up to it. Nothing is set in stone just yet, so plans could certainly change. However, our bedroom is big enough, that we’d love to install a wall of “built-in” closet space and still have room for a whole dedicated laundry room.

      Time will tell! We’re getting antsy though :)ReplyCancel

  • Blair @ the fox and she - August 5, 2013 - 12:15 PM

    ahhh! it’s going to be amazing! I can’t tell you how jealous I am that you get to do this. I’m hoping for a similar project someday. And I can’t wait to see the studio, I know it will be amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - August 5, 2013 - 12:15 PM

    Are you living in the house as you work on it or are you living else where?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 5, 2013 - 12:17 PM

    Janet, we’re living through it! Meaning, we’re still living out of boxes… ;)ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - August 6, 2013 - 1:17 AM

    Wow, love seeing all this!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - August 6, 2013 - 3:07 PM

    Ok, I read this post when it went up, but I’m late to the commenting party.

    Thanks for making a floor plan, it makes it so much easier to visualize things! I love the changes you have mentioned, and I also really like Melissa/Katja and Emily’s suggestions.

    On laundry placement – our laundry is off of the “master” bedroom (otherwise known as “the guest suite” for the past 4 years, and we’re finally starting to move into it ourselves). Originally the “master” was a carport, and the laundry was an outdoor closet accessed (we’re assuming, based on the neighborhood) by walking out the backdoor. Later the carport was converted into a bedroom, bathroom, and walk in closet, so the laundry was connected. I have always felt a little weird about having the laundry off our master, and have been racked my brain for a way to change this configuration (maybe make a tiny hallway, or a sliding partition so that future non-furry kids don’t have to walk into our bedroom to do laundry?) Now I’m finally beginning to warm up to its placement for the same reasons you listed. I’d love to see the examples you showed Scott. (Are they on Pinterest? Or could you maybe email them to me?)ReplyCancel

  • jane - August 19, 2013 - 11:31 AM

    Love the blog – it’s certainly keeping me focused on my own home renovation (it’s also shaming mine a bit – you guys are killing it!).

    What program do you use to make the floor plan? It’s so helpful in visualizing what you guys are doing that I think I need to make my own!

    ThanksReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 19, 2013 - 11:39 AM

    Hi Jane, our friend and architect, Nancy, made these floor plans for us, then I used Photoshop to add the text and numbers. There are free online floor plans you can make though, such as floorplanner.com. I’ve tried to use them myself, but honestly, got a little flustered! Sorry I can’t be of more help…ReplyCancel

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