Well last week certainly flew by as I spent most of my time doing stuff that didn't involve fabric or yarn or thread. It did involve paint, lighting fixtures, appliances, tile, cabinets and lots of other decisions that need to be made regarding this.... my new house.
My little yellow house! It makes me happy! Now the house was built in 1953 which was a very very good year. How do I know this? Well I was born in 1953 - enough said - LOL! This little house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and a basement that is going to be a dynamite sewing studio. Notice the syntax in that last sentence - the sewing room is "going" to be dynamite. It looked like this when I purchased the house.
View as you enter coming down the stairs-
View when you are in the room looking back toward the stairs-
Isn't that tile something? My son thinks they were trying for an Ohio State motif... perhaps.. but its not our college and it has to go! The room measures 13 feet wide and 32 feet in length which feels like a lot of space to me.
Here is how the space looks today.
Amazing how much demolition was accomplished in just one day. My contractor, Tom, hopes to have this spaced framed in and dry walled by next week. That is my hope too. Till then imagine a laminate wood floor and lovely light yellow walls. The color I chose is a Sherwin Williams paint and no joke - the color is called Glad Yellow - how apropos! I'm sure I will be very glad in this yellow sewing studio.
This is just the beginning of this total house renovation. Every room will be painted. The wall to wall carpet on the first floor will be removed and the hardwood floors refinished. The basement bathroom will have the shower redone and a sink added and a new tile floor. The upstairs bathroom will have the wall tile reglazed, a new tile floor, a new toilet and the vanity repainted. All the lighting fixtures in the house will be replaced and ceiling fans added in the bedrooms and the kitchen. The kitchen will be totally completely gutted and a brand new kitchen will be created. And that's just what I can remember at the moment. I have to make decisions about all of this stuff -- yikes!!!! It is fun and nerve wracking.
I plan to share pictures and stories as I move through this adventure. My contractor is the same one who renovated my son's house a year ago. I bought this house for many reasons, one of which was its location close to my son. Our houses are only 2 short blocks apart - you can walk from one house to the other in about 3 minutes - perfect. Now the plan is that all this work should take about 6 weeks but I know that it is going to be longer than that since my contractor is squeezing in this job while he's in the throes of renovating another house in the neighborhood, and he promised another client a kitchen remodel which he has to get to before he'll be able to do mine. I'm okay with that. I'd love for my house to be finished tomorrow, but it is unrealistic and if I was the other client with the kitchen remodel I wouldn't be happy with someone else getting in line in front of me. As it is the contractor is juggling a lot of balls and I'm just thrilled to see some, heck any progress on my house.
I know this project will have ups and downs and I'm keeping my sights set on a completion of the whole renovation at the end of the summer. You have to check back and see the "before" pictures of the kitchen. It has been virtually untouched since 1953!