Monday, June 13, 2011

Our Ugly House Renovation - Week 1

Our new home renovation has officially started, so I want to document our progress every week so at the end of it, I can make a book with a journal log of everything we had done to the house and before and after pictures. If you are not interested in all these details, just disregard any home renovation posts.

I really feel that God has orchestrated our move into this particular house. He keeps allowing me to see random details that prove He paved the way ahead of us. Its not that the house itself is that important, but its the potential life I hope to have in this house. I have prayed over the home we would hopefully start a family in and have been trying to bathe this house with prayer. Will you join me? Please pray for our neighbors and our involvement in this community. Pray that God will use The Leivas in this neighborhood and that God would build Alex and I up in our marriage in this house, as well as prepare us to raise our children in a God-fearing home.

Back to my renovation update....

Week 1 of renovations involved demo....and a lot of it. With this house we are replacing almost all cosmetic items on the interior, as the existing items are beyond repair.

All of this used to be IN our house

The demo we saw take place this week included removing all trim (baseboards, casing and crown molding) throughout the house, in addition to removal of all existing doors. Additionally, they demo-ed the kitchen, bathrooms and entertainment wall in the living room.

Bathroom Demos:

Jack and Jill Bath upstairs

Master Bath (or used to be)

Guest Bathroom/Wardrobe Area


Here are some before and after's of the demo to give some perspective:

Living Room when purchasedLiving Room Currently

Kitchen Wall at Purchase

And Currently

Other Side of the Kitchen Wall from the Living Room

At time of purchase

And currently :)

This is the only wall we are removing somewhat, to open the kitchen to the living room.

For documenting's sake: This week we also met with a Sprinkler Repair guy to fix our 20 year old sprinkler system that had not been run in over 3 years, as well as an ADT guy. A lot of progress in one week for sure!! Those demo guys work SO FAST!!

This week demo continues and the sprinkler guy is returning today because a couple of our zones shorted out. It is going to be a fun 4 months, that is for sure!!


Nolan said...

I'm excited to see the weekly progress of your home renovation until it ends. From being bland when you guys first purchased it, I wonder how it will transform.

Nolan Anderson

Randell Jeffries said...

Renovating an old house is actually very challenging but fulfilling and rewarding to see after you have accomplished the final look. The old kitchen and living room seems kind of plain. I hope you decided to add a touch of color to your home. I am excited to see how your new home looks like now!

Randell Jeffries

Kayce Church said...

That’s a lot of work you had done to your house! Just looking at that huge pile of bricks, concrete, and wood already made me imagine how huge your renovation project was! But the living room and kitchen areas look good. I can’t wait to see how everything turned out!

Kayce Church

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