Saturday, December 6, 2014

New Plans!!

We have our new plans for the house and there is A LOT going on. Seems to be moving much faster than I thought it would which just thrills me!

We've been working with Stuck Architects. You gotta feel for them. I tried SO hard to stay out of the plans and it worked for maybe a day. Must say, they came up with ideas Ray and I never would have thought of that we LOVE! It was entertaining seeing all the fancy plans they came up with. Bless their hearts - it's a farm house! We did manage to open it up completely although there are some tricky structural issues that we have to tackle soon.


Existing Main floor plans
New floor plans:



Existing 2nd floor plans


New Plans

So, what do you think? I wish the master suite was on the main floor but are adding a washer/dryer hookup in the guest closet in case we can't go up and down the steps.

We have been SO busy. Pictures don’t do it justice. We have walls down upstairs and down. That is thrilling. We no longer have long narrow hallways. We no longer have six bedrooms. We now have five and wonderful, light filled space. That is one thing about this house. It has wonderful natural light. Windows just everywhere! The very tight master suite is no longer. The master bath and closet are much more spacious and functional; the master bedroom is considerably larger. We have revamped the original bath and laundry room upstairs and squeezed out a new bathroom. I have dubbed them girls bathroom (the big one) and of course boy’s bathroom or perhaps Ladies and Gentleman’s bath would be more proper. Certainly no reason to call it grand kid's bath since I have been informed I need to enjoy all my grand dogs! Getting off subject....that happens, often.
Downstairs we have all the walls down - frame is still up most everywhere - lots of structural work to do. We have had more work done down in the cellar, you know, to keep the house from falling down around us. I have become Ray’s very favorite wife, well you know only one, but still favorite. There are two spots in the original house that are literally carrying the weight of the original upstairs that we must keep. We were going to open it all up, and put all the structural beams tucked away nicely in the ceiling, which was making Ray sweat and me thrilled. However, since I couldn’t talk Ray into steel beams, we were going to have to have a column at the end of island (that is the first spot that is holding up the house) which made me tense. Going with the flow, I hopped on Houzz.com, how did we live without Houzz??? Did search for “column in island” and within moments, well, maybe 30 minutes, problem solved.

The other corner in the house is in the front by the entry and front parlor, which we are now calling the library AND the room for the Christmas tree. The reason I’m Ray’s favorite wife, is just last week I noticed that my favorite kitchen pic with the columns, had a header above it. Like I said, game changer. So each area, there will be a header, except for 10’ or so between entry. There will all be an eight foot header that Ray and Cody will wrap in lovely trim. I have a thing for eight foot doors and doorways. Columns don't have to be that big (thank goodness!)

Where I fall out of favor pretty quick are the moving and changing size of windows. Most of the lovely old windows we aren't touching for the moment. Someday we will tackle them and make them functional again but for the time being I'll be happy just getting them clean. However, there are 10 windows, 3 are replacements, and the other 7 are being changed out to most likely a bigger size or moved a few inches one way or another. In the new bathroom upstairs (to right of laundry room) he went to put up the new wall and it was smack damp in the middle of the window. He was CRANKY about that. Taking out the bar window (today) which will give us more upper cabinet space.

In process of taking out window in what is now the new Gentleman's bathroom

Any input on new windows? I need to get some ordered immediately and seriously don't know what to do. Have looked at Quaker, were recommended by a friend in town who re-does a lot of houses and Window World. There is so much negative info about both and some positive but I'm trying to keep expenses down. Still, want functional windows that are efficient and easy to clean. The Anderson guy in town has stood me up several times...I do need to get on the ball and get this done.

Huge shout out to our dear friends Lizette and Joe Peter. They have gone far beyond being helpful - they flew in for Lizette's birthday and we all just worked and worked. Joe is just amazing and Lizette is the BEST nail puller of ALL time! We had a blast at the house and had all kinds of fun cooking and catching up. Then Joe, who does love this, flew back two weeks later to do even more!!! That is when the master walls got moved around and par for the course we realized that the new wall is right in the middle of an attic pulldown so that all had to be moved too.
Joe moving closet wall - don't you love the tubs in the middle of the room?

Lizette pulling zillions of nails, zillions!

This is SO exciting - walls down between old house and new. It's so open and flows just right.

Ray and Cody measuring for new closets and linen closet upstairs in the Gallery area.

Cast iron bathtubs are just a bit heavy!


Monkey wallpaper, tile, and unwanted walls are now GONE!


This door frame is gone. Looking into Cody's room. So much better with it gone.


Cody's room BEFORE
Quick trip to Dallas - thank you so much Jennifer!!!!
and

How lovely is that rug!!!! Almost certain will be using in our dining room, someday. 
For now Cody is enjoying it. Floors aren't refinished yet....

In all this fun I have found a minute or two to do some shopping.

New Bachelor's chest for ladies bathroom upstairs - will go in between two pedestal sinks
This is a baker's rack I thought we NEEDED. It's now in the sleeping porch which is being used as a little green house for the moment. Cody wants to make it a deck but until the barn/garage gets built I need a spot for winter gardening. 


Mom found this little chest, I bet at the same store, 49 South, that I found my new purchases. I love this little chest. It's going in the Gentleman's bath. I love that tile, but it had to go - couldn't match it and make it look good so Cody got to take out more floors. These came out much easier than the below pics did. The plan is to put in Pennsylvania Blue Stone at the main back entrance so I have my tile guy looking for that.






Back downstairs, this bathroom was NOT happy about being broken down and proved to be very difficult.


Very difficult indeed. VERY thankful for Cody. He has been amazing. Soaking in what all Joe and Ray have been teaching him. 

We did manage, we as in Ray and Cody, to get that bathtub out of that difficult bathroom. It's so lovely on our porch! That vanity is going to be reused in the laundry room. Getting rid of the sink, the faucet will be used in the new bath downstairs. Trying to reuse as much as possible.

I really don't have a good pic of the steps we took out just a week ago. Ray is cutting wood for a new wall...somewhere. BEFORE
GASP - good thing we are redoing them! I just can't tell you how pleased we are to get this done this winter instead of waiting until spring. By spring I will be chomping at the bit to get the yard in shape and all this work will be done and gone, gone, gone. All the cement and plumbing just sitting in the yard will be history! Wahoo!

During....

and AFTER
SO very pleased!! Daisy Belle likes them too!


Front steps before:



Took awhile but them got them out

Safe to say, I LOVE this. Brick makes ALL the difference! Steve did two planters on either side of the steps for me. He just finished these on Thursday for us.


We are having all the plumbing redone and haven't had water in over a month. Hopefully next week it will get turned back on. It's very tricky getting everything done. Some plumbing gets done, then we have to have some electrical done, then the HVAC guys has to do something, then Ray and Cody have to put up a wall, it goes in circles. Ray and Cody put up two walls today, and will put up two more tomorrow, which will actually put us ahead of the game. Waiting on the HVAC guy to get in a part - he has to move some stuff around for us.

I think that is all for the moment. Like I said, we are making tremendous headway. Can't wait to show you some more finished projects soon! 

Start thinking about paint and lighting......think copper, gas lighting, and then think of Ray and the plumbers heads spinning off, LOL! or perhaps them wringing my neck - could go either way.