Our primary tasks were:
- Hot Water Heater: Remove, replace and relocate
- Washer/Dryer: Convert the hot water heater's previous location into a space for stackable washer/dryer
- Kitchen Facelift: a. Install new kitchen countertops; b. refinish cabinets with new paint and hardware
- Bathroom Overhaul: Total gut and redo of the single bathroom in the house
- Stump Removal: Remove stumps of large trees in front yard
- Doors: Replace front and back door
Tasks that we ended up adding to the project for various reasons (mostly because it just made the whole house that much more awesome) were:
- Create Kitchen/Livingroom pass through
- New paint and trim paint in living room and kitchen
- Carpet replacement in two bedrooms (thanks to the R.O.U.S.)
- New thermostat, a few outlets and switches, and variety of other here and there such tasks...
Three months, a few projects. We (almost) finished on time. The recap of these projects should be more than one blog, but alas, it's all here so if you're into renovation enjoy the buffet.
Here's how the Rentovation journey played out in picture:
New "Frost" white paint to replace the truly antique yellow-white in the kitchen helped the washer/dryer feel right at home. We used a slightly darker "Silver Birch" above the wainscoting in the kitchen to add a bit of warmth to the space, without shocking anyone who prefered single tone rooms.
Third: Kitchen Facelift (Part One: Countertops)
Hanging the cabinet doors, and putting on new hardware brought the kitchen to completion.
Fourth: Bathroom Overhaul
This classic pink and blue bathroom had its work cut out for it the past 60 years as the only bathroom in the house - and it showed. Poorly replaced tiles, mildew stains, and other age/water related problems made this a necessary make-over to save the structure and functionality of the house. It was time for a total demo.
Demo was quite the process for this bathroom, henceforth known as the concrete bunker. Took approximately six-times longer than we anticipated.
We found a nice dresser on Craigslist (shown upside down in picture above) that we repurposed for the bathroom vanity saving hundreds of dollars. Took off the feet so it would sit flat on the floor, and used a few other tricks to custom fit it to for its new life purpose.
We worked fast during this stage to get demo, prep, and the vanity in so we could lay the floor. Until the floor was set and grouted, the new toilet couldn't go in, something we desperately missed having as part of our one bathroom house.
Rotten sections of subfloor were removed, patched, and we installed a new plywood floor on top. Vapor barrier, concrete board and pest-proof "Great Stuff" were added to keep out the threats of mice, mold, and other "mal" things.
Tile work in a house that has settled and isn't as "square" as it should be has its challenges. Lots of prep time including shimming the studs behind the hardibacker/concrete board to ensure a smooth surface for tiling was grueling, but well worth it.
FIFTH: Stump removal
Okay, we're still working on this one. Kept looking for some on clearance but have given up. You'll just have to imagine old, water-swollen doors replaced with new, basic exterior doors from Lowe's. Exciting, I know.
BUT - our fun didn't stop there...
Kitchen Pass Through:The project that truly enhanced the living quality of the house the most was an project we added. Basically making a hole in the wall to create a bar height counter and pass through opened up the kitchen to the living room and front door. This impacted the functionality and overall open feel of this house even more than we anticipated.
*Reminder: We are heading to Ecuador this Wednesday and planning to take around 200 lbs. of supplies with us for the orphanage. We received some great donations in Abilene this weekend, but are still in need of clothing for specific age gaps. If you have clothes for kids, we are still in need of teenage girl clothes (ages 12-18), and boys clothes (ages 4 years to 18 years old). We are also collecting shoes and school supplies. We can arrange for pick up in the Temple/Belton area until Tuesday night. For more information check out this recent blog.