Saturday, January 17, 2015

Downstairs: Flood Damage Edition

I showed you our torn apart upstairs yesterday, today is the downstairs.
As with the upstairs, the last time we took a tour was June.

 We'll start at the front door. Back in June...

...and now
{oh that yellow needs to be painted over. But it's low on long list of priorities}


On the other side of the entry, dining room. June:


{one coat of paint away from being done on the walls. carpets got wet in the flood and we're replacing them with hardwoods}

Living room in June: 

and now:
 the kitchen in June:

and now:
 one step forward, two back.
I had patched the ceiling and installed another light fixture, now we need a BIG patch on the ceiling and to have part of the hardwoods replaced (they've buckled from being wet) and all the floor sanded down and refinished. The bad news, it's a lot of work. The good news, it's going to look so much better in a dark brown stain instead of the honey.
Thank goodness for home insurance, this would have been a doozy to swallow after already paying to replace the roof within the last year.

This is the getup they used to dry out the floors.

And then here's the extent of the damage to the drywall in the garage.

We should make some significant headway on the repairs in the next week or so.
Drywallers are this week and new carpet throughout the upstairs is on the horizon also.

Oh, and here's a room downstairs that I always forget to show.
It's our gym that is off of our garage:

Friday, January 16, 2015

Upstairs: Mid Construction/Flood Damage Edition

Where to start, where to start...
Well, the last upstairs tour was way back in June.
Since then we've started a remodel project turning the bonus room into a bedroom, bathroom, and hallway.
Also, while we were away for they baby blessing in December, a toilet supply line decided to spring a leak and so we came back to a flood.
Our house is a wreck.

Let's share that wreck publicly shall we?
I guess the worse it is now the more spectacular the after comparison will be?

I guess I will start with the bathroom the water was leaking in:

In June:

We've taken out the half wall and moved the toilet, making this a dual vanity area.

{so in the middle of construction}

I wasn't planning on replacing the tile in this room, but the tile bed got thoroughly soaked and the company our insurance called in to dry everything out ripped it out to dry the sub floor.
So I've installed wood looking tile, still need to grout. 

Back in the June tour I showed this vanity alcove in our guest bedroom:

We've since closed in the opening on the bedroom side...

...and that's where the toilet moved to (access to it is from an existing doorway in the bathroom)

 {vanity alcove turned toilet room, needing drywall repair}

As you could see from that bedroom picture, this (from June)...

...turned into this
{carpet removed due to flooding}

The hallway also had to have it's carpet removed...

Clever. To help make sure the walls were dry, they took baseboards off , put holes above the sill plates, and had high powered fans circulating the air for a few days.
Put new baseboards up and you cover all the damage.

The bonus room looked like this in June:

and now it's this hallway...

...this bathroom...

...and this small bedroom.

As for the rest of the upstairs, the party room hasn't changed...

...we switched Des and Evie's room. So what looked like this... looks like this...

...and what looked like this... looks like this...

 And lastly, in the master suite we've just added baby paraphernalia...

 ...and to emphasize that I have the ripped apart, I also have removed the wallpaper in our bathroom. So it went from this... this. Still need to fix and paint the walls.

So, the next post will cover the current downstairs tour (also flood damaged), and then hopefully we can start making some serious progress on putting stuff back together again.

I love a good project, but there's just a bit too much going on for my liking at the moment.
I'm so excited to see it when it's done though, it looks really awesome in my head :)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Our neighborhood had a fun thing where volunteers prepared and put out luminaries along all of the streets one evening and then many were out driving their golf carts or out in their yard waving.
It was pretty neat.
I had never heard of this before, must be a Georgia thing?

Christmas morning we had fun watching the kids unwrap a few gifts then eating cinnamon rolls. 

 After that the plan was to load up and head to Florida to see the Hostetler clan.
We had a minor delay when, while in the process of loading up, there was an accident resulting in a shattered back window on the Expedition.
So we were classy and drove down with a black garbage bag taped over the opening and got it fixed the next day.


Unusual for me, but I didn't pull out the big camera the whole time so there's a lack of good quality pictures. 
I regret missing the pajama family portrait in front of the Christmas tree and getting one of everyone in their fancy clothes after church.
Oh well, here's a sampling of the (phone) pictures that I did get:

{of course grandma's candy cane stash is immediately raided}

{blue tongue from yet another candy cane}

{lots of baby holding went on}

{Des came to me and exclaimed "Look mom, I wrote a Christmas song". It does kind of look like music, cute.}

{sorry Shauna, I didn't warn you I was taking a picture, but McKay looked so snuggly with grandma}

{hanging with uncle Andrew}

{great grandma patiently teaching card games}

{family gathering}

The kids had presents on Christmas morning, some Christmas evening in Florida, and then they even had another package waiting at home.

Granny Janny made some beautiful and comfy blankets.

We are so thankful for the season of giving and family and remembering Christ.

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