June 2015

Appliance shopping? Oh my!

Last week we got to pick out appliances for our new kitchen.  Yawn…, am I right?  Well, it actually wasn’t as boring as I thought and, dare I say, was sort of fun.  My husband and I have only had to pick out appliances when they needed replacing;  a new dishwasher and fridge when we bought our current house and once years ago a dishwasher for our Boston condo.  Never have we had to pick out an entire kitchen’s worth of appliances.  It seemed a little overwhelming.

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Waiting for Permits Stinks!

We have been waiting for permits for weeks.  It stinks!  Apparently this is normal in the county in which we live, but it still stinks.  You’d think since it is so hot here in the summer that it would be a slower time for builders, making it easier to get permits, but that is not true.  Many of the luxury high-rise condo’s here have restrictions that state no renovations during ‘season’.  Season here is approximately November thru April/May.  That is when all the ‘snowbirds’ from up North fly south for the winter.  This means more contractors submitting things for permitting to the county in the summer, just like us.   There is also tons of new construction here all the time making it hard to get permits year round. One last thing is that the county where we live is HUGE, at least it is way larger than counties in Massachusetts where we grew up.  Our county is roughly the size of Rhode Island or maybe even larger which makes it approximately 1/3 the size of the entire state of Massachusetts.

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A New Kitchen!

Hey y’all!  I am so excited.  For me, designing my own kitchen is probably the best part of this whole remodeling process.  After all, the kitchen is the ‘heart of the home’, right?  This week we had an appointment with Lyndsey Davis Nicklas at Kitchens by Clay right here in Naples.  My husband and I met with Lyndsey several weeks ago to discuss the project and today she showed us 3 different layouts for our new kitchen.

Before I show you the layouts, I want to show you how the kitchen looks now.  Totally gutted.  Bad cabinets, gone.  Bad countertops, gone.  Bad laminate, gone.  Wall that separated the living to dining room, gone.   It is so much more open.  Looks good, right?  haha!

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Welcome to ‘the House house’!

Hi, I’m Jodi House. I’ve always wanted to start a blog and I’ve always wanted to remodel a house and now I am doing BOTH.  Yay me! It only seemed fitting to name my blog ‘the House house’ since our name is House and we are remodeling a house.  Get it?   🙂

Here’s my story…

My husband, our 2 young boys and I moved to Naples, FL from Massachusetts over 5 years ago.  We spent our first year renting and then bought a house.  Although we like our current home, we discovered a rather homely, 1980’s Spanish style home for sale in a more desirable and kid friendly neighborhood.  The ‘hood is the best in North Naples, locally known as the ‘Place To Be’ for kids’ events, block parties and swarms of holiday visitors for Halloween, and especially Christmas. Nearly every house gets decorated to the nines at Christmas, and each house is better than the next. People from all over Naples drive through to see the festive lights. Because of the Location, Location, Location, we had to out-bid a few other families for the opportunity to purchase the property.  The house needs a ton of work, and I mean a TON.  Nothing has been touched or updated since it was built in the 80’s, including linoleum floors, fake wood countertops, bad carpeting, outdated bathrooms, you name it!   We plan to gut the entire house and take down a few walls to make it more of an open concept, re-do the kitchen and bathrooms, expand the house in the rear, add a second story with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (almost doubling the square footage), and add a pool. Whew! THAT’S. A. LOT. OF. STUFF. It will be a big job but we can’t wait to get started.

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