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May 2016

Weekly Move In Update – May 31, 2016

If you are new to my blog, welcome!   We have been renovating a house in Naples, Florida for the last year.  We finally moved in a few weeks ago, on Mother’s Day. It has been a very long, and sometimes hard and frustrating journey, but we are so happy and love our new house.  You can check out all my past updates here.

There is still a lot happening around here at the House house and we still don’t have a finished pool.  🙁  We were really hoping to have it finished for this weekend (Memorial Day) so we could have our first House house party.  We just have to be a little more patient. Here is what we’ve been up to.

Kitchen…

I finally found a backsplash, thanks to this blog, sandandsisal.com.  I had been searching and searching and happened to see this tile on her Instagram and knew it was ‘the one’.  The tiles are from Lunada Bay Tile and I heart them so much.  I got myself a sample from a local showroom and they are perfect. Now, I just need to get them ordered and installed. Once installed I can finally get my oven hood put up!  Please, if you have a moment, check out the Sand and Sisal blog and her Coastal Kitchen Makeover post.  It is awesome!

Lunada Bay Tile (picture courtesy of Sand and Sisal)
Lunada Bay Tile (picture courtesy of Sand and Sisal)

I mean, how perfect is this tile gonna look on this wall?  And then add the hood and it’ll be DONE!

Oh wait, that is not true.  I still need to get some lights for over the island.  My mom had given me some very nice pendant lights she has held onto for a long time. She got them when she worked in the Boston Design Center years ago.  They would have been perfect except for the voltage wasn’t right and the electrician said he couldn’t use them.  Stinks!  Anyway, I actually saw some nice pendant lights at Lowes that I think I will pick up.  My husband thinks they look like upside down wine glasses.  HA!  They kinda do and we love wine so……

pendant light from Lowes

Bathrooms…

It’s the little things.  We hung toilet paper holders, hand towel holders and mirrors in 3 of our bathrooms.  The kids bath still needs a cabinet for some more storage and the master needs to be finished too.  There are some holes in the walls in the master that need to be repaired before we can hang mirrors.  Still lots to do. Notice my DIY Dolphin and Seahorse hanging up in the kids bath?  I still feel like there needs a little more something in here.  In due time….

We did manage to hang some artwork over the tub in the master though.  I found these pictures at Marshall’s and think they look pretty darn good. They are so pretty. By the way, this tub is the bomb!  I’ve used it a few times and it is truly awesome.  It is so deep you could get lost in it.

Master bathroom
Master bathroom

Painting Furniture…

I spent the good part of 2 days chalk painting these old, beat up desks for my kids to use.  They came out pretty good.  They love them.  We also upcycled these old, flat, box springs from their old beds.  We had them in the boys rooms waiting to be taken down to the garage and disposed of.  2 different friends asked me what they were and both said you should put them up against the wall and let the kids use them as message boards…..so we did and we love it.

Other stuff…

Closets…

Closets are getting installed as we speak.  Wahoooo!  I am anxious to see how they look.  Once these are done we will be able to get so much more organized!  Can’t stand looking at my clothes on the floor anymore.

I am sure there is so much more that I haven’t even mentioned.  I feel like we’ve been working non-stop and there is still so much to do.  Anyone relate?  Any questions, comments?  Feel free to drop me a line.

Weekly House house Update – All Moved In, Sorta

Hi All!  I took a break from posting last week as we were just a wee bit busy moving in.  We still are!  It takes forever to get settled.  It also doesn’t help that there is still so much going on here.  I wish I had an exciting “Room Reveal” post for this week, but I do not.  In fact we don’t have one room finished here yet.  (the above picture if our new screened in front entrance)

Here is all that happened since my last post.

Kitchen…

If you’ve been following me from the beginning you may remember a post from last summer about picking out Appliances.   They were finally delivered and I LOVE THEM ALL.  Especially my wine fridge (which the bottles keep disappearing from ;-)) and dishwasher.  The stand alone ice maker is not hooked up yet but I know I will love that too.  It needs a special drain which is on order.  The under counter microwave is super cool too.  I still need to pick out a backsplash before we can install the hood over my stove.  Gotta get on that!!!  I finally had a second to go shopping this week and dragged my mom along to try to pick something out.  It is overwhelming but I got a few idea’s of things I like, now I just gotta make a decision.

My new washer and dryer are the bomb-dot-com too.  They are both HUGE.

Pool cage, ‘the view’ room, upstairs deck…

Our pool cage is complete and looks great.  It is huge.  We also enclosed the upstairs deck off the master and our front door entrance.  I really didn’t think we needed to enclose the front entrance but I am really glad we did.  My son calls it ‘the view’ room.  Its kinda fun to sit out there with our wine while the kids play in the front yard.  Our spiral staircase is built but not complete yet.  It took 2 carpenters 2 full days to put this thing together.  It had 3000 parts.  3000!  But, it looks pretty amazing.

The pool people are supposed to be finishing up in the next week or so.  I am sick of looking at the gross looking water.  We want to swim already.  It is HOT here.  Also, it’d be nice to be able to move all the lanai furniture OUT OF OUR LIVING ROOM, where it is currently residing.  It is such a mess.  In due time though, right?

Electricians…

The electricians finished up most of their work.  They still need to install the can lights and ceiling fans in the lanai, our master bathroom vanity lights, pendant lights over the island and a few other things too.

Painting…

The painters finished up painting the lanai this week.

Still to do…..

Closets…

We ordered custom closets but they have not been installed yet.  They are on order and will be installed any day now. I can’t wait.  It is driving me crazy that we can’t organize or put anything away.  Clothes are just piled up on the floor in our rooms and in totes and stuff.  Once they are in we will be able to get rid of so much clutter.  What a relief that will be.

Driveway Pavers…

The driveway pavers are in our front yard stacked neatly and have been for a while now.  The driveway is the last step and so we are close!  Once the pool is complete we’ll be ready to tear up the old, cracked and dirty driveway.

New Stuff…

We’ve got lots of furniture but will need to buy new stuff eventually.  We are going to live with what we have for the time being.  A lot of our stuff is chocolate brown which seems to dark for my taste these days, but we’ll have to live with it, for now.  See what I mean?  This is our dining room set.  The table is to small for the room and we need a rug too, but don’t you think it looks to dark?

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Cable/Internet….

We have been without cable for a few weeks now.  I miss tv, but not as much as I thought.  We’ve been so busy right up until we go to bed that there is not time to watch anything anyway.  It will be nice to have it back though.  They come next week to hook us up.

Sprinklers/Landscaping…

A new sprinkler system will be installed soon so we can start to landscape this place.  Also the giant dirt pile from the pool dig will be gone soon.  Can’t wait to see that go.  The kids will miss it though.  They have a lot of fun playing in that pile, and getting plenty dirty.

HAPPY…

We are all so happy to be here.  We’ve all been sleeping better.  The kids love being here and love their new bedrooms and especially the playroom.  The neighborhood playground is almost right across the street so it is easy for them to get too, and they have lots of friends from school in the neighborhood.  It has been fun having friends stop over to check out the house and hang out.  We just love it all. We’ll be throwing our first House house party soon!

Wednesday Weekly Remodel Update – May 4, 2016 – Almost there!

Well, it is finally happening.  After owning this house for almost a YEAR AND A HALF, we are finally moving in!  Ready or not, here we come!

We bought this place in December of 2014 then went through 2 architects and met with several contractors before we could even begin.  Once we finalized the plans it took forever to get permits and for the work to actually begin.  What a long process.  But, it is all almost over.

Now that we are moving in, instead of Weekly Updates I think I will do Room Reveals each week as we get them done and decorated.  Sound good?

So much going on this week and so many last minute details.  You can catch up on past updates if you’ve missed anything.  Here is the latest…

Countertops…

My countertops were installed on Monday and they look a-maze-zing!   I really love them and think they compliment the white cabinets nicely.  They are Quartz but look like granite.  I can hardly wait to cook in this damn kitchen. We’ve been eating out a lot lately and it’s getting old. Plus, I love to cook.  I had a very hard time getting a good picture of them. It was dark and rainy here today (and I forgot my ‘good’ camera so only had my iPhone, again!) and we still don’t have lights in the house.  Speaking of lights…

Electrical…

The electricians come tomorrow to do there thang.  The hubs and I had to sort of scramble to pick out some lighting and still do not have everything.  Like vanity lights.  Damn those are hard to pick out.  I am going to order some online tonight.  Thank you Amazon Prime for shipping them to me lickety split.  I just hope I like them.

Appliances…

All of our appliances were delivered this week, only they couldn’t install them since the electrical outlets are not all finished.  So, we have this big pile of boxes in our living room.   But, as mentioned above, the electricians are going to be there Thursday and Friday to do there thang.  Appliances will be connected on Friday.

Office Floor…

As I mentioned last week the hubs and I were going to install this interlocking foam floor for our office/gym area.  We successfully finished.  It took much longer than we thought, plus we only had time to squeeze in and hour here and an hour there when we could.  For the last 2 days we decided to stop everything and get it done.

We started with a T pattern across the room and worked off of that. The hardest part was laying the tape (that stuff is super sticky) and making the cuts on the edges of the room and corners.  I can’t take much credit since my husband did the work (his poor back is sore today).  I just played assistant.  Anyway, it is done and we like how it came out.

Carpet…

Friday and Saturday they will install our carpet.  Saturday our 2 PODS are getting delivered and then we can start unpacking.

There are things that will not be done until AFTER we move in but nothing we can’t live without.  Like doorknobs (they are on order), the pool cage (supposed to be getting done soon), and a few other things.  BUT, they will get done.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

I just wanted to take a moment to wish ALL you mommy’s out there a Happy Mother’s Day.  Especially my own mother and my mother-in-law who is flying in Saturday to help us move in.  Our day will be full of unpacking and lifting furniture but my biggest gift will be moving into our new house so I can’t complain.  What could be better, really?  Hope you all have great day’s with your families.