Thursday, August 23, 2012

Exhausted (And it's Only Thursday)

Oh man oh has been an exhausting few days trying to get things ready for the big move to the house this weekend. Last weekend we labored on our hands and knees installing and painting new baseboards throughout the house. And this week we've dropped by the house every day to either drop more boxes off, finish painting, and send good juju-vibes so that the bathroom renovation to be done in time for the move. Although we haven't been very successful with the later. On Saturday we'll be having our new carpet installed throughout most of the house - minus the areas that construction workers will be walking through. And Sunday will be the final big push to move everything out of the apartment and into our very first home.

I don't know how we're going to make it through this next couple of weeks. I think we're both running on fumes at this point. Guess we're just going to have to stock up on the coffee and Mountain Dew (the preferred caffeinated beverage of the hubs). Wish us luck!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Bathroom Remodel: Secret

I am outlandishly happy that we're doing the bathroom remodel before we move in not for any of the practical reasons, like we won't have to figure out where to shower while the remodel is happening or because we don't want to have construction people traipsing all over the new carpet we plan on adding.

Nope, I'm happy we're doing the bathroom remodel before we move in because secretly it totally disgusts me to take a shower in someone else shower. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bathroom Remodel: The Plan

As I mentioned in a previous post we are remodeling the 2 full baths in our house. As you can see in the floor plan, our current bathroom situation is not really ideal. Although, in all fairness a major remodel 2 weeks before you plan to move into your house is also not really ideal either. But the hubs and I decided that having a master bathroom the size of a crackerjack box was worse than having to deal with the stress of a remodel before we move.

Our current master bathroom is so tiny that there's no way that we could both even maneuver our way around each other in there. The shower stall is barely big enough for 1 person and I have no idea how shaving your legs in there is even possible. And let's not forget the fact that the toilet faces right out the bathroom door...I mean where's the romance in that???

On the other hand, the hall bathroom is such a waste of space! Due to the L-shaped layout of the hall bathroom you look directly at a wall when you look in through the bathroom door and you have to make your way through a narrow and awkward passage way to get to the actual bathroom. And those shower doors...UGH! I think I just grew up with a shower curtain so I feel like shower doors are so gross...I mean at least when it's just a shower curtain you can toss it when it starts to get mildewy.

So here's what the new floor plan will look like after the remodel. We will be knocking down the walls separating the hall bath from the master bath. We'll be installing much larger shower in the master bathroom and will be replacing the pedestal sink with a larger single sink vanity. In the hall bath we'll be doing a standard tub and will be replacing the current vanity with one with a much more contemporary look.

Hopefully we can get at least the hall bathroom done before we move in 2 weeks. It would definitely be ideal if we could at least have 1 working shower before we move in. I'd prefer not to have to take my shower's at the gym.

Check the follow-up posts on our bathroom remodels: the demo, a look underneath, the details, in the middle of it all, and the big reveal

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Sometimes the best cure for a long day of shopping for appliances and looking at so many different bathroom vanities and tiles that your eyes are starting to go googly is hanging out with some good friends...and eating ice cream, of course!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Death of Luxury

That's exactly what homeownership is feeling like right now. It wasn't long ago when I'd come home from work and lust over luxury handbags and shoes while watching Say Yes to the Dress or Real Housewives of this or that (please don't judge me and my trashy shows). Now I come home and drool over farmhouse kitchen sinks and bathroom tiles online. I run my fingers and toes obsessively through different carpet samples while wrestling with the decision of what color will look best with what wall color. All while HGTV is the permanent television channel of choice. Will this ever change???

It looks like, at least for now, my friends Jimmy Choo and Chanel will have to wait.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


This past week the previous owners of our house moved out and we got a chance to see the blank canvas that is our first home. It was exciting to walk into the home we had walked through so many times and see it empty and waiting for us to make it our own.

Sometimes it's still hard to believe that we own a home. It probably has to do with the fact that we're still living in our apartment. Over the next month we'll be slowly moving into the house as we do some major renovations to our bathrooms before we officially call it our home. More about the renovation in another post.

This weekend we went back to the house a few times to drop off some of the things we've already packed up. And most importantly we brought hub's second car out of storage and gave it a proper home in our garage. We've only been homeowners for a few days and the hubs is already loving his new 2 car garage.

It's an exciting time for us and we can't wait to be fully moved in and living in our home. Hopefully everything goes according to plan and we'll be all settled in soon.