We've since replaced the oven with a new stainless steel convection oven. The microwave also doubles as a convection oven, but I'm thinking we don't really need two of them. I'm really considering getting rid of the microwave and building a large wooden vent hood instead. I already have a spot in mind to build in a new microwave next to the fridge, too. Still thinking about it!
There really was no entryway before. We took some of the living room to make one as you can see in the above photo.
Before (as a Formal Living Room)
I love the new wall that separates the dining room and study. It feels so much more like an actual room now instead of a nook. Of course, the new flooring, woodwork, chandelier, and paint also make a huge difference!
I wish I had a before picture, but if you had seen it you would understand why I didn't feel the need to take a picture.
One of the reasons we waited so long to remodel is that we always thought we'd move to a bigger house one day and we wouldn't get a return on our investment. When we finally thought we needed to move to a bigger home about a year ago we were so disappointed to find out a home only 1000sqft bigger would cost us three times what we paid for ours. And to top it off, all of the homes in our current neighborhood needed as much work as ours. Say what?! There are some awesome and affordable new homes in our town only ten minutes away that we looked at and sighed over, but I just wasn't willing to switch my kids to a new school to get a bigger house. So we decided to stay and make our 2300 square foot home into our dream home. Well, it's not our dream home, but it's coming along to reflect our style and the architecture of the home. Even if we do end up selling one day I want to finish this house just to see it as I always envisioned it.
In 2013, we're moving upstairs to continue the remodeling madness. We just had our new floor delivered today and it will be installed later this week. We decided on a laminate that looks almost identical to our downstairs wood tile.
This stuff is seriously durable. We beat on it as hard as we could and it didn't dent at all. As a mom to three really rough boys, that's awesome. I'm also sprucing up all four bedrooms and the boys'
He's going to be sorely disappointed! I was just thinking a new color paint, and artwork and window treatments without trains on them. I've been saving on furniture and decor, and focusing on floors, fixtures, and trimwork. Eventually, I will go back and decorate each space completely. My goal is to get the architecture in place first. The decorating will be easy, fun and inexpensive in comparison!
On a personal note, 2012 has been a great year for me, filled with fun and life changing experiences. I became an RN in May. The profile picture for my blog is actually my graduation picture. I started this blog in August and then a new part-time job in October. I also did some traveling.
Maui (as viewed from my poolside chair)
Yes, it's that beautiful!
We also welcomed our newest addition to the family, Mario.
I can't handle all that cuteness in one picture.
We do have more trips and remodeling projects planned, but no more puppies. Mario is adorable, but it's almost like having another baby!
Here's to a great 2013! We're celebrating as we do every year.
Um, well not quite like these people. We're staying home, family is coming over, we'll have great food and drinks, the kids will pop off fireworks while the adults make sure they don't lose fingers in the process, and then we'll struggle to stay up until midnight.
Happy New Year!