Saturday, December 19, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

This Old House

Once upon a time we had a dream. We thought that we could make this little old house (originally built in 1907) our dream home. We put two and a half years of work into it. No, we did not work the entire time. We definitely went through spurts of motivation and bouts of no motivation at all. But when we did work we worked hard. We had no idea that 900 square feet could be so much work. Through all of this work we fought with American Fork City to try and subdivide the property so that we could buy the house. But after two and half frustrating years of run around we finally gave up and decided to move. Here are some pictures of our efforts .

Let's start with the bathroom. I've already done a post on this but here is a refresher.
Bathroom Before

Bathroom After

What we did
New counter top
New mirror
Gas line for the washer and dryer
New fabulous towels and shower curtain

Nursery Before

Nursery After

What we did
Do you remember this post? And this one?
Destroyed all walls
Moved doorway
Vaulted the ceiling
Insulated walls and ceiling
Added closet
New windows
Beautiful Wainscot
This room was the only room in the house that we did everything that we wanted to from start to finish. It was my favorite and would have been so perfect for our little babe. It's so sad to think that he never got to see it!

Bedroom Before

Bedroom After

What we did
Added 2 BIG closets
Ceiling Fan
Made entrance through the hall instead of the family room

Family Room Before
Family Room After

We added the fireplace
Finished Fireplace
What we did
Closed entrance to master bedroom
Added fireplace

Kitchen Before Kitchen After

What we did
Stripped off Wallpaper, then pulled off tile that was under the wallpaper
Put up bead board
Sanded cabinets, painted cabinets RED, replaced knobs
New faucet at sink
New stainless steel appliances

Other things not pictured:
Marc did all new electrical throughout the house. It was still running on fuses and was un-insurable.
He also moved the furnace from the middle of the hallway, into the attic.
We put in an on demand water heater... it was amazing and we NEVER EVER ran out of hot water.
New blinds throughout the house.
Tore down the grainery and Marc built a darling little shed (I can't find my pictures of it... I've SEARCHED! I'll go over there and take some and post them later).
Poured a concrete patio in the backyard
Laid sod in the backyard
I'm sure that after I post this I will remember some more things that we did. But for now this is it. Marc is amazing and did a lot of the work all by himself.

We didn't really do anything to the exterior of the house that we would have liked to do. We had big plans but they involved big money. Now that we don't live there I can say that it was "fun" to remodel and transform this nasty house into our cute little home. I can also say that I truly miss it. We made a lot of memories there and it is really hard to put all of that work into something and then have someone else move in.

If you are still reading this...thank you! But now you should go read someone elses blog that is more interesting.
For the mom who still needs to vacuum, clean, craft, blog, and so much more! It's so nice to have both hands again. And how convenient is it that his sweet little head is always right there for me to kiss and sniff?! I just love it!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Watch Out 10th Percentile, Here Comes Griffin!

At two months Griffin weighed in at 8 lbs 4 oz and is 21 inches long! He's doing so awesome! He is so much fun and I just can't get enough of him!He may be small but he sure is tuff! He only cried for a minute when he got his shots, but it still broke my heart. He earned the right to wear those camo bandaids! Here are a few more pictures of the sweet little guy!Hangin out in his jams with Dad Saturday MorningSporting the male pattern baldness faux hawk

Marc is making sure that Ruka knows that we still love her and he gives her more attention than she's ever had before. She is good to Griffin. She just leaves him alone. If either of us is holding Griffin she will come and lay next to us and put her head on our lap or try to squeeze in next to Griffin. She doesn't like it if he's crying so she gets up and leaves the room. She's funny.