project house {week 1}

we referenced in our last christmas letter {& some of you may know} that we were planning a pretty big house remodel to start some time in 2014. we LOVE our house & are never going to move {well, not me at least!} because we are in such a great neighborhood. even before we starting expanding our family though we knew we would need more space than our current 2 bedrooms & 1 bathroom. if you recall we have a completely unfinished basement that runs the entire footprint of the house {about 1000 square feet} that we had always envisioned completing.

starting late last summer & early fall we were looking for architects to design the project & found urbanadd who we ended up hiring for our project. we worked with them into the fall on designs for the basement & then started into the permitting. that was the point that we found out I was pregnant. we talked it thru & decided that we wanted to continue with the project. the entire point of the remodel was to create more space & neither of us could fathom taking on something this big with a newborn, infant, or toddler!

while it is a bit later than we had originally anticipated, we officially broke ground {with our awesome contractor mike cain construction} last monday, march 31st. as it turns out, the remodel & the baby are pretty much on the same track to be finished, though we are optimistic that we can hit our goal of being done with the renovation by july 31st. then I know there will be some serious nesting happening!

this is definitely not a small project & requires us to be out until at least early summer. as the ceilings in the basement are just about six-and-a-half feet tall, we are lifting the house about 28 inches to provide 8 foot ceilings downstairs. we are adding an internal staircase {as the current one is outside on the back of the house} where the front bedroom/office currently exists, & then finishing out the space with two bedrooms, one bathroom, a utility room, & a master suite. once I find a good floor planner online I will mock up the blueprints of the new space & share for all of you visual learners.

so without further adieu, photos from the first week {which was all internal & external demo}. I apologize in advance that some of these pictures are really bright. I am still learning manual mode on our SLR and thought it would be better to get these post up this week rather than spending time editing in photoshop {since I am super slow at editing}. if you are interested in seeing the before pictures of the house, see the house tour page here.


{the house pre-demo}


{balcony off the back of the house – it is being rebuilt but 28 inches taller}


{the current back door & basement}


{the west side of the house with siding removed}


{looking into the house thru the front door after the wall between the entry & office was demoed}


{the entry way & plastic tunneled living room}


{the old brick chimney pre-demo & covered with wallpaper {which we didn’t know since it was covered with lath & plaster} that runs thru the corner of our kitchen}


{the siding coming down off the back of the house}


{the demo of the slab & the chimney (that’s up thru to the kitchen)}


{siding off of the east side & front of the house}


{the wood floor cut to expose the sub-floor where the future staircase will live & the chimney demo upstairs}


{the house is starting to show signs of construction from the front}

lots of demo this week to prepare for the house lift that will start in the next few days. the walls around the entry way & front of our office were demoed since we will end up with a much larger entryway & set of stairs at the front of the house. & the chimney was demoed because it is no longer needed to vent the furnace as we are upgrading the heating system from forced air {with a furnace} to radiant heat {with a boiler}. it was a happy coincidence that we will gain about a square foot-and-a-half of extra space in the corner of our kitchen where the chimney used to come up thru the house.

I am hoping to have weekly updates for at least the first part of the project where the changes are big & obvious. as we get further along in the project, the updates may not be weekly if there aren’t as many big changes.

we are really excited for this project to really be taking off! have you ever done {or wanted to do} a big house remodel?


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