Little miss has been living in our closet, soooo priority number one is finishing the 4th bedroom!
If you remember, we are taking the room that the previous owners have labeled formal
dining living, and making that a bedroom. You can see there are two sets of French doors in this room, one off the entry, and one off the living room. We’re gonna get crazy and close both of those doors, and create a new entrance in front of the utility room. I don’t like the idea of a bedroom opening directly into our great room, so I’m hoping this will keep the bedrooms feeling contained to their own “side” of the house, and create the most natural flow. Plus that’s what the builder’s original plans had=)
This is what the same builder offers now-VERY VERY similar to our floor plan.
Of course, when we bought the house, I thought it was such an “easy” project! Ha! I mean, it wasn’t technically difficult- just, as usual, a lot more involved than my positive Polly inner voice told me. And, now that we’re mostly done, it didn’t seem so bad=). I told my husband that in 7 years when our oldest goes off to college, we can turn her room back into a formal dining room- the look I got was not a nice one=).
We started by removing the glass doors, and framing in the doorway. It was fun having the boys help- my middle son who is 8 really loves all things building, and loved helping his dad with this project.
He’s the one who’s usually right behind me on a project, stealing my scrap wood and building all sorts of treasures. And he’s pretty good too. He’s also smart, and learning all sorts of trades, the way my hubby did, helping his dad. I was hanging a picture the other day and said out loud after drilling to put a drywall anchor in- “hmm, I think there’s a stud there”- this little guy steps in and says “yeah there is mom, there’s an outlet right below you and it would be next to a stud.” Sheesh- I would have never made that connection.
On another day, the hubby was rubbing his forehead, working on installing her bedroom door and stumped for a moment, he steps in and says so innocently- “do you need your dad?” I love how in his eyes, Dads can fix anything.
Then came drywall on both the exterior and interior walls.
We cut an opening for the new door and ordered it along with matching closet doors from a local company. Luckily, the doors in the rest of the house are not uncommon, and it was relatively easy to find a match.
And then the progress stalled. Thanksgiving came. Christmas came. Family vacation came. Weekends were short, and the weeks were long. We have looked at this view from our living room for far too long.
And finally, we got tired of the girl living in our closet!
I wish I had taken better and more pictures of the whole process, but this was before I decided to start blogging, so I just snapped a couple phone pics when I remembered. Which is one of the reasons I started- to better chronicle what we are doing at this point in our lives. Not to get all sappy and sentimental, I mean jeez, you thought this was just about a remodel?=) But our lives feel like they are truly going so fast, and our time as parents of young children is fleeting, so in between work and school and dinner and activities, we want to remember all we can!
Ok, enough of a tangent.
Part 2 and a reveal coming soon!