Style & Stuff | Posted by Jannie on 29 January 2010 @ 7:08 AM 52 Comments
How do I even start this whole series?
The old fireplace seems a good spot. Guess I’ll just jump on in.
But let me douse the flames first. Ouch!
Above was Christmas Eve 1992 with our now deceased friend, Nick. Gee, this is off to a cheery start.
We enjoyed that fireplace for quite a few years until we demolished it.
I think the photo directly below must’ve been from about 1997, because the one after it was from 1998 when Mom and Dad visited.
And there was the fireplace…
That’s Dad standing on the ladder in the corner where it had been. And I see we’d already started on the new kitchen, as per the white cabinet off to the left. (Much of the remodeling projects on this house have overlapped over the years!)
Then… Dad and Jim knocked that wall down, thankfully not a supporting one! Thus, our old master bedroom (that area with the one little window) became part of the front (entry) room too.
Then… we busted out from the old master to a new addition at the far end, making the whole shebang one room, with the archway for style, of course.
And — Ta-Da! Finished room here below…
Judging from Kelly’s toddler toys off in the distance, I’d say the directly above was from c. 2003.
I’d show you a photo of the area now but I want to de-clutter it a bit first — I’ve furniture and a dozen big storage bins full of Kelly’s stuff there, hanging out while her room gets the penguin update. So, you’ll need remodeling patience too until I show you these wonders, all no later than 2014.
The carpet on the other side of the archway Jim built? That’s the stuff our pets so enjoying puking on!!! (We don’t even have that dark green area rug anymore, the pets did not treat it kindly. )
Sooooo, that’s one view of our house as you walk in our front door! Except said door will actually become a window, because we’ve built a breezeway with a new entryway at the front of the house, with the breezeway connected to a new 2-car garage with a living room up over it. That will be our “final” living / theater room — started over 6 years ago, but not yet finished. Hey, why rush into finishing these additions, we say?! Mind you, Jim does this house stuff in his spare time. And he does tend to have a few projects on the go simultaneously. Never a dull moment here with my wonderful Jim!
Did I mention the plan is to sell this house, move back to Canada and start the whole remodeling thing all over again. Oy!
But back to this house….
As you can well imagine, there was a fair amount of ruckus involved in our front room remodel, over the approximately FIVE YEARS it took for this project from start to finish!!!
These next two photos depict just a bit of said ruckus.
There is a lovely new fireplace in the back corner, I will showcase it some day. (Have a little de-cluttering to do there too!)
Lots of fun!!
And remember a few paragraphs above I told you we added a piece onto the old master bedroom, which then became part of the whole front room scenario? Here are a couple shots of that addition during construction…
And even earlier — me helping Jim level the first floor joists.
Oh, and check this out! The adjacent room (with the circle-top window over French doors) was actually the very first of the 4 additions we’ve made to this house. (And I’m not even including the tree house in those 4.) Said first addition was erected between c. 1994 to 1996 — a room to be featured in upcoming posts. It was originally planned to be our main living room, but will be the master bedroom when it’s finished — yes, we’re even now remodeling the remodel! But it WAS a completely finished living room indeed for a good few years, which was joyful beyond compare!
So that’s it!!
Did I lose you, anywhere, Sweeties??
Oh, and I must add that once Jim gets the calling and tells me he MUST build something else, we basically design these additions together, and go for them. I generally plan the room lay-outs and features and he builds them for me, with me helping, and usually with not too much grumbling on my part! I so pine to live in a finished house, Friends. I really do! And have pined for some years now. I mentioned we’ve been working on this house for 17 years, right??
Btw, Jim does ALL this woodwork himself (remember our dining room, which used to be a bedroom?)
He does hire helpers for slabs, framing, drywall, plumbing and electrical. And I do a lot of the painting. And all the decorating!
Oh, and a couple of you newer readers have asked why I’m called “The Queen Of Remodeling Patience.” That was Patricia Wisdom’s entry in my Jannie Funster tagline “contest” some moons ago. Patricia ended up being one of the five top finalists, with Lance the grand prize winner for his entry of “Singing For Beer And Donuts.”
Well, if you still have an atom of energy left after getting through this whole post, have you any questions? Comments?