Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bungalow: Big Progress on the Bathroom

I've mentioned before that David doesn't have as much time to work on the house as he used to.  So in order to get things done, he has to take advantage of small amounts of time and chip away at his to-do list.  First I want to explain again what we're doing.

The bungalow used to have a hallway from the dining room that led to both bedrooms and the bathroom.  At some point, the previous owners decided they wanted a spa tub and removed the hallway and enlarged the bathroom.  The result was that you had to go through the bedrooms to get to the bathroom.  We didn't like that and we didn't need a bathroom that big so we decided to put the hallway back; but we're not going to have hallway access from the second bedroom. Also, we're closing off the door from the main bedroom to the dining room.  So the only way to get to that room is from the hallway.  Where the door was to the second bedroom will be a much-needed closet.  I sure hope that makes sense - it's hard to explain.  But soon it will be done and you'll be able to see it.  In the meantime, here's a copy of the floor plan as it was when we bought the house.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Bungalow Update - The Bathroom Remodel is Underway!

I'm finally back with an update on the bungalow's progress.  It's been slow going with Thanksgiving, Christmas and bad weather and busy schedules but we've been chipping away at the to-do list.  Take a look at some of the things we've accomplished.


David installed a new light over the kitchen table.  It's nice to sit there and actually see what we're doing.

One of these days we'll get that ugly wallpaper stripped and the walls painted.  

He also installed a light in Calvin's room.  Calvin appreciates it very much!
Nothing fancy but it does the job.

He installed a light by the laundry room closet.  It's nice to be able to see what I'm doing.

He replaced the light fixtures outside.
We have one of these at the side entrance and one by the back door.
He installed a light over the kitchen table.


David closed up the door on Calvin's room.  We hadn't done this before because his room didn't have any vents for heat or a/c.  Now he has a vent so his room will be a comfortable temperature.  Closing up the door means it will be quieter for him (and for us!).

He also added a new lock on the front door and a new threshold.  The previous threshold was non-existent so a lot of cold/hot air came in under the door.


He finished the deck.  It looks great and makes that area so much nicer.  Not only does it provide a place to sit, it also reduces mud issues from Lucy and provides a nice, even walkway to and from the garage.


And last but not least, he started work on the bathroom.  In case you've forgotten what we're doing, here's a summary.  The current bathroom is fairly large for this size house.  The original design had a hallway off the dining room which lead to the bathroom and two bedrooms.  The previous owner removed the hallway, enlarged the bathroom and added a very large spa tub.  

We are putting the hallway back, getting rid of the spa tub, rearranging the tub, toilet and sink and adding two closets.  Instead of getting to the bathroom through our bedroom, in the new design, you'll go in through the hallway.  We did not choose to put a door from the second bedroom to the hallway. The reason we didn't do that is so we could add a closet between the bathroom and the second bedroom.  It will be accessed from the hallway and will contain David's clothes.  He and I have each had separate closets for years.  He has two wardrobes - one for work and one for home - and he gets up really early.  In order not to bother me while I'm still sleeping, he keeps his clothes in another room.  In this house, there's no where else to put them!  So he's creating this long, skinny closet that will house his clothes.  We also didn't put a door from the second bedroom because the room has no good wall space for the bed.  Removing the door from the that room to the hallway provides a perfect place to put the bed.  And it's not that far from the bedroom to the bathroom.  

If none of that makes sense, bear with me because you'll eventually see it all come together.  However, in the meantime, the project has to be done in a very methodical way.  Since it's our only bathroom, we have to remodel it while keeping is functional.  That's no easy task but it's something David is exceptionally good at.  He already managed to remove the old tub and install a new tub with minimal disruption to our ability to shower.  

To get this bathroom remodel started, here are a few photos of what it looked like before and a few photos of what's going on now.



That's it for today but more to come!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

There's a Reason for Everything!

No - this isn't some deep philosophical conversation about the meaning of life.  It's simply about why I don't close my closet door all the way - ever.  And that probably doesn't seem like a post-worthy topic except that it drives my husband a little crazy.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Bungalow: Progress on the Deck and Office!

Progress on the bungalow has been a little slower lately because of weather, early darkness and the holidays.  But progress is still being made.

A couple of weeks ago, David built a deck off the back of the house (you can read about it here).  He finished the main part of the deck but wasn't able to finish the walkway from the deck to the garage. He planned to finish it this past weekend but the weather didn't cooperate.  So he came home a little early yesterday and battled the hard, semi-frozen ground to finish the foundation of the walkway.  All that's left now is to put the decking boards on and that'll be easy.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Lucy - The Adventure Continues

Despite David's best efforts at temporarily rigging the back fence line so Lucy can't escape, she still managed.  We caught her in the act yesterday.

The back fence has multiple high spots and the fence is floppy.  We discovered that she's been pushing on the fence and climbing under.  I have to say that I'm surprised.  She's never shown any interest in leaving the yard - at our last house or here.  At any rate, she's discovered that she likes it.  Or at least she likes the yard behind us.  Or maybe it's the German Shepherd.  At any rate, she's no longer interested in staying home.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lucy's Big Escape!

My morning routine is always the same.  I get up and let Lucy out and then go take my shower, get dressed and eat breakfast.  After I'm finished with breakfast, I let Lucy back in.  It works well.

But Monday when I went to let Lucy in, she was missing.  I should have known something was up when she wasn't pounding on the back door to be let in or looking in the window while I tried to have a few quiet moments to start my day.  I guess I was just enjoying the peace.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

How to Clean Dirty Straws

My grandkids use straws whenever they drink anything.  Unfortunately, the straws can get kind of gross.  I've tried a lot of different ways to clean the straws and the only thing that worked halfway decently was q-tips.  But that wasn't ideal.  Then I got on Amazon to see if there were any other options and found these beauties.

The package I purchased came with six so I shared them with my daughter and daughter-in-law.  We all LOVE them and use them regularly to keep the kid straws and our straws squeaky clean.  If you're interested, you can find them here.

I did not receive compensation from Amazon.com for this post nor did I receive the product for free.  I purchased the product to make my straws cleaner and thought my readers might be interested, too.