Wednesday, May 15, 2013

On the Home Front ~ Diving Into our Renovation

Just realized this is my 100th post. Yippee! I really appreciate your support. Thank you for your interest in A Dose of Jules and for reading my blog. You are the best.

I'm taking a quick breather to give you all a mini update with the ongoings in my world.

After the craze of posting/writing a poem a day (I must admit.....I was fried!!!), my brain refused to do anything productive in terms of posting and life around the house got a bit hectic.

The biggest thing....we started our kitchen and bathroom renovation at the end of April. Yes, after 11 years of deliberation, we decided to bite the bullet and go for it. If not now, then it's never happening... because the college tuition train will be pulling in very shortly....and it won't be leaving for a long time!

Our renovation is pretty involved.... we are fiddling with a weight bearing wall, pushing into a Florida room, moving the bathroom and bringing the laundry room upstairs. We met with a few contractors, but I didn't feel comfortable with any of them.....I was a bit suspicious because some of the quotes were off by $40,000.....that's a lot of money......so, and after much discussion, our good friend offered to do the job for us ~ Thank you JP!

Now, my husband is sleeping much better at night. That's when he gets to sleep.....we have to pay the bills....sleep is over-rated anyway. (poor guy ~ love you hon)

Before work began, I visited the cabinet maker with pictures of kitchens I liked and choose my cabinets and knobs and pulls all on one day! What did I pick? Well, I will share that with you in the next On the Home Front post.

So, with our plans already done, a reliable and honest contractor by our side, all we needed to do was to nod our heads and pouf.......let the demolition begin.

That is after we get all the rooms cleared. Demo was scheduled to begin the week after we got back from Spring break, so..... I had one week to clear out the kitchen AND the basement below.



Phew~ One week later.....not bad.....patting myself on the back! Especially since my darling husband was conveniently away on a golf trip during that time. Not cool...... no worries, I have something planned too!



Thanks for stopping by ~ Are you working on a house project? Have you gone through a kitchen or bath renovation?

Share your stories or link up your post.....I would love to see what you've done. There is more to come regarding my renovation, so make sure to stop by and see what we are doing next.

Do you have any tips or advice?

11 comments:

  1. No, we are renters until we retire and we might rent even then! :) I am interested to see how this goes though. Good luck Jules!!!

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    1. Dina...I will be posting updates soon. Thanks :)

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    1. :) it's been a bit crazy....but I'm very excited.

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  3. Good luck! And maybe it is a good idea to stay out of the house as much as possible? Holidays until it will all be over? What do you do without a kitchen?

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    1. It's been hard....we have a makeshift kitchen in the basement, but in order to get to it, we need to go outside - around the house and through the basement door. It's really not too bad until you forget things. Thank goodness for cell phones.

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  4. Now that's a lot of work but how exciting! Good luck! :) stopping by from the Friday flash blog party. :)

    Christine :)
    http://www.myepicureanadventures.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I will check out your blog....I'm hoping you are a volleyball fan.... I played in highschool and part of college.

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  5. Yikes! I remember it well and wouldn't be excited to go through it again...that said, I am so happy with the finished product and it looks like you did all the hard stuff already!! Have a cocktail and put your feet up- boy do you deserve it! Good luck!

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    1. Kim.....I'm very lucky that my GC (a good friend of ours) is super fast and so on top of everything.....it's been a fairly smooth process....with just a few tiny hiccups. I'm am ready for a cocktail though. :)

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  6. This is awesome! I've been trying to do some bathroom renovation , and this gave me some great insight for things to try. Thanks for sharing!

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