Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A recap

After about two weeks off spent with family and friends over the holidays, it's time I get back to blogging. I do love this time of year, post-holiday-bustle, to start fresh, set new goals and look forward to what the new year has in store.


Looking back on 2011, we (with help from friends and family) managed to conquer more than one giant on this house renovation of ours. Here's a recap for you.


In March, my brother Phil came and hung drywall throughout our addition (view that post HERE). My in-laws helped us mud and tape it all. This put our basement, dining room, master bedroom and laundry room a step closer to being finished. We went from this:


To this:


And back to this:


That's how things happen around here! Actually, Cam spent the last few days cleaning it up so we can finish sanding and get ready to prime.


Then, after waiting for what seemed like forever, we got ourselves a real kitchen!


From this:


To this...




To this!!!



While it's a far cry from being finished (note the blue tape as temporary pulls!), it's a huge improvement! Read more about our kitchen journey HERE.

Around this time, we decided to build ourselves some windows. What can I say? We love DIY!




The transom windows we built add height to the walls and a ton of light to the rooms.  Here's what they look like from the outside:


(We also added the window near the roof peak so we can turn the "attic" space into a bedroom. More on that soon!)


Once the transom windows were built and installed (details HERE if you'd like), we started pulling off old siding and replaced it with new engineered wood siding and trim.


Cameron installed a new front door and built an overhang above it, along with a pergola over the front window to diffuse the bright sunlight that comes through in the afternoon.


Somewhere in the midst of these house projects, Cameron managed to completely restore a car. (Since we weren't busy enough?!)


Last, but not least...we wrapped up our summer by bringing home our first child! He's the best addition to our home for sure!


What a busy but productive year! The list of things to do is still pretty long. I look forward to sharing as we continue to work on projects this year!
2 comments on "A recap"
  1. wow - so much can change in a year, can't it? i never thought so many things would happen five years ago, but time changes so quickly. HAPPY NEW YEAR

    Bethany
    www.powellbrower.blogspot.com

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  2. What an exciting year! The house is looking great and that last photo.... too cute for words! Happy 2012!!

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