Renovation Realities

Last October my fiancé and I bought a cute little home in Amesbury. We looked at a lot of houses but I kept coming back to this one. It's on a nice, quite street, has a good sized backyard for the dogs and garden and we could design the entire house how we wanted because it was a total rehab. This seemed like a great idea, and it still does, but it's a lot of work! It was owned by an elderly couple who had passed away and their children were now selling the house. The daughter had told us how she grew up in the house and her parents had owned it for many years. It was built in 1910 and there are still many original elements visible that I love but it is very obvious (by our pepto bismol pink bathroom, pea-green appliances & very ornate wallpaper) that the house has not been updated since the 70s. There is not an inch of this house that we are not touching. And did I mention we are doing this all on our own? Yup. Weekend Warriors right here. My Dad has also been such a big help. He comes up every Saturday to help Chris and we are so appreciative of that.

We (meaning I) decided to start upstairs with the Master Bedroom so we could have a comfortable, new place to hide while the rest of the house was in disarray and so that I could have a closet to hang my clothes in. Fast-forward 10 months and my poor, beautiful clothes have been in Tupperware bins for almost a year now. The front "library" room acts as my makeshift closet (see the sad picture below). We decided to take three small bedrooms and turn those into a big master with a walk-in closet. All of these rooms were connected by door openings (no hallway) so I thought it would be easy enough take down the wall in between two bedrooms and make the third smaller one that is off the second room the walk-in closet. Well, turns out, that was originally the back of the house and the second and third bedrooms were additions so that "easy" take down wall is actually a low-bearing wall and is holding up the roof. Ugh. Chris said this was why you always start from the bottom-up but I really needed a closet...lesson learned my clothes don't come first in a total house renovation.

So they had to take down the wall, build a temporary wall so the roof didn't cave in, buy these really heavy LVLs (beams) and get them as far into the ceiling as they could go, rebuild the closet wall and move the door opening. And that's just the tip of the iceburg. They ripped up the subfloor, took down every single wall, rebuilt the wall frames, took down the ceiling to clear it of very old, gross insulation (biggest mess I have EVER seen), put in all new windows, new insulation, put up all new drywall, installed recessed lighting, spackled, sanded and now we can finally paint and put down our new floor!! This is where I come (the fun stuff!). I just picked up paint samples this morning so I will be diving right into finding the perfect color to go with the gorgeous grey oak flooring we are putting in.

I've posted some photos below of the adventure so far but follow along with me as I will continue to post about this cute, little home we bought and the updates we do to it. Our first home purchase and our first big project.

 

Strapping put up, new insulation and rebuilding some of the wall structure. 

Strapping put up, new insulation and rebuilding some of the wall structure. 

Closet which will have a sliding barn door

Closet which will have a sliding barn door

New recessed lighting

New recessed lighting

Next up paint! 

Next up paint! 

The original chimney we are keeping

The original chimney we are keeping