The Row House

The Road Guy’s Room

Every night, we sit in Henry’s room and make forts and play with his favorite animals, Hal and Mr. Polar Bear!

 

We were playing the other night and I said to Mark, “I can’t believe this room was such an ugly space filled with tons of junk and now it’s one of our favorite rooms in the house!

Before he was born, Henry’s room started out as a catch-all space when we were renovating this house.

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It stayed like that for awhile and we just always kept the door closed and ignored it. HA!!

When we found out I was pregnant, we got to work making it into a baby’s room.

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Since we didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl, we went with a neutral, gray and brown palette.

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It was a simple space to do. Some new drywall, paint and a fresh carpet did the trick.

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I love how it turned out. Henry calls it the “Road Guy’s Room” and absolutely loves it!

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The Grand House

It’s Ugly But It’s PROGRESS!

I know we all prefer to look at pretty pictures, but SO MUCH of the home renovation process is ugly.

To us, the ugly pictures mean PROGRESS!

We had a company come in this week and put spray foam insulation through the whole house.

We felt it was the best decision in terms of energy saving costs for heating and cooling a home of this size.

Now that the spray foam is in, we have a little bit more of electrical work to complete and then we’ll be able to drywall!

I remember when the drywall went in at our first renovation, it just really made us feel that we were getting close to the end!

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Birthday Boy!

My husband is not the same person I married.

For one, I did not know he was so good at demo-ing houses.

He never told me he knew how to build stud walls.

Nor did he share that he could hang drywall…

And mud and tape it.

He knows how to wire a house for electrical.

And he built me a brand new kitchen.

Oh…and he’s also passing all this good stuff on to our son.

Happy birthday babe! You make life fun and you are easy to love!

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We Have This Thing For Exposed Brick

Maybe Mark was a mason in his former life because he (and I!) LOOOOVE exposed brick.

It’s was a main feature in our first home renovation.

The small rowhouse we gutted and totally redid had fireplaces EVERYWHERE!

Our second renovation will feature exposed brick but not as prominently, because we’re going for a different style with this house.

As Mark exposes the brick, some of it is in decent shape and some of it is not.

The brick in the kitchen had to be cleaned and repointed.

In our first house, we used a light coating of muriatic acid on the brick to get the plaster completely off.

We used a sprayer and then a coarse brush to get all the pieces off.

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We haven’t had to use acid in the second renovation.

We’re hoping the exposed brick in this house will add a modern twist to an otherwise classic Victorian house!

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How Did He Do That?!

One of our favorite things about our #RealLifeReno is that we’re honoring the history of this grand old house!

When we were looking to buy it, one of the first things we noticed was a beautiful curved wall right at the entrance of the house that leads into the first living room.

That curve makes us think that this house was a funeral home or doctor’s office at one time. Perhaps the curved wall separated a waiting area from the rest of the house.

We absolutely LOVED that curved feature and knew that we would rebuild it after we demoed the entire inside of the house.

Mark tackled that project last week. He first drew the curve in his CAD computer program to make sure all the measurements were correct.

Then he used a jig saw and cut the curve from plywood because there’s no way to get that curve from a stiff 2×4.

Just wait til it’s drywalled and painted…it’ll be a real beauty!

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I’ve seen this STUD before!

When we first started renovating homes, there was just one STUD in my life…

Now, there are two STUDS…one is potty trained, one is not! 😉

During our first home renovation, I remember feeling SO EXCITED by stud walls. (I never thought I would type that sentence.)

But stud walls mean the demolition is done and the house is starting to take shape. This pic is from our first reno…it shows the upstairs hallway with the bathroom and laundry room.

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When the stud walls go up, you can start to see how big the rooms will be, where the hallways are, and how the doorways and closets look.

Mark has been working hard this week on framing in the doorways and closets on our third floor.

This space before was just a semi-big, awkward room with no purpose. We expanded the dormers so that we could have two decent-sized bedrooms and a full bath on this floor.

It can also be just one bedroom and an office or storage space as well. Lord knows I will NOT being have 5 kids to fill these bedrooms. HA!

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Indoor Plumbing for the WIN!

You know you’re turning into a crazy home renovation person when the most exciting day all week is INSPECTION DAY!

Mark worked his butt off with our plumber and put in all the new pipes and water lines.

After a quick test of the pipes, where you fill them with water and look for leaks, Mark had to make a few adjustments and then we were ready for the plumbing to get inspected.

Mark and Henry also worked on putting the floor in our half bathroom downstairs.

We’re using reclaimed wood that Mark ripped up from other parts of the house.

He’ll sand it and stain it, and it will look beautiful!

We did this in our current home and the floors look great!

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