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Living Room and Office Remodel: Week Two

Day Four

This was one heck of a day. We had a bunch of people out here working, and I was gone most of the day picking up paint, supplies, and hardware. I left and the place was a mess. Came back, and everything was painted and baseboards were put in! The ceiling is completely done. The walls and trim will get another coat once the entire remodel is done.

Living Room And Office Remodel: Week Two

Living Room And Office Remodel: Week Two

Living Room And Office Remodel: Week Two

I’m really glad I went with a similar color to what we already had in these rooms. It looks beautiful next to the other two colors we’ve used downstairs, and I’m going to need a nice neutral color to balance out the colorful furniture I’m looking at getting for our living room!

Living Room And Office Remodel: Week Two

We also got a new door put in the family room that we previously remodeled. Our back door was completely rotted through and you could barely open it anymore. This new one looks great. Still needs trim around the sides, but I’m so happy to be able to walk out this door again!

Day Five and Six

Living Room And Office Remodel: Week Two

No one came out on Tuesday and Wednesday because they were working at the shop building our built-ins. Apparently, there was a little confusion as to what I was wanting because we had a series of text messages containing pictures of sketches that kept getting erased and redone until I was happy.

The original design is above, and the picture below is what it looked like after we made what felt like a dozen changes to it.

Living Room And Office Remodel: Week Two

Day Seven

Not much happened on Thursday this week either. Our contractor brought an HVAC guy over to move our floor register from underneath the window to the other side of the room by the office. Its location under the window was going to interfere with furniture placement, so we had to move it somewhere out of the way.

Living Room And Office Remodel: Week Two

Living Room And Office Remodel: Week Two

The HVAC guy wasn’t the friendliest guy in the world, and he almost hit two of my chickens when he sped out of our driveway. On Friday, I figured out why he was so eager to get the heck out of our house…

Day Eight

On Friday morning, I got a text message from our contractor saying to call him as soon as I could. When he had measured the moisture level in our hardwoods earlier in the week, it wasn’t matching up with the level in our subfloor. We thought the wood just hadn’t acclimated yet, so we were giving it more time. Turns out, the moisture levels were out of wack because of what was hiding in our crawl space under the house.

You’ll need a little backstory here. A month ago, our house started smelling REALLY bad. Like stinky poo-bad. And our toilets weren’t flushing right. I had a plumber come out and he snaked his tool up to try to unclog what he thought was causing our toilets not to flush and allowing poo-gas to make its way back into the house. He got the water flowing again and we were all good. Or so we thought. The smell never really went away, but I was so consumed with everything else going on that I just tried to ignore it. (It’s amazing what you can get used to.)

Turns out, for at least the past month, our sewage has NOT been flowing into the septic tank as it’s supposed to. It’s been flowing directly into our crawl space. Our drain pipe broke and everything we’ve been flushing has just been pouring out underneath our house. I’ll spare you the picture-evidence of this catastrophe (which I have unfortunately seen), but trust me, it’s bad.

We had a plumber come out on Friday afternoon and he fixed the drain, but now we have to have someone come clean and dry out all the waste under the house, get rid of the mold, and install a new vapor barrier. I have no idea how much that is going to cost, but I’ll find out on Monday.

I don’t know if this is what home ownership is like for everyone, but I feel like we’ve been battling one thing after another with this house ever since we moved in a year and a half ago. I’m beginning to believe we may be destined to be renters if this keeps up too much longer.

Luckily, I did get one big thing to smile about on Friday – our built-in shelves and cabinets are mostly done. We still need shelves in the middle and cabinet doors, but this is what they are going to look like.

Living Room And Office Remodel: Week Two

I am super pleased, and they look even better in person. I am going to have plenty of storage underneath the shelves for our blankets and linens. Can you believe there are NO closets in the downstairs portion of our house? No linen closet, no coat closet, nothing. It’s so weird. But I’ll be able to fit everything in these cabinets and still have plenty of space leftover. And I’m pretty sure it’ll take me years to fill all those shelves up with books!

It was definitely an eventful week. Of course, it would be the one that Cory is out of town for, so that was extra trying, but we made it through, crappy week and all. Pun intended.

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  • Autumn @ The Spirited Violet
    May 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Oh gosh. How did I miss your home renovation? I love looking at home renovations, but this project with your septic tank…oh my gosh. I can’t even imagine!

  • April
    March 22, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    This is beginning to remind me of that movie “The Money Pit”! But seriously, you’ll get all of the kinks worked out and it will be amazing and beautiful and mostly it will be home. For a long, long time.

  • Rachel @ MyNaturallyFrugalFamily
    March 17, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    Well sorry for the crappy week, but in the end the shelves look fantastic :)

  • Mrs. Match
    March 16, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    OMG what a nightmare!! My brother does HVAC, I will have to tell him this story so he’ll have something to think of anytime he has a bad day. At least it’s not a poo pond! Lol.

    Those built in looks amazing. I really want something like that in our family room to go around the fireplace and tv. Can you message me with more info on how much it cost if you don’t mind sharing? I’m curious if we should hire someone to do it or try to attempt it ourselves. Love how everything is coming together!

  • lazysaver
    March 15, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Sweet cabinets/shelves. I’d love to see them completed. I suppose you’d love to see them completed right now, too!

  • Jodie
    March 15, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    sorry to hear about the sewer problems!
    Love the new shelving!!

  • CoolHandLucy
    March 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Oh. Dear. Barbara.

    You poor thing! I can not even imaging what…how…wow. Just wow.

    In general though, it all looks lovely and is coming together quickly! Can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like!

    Chin up, kiddo!

  • Rebecca
    March 14, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    Oh my goodness… it seems like every time I turn around something has gone wrong at your house :( However the things that are getting done are looking great! I see you’re still using the Sherwin Williams paint ;)

  • Connie Weiss
    March 14, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    O Em Gee!

    So sorry about the poo.

    I love the built ins!

  • Jo
    March 14, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    O my word! So glad you found out what was causing the stink!

    Room is going to look lovely when done.

  • Annmarie Pipa
    March 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    well you are all cleaned up now and ready for that beautiful room! You will love it!

    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  • Karen
    March 13, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    You’ve been busy! Love the built-ins. I’m so short on storage space & shelving I have stacks and stacks of books tucked everywhere. Drives my husband nuts that I can’t bring myself to get rid of any of them! Hope the rest of the process goes smoothly and you love it when it’s finished! :>

  • Kerry
    March 13, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    So you’re saying Jerry got the sh*ts and left? I’m sure he comes across cr*p like that often hahaha I’m so funny ;)

    Oh Sarah Kate, your room is looking beautiful, love the colour choices, love the buit-ins, love that door!! I am loving how you step out your door to that field of grass!

    You guys are going to be so happy when it’s done, I can’t wait to see it too xo

  • Janette Johanson
    March 13, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    There is always a monkey wrench that gets thrown into any project- geesh.. those built in’s look soo good!! I’d love to have that in my office.. aka my craft room but erik thinks its our office… I love seeing the transition of your home!! SO cool!!

  • stephanie
    March 13, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    ewwww sewer! but the room is looking great!!

  • Jessica McCoy
    March 13, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Well first of all everything looks amazing in the remodel!! I’m so jelous of those built ins! The only closets we have in our house are in the bedroom. It really makes storage for bedding and towels difficult!

    So sorry about the plumbing issue!! I can’t imagine having a poo pond under my house!! Hopefully it won’t cost a fortune and you can get it taken care of soon!!

  • Stacie Stamper
    March 13, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Sorry for you but so glad that we cannot smell through the computer! Gross. Its starting to look good, though!

  • Steph
    March 13, 2012 at 5:52 AM

    I threw up in my mouth a little over your day 8 situation… sending prayers that todays monetary assessment on fixing it isnt too crappy! ;)

  • Emmymom
    March 13, 2012 at 5:44 AM

    Oh so gross. Well at least it was discovered now- too ba not sooner. This is why whenever we rent my husband will not get a house over ten years old. But I am loving all the progress. The built in shelves are going to be so awesome!!

  • Daisy
    March 13, 2012 at 5:25 AM

    Man that really stinks! I have been watching your progress for what feels like a year and there have been so many things that go wrong. But I’m glad you got those cabinets :)

  • Nicole
    March 13, 2012 at 5:15 AM

    Ok, any GOOD plumber should know if there’s a smell like that that hasn’t gone away, he should probably look in the crawl space. (My dad is a master plumber, that’s how I know this ;) ) How frustrating. I was hoping for your sake that this next portion would go quickly and without surprises, but I guess that’s what happens when you have an old house! When we were working on our, it seemed like there was just one thing or another…and last spring our basement walls were leaking-so we’ll see how this spring goes.

    The rest of the house looks great though, and I’m super jealous of all of those bookshelves! I’ve always wanted something like that!

  • Brittany
    March 13, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    I’m getting excited seeing the progress : )

  • Chantel
    March 13, 2012 at 5:03 AM

    Told you that booze was gonna come in handy, eh? lol Love your built in!

  • Alyx
    March 13, 2012 at 4:59 AM

    Oh. My. Gosh.

    That is so disgusting! I’m so sorry you have to deal with all that – of course those things happen when husbands are out of town!

    On another note… those shelves look amazing!

  • Impulsive Addict
    March 13, 2012 at 4:39 AM

    You poor girl. Can you NOT catch a break?

    Everything is coming right along. I’m loving your shelves. I can’t believe your house doesn’t have closets. That’s so odd!

  • Macey
    March 13, 2012 at 4:34 AM

    GROSS!!! That sounds like a nightmare that would happen to me.
    The built in shelves and stuff make it all worth while though!
    And I LOVE the views out your windows…so peaceful.