Saturday, June 21, 2014

April progress

Wow I'm getting behind here.  I'm going to try to get back on track.

April was the best month yet in the progress of this home of ours.

It's the month we took the plunge and moved in, ready or not.

This is how it looked when we moved in:

Living room:
Back side:
Remember how much trouble we had with those beams?  (back HERE).  How we love them now.  So weird how things change.

Laundry room:
 (Those pulls are all from IKEA.)

Family room:

Master bathroom:
 Remember all the trouble that wall caused back HERE?

One of my very favorite parts of this house are the closets.  Here's Max's: 
We did drawers in every closet so we don't have any dressers.  Keeps down on the clutter so well I adore it.

Max's (future guest) bath:
 Let's just take a closer look at that hardware I agonized over.
Love how it turned out.

Elle's bedroom:
(all about her wall back HERE)

Elle's bathroom:
My cabinet guy made me that wood frame from walnut.  Love it so much.

Grace and Claire's room:

A few lighting issues in the bathrooms:
 (more on those later)

Game room with a section of the sectional missing:

That was how it looked.

Then we started to move in.

The kids thought the washers and dryers were from a different planet they were so in awe of having two of them.
(One of the best things we did...LOVE having two.  All but Lucy do their own laundry so it helps a ton.)

We put switches with lights over our beds for reading at night.  Love that.

Move-in stuff:

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out window coverings.

As I write this it's almost three months later and we still have no window coverings aside from the paper temporary ones in the bathrooms.

Makes for some good early mornings :)

I worked on hardware like nobody's business...especially since we really needed to open drawers!

I will try to do a whole post about what we picked at some point because I'd like to remember myself!

We put our new grill to a LOT of good use.  
 Love that thing.

It was fun to put the kitchen to good use for our first Easter basket hunt here:

...and we have loved utilizing the great light from all the windows.

 It has been interesting to live in a home with continual contractors as guests.

All. the. time.

And as much as we adore this new home of ours, it's sure had some hic-ups along the way.

More on that later.  For now I'll just say we are so incredibly grateful for this home of ours.

one step forward, two steps back

We take some steps forward and then lots back in a lot of areas.

Our master bathroom tile for one.  The grout is so varying in different areas.
We have tried everything to get it all the same color. no avail.  We may have to get it stained.

And our poor wood floor...

I LOVE it, but we can't seem to get the film off of it from all the construction dust.
 See all those smudgy marks?

We had a guy come in and professionally oil it (it's an oil-finish floor), and it looked awesome for a couple days.
But then it went back to smudgy.

Still working on that, sure hoping Provenza floors will kick in and give us some better customer service.  So far not so good.