Y’all have been so great, you deserve to know how progress is coming on the major renovations here. If you’re not caught up, read the last progress report first, but once you get permits things really kick in!
Pour Footings – Check
We hope one thing that is clear by us sharing this process – it takes time. Settle in, maybe temper the expectations a bit and just have other things you’re working on so you don’t get antsy. Because with big projects like this, there are several parts that just take a long time. And during that time, it feels like nobody is doing anything and random snow flurries keep happening and you don’t know if you’re ever going to undo the mess you’ve done. Cement curing time can be like that, but it’s part of the deal! Don’t rush it, love it forever.
We love our contractors. They’ve been super accommodating on our permit delays, with the concrete crew showing up before the sky even started to lighten in the mornings. No joke, 5:30, 6:00am. Headlamps on, out there doing their work. They would keep apologizing for the early noise and I’d just say, “The sound of progress is my favorite alarm clock!” And I mean it. They pulled through and we know this room (and the balcony above it) will now have a safe, legal, strong foundation.
Add a Floor – Check
Thank goodness for us we have interior aspects of this renovation as well, so progress was still very real during the week of cement curing. Part of the interior work is creating two separate, defined spaces by adding a floor/ceiling to a two-story room.
In a lot of cases, a two-story room is a great thing. But for this area it just didn’t feel right, especially as we give this home the more “cottage” vibe it deserves (intimate rooms that aren’t tight, spacious rooms that aren’t sprawling). They had this floor in over a couple of days and it was really fun progress to see.
Wall-in the Music Room – Check
The downstairs portion of these two spaces created is going to be our music room. Arches are represented in a couple places in this home, but we want to play it up just a little more, so we’ll be adding several throughout this renovation. The entrance to this room from our entryway is the tallest and widest, mimicking the arch around the door leading into our office.
Wall in the Bonus Room – NOPE
This was the original plan, right? Music room below, bonus room above. Matching arched doorways into each. Great plan! But then Jules shared on IG they were getting ready to put the wall up and several people suggested turning it into a giant master closet. Jules floated the idea out, a resounding “heck yes do that” came back, and we made the change with the framer right there as he was laying out 2x4s.
Honestly, this was something we never really considered, but makes so much sense in our situation. We were never really sure what the “bonus room” was really going to be, and our current Master closet space is genuinely tiny – about half the size of the Master closet in our last home. We’ll create a tall arched doorway from our bedroom into this new room and have all the space we need to create a literal dream closet. We are so excited.
So that’s where we’re at. We have all the windows and doors ordered, making final flooring choices for the dining room, and of course entertaining the idea of just getting all the flooring done at the same time… but that’s another topic for another day. Keep following along on IG @chrislovesjulia for daily updates, and check out the video below. It’s basically this post’s live-action counterpart and I think it’s just fun to watch that kind of stuff.
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