Now that we’ve decided on flooring for our upstairs (you can read about our choice here), this weekend we officially started the prep. Or maybe pre-prep? Our home is a ranch-style home meaning it is two levels of the same size basically stacked on top of each other. You walk in on the first floor and go downstairs to a finished lower level. In our case, each floor is just over 1700 square feet. Chris made a quick floor plan of our first floor so you could better visualize the areas we’ll be adding new flooring.
All of the rooms (and stairs) on the first floor will be getting the faux-wood treatment except the master bath and closet–we will be remodeling those areas, most likely, next year. Before we can even start demolition on the existing floors on the main area, nearly 1700 square feet of tile and carpet, we’ll be moving all of our existing furniture downstairs and essentially living on the lower level while we tackle the first floor.
Greta’s bedroom is downstairs, but other than that, we are rarely down there. Almost once a week (usually while vacuuming or picking up a trail of Greta’s shoes or toys) we usually bring up how our house is too-large for our family now, but we’re looking forward to growing into it in the years to come. And hey! All that extra square footage is going to get good use over the course of this project. The big pre-prep project this weekend was finally unpacking and cleaning out the last room of boxes (with my parents’ help) we had stashed away in this spare bedroom downstairs since we moved in.
Just…stuff. Some things I was embarrassed I actually packed in a box instead of throwing away before we moved, while others I was so happy to finally see. You know what a good feeling is? Unpacking board games. As I put them each in our designated game cabinet (a built-in cabinet in the basement), it was so settling. We’re here. We’re staying. Within a couple hours, we had our last pile of empty boxes to bring to the transfer station and had gained another room:
Once we move our bed down, this will be mine and Chris’s room for the next couple months–hopefully shorter, of course. While our downstairs will, no doubt, be cramped for the next little bit (we’re also storing some furniture for my in-laws, not to mention we bought Greta a trampoline for Christmas that’s also down here), we’ve never been so grateful to have so little furniture and so much extra un-used space. And although things are about to get real chaotic, after 4 months here, it feels good to finally be unpacked. Please tell me it takes you just as long.