A week ago, we were flying to Raleigh to close on our new house, set up security, and meet with a slew of contractors before flying back home to Idaho on Thursday. It was a whirlwind week but by Friday, we already got photos from our contractor–the Brazilian cherry floors were already all removed on the main level (and donated) and carpet was out upstairs! I couldn’t believe how fast and efficient they were! I shared my astonishment on Instagram which lead to a bunch of questions about what exactly we ARE tackling before we move in, so I figured that deserved a whole blog post.
When we were house hunting, we were specifically looking for a house that didn’t need a gut reno. We didn’t want to live with contractors for another 2 years. However, we definitely wanted something that needed updating and was really livable but we could work on at our own pace. This house definitely ticked all those boxes! It’s beautiful! AND there’s room for improvement. To avoid living in a construction zone long term, we decided to hire contractors to do a few things before we move in at the end of June:
I know there are always those curiosities, “Will you be adding _______” or “Will you be changing _______” and the answer is probably! maybe?! But the truth is you’ll just have to wait and seeeeeee. This is a renovation story unrolling in real time. I’m not even letting myself design the whole house in my head yet because I do want us to live there and allow inspiration to strike over time. But, I think it’s safe to say–the kitchen will be first!
FYI The contractors and builders in the Craolinas are wonderful…until hunting season starts. my family hails from there and we have many friends and relatives there so just know things can slow to a snail’s pace during the hunting season and plan accordingly.
Do the former owners know what you do for a living? I wonder if they’re following along!
Provincial Provincial Provincial !
Another fun roller coaster ride!
Excited to follow along and hope the new city results in better health for Julia! Do you envision wanting to replace the windows in the rooms where you are removing the tray ceilings since you’ll be creating more empty wall space between the top of the windows and the new ceiling height?
I watch your tour video .. i would take your older daughter closet and expand it into a another bathroom. You would appreciate the extra bathroom on that floor. When your youngest kids are older. It will be busy floor. Then you don’t have kids running to other bathroom.
So happy for you, guys! Looking forward to following your reno via stories and this blog. You are by far, my favorite IG account!
I just love your new place! It’s going to be so lovely! And that sight line from the front to the back yard! 👌🏻
So not kitchen related… 😅 but I saw that little fish pond on your patio behind where your formal dining room will be. Do you think you’ll keep it? It’d be a fun little area for the girls to ride scooters around. Or is that going to become a pool? I think I saw someone mention a pool somewhere haha
If you have the time, I’d love to learn more about how you know who to reach out to for a project. Architect vs contractor vs designer etc. I always get paralyzed at this point fearing I’ll spend more money than necessary.
I think you are so smart to open that wall into the dining area. It will make it feel so much brighter I think. I moved from a kitchen that had a ton of natural light and not many upper cabinets to one with very little natural light and a bunch of uppers. I can’t believe how stifling it is. I have no doubt that the kitchen will be the stunning heart of this home when you are done with it! Can’t wait to follow along!
Why not Stuga floors? Not traditional enough?
I completely agree with nixing the red floors! I am surprised to hear that you are planning to put in “flooring with stain in place white oak” — why not prefinished flooring like you did in your current house? I ask because we have traditional oak flooring in our house and the very worst part of renovating this house (which we’ve done in 3 different phases) is having to get the floors sanded and finished in place. 3 times we’ve done it! The sawdust goes everywhere and the finish takes a few weeks to really cure. I’ve been so envious of wood flooring that is ready to go the minute you put it in place. Do you feel like the new house needs something more traditional? Our house was built in 1949 and the oak flooring is original so we just matched what was here when we did our renovations.
So excited to follow along with this new house! So glad you’ve ripped up the cherry flooring. Will you be doing the flooring the same as in your Idaho home? That stain is beautiful! Congrats on the new house!
Is it weird that it already looks way better with the plywood subfloor exposed? Removing the red floors changed everything!
I trust you but I must admit I am nervous about this kitchen wall removal. Will be anxiously watching your updates!
I’m curious to know how you feel about the chair rail throughout the house. The way it sits atop its flat base and how it terminates when it meets other casing feels very strange to me. Almost like that artificial suburban character? Just like the hollow core wood-grain doors in my own home LOL.
Also, the white oak is the only natural choice for this home! It’s going to look amazing.
Cannot wait to see what you do to this beautiful home!!! Will you be doing a darker trim again like accessible beige or will you be going back to white? Plans to paint the fireplace? :)
I love all that you are doing before moving in. How are you coping with opening up the kitchen wall without having lived there? My question is will you be planning the whole space now or once you get moved in, including cabinet placement, etc? I am sending you strength to get through remodeling a kitchen before knowing how it flows.
Beautiful home! I’ve heard that in the Raleigh area, HOAs are incredibly strict and really limit how much can be changed/amended/updated on the outside of a home. Is this true with your new HOA?
The cherry floors are gorgeous, but the red is just so loud and clashes with a lot of things as it almost always takes over a room in boldness. White oak will be incredible in this home. I can’t wait to see it. When you interview contractors do you tell them you have a public following in home design?
So exciting! I’m praying for you all with your big move. Have a wonderful week!
Woo! I’ve gotten behind on all the blogs I follow because of work and am finally getting a chance to catch up so this was the first I’d seen that you were moving to Raleigh. We live in Fuquay Varina (just outside of Raleigh) and I grew up in North Raleigh. LOVE this area and I hope you guys do too!
Definitely bring the girls to Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh and check out the Museum of Life & Science in Durham (lots to do outside so go on a day the weather is good and the kids are dressed to get a little dirty on the most epic natural outdoor play area) Both are AWESOME and you’ll totally want memberships to both after one visit :)
Love it! Can’t wait! I’ve been watching on stories so I know what’s going on with the floor plan changes, but I was thinking it would be really helpful for the blog post if you marked up the photos with notes so it’s easier to tie your descriptions with the images- i.e. for your bedroom you’d circle the doorway in the den/office photo and note “strange entrance to bedroom near the front door – drywalling this up”
So exciting to get the kitchen out of the way so early so you can just ENJOY IT!!! This home reminds me a lot of my current home (although much larger), already beautiful and just needs some love and style- I can’t wait to see what you do and how your style will evolve!
Will you be losing the kitchen table altogether with this change in order to get a larger kitchen?
It just makes sense to have these changes done prior to moving in. Outside of the renovations you already have planned, the primary closet and bathroom are the only areas that stand out to me as absolutely needing a reno in the main house. Over time, I can’t wait to see your design choices in lighting, ceiling applications (paneling or beams?), fireplaces (will you add any additional ones in other rooms, e.g. your primary bedroom?) and paint colors. Right now, I’m most excited about the kitchen!
One question I did have (and yes, I realize you may not wish to answer at this point!)- you mentioned that you eventually plan to add a new laundry upstairs; if so, would you turn the current laundry into a mudroom? I didn’t see a mudroom in the house video, but then there were a few doors that we didn’t see behind.
Can’t wait to see everything in your new house!
You have some really beautiful bones to work with here! So excited to see what’s to come. Congratulations!
Hello! I can’t wait to see what fixture you put in that dining room/ breakfast area … especially as we have the EXACT same fixture now, and I want to change it, but I can’t decide what would look best. I’m looking forward to seeing your inspiration!!
So beautiful! Cannot even wait to see the process! Will you be painting the walls at all?
Love all these remodel plans !! It all sounds so so lovely !! Excited for you and your family ! This home will be even more classic after these changes! You have such a great design eye! Can’t wait to to hear more on the blog about the floors and kitchen!!
Your kitchen designs are some of my very favorites! Love that the new home’s kitchen will be remodeled first! Such a smart idea to install the new flooring and removing the tray ceilings in the first phase!! This is going to make a huge visual difference and more in line with the architecture of the home !! So impressed you decided to tackle so these dusty messy remodel projects right away! Love that we get to watch your design process on the blog! Crossing my fingers everything goes smoothly and quickly with the remodeling updates! It’s going to be so gorgeous!!
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