Back in March we passed the final inspection of Phase 1 of #thefarmhausproject. To give you an idea of what the spaces are like now, here are a few shots of our modern rustic farmhouse renovation, including: the guest bedroom, the master bedroom, bathroom 1 and bathroom 2.
Guest bedroom: new paint, new floor, new window trim, new shiplap wall, new light.
Master bathroom: new patio door to deck, new paint, new floor, new shiplap wall, new trim, new light.
Bathroom 1 (a.k.a the master bathroom): new plumbing, new tile, new fixtures, new paint, new lights
Bathroom 2: new tile, new paint, new fixtures, new lights, upcycled bathtub faucet.
Since these pictures were taken, I’ve added some furniture, made the bathrooms workable, etc. That way we can stay overnight, sometimes. But the spaces still need paint touch ups, styling, etc. So, you’ll have to wait for the full reveal.
Phase 2 of our renovation is seemingly simpler, but since it involves the kitchen (see here for what I’m planning for the kitchen), there’s nothing simple about kitchen remodels.
The kitchen was small, so we are planning to expand it into the breakfast area (defined in the picture below by the change in floor and the hanging blue pendant light).
We had someone help us remove the cabinets, but hubby and I took care of all the demo. I really wasn’t planning on doing it. I don’t like demo. But when your contractor says he’s going to do it and then doesn’t show up as scheduled, you just roll up your sleeves and get it done to keep things moving.
You can see the windows are much smaller. Seems a crime, but it will all make sense once the kitchen goes in. Trust me. Plus we added a ton more lights.
Closing up the walls is always so exciting to me.
Opening up the wall between the kitchen and the dining room is the biggest structural change we are making to the house. Even taking down the old bathroom and building new ones wasn’t such a big deal because there were no weight bearing walls. However, the wall + beam between the kitchen and dining room is weight bearing, so we really had to shore things up.
Wish I’d taken a picture of the new support beam we put in the attic. It’s HUGE!
They had the right idea with the patio door, but we just felt we wanted to make it as wide as possible. So we changed it out.
You’ll notice in the picture above, the framing of the the door is too much to the left. I had to have it redone in order to have enough room for the trim around the door. I hate it when things aren’t done right the first time, but those are the setbacks of construction.
The new door brings in more light and airy-ness.
Strangely the living room is getting the least remodeling. The changes here will be more cosmetic. The one big change is the fireplace. We debated whether to replace the whole unit, but the wood stove that’s currently in place costs about $3000 and replacing it would cost $3000 or more, plus installation, so for now we’ve decided to live with it and just change the surround.
For such a small, less significant room, the entrance/mudroom is causing us more grief than we thought it would. We really just thought we’d open it up and change the flooring and call it a day.
But when we opened up the walls to run the new electrical wiring and then got rid of the terracotta tile we found a bunch of termite damage around the window and the strip of floor just in front of the window. We dealt with the floor immediately, but with the window, since we our now having to reframe anyway, we decided to put in a new window, add a proper header, etc. Notice how this window has no real header? Not good.
So while waiting on the new window to get delivered, I’m working on the floor. Technically, the floor should go in after the walls are closed up. But, I’ll do anything to keep this remodel moving forward. Tile takes time, so I’m doing it now.
Installing this dark gray/black herringbone tile is quite fastidious. I’m happy I didn’t tackle it as my first tiling job, but I am quite pleased with how it’s turning out. The effort will be worth it in the long run. I’m sure of it.
Still a while to go with lots of big items to complete. I remind all the various trades that come in to help that the boys and I are going to spend part of the summer at the Framhaus so we need a house we can live in. That definitely keeps us motivated.