House Tour Part 3: The Big Two (Projects)

This past week, we finally put the finishing touches on the laundry room therefore completing the project I thought we’d never complete: converting the laundry closet to a pantry and a random room to a laundry room!  Yay! Yay! YAY! *clicks heels*

Shortly after we bought this place I saw something online that said “home renovations take twice as long and cost twice as much as you expect” and at the time I thought I had lived that because we’d gotten our window quotes, and the cheapest was more than we expected and we found they had to order the windows and then schedule the installation and the whole project took a month!!

Then came this project…we were completely unprepared for how involved the work would be to install washer dryer hookups in a wall, nay, a whole section of house, that had no plumbing(because it used to be a garage).

After we spent maybe a month or six weeks trying to hire a plumber(we went with the one out of maybe half a dozen that called us back, looked at the job, and gave us a quote), a couple weeks went by when they were “clearing their schedule” or something…then it took about two weeks to get to this point: digging a trench through our driveway and yard to connect the future water lines to the main drain.

MessThen it was another week or two demolishing the inside floor and wall to lay those pipes:

Laundry Progression-2I may sound a little dramatic, but I don’t cope well with chaos and disorder, so having my yard and house dug up this way felt like living at ground zero.

In another week they hooked up the sink and washer and dryer and the rest was up to us.

I’ve been meaning to do this as I go along:

Give credit where credit is due!  We are not yet at the level to sit around and engineer our own improvement designs: we’ve relied heavily upon these YouTube videos and blog posts:

DIY Wood Rack under $30

How to Repair Drywall

How to Build a Porch Rail – This Old House

Wrap-Around Wood Pantry Shelves

DIY Washer Pedestal

DIY Blackout (or lined) curtains

Roman Shades from Mini Blinds

Oh, and here’s my latest favorite picture of Cody!  He was loving tapping this baluster, left over from the porch railing, on the concrete patio!


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4 thoughts on “House Tour Part 3: The Big Two (Projects)

  1. Mom/Mary

    You two are a DYNAMIC DUO!!! You have made that room sooo functional AND beautiful. And how can you improve on those adorable baby blue eyes?

  2. Wow, what a change! All-in-all, from what we’ve experienced in the construction world, this went pretty fast, even though it didn’t seem like it to you at the time. 🙂 You are both so handy! I love the roman shade. And it looks like you got a sewing room out of the deal too! And what a darling picture of Cody! It’s fun to see what is a great “toy” for kids.

    • That’s a good point! I guess my expectations were unrealistic, and really, the plumbers’ work took them about six full days, but they only had time to work a couple hours a couple days each week! So I was frustrated about that, but then once we got going on our simple additions, we hit all these little snags, too. I seem to constantly underestimate how long projects, big or small, should take.

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