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Friday, May 02, 2008

PH Friday, Volume I

Or could it be "PHriday"?

The front of the house before:

Notice the pink circles highlighting problem areas? Yes, it is lovely. Prickly bushes on the left of the driveway. Ivy under the front window. And the evergreen bush to the right of the house.

The front of the house now:

No more ivy, and no more Juniper bush. Phew!

No more prickly bushes-- say hello instead to Stick Mountain. Anyone need some kindling?

Kev also pruned the fruit trees (we're thinking pear and apple) in the side yard so they may produce some bounty this season. We'll see. Also, because of the massive amounts of bush killing that Kev endured, we now have about 4 more feet of driveway leading to the side walkway (which leads to the backyard patio).

What remains of the dining room:

Those gaping holes used to be a weird closet and a weird empty nook. I have no idea what they were doing in the dining room, but they're gone now. Kev and I hope to finish those spaces off and put open baker's shelves there to display dishes, cookbooks and other such kitchen-y things.

Above is the view from the kitchen into the dining room. Those gaping holes are to the left of the shovel pictured. Removing that weird closet/nook is opening up the dining room immensely. I'm very excited about that.

Last but not least, we have the bathroom, which Kev pretty much trusted me to demolish while he was outside pruning.

This is the view from the door of the bathroom. to the left are the remains of some funky floor-to-ceiling cabinets that were masking-taped together. And they were extremely ugly. And useless in their design. There was yet another strange closet-like thing that mimicked the design in the dining room. So weird.

And finally, the view from what will become the bedroom closet. Where the tub is currently located, Kev plans to frame out a small walk-in closet from the adjacent "master" bedroom. We're taking wasted space out of the gigantic bathroom to use it where it's really needed. The tub will go where the yucky old cabinets used to be, and the toilet will swing around to what will become the closet wall (kind of where the tub is now, only a few feet into the bathroom). We also plan to put in either 1) a second, matching vanity between the existing vanity and the door or 2) a dual vanity combo to replace the existing vanity. The jury hasn't come back in on that decision yet.

Can ya tell we've been busy? Basically, every day after work around 6:30 we all head over to the PH until about 10pm. I usually lose steam after two hours or so, but Kev keeps going. So I just start cleaning up after him. Picking up a few branches here and there, sweeping up drywall bits and loading big pieces into the car... things like that. I'm still pulling my weight though, promise.

So, that's the first edition of my remodel posts. Hopefully it gives you a picture of what we're dealing with here. I'm up to my eyeballs in dust! I'm excited to share the slow-but-steady progress, and if you have any tips, feel free to share :)

Tune in next Friday for another volume of home remodel, PH style.


  1. You guys are putting so much work into the PH! But I am excited to see what it becomes. Keep the great posts coming. I love it!

  2. Ah, the joys of the nightly remodel. You guys are doing a fabulous job! Please let us know whaat we can do to help. We came up with some fun fixes if you can't do 100% demo everywhere: staining an ugly rock fireplace makes it new, and painting old kitchen cabinets black semi-gloss with new hardware makes them look downright spicy. Can't wait to see it!

  3. I'm enjoying hearing about (and seeing) your renos. It all looks so exciting!

  4. its looking great. you must be so stoked. dont you feel like you are in your own designer show, like on tlc or something? haha.


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