Archive for November, 2014

 

We closed on our home a year ago today.

 

I still remember the nerves. The excitement. The unknowns. It was a new chapter in our lives. We were out of the baby stage. Our kids were growing up, and we were ready for this new change. A place where our kids could run, have animals, and make memories.

 

I remember entering this place we were now to call home. After the closing, we walked into our new home when excitement quickly turned to sadness after we found a black moldy wall staring at us when taking down the previous owners curtains. Bummed that it was not found during inspections, we knew God was faithful.

 

I’m not going to lie. This past year was a hard year.

 

I look back at our lowest point when we both were sitting in the hallway on the floor exhausted during the midst of it all and looking at each other…

One said…“Let’s sell the place.” The other said, “Oh really, I was thinking of burning it down.” Neither statement is what we really wanted to happen, but it shows us at our weakest point.

 

Through this past year, I remember the tears. The fears. The mess. The exhaustion.

 

I also remember the family memories that we have built, praying together through it all, watching the many talents of my hubby, and how this entire experience has made us stronger. Closer.

 

The mold in the walls was only the beginning. There were other issues as you know from our previous posts, but it helped us move forward with the renovation of this house as otherwise we were not planning on doing so quickly.

 

So here is a look back. Some before and ‘1 year later’ pictures of us turning this house into our home. 

 

 

Outside of House ~ 

 

Nov. 1st 2013

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1 Year Later…

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Outside goals for the next year:

  • Fix all leak problems. Tarp on chimney gone.
  • Some new flowers and bushes
  • Remove tree stumps
  • House siding, shutters, and fence painted or repaired
  • Build chicken coop

 

 

Living Room ~

 

Moldy wall – before and after

 

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Before

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During

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1 Year Later – Fireplace raised. Conversation pit gone.

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More before and ‘where we are now’ pics

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Other side of living room – Before

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Now

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Goals for the next year:

  • Finish trim/door knobs
  • Make 3 hanging chandeliers
  • Add rugs

 

Kitchen ~

 

Before

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After

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More before pics

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During

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Now

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Goals for next year:

  • Oven
  • Backsplash
  • Make light above dining table and fix outlets
  • Finish painting and trim

 

 

Old Beverage Center ~

 

Before with wallpaper already ripped off

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During

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Now

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Well there you have our main living areas. We will be posting the before and after  ‘1 year later’ pictures of other areas through these next few weeks. Thank you to all of you who supported us last year whether you ripped off sticky wallpaper, tore down walls, brought food, helped tear down fireplace, help rebuild fireplace, helped get water pumping back into our home … the list goes on. We are so thankful and love you much.

 


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