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Stamped concrete that looks like wood planks – I’ll take it. Getting our patio poured was a great start to our summer, and not having to come out from the pool and hopping over mud to get into the house…  We are loving that!

 

 

Here it was ready to be poured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is such an amazing group of hard workers. We would highly recommend Schmidgall Construction.

 

Dry and waiting to be sealed.

 

Sealed

 

 

We added a little pad out by our hydrant too. Memories Tater had of growing up.

 

Making memories already.

 

 

 

 

These last few weeks, we attempted to get our septic lid off. We carefully planned and measured and it paid off.

 

At first we we weren’t so sure… it took awhile…

 

Success!! 🙂

 


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Patio Prep:

Spring 2017 & the beginning of Summer 2017.

This project got pushed back a year when we had pool troubles. So we were anxious to get rid of the mud going into 3 doors of our home. We started out leveling the ground as best as we could.

 

 

Finding our 3 septic openings. One was under concrete, and we had to have the concrete cut away.

 

 

Found them!

 

The biggest part of this project was reworking our downspouts. As they were, they were laying on top of the ground. We didn’t want them to be on top of the newly poured concrete patio, so we reworked them to go under and have a drainage system in place.

 

 

Continuing to level the ground.

 

The girls were using it as a pretend horse arena.

 

Leading up to the pour, Tater took a week off work to prepare. We started the week with a Subway lunch tailgating date.

 

Another biggie was replacing 2 basement windows. The current ones were sealed completely shut and yet, old and leaking air. We got it ready for the new window well. It was fun to see light. If you can remember, this window was underneath the deck before we removed it.

 

Taking the window out –

I was the freaked out wife that asked him if he was going to replace it in one day to prevent it from having to keep open throughout the night. 😉

 

Caulking and cleaning off the frame to be able to give it a fresh coat of paint

 

 

Our patio in some areas was going to go onto our siding due to matching it up with our existing pool patio. Tater added a board around the perimeter to get ready for this.

 

 

Working on more downspouts and another drain.

 

 

 

It took awhile to make sure the pipes were angled at just the right angle, so the water would drain away from the house properly.

 

We moved it out away from the house as much as we could as water liked to gather in this area before.

 

 

Picture break 😉

 

 

We had to dig a tunnel under the sidewalk.

 

 

Filling in the trench

 

Our pea gravel mound made for a fun playground.

 

 

Tater got the new windows in!

 

Family meal break

 

While we were at it with all our supplies on hand, we got rid of the additional downspouts around the rest of the house and buried them also. This one was in the front of the yard was a complete eyesore.

 

Getting ready to bring that baby under the ground with nice, new stuff.

 

Dirt filled in

 

Ready for patio pouring! We couldn’t wait!

 

 

 

 


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A little look back to our continued projects this past spring…

I think we were getting signals from Mars with this HUGE satellite. It’s been bothering me since day 1 of moving in. It took 3 1/2 years for us to remove this beast from our property, and I’m so thankful it is gone!

 

 

 

 

The tricky part was making sure he moved away before the circle piece rolled away from the pole. With his cat-like reflexes, he missed it by a hair. This video cracks me up… Here it is in slow motion, but it went down fast.

 

Goodbye Galactic Dish from Roots on Vimeo.

 

Breaking it down into smaller pieces.

 

Spring was also when we got our dog named Henry. It was a trip up to Chicago. Let’s just say we made memories with him in the van on the way back home.

 

 

 

 

He feels like a part of the family now.

 

If you follow our adventures, you know how many trees we have cut down these past few years. That of course left many stumps on our property.

 

 

We got serenaded to and had excellent help when removing them!

 

We bought a light at the Midwest Food Bank Gala and added that to our barn. Here is Tater braiding rope to hide the chain.

 

 

A few other random tasks were finding the water back-up in our yard once again. After days of Tater digging his hand in dark, murky, freezing cold water, he finally found and uncovered the drain!

 

I tried my hand with the tractor. We added wood chips around the trees.

 

With the warmer weather arriving, we decided to make a bigger garden spot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It definitely keeps us busy, but man, there is nothing like going out to your yard for fresh fruits and veggies!


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We were getting close to carpet installation. We just had to fix a few of our stairs. Some step heights were bigger than others.

 

 

We also had a section at the bottom that had hard raised glue from the tile that was placed there before. Tater used a concrete sander to remove it. It created a nice layer of dust all over the house, but we were thankful we wouldn’t feel any bumps under the new carpet.

 

New electrical plugs were switched out. Floor ready for carpet.

 

 

Carpet in!

 

 

Kids already enjoying it…

 

That night, it stormed creating a perfect reason for a family slumber party in the basement.

 

Shortly after the carpet was laid, one of the girls came up from the basement with wet socks. We had water coming from somewhere. After 3 events of finding water and trying to dry the carpet back out, we finally found that it was a leak coming from a cracked iron filter tank. Although it was a pain and something that was not ideal for new carpet, it could have been worse. However, I may have squeezed a stress ball a little too hard one day and this is what happened. Oops! Life is not perfect and over and over again we have said… this world is not our home.

 


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And the 2017 projects continue…

For 3 years of living here we have lived with seeing unfinished wood steps as you walk into our front door. We tried to make them pretty for the time being by painting them gray. This year… we decided to give this first room of our basement a little more attention. Our house has a lot of tile and wood floors. We wanted a place for the kids to wrestle, tickle, roll around, and play. So the long awaited plans for carpet began!

Some before pics. Wood steps. No railing.

 

Definitely not kid friendly.

 

Here is an unfinished bathroom right when you walk down the basement. We tore this down to studs and plan to leave it unfinished for now. That will be another project in years to come. Possibly when we add another bedroom in the future??

 

We had painted the walls and added baseboards in previous years, so this is what it looked like when we started this year.

 

We wanted to add some character in this room since we do not plan to put any furniture in it for now. Just a space for the kids to run around, be crazy, and play. So we decided to add a wood wall. Here we are letting the kids color and write on the wall that will be covered in wood.

 

 

Added trim and a door to our crawl space opening.

Fun place for the kids to play while we work on the wall.

 

Wood wall is up

 

Added bigger trim around the doors since we had it leftover from our upstairs. One of those things we didn’t want to do at the time, but we knew it would have never gotten done if we didn’t do it now. Love the bigger trim.

 

We had to come up with a railing that would help protect kids as they came down the stairs but also not block furniture from being moved up and down the stairs. Came up with this last minute. 

 

Filling nail holes, sanding, priming and painting.

 

 

Upstairs we decided to change out our railing before carpet came. This post was wobbly, and we wanted a more industrial look.

Before

After

 

This is what it looked like in the the process..

 

 

Rods and old white railing top inserted into wood posts.

 

Cleaning the pipes with steel wool. Making them nice and shiny!

 

4 rods down. 2 more to go.

 

At this point we were getting closer to the carpet install. More to come!


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Thank you to all who came to our Shopping Event! Soon after that, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the wonderful ladies of The H & H Hour. If you have never listened to their podcast, it’s a must listen to! VERY ENCOURAGING! I was honored when they asked me to be a guest and share my life stories. I share some joys and trials and look back on the goodness of God!

Guest Haley Kieser – Episode 35
Released Oct 17, 2017
Our long time friend, Haley Kieser is our guest on this 35th episode of The H & H Hour. We just loved our chat with her as she shared an incredible story of waiting and trusting God for the love of her life. Haley is so full of faith and we know you will be encouraged by her story.

If you want to listen in, you can check the podcast out HERE!

 

 

 


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We are to our 2017 projects! This year began by giving our counter and house some added reinforcements. We noticed that the lower portion of our cabinets were cracking, and I did not want to fret over the safety of the kids leaning on the counter. We added this post (an old post from my parents front porch). Tater and Landon also used some jacks gifted to us from Mom and Dad Kieser to support underneath the counter in the crawl space. Better to be safe than sorry!

 

 

Post added

 

Beefing up the floor.

 

When we added the post, it scratched the white painted floor.

 

So that was next on the list… getting ready to paint the post and floor.

 

Shiny and new (for now) 😉

 

The post has been a great addition and my peace of mind is all worth it. ☺️

 

 


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More trees coming down that were beginning to die or becoming a problem.

 

 

 

 

Instead of burning them this time, we created mulch to put around the base of our trees. Right now, between the fence and other areas around our house it is a 3 hr. weed whipping job. Hoping that this cuts down on that time and looks nicer.

 

 

We were doing this the same time we were painting the fence. In case any falling trees broke the fence boards, we could fix it before we painted.

 

 

Along with the trees, we also had a line of lilacs that continued to grow and get out of hand. It blocked our street view and was yet another thing to mow around.

 

Can’t see the house.

 

The big trees on the left are gone, and the fence has been painted. Getting started on the bushes.

 

Hello house. 

 

The aftermath.

 

 

We were left with these nasty stumps. Our wonderful neighbors asked if they could remove them for us. It was so sweet of them to take care of them for us!

 

 

Newly planted grass is now in this place.


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1/2 year project: Clearing out fence line, fixing fence boards, and painting the fence.

 

Our fence needed painting.

 

There was way too much brush, poison ivy and thorns to be able to get to the back of the fence to paint it the way it should be. We spent all last spring clearing out our back fence line. We all got pricks. Tater had a black locust thorn pierce him really bad and some poison ivy all over his body, but he didn’t complain and kept at it.

 

There were also areas where the fence needed fixing or new boards. Tater did that too. The kids and I tried to be his assistants. 

 

I spy Tater.

 

 

Adding to our burn pile.

 

Our horse loving girl keeping us company and hanging by our side.

 

Here is what it looked like before.

 

Here is what it looked like after we cleaned it up.

 

 

On to fixing boards and painting. Just like the house, this job was more fun because you saw immediate results. I wire brushed the entire fence line beforehand to remove flaking paint. Tater sprayed the fence with paint, and I went behind him with a paintbrush to get in the cracks and small areas. The fence seemed to go on and on. We worked on painting the fence for several months (Fall 2016).

 

Right side – done.

Left side – not done.

 

Making our way around.

 

Another trip to Lowes for more paint.

 

 

Loving the change!

 

Notice all the trees past our property line behind the fence.

 

Shortly after we cleared our several feet beyond our fence (as we were painting the outside of our fence) our neighbors cleared their land to use to farm. This was a surprise for us and definitely changed our view.

 

Checking out all the trees that were down behind us.

 

It opened everything up a lot more.

 

White fence, new extended view, and blue sky. We’ll take it!


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I think it is important to note the timeline on most of these projects – especially this one. I know sometimes when I watch a remodeling show I think, Wow – how quick that seemed to take! That is so nice for them but… Why is ours taking foooorrrrevvvver?!? Just as those shows are condensed into 30 min. – 1 hr. highlights, our posts also only show the highlights. There are definitely frustrations with many of them. The thing we always say together during our projects is that it usually looks worse before it looks better. And yes… patience is the key to many of them!

Our goal was to finish our Master Bath within the first 5 years of moving in. Sharing one bathroom as a family of 6 was sure cozy.

This project took 3 years, and now it is complete. The funny thing is, the kids still love to congregate and use our bathroom now. So it sometimes feels like we are still all sharing one bathroom. 🙂

Here’s a look back –

 

Year 2013

Here are some before pictures. We may have posted them before. They definitely have me going down memory lane. When we first moved in the bathroom and closet were separate and both very small. Tater couldn’t stand under the shower head. Our decision was finalized about redoing this bathroom when we went down to studs at this end of the house HERE at the beginning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This shows the area a bit better. There were 2 doors. Bath on the left. Closet on the right. We closed off the door on the left. And added a pocket door on the right. Our bath and closet will now be together providing us a bigger space.

 

Insulation in.

 

Drywall up.

 

 

 

Plumbing reworked.

 

 

Tater added a window. There was no window before. This has been one of my favorite things. Love the natural light!

 

Both of our dads helped. 💙

 

 

Shower base in.

 

Year 2014

Flooring going down. Tater spoiled me with heated flooring.

 

Matt Gentes laid our tile in most of our house and did a fantastic job.

 

We also added baseboards and a toilet.

 

Moved in – April 2014

Our makeshift closet.

 

Year 2015

 

We got our glass shower surround, and our closet moved to the basement for the time being.

 

Matt came back and added our shower tile on the back wall.

 

 

We began planning what we wanted our closet to look like. Since it was connected to the bathroom and would be out in the open, we wanted to keep it nice. We found these 2 cabinets at Sam’s Club. They work great for storing some of our clothes. We began coming up with ideas on how to hang clothes, etc.

 

 

Our drywall was torn in a few places (around the can lights and vent fan). We wanted to add some character to this space as well. Tater began adding some wood to our ceiling that we would paint white.

 

 

 

Adding it up into our skylight. We also trimmed our ceiling.

 

Year 2016

Our vanity came!

 

 

The water line and drain pipes interfered with the bars on the back of our vanity, and the pipes were definitely not lined up correctly. We had not picked out our vanity before to know, and so here was another dilemma. As most projects go, one step forward and two steps back. We took down some of the drywall to rework pipes.

 

Repatching and on the path to make it nice again.

 

Vanity in and faucets hooked up!

 

Yay for running water!

 

Our attention then turned back to our closet. We lifted the cabinets up to the ceiling and Tater began building drawers to go underneath.

 

I also found a matching shower bench at Home Goods. 

 

Tater had never made drawers before, but they turned out fantastic. We have 4 deep drawers now providing great storage.

 

These were our curtains for quite awhile. You’re jealous, aren’t you? The trash bags actually worked out rather nicely for the time being.

 

I do have to say that I loved when we finally got blinds. Tater also made the wood valance.

 

He surprised me and threw in a little trinket tray while he was messing with wood.

 

Next up, mirror and vanity lights. Tater made the frame for our vanity mirror. We decided we wanted 3 lights. Notice that there are only 2 lights coming out of the wall. Looks like more drywall is coming down. 🙂

 

A vent pipe was right in the middle – in our way… reworked that a bit.

 

If their is one thing I’ve learn about Tater with home projects, is that he is very thorough. He does not rush through anything. He thinks it through and is precise with the work he does. He does not do anything halfheartedly. He gives it his best. The math markings on this wall were very thought out. We had to tell the glass company where we wanted our cuts, and we didn’t want to be off.

 

Mirror and lights were hung. We are enjoying our finished Master Bath!

 

 


 


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