We've just begun working with a new contractor to have the flooring installed and to finish up those loose ends from the previous crew. We're having ceramic tile put down in the new bathroom and the mudroom/entry. We had originally planned on tiling the kitchen as well, but just discovered that since the kitchen floor is so uneven (it's in the old, 1920s part of the house, not the new addition), tile will eventually break apart and isn't the best choice. So now we're going to be putting in hardwood flooring in the kitchen instead, since wood is more flexible and can expand and contract. And since the dining room and kitchen flow together, we'll need to continue the new hardwood into the dining room as well. We hadn't planned on changing out the floor in the dining room as well yet, but we've learned to expect the unexpected by now.
Anyway, here are some pictures to catch up what the house is like currently...
We're loving the extra space in the living room, and the added windows make this room so bright and sunny all day.
The wall with the piano used to have a closet door on it. We had the closet door moved to the other side of the wall, so it now opens into the kitchen instead. It makes so much more sense, provides a long wall for the piano, and the closet is a ton more usable now as a broom closet/pantry.
I love how the french patio doors in the new mudroom can be seen from the living room and the kitchen, and the light just floods in through them.
This mudroom is being tiled this week, and you can see a sample of one of the tiles on the floor in the picture above.
The tile is going to continue through that door into the bathroom.
We realized afterwards that we easily could've gone with a bigger vanity in here, but we weren't sure how much space we'd have until we saw the room built. That may be an upgrade we'll make down the road.
My favorite part of this space, by far, is the laundry closet. There's so much storage space and having first-floor laundry is a huge bonus. The new shower, on the right in the photo below, is super wide and should be the perfect spot for Lucy to take her baths!
So, that brings us pretty much up to date. We've been really discouraged throughout this process, which I think is why I haven't been very motivated to update this blog. I'm trying to be more positive as we move forward through these next steps. The last several months have been difficult and trying, with our world basically turned upside down, and we're not done yet. It's kind of amazing how the stress of a project like this can be so exhausting emotionally, mentally, and physically. I know it'll be worth it when it's finally finished, so I'm trying to keep focused on that end result.
As of right now we have tile and hardwood floors to put down, as well as some loose ends to finish and/or fix (like moving a couple of HVAC vents that were put in wrong). Then we have cabinets and countertops to install in the kitchen (which we haven't even ordered yet) and then we'll be DONE. So even though we still have an empty shell of a kitchen, and lots of major stuff on the to-do list, I do feel like we're getting closer and closer to finally being finished with this endless saga!