Wednesday, August 18, 2010


You asked for it…here it is-the progress:

Matthew is currently installing our hardwood floors.  I don’t think he is loving it.  But, I do think they look great!

Here is a picture of his work.  The floor is actually a little bit darker than it appears in this picture-and dirtier, so maybe that is why the floor appears lighter.


Here are some “before the can lights” pictures (with old fan):

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And some during pictures:

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The can lights with a new fan (and a lot of junk on the mantle-ignore).  You can also see the new wall color.  It’s called “Peaceful”.  Ahhhhhh…..


The utility room before.  Wow, it’s dark:

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And some more during-but further along:

The pantry!


Future home of washer and dryer:


Future home of cubbies:



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Roof-after.  Sadly, you really can’t see that big of a difference because of my stellar photography skills.  But, I assure you-there is DRAMATIC difference!  You can also see that we are in the process of taking down shutters and replacing windows.

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Speaking of windows, here is one of the new ones.  It is so pretty!


But the biggest change to our home?  Well, it happened today.

Kitchen: before-

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Today, in stages…

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The girls and I went over tonight to eat with dinner with Matthew (chicken enchiladas, thanks Mom!).  You can see the floor a little bit (still working on it).

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See where Nora is standing?  We are going to have bench seating right there.  See where Elyn is standing?  Bench seating there too.  Two chairs on the opposite side.

The light above the table is not hooked up.  We just stuck it up there to see how it looks.  We think it looks great and will look even better when it has actual power.

Obviously we are missing countertops.  They come next.  And we’re missing the pulls.  They will come later too.  (After I go purchase them.)  You can see the huge cut-out where our refrigerator is going to go.  To the left of that is a smaller cut-out.  Our microwave will live there.  Our appliances are being delivered Monday-yea!

While they were installing our cabinets, I was kind of a freak.  I was SO EXCITED that they were making that space of our house into a kitchen that I could barely stay of their ways.  I kept asking, “Does everyone get this excited when you deliver their cabinets?”  Their answer-yes.

Matthew was really excited too.  I think he was most excited because it was something he wasn’t having to do.  So far, we have paid for labor in two areas-roofing and kitchen cabinets.  EVERYTHING else he has had a HUGE hand in.  Obviously, without the help of great friends, he wouldn’t be as far as he is now, but he is THE MAN and has done it all.  (We are also hiring out for the countertops and that’s it-no more paying for labor…sigh.)

So, again, for an impression:

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Stick around, there will be another progress update soon!


Holly Aytes said... guys are really making progress! Are you already living there? If not, when do you move in? That is awesome that you are doing so much of the work yourselves. I am sure Matthew doesn't think so right now but you guys will be able to take so much pride in everything!

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April said...

Wow Dallas! It is really starting to come together..looks GREAT!!

I love the home updates..Keep em comin!!

Beth Henderson said...

It looks fantastic!! So excited for you guys. Can't wait to see it in person!

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