Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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We've had some very interesting workers in the house for the last week.  We have discovered that the demo guys we hired were pretty much all talk, so now we've hired one workers who is a beast and can do the work of four of our former demo guys.   

Each day I went to the house to check on the progress, and one particular worker seemed to reveal a lot of personal things to me each time we talked, which I found a little uncomfortable.  Here are some quotes from him during some of our conversations:

"I took a two hour nap today because I was up late last night talking with a girl.  I know I probably shouldn't be telling my boss this but..."

"Your baby is as pretty as they come.  You're lucky because she could have come out looking all retarded."

After cursing..."Sorry I'm not all Mormon and stuff."

Yikes.

We still have about 25 hours worth of demo work that still needs to be completed, as you can see by all of the remnants on the floors.  We are currently getting bids from the construction company that we've hired, so the real work won't begin for another two weeks (approximately).   

Monday, July 14, 2014

Trees

Our home was built in the late 60's, and as you've seen it really hasn't been updated or had too many improvements made to it since, including the landscape. As with most neglected homes, the landscaping gets out of control and starts to overrun the home.  Our home is set up on a hill going up toward the mountainside so we are lucky to have views of both Salt Lake Valley and the mountains. Unfortunately, our trees are so overgrown that we can't see either view all that well. So now we have to go through and cut back and remove many trees.  I really hate the idea of killing so many large trees that are so mature and full, but they block our views and really hide the house making it look sad and heavy.  And to be honest, we are putting a good amount of money into this house, inside and out, and we really don't want it to be hidden. We've gone around and marked all of the trees we are removing, and we'll be having them removed by the end of the month.  Here are some pictures of all of the trees around the house, can't wait to see how much lighter the house is once they're all gone.  

***I know this is a boring post and these trees aren't too exciting to look at, but this post is more for documentation than anything else.  Feel free to wait for the "after" photos, unless you really want to look at a bunch of overgrown trees :)














  
And there is our dumpster in our driveway!  We started demoing today!  So happy :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Home For Our Jane


Here is our sweet baby Jane Margaret.  She was born on April 23rd at 12:14 AM.  She weighed 8 lb 11 oz and was 21.5 inches long.  She is two months old and is now finally starting to grow out of her colic (it has been rough). Motherhood so far is just like moms  always say, the hardest but greatest thing you'll ever do.  I have definitely grown in many ways in these few short months (especially in my patience!).  

Since we are going through this renovation, we are living in a temporary apartment right now.  All of my plans for her nursery have been put on hold until we can finish our home.  In January we were told how long our home would take to complete and I was really disappointed to hear that I wouldn't be able to set up a nursery for her before she was born.  After I got all of my pregnant emotions out, I realized how silly I was being for placing so much emphasis on not having a prepared nursery, especially since she'd be sleeping in a bassinet in our room for a few months anyway.  

So since I don't have a nursery yet for her, the one we do make is going to be great.  Here are some photos that are my inspiration for Jane's future room.  


My current plan is to go with three main colors, which are: coral pink, mint green, and yellow.  So this picture really inspires the overall color scheme for the room.  I really want her room to feel happy and bright, because that's what babies are, happy and bright little angels.


I love these handmade paper flowers, but we'll see if I attempt something this crafty for her decor.


Oh Joy! always inspires me with her darling daughter Ruby's room.





Thinking about an accent wall in this color, but are accent walls even current anymore?


Another option for an accent wall, with the small triangles.

I have loads of ideas, prints, accessories, etc. that have been filed away since I found out I was pregnant.  So I am hoping to that I can gather my ideas and make a beautiful nursery for Jane.  I can't wait to get started, but this room is definitely a long way away from being completed (since we haven't even demoed yet) but it's fun to think about :)

As for an update on our home, we are currently getting bids from many different people, including our general contractor, electrician, framer, and tree removal.  So nothing exciting happening yet, but we are slowly meeting neighbors each time we go to the house.  We can't believe how friendly people in our neighborhood are.  So exciting!

 

Have a happy Tuesday!

- Cait and Jane


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Kitchen Inspiration

So our plans were approved with no revisions!  We just have to submit the name of our contractor to the city and we can begin!  Exciting!  Now for our kitchen inspirations...

We really love modern kitchens, but ones that still feel comfortable, practical and warm.

Here is a close up shot of our kitchen layout, sorry for the poor quality.

We unfortunately don't have a rendering of the kitchen, so it's hard to imagine how those pillars are going to look, but we definitely know they'll turn out nice.

Here are some pictures we are looking to for our kitchen design.


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White fireclay sink, feels more stylish than a stainless steel


We love those waterfall countertops!

As you can tell from the images, we really like a light and bright kitchen.  We are planning to go with a quartz countertop in white with honey colored maple cabinets and hopefully matte brass fixtures.  The kitchen is probably the most put together room for us so far because we've been saving pictures away for our "dream kitchen" for ages. 

We still don't have a start date for our home, but we're still hoping to get started before the month is over.  We'll keep you updated!

 
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