Sorry for being a bit MIA on the blog lately, guys. Things have been crazy over here with birthdays, holidays, opening an Etsy shop, and planning for our reno. But I’ve decided I’m going to start doing more “journal” style posts so I can keep you all up to date on what’s going on with the remodel, affectionately dubbed…. Harper House Reno 🙂 It gets a bit overwhelming for me to dig through tons of old photos on my computer, phone, icloud, ect… so instead of sifting through a backlog of photos to create a post – I’m just going to post things as they happen (or at least that’s the plan anway!)
We moved into our house in July 2016, and a lot has happened that I haven’t documented here on the blog. The house was very dark when we first moved in. Dark floors, dark paint, and dark wood trim and doors…. but it has tons of space (3300 sqft), a gorgeous 1 acre yard, and is across the street from my son’s best friend! We had originally planned to build a big giant farmhouse on 10 acres we owned, but God told us no. (You can read all about that story here which was one of my first ever blog posts!) And thankfully, He had other plans for us which led us to our current home which we love 🙂
Our house is considered a 1 1/2 story, which means it has vaulted ceilings instead of a full upstairs. There are 2 bedrooms upstairs and a full bath and also a large rec room. Originally, the house had a catwalk spanning the distance between the bedrooms and rec room – as seen below.
This was the view as you walked into the front of the house. On the left was the dining room, and straight ahead on the other side of the stairs is the family room and through that door on the left is the kitchen. While we liked all the space, the catwalk was not super user friendly for kids. They were constantly running back and forth like a herd of elephants, and part of our reasoning for wanting a 2 story house was so we could send the kids upstairs to play and we could enjoy some peace and quiet downstairs (yeah right.)
Do you notice the problem?
Not much noise separation with such an open space! We would send the kids up to play and we could STILL hear every. little. thing. It also felt very cavernous in that front area and there weren’t many walls available for art and furniture placement.
I wanted a more defined space.
So after a lot of pleading, I finally talked my hubby into building a floor over the foyer area and walling off the catwalk (I’ll write a more in depth post on this soon). And here’s the space today – almost a year later, a lot brighter and with SHIPLAP!
And here’s the foyer and dining room to the right….(sorry for these horrible phone pics, but I was in a rush!)
And there’s our new floors! I’ll post soon about that fiasco as well (finding lighter colored wide plank, white oak floors is NOT easy!) But I’m super happy with them and I’ll share all the deets in a few days.
So there you have it! We obviously have a TON more to do. But that’s what’s happened so far, and now you’re all up to date just in time for us to kick off the KITCHEN reno happening this week – woot woot! Stay tuned, lots more coming soon!
Are you doing any remodeling this year or do you have plans for 2018? Any big projects or home dilemmas? I’d love to hear them – leave me a comment and let’s chat 🙂