It’s been awhile since we have answered some of the more common questions we receive…so it seemed time for a Q & A post. Today’s Tuesday Tidbits is just in a slightly different format. Followed by a few pics. Here we go!
Q: When will you guys be moving in?
A: Well, last year we said spring. This spring we said Memorial Day. This summer we said July 4th. We have no clue! We want to be moved in more than anyone else (I promise). However, we have lived in our own construction zones before and it is not fun. Not fun at all. While we don’t require every single item to be completed, we need it to be a little more done than it currently is. **Every time we tell our cat that it’s going to be a little longer until his mansion is ready, this is the look he gives us.**
Q: Are you guys going to have an open house?
A: We have had a couple of open houses for our friends and family. It’s turned into a few hundred people (of friends and family!). If we are being completely honest, it would be tough to have hundreds upon hundreds of people wandering through our brand new home. That being said, we haven’t ruled it out…we would just have to figure out a way to handle it logistically. In our past homes, we have enjoyed entertaining large groups often. I am certain that we will be doing the same in this home. Lots of parties, baby showers, bridal showers, charity events, etc. We promise to keep you posted on the open house. If you have a grand idea on how to make it work please post it in the comments!
Q: Are you planning on opening up the bricked over doorways and windows?
A: For the love of all that is good!!! Trent and I laugh (and then roll our eyes) every time we hear this question because we feel like we have answered it at least five hundred times. Yes. The reason there is no drywall over the doorways and windows that were once bricked over, is because we plan to open them back up. **This is one of the 2 bricked doorways.**
Q: Well then when are you going to open up the doorways and windows?
A: When we figure out a way to replicate them perfectly. We have found someone who can recreate the windows, but the doors are a different story. It’s a tough job and we have learned the hard way to be very, very picky about who we hire. Trent and I have basically resigned ourselves to the fact that we will be doing it ourselves. And THAT is why it hasn’t been done yet.
Q: How much money have you spent on this house?
A: Thankfully, I am not keeping a daily log…so I could look any one of you straight in the face and honestly say “I have no idea.” It’s a very large home and we have completely remodeled every square inch. We have purchased nice materials. However, we have done most of the labor ourselves, which means we have saved a significant amount of money. We are blessed to have extremely good jobs to fund our craziness. We won’t be purchasing a G5 anytime soon…but we also don’t have to survive off ramen noodles (yet).
Q: How do you guys not kill each other working on projects every day?
A: We don’t claim to have the answers, but we have learned a lot about ourselves during our projects. As the saying goes, “pick your battles.” Trent wanted a huge garage. I wanted a huge kitchen. Trent didn’t really want hickory floors. I didn’t really like my closet floor plan. Pick your battles.
Q: Are you going to have any other projects after this one?
A: At this stage in the game we always have a rather loud “NO” when asked this question. I think we have agreed that this will be the last home we do for ourselves (maybe…probably…most likely). However, we keep eyeing cute little homes in need of some attention. Something that would take less time and money while still improving a neighborhood. Maybe we would flip them or maybe we would keep them as rentals. We are fairly open at this point. I keep telling Trent that it would be fun to rehab a small house and document exactly what we do each day and how much we spend. I believe it would prove that some projects are more attainable than most people believe…or what HGTV may show you. Help me convince Trent that this would be fun!!!
And here are just a few random pics of things right now.
Below is a pic that makes me so happy! It’s our gas line that is all ready to go for our range! I will be cooking’ up some mac-n-cheese in no time at all.
Below is the small fireplace in the kitchen. We are deciding this week what kind of stone will go on the ledge (the mantel is wood). It will be nice to have this wrapped up.
We spent the weekend putting the final marble touches on all the bathrooms/showers. We have several shampoo ledges and I’m happy with how they turned out.
That’s it for today! Enjoy your week and thank you for following along!