Our Very First Remodel

We went back and found old pictures from our very first remodel started in May 2001. These images were take with a 3 megapixel camera back in the day so they aren’t the greatest but we’ve been wanting to document that event as it was the first of many. So, here goes.

During this remodel we updated the only bathroom. Updated the kitchen. Enclosed the front porch. Installed french doors between living room and first bedroom to create an office.

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My grandmother’s favorite color was pink.

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We had started on the walls ourselves not really knowing what we were doing.
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Down to the studs.
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A younger me.
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Progress…new toilet, floor, shower…
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Coming together nicely…we loved the light.
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New sink and toilet…we actually saved these and re-used in our latest bathroom update.
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Finally…we were thrilled.
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New towel holders and bead board.

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This was a very tough remodel for us. We had two dogs. We came home one Friday from work to find no toilet. This was a holiday weekend. No toilet and no call from contractor. It was the remodel from hell.

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We wanted a little more space and at the time didn’t really use the front porch. So, we decided to add that space to the house.
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Miriam with Boxer and Kasey.
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Support in place prior to removing wall.
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An outside view – interesting in that we were able to see the different layers of exterior materials.
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Space opened up and windows installed.
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Another look.
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New french doors to bedroom…now an office.
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The living room opened up – so much more spacious and light.
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Another view into the office.

Next up was the kitchen and dining area. This was a small galley kitchen with a washer.

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Small kitchen…see the washer next to the stove?
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Little to no counter or cabinet space. Old linoleum floor.
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Gutted and good riddance.
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The kitchen and bathroom were both gutted at the same time. Miriam and Kasey peaking into the kitchen from the bathroom.
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New doorway in place of old window from dining room.
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New tile being laid…Boxer wishing it was over.
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New kitchen!

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New dining area.
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Congratulation roses from mom.

We were so happy to say goodbye to our bad news contractors. You don’t see the pain we went through in these pictures. It was a tough time, though, we recognize it as a first world problem. We’re fortunate to live where we live and have what we have. Although, the bathroom had to be renovated again, the kitchen has endured and been lovingly used.

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