Monday, 9 February 2015

Adventures with Renos

I have been alluding to these "renovations" for the past few weeks. We spent the first part of January moving, painting, and doing renos at the new house. And I figured the easiest way to  explain what we were working on was to wait until it was all finished so I could show the whole picture. I knocked down a few things, I mudded some sheets of dry wall, and I painted - but all of the credit goes to our awesome friend/contractor Shane.

So here is what we have been up to!

Before:
The main living area in the new house required some...vision. The house was built in the 60's so the layout did not exactly meet modern open-concept standards - cue too many walls and some dated archways. The living room was also rocking a full wall of built-in mirrors - circa Dance Studio Style. All that was missing was a barre and we could have held some serious fitness classes in the main room.

In Progress:
Luckily we have a super awesome and handy friend - Shane (with the help of his brother Robbie) - who was able to help up execute our renovation dream. Obviously the mirrors had to go - I think that goes without saying! And I wanted to open the living room into the dining room to increase the flow and light. Plus we wanted to square off the arches and create a half wall into the hall to really open up the space.

We learned that the previous owner had some interesting construction techniques - the picture above is the red wood paneling we found under the drywall. Basically he just built everything on top of everything else - there was no demo...EVER.

We also learned that this process was messy and so very dusty! I underestimated how much dust would be involved in the demo and the drywalling. They always make the process look so seamless on HGTV?! I may have hated the back and forth, but I was grateful to not have to live in the mess while everything was under construction.

The Finished Product:
The finished product exceeded my expectations! I definitely underestimated how much ripping down a couple walls would completely change the space.

I may also be just a little excited about "Adult" Furniture purchases (aka not hand-me-downs and not IKEA). We are still waiting on a lamp that we ordered. And I am trying to figure out exactly what I want to do for wall art. But I gotta say, I am pretty happy with the space so far.

Have you ever done home renos before? Any wall art suggestion for the back wall?

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten