Monday, January 31, 2011

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but boy i wish there was....

Terry came over yesterday so he & nacho could work on the electrical redo after our window install.  they ran some wire for outdoor lights and outlets & drilled holes for pot lights in front of the new windows. nacho spent the rest of the day running wire to said pot lights and interior outlets.  so this morning as i was getting ready to leave for work, i look into the kitchen & there's nacho, up on a step ladder, running some wire for the outdoor light....wearing only his boxers. yep, nothing else! straight out of bed, and straight to work. that's commitment people!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

let the sun shine in

and how! we got lucky & had a window of opportunity this week to have our windows installed. so nacho began by tearing out the dry wall for the East wall last Sunday.  Terry's guys came over Wed & Thurs to do the install and replace our siding.  we made yet another trip to Ikea yesterday and we think we have the kitchen finalized. no, not ordered but all planned out. it will be another 3 weeks before we get back up there to place the actual order. sounds like we're moving right along? not so fast. i'm still trying to make a decision on flooring. more on that later! let's enjoy this sliver of progress though!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

a call for help

hey look who's posting made it onto Apartment Therapy!
we're down to the final flooring choices but thought i'd ask some the AT readers as well. you never know what you'll find.
i'll post pics of the new windows tomorrow when i can get some day photos. as Terry put it, Dramatic!

Sunday, January 9, 2011


we are finally doing IT!  after 10 years of living in this dump and 6+ of talking about it, the kitchen has spoken! i guess today would mark the official start of our kitchen remodel.  we have always hated the layout of our kitchen & knew it needed an overhaul, but then the cabinet doors started falling off, we'd had enough.
we have the bulk of the layout done & the cabinets are coming from IKEA. we knew we wanted (1) an island and (2) to open up the view to the river. here's the before
so everything on the right will be torn out and replaced with windows. to see how that would look, and to test the idea of an island out, Nacho began dismantling the entire right side.
and now they're our temporary island
with an OSB countertop
so this is what we'll be living with for the next month easily. the sad thing is, i like it much better already. the only thing that is not an accurate reflection of our future layout is the fridge & pantry on the left. those will move to the location of the current sink. the sink will move to the island. where you see the pantry & fridge now will be a built-in banquet dining area.
i highly  recommend doing a test layout like this! we already resized the island based on what we've done today. the only thing holding us up at this point is flooring. that's been a 10-year odyssey for me! so somehow i have to do in 30 days what i have not been able to do in 10 years...find flooring for this project. wish me luck!

Monday, January 3, 2011

some things never change

a much belated holiday wish!  2011 is starting off much the same way 2010 went....late!
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