Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The end is near

We've handled our electrical issue, got our plumbing completed, and now it's detail time. We've been working on this project for a long time and for the longest time it seemed like it would never end. But now we should be moving in this week! Can you believe it? It's really looking beautiful. The kitchen looks like a kitchen and has working appliances. Lighting fixtures that have been in a box for a year have been installed. We have definitely struggled with obstacles along the way. Some were related to the house, and some were just a part of life. But I can see the light at the end of this tunnel, and that makes me smile.

I'm going to take lots of pictures of the Crap Shack when all is said and done, but here's a taste of where we are at.

The kitchen before
Almost an after shot, I love this kitchen.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Rhyme and reason

There's a reason we do everything ourselves,
 for we never seen any construction elves.

We find it's best to plug along,
 when we wait for others it seems all wrong.

We'll do it our way and make it our own,
 because waiting for you has made us groan.

He built you a deck to pay for your time,
 but you haven't come so I made up this rhyme.

Now the time has passed for you to do your role,
 so come finish my wiring and we can meet our goal.

I just want to live in my own little home,
 so could someone send me an electrical gnome?

I'm sorry you've had to read my prose,
 but sometimes this is how the Crap Shack goes.


In case you can't tell from my little poem, our electrician was a no show again. This is why you never ask family to help. No worries though, we'll find a way to finish. We always do. On the upside, the plumber comes tomorrow and we know he'll show up. At least the electrical is 85% done and it shouldn't be bad to get it finished up. It's just frustrating when someone doesn't show up, and doesn't call.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Crap Shack is back on Track

So many delays, and I haven't written in awhile but the Crap Shack is finally nearing the end. Well, an end that will actually allow us to move in. I know I've been horrible at updating the past couple of months but the project was in a holding pattern for a little bit. My lack of updates have been because of some other things I've been dealing with in real life, but here I am and it's time to put in an update.

 This weekend the electrician comes to install our fixtures and finish up the wiring. Next week the plumber comes to install the water heater, toilet, and get all the sinks and such set up. Once that happens, we should be able to start moving in. Crazy, right?

I haven't really posted many pictures but the big set of after photos should be anytime now. It's been a long hard project, but totally worth it. I think this whole process shows how you need to be flexible when remodeling your home. We have changed our plans hundreds of times along the way, most of the time because one option was cheaper than we wanted. Yes we have a lot of high end finishes in our house, but I can tell we NEVER paid a high end price. We have made it unique and it's ours.

In the past few months we have been painting, tile work has been finished, a fence has been added to the front, etc. etc...
This is is the fence along the front of the house, we just need to build a gate
I can say with a doubt that this project has been a blast. 97% of the time it has just been the two of us working on the house on our days off. It is truly a custom home. Now would I do this again? Of course! With some very big "buts". I would like to have more money the next time around, so when I'm exhausted I could hire someone to work for me. I love the bargain hunting though, and I think I would do that no matter what. There is no reason to pay full price for anything. I will have some odds and ends that I will need to sell when all it's over. Since the plan has been  constantly evolving, some things I bought a year ago just won't work now.

I have really enjoyed everyone watching this project and I hope you enjoy the end result. It's going to be one hell of a housewarming party.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tile dilemma solved!

Some of you may know that my kitchen tile was driving me bat-shit crazy. When I found something I liked, I couldn't afford it. When I found something I could afford, it was backordered for months. It was becoming this frustrating circular process, always leading back to a kitchen with no floor. Honestly for a moment I was considering putting down some green astroturf (at least temporarily) and calling it done. The kitchen floor was holding up everything, and we are SO CLOSE to being done. Without a floor we couldn't install the appliances, or get the plumbing finished. It was all looking very bleak. (Okay, I'm being a little dramatic)

We decided to try a new tile store. Word to the wise, stay away from big box stores when looking for tile. You can find a better selection, better quality, and most of the time a better price than the box store. Plus you end supporting a small business. Anyhoo, we headed on over to Batts Tile to see if our tile was to be found. It was! We found an amazing black,silver,and copper tile in a 12"x24" size that was perfect. It was on sale, which made it even better! Now the tile hase been installed and it is looking amazing. All that is left is grouting the floor. Then it's on to installing appliances, and finishing the plumbing! I will post a picture when it is completed, but here's a taste.
This is a pretty good representation of the color of the tile

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Paint, paint, and more paint

We have been working hard on the Crap Shack. This week we've been painting. We got the first coat up in the living room and the bathroom. It took a lot of time to find the right shade of green for the bathroom. I think it has turned out great.

The bathroom needs another coat, but so far so good.
The living room is taking shape
We have had one small snag recently. The tile for the kitchen floor. Sigh. We picked out one tile we really liked, but it was more than we wanted to spend. So we had a second choice, still a little more than we wanted to spend but that wasn't the kicker. It turned our the second choice for tile was a 4 week lead time. We are so close to being done, waiting 4 weeks for tile is not really an option. So it's back the drawing board. I have one lead I'm going to check out tomorrow during my lunch break. I'm sure if I work hard enough I can get something figured out. There's always a snag when you least expect it. So far those snags have lead to something awesome I wasn't expecting at all. I just need to find a little more house magic. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

An end is in sight!

Why haven't I written anything in a while? Well, we have been super busy. Things are really taking shape. I finished the tile in the bathroom, Clay got to the countertops installed in the kitchen, and he's been installing trim and crown molding throughout the house. We've been working on picking out paint colors. It's all coming down to the details. Next I need to tile the kitchen floor. Then we have to get the plumber in and the electrician in to do their final work. Clay said the other day we could be done in about 3 WEEKS! Weeks, not months. It's hard to believe an end (or temporary stop) to the work on the Crap Shack is at hand.

 In the meantime here are some photos. I will take pictures of the kitchen progress tomorrow and get those posted.

Shower tile complete!
Bathroom floor complete!




Monday, January 21, 2013

Aren't there always delays?

Last week we had a little delay in progress. Clay was sick and I needed his help so I could get the cement board on the bathroom floor. This meant I couldn't start tiling the floor until this past weekend. While Clay was working in the kitchen getting the extra cabinets we needed built, I worked on the bathroom floor.

The kitchen is turning out amazing. I'm really excited to see how it all ends up, once all the finishing details are in place.

Working on the pantry cabinet
Getting the sink base built! (Love that sink)
Every day we get a little closer to being done. This weekend it's all in Clay's hands, since I will be heading to Florida for a few days. I was hoping to have the bathroom floor done, so we could a toilet installed and finally have a somewhat functioning bathroom. That's right in the year we've been working on the house we have never had any form of functioning bathroom. It's all coming together now though. Clay actually found a recessed trash can for the bathroom today, to help keep doggie noses out of the garbage. It will be set into the wall, so it will also be nice to keep things like that off the floor. We have been trying to find unique storage solutions throughout our house to make the best use of small spaces.

Working with a pattern this small could have turned out poorly, but so far so good.
We are hoping to have a move in date sometime in February, but who knows really. Eventually it will be done, we just have to keep pushing ourselves to that finish line. After that you will find us on the porch with a cocktail in hand for the next year.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

It's starting to look like a house now

January 6th was the year anniversary of The Crap Shack. This process has definitely taken longer than we expected, but it is so worth it. We are doing all the work ourselves, and designing the house the way we want. We really haven't had to settle for anything we thought was sub par. After all if the rebuilding of your house is going to take a year, you might as well make it what you want it to be.

Things are really shaping up at the Crap Shack. Cabinets are going in, as well as tile in the bathroom. It's really nice to finally be able to put all this stuff we've been collecting over the past year in to the house. Some things are not going to work. You see, this house been a constantly evolving plan. Things we bought in the beginning don't work now, or since the plan has changed the size of something may be wrong. For instance we bought a microwave/range hood combo in the very beginning, now that we have changed our kitchen plan, now it won't work. On the upside we now found a chimney style range hood that will be more aesthetically pleasing. It will all work out in the end, and I guess we will have some stuff to sell when all is said and done.

The kitchen is turning out beautiful, it's really hard to get a good picture at this point. We have set it up in two sections. The red section is the bar area, and the blue section is the kitchen area. It looks amazing in person, and we think we have finally picken out the right tile for the floor.

The bathroom is well on the way. I got the shower tiled, for the most part. Since we decided to go a little taller than expected, I ran out of bullnose pieces to finish the edges. Now I have to wait for them to come in to the tile store. So tomorrow I will move on to the bathroom floor. After that is done, we can set the cabinets and add the plumbing fixtures! Then we will finally have a working bathroom!

All in all, I am extremely pleased in how everything is turning out. I never expected it to be so lovely.

Now for pictures...


The kitchen cabinets are going in.
(and yes we have red and blue cabinets)
Shower tile is almost done

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Ready for cabinets and tile

Things have moving along. The kitchen box has been wired for appliances, and the drywall has been hung. We put a coat of primer on the walls and it's really beginning to look like a kitchen. Our next step is to put the cabinets in the kitchen and start putting up tile in the bathroom. We also finally picked a tile for the kitchen floor. Once the cabinets are in and the tile is done, we really won't have much left to do. It's very exciting! I guess after working on the house for almost a year, you never really expect an end to be in sight. We bought the house on January 6th, 2012 and we won't be done by our anniversary, but it will be darn close.
The kitchen box is ready for the next step and so are we.

Since we bought this house there has been a running joke around the Crap Shack. Anytime someone asked us when we were going to be done, we always said "Two months." Now it looks like that answer may be fairly accurate. I am not really looking forward to the moving part though. There will be lots to pack and even more to sell. At least we'll finally be in our new home in 2013, so I'll deal with the moving part.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Could it be time to close it all up?

Last week we took a mini vacation for birthday celebrating. Honestly the only way we've really taken a day off in the past year is leave town, so that's what we did. It was good to get away from everything and just relax. Of course the Crap Shack is never far out of our minds, and we did find a great deal on a chimney style range hood while we were traveling. It spent the rest of vacation in the back seat.

Yesterday the plumber came over to check the plumbing work that we did ourselves and do a couple things we needed help with. All of the rough-in electrical and plumbing work is done. That means now it is time to start closing everything up! I can start laying the tile and Clay can start getting the kitchen cabinets installed, plus we can finally put the appliances where they belong instead of randomly placed around the house. It's very exciting. It looks like the Crap Shack might actually get completed soon and we'll be able to move in before you know it.

The fence is done in the backyard now, all we need is a gate. It looks pretty awesome, and really defines the yard space making it look huge.
We both love how this turned out.


As you can see it's been a pretty exciting couple of weeks at the ol' Crap Shack. I'm looking forward to actually seeing the kitchen and bathroom put together.