Renovation status – Update 2

A question that I get asked now and then, is how far we are now with the renovation of our home. That it’s nearly finished now, no? And why it seems to just go on forever. Below you can find an answer to those questions.

How far along are we?

Well, we still have to finish 2 floors. Meaning that they are still quite rudimentary. Plywood floors, unfinished ceilings, you name it. The other 3 layers (basement, living room and upper bedroom floor) are “finished”. With quotation marks, since there are a few things that still need to be done, but we’ll get there.

Is it nearly finished?

To quote a fellow renovator: “We’ll finish at 4”. Day and year to be confirmed. Depending on our budget, quotes and suppliers.

Why does it seem to go on forever?

We do make progress, but at a DIY pace. It’s really incredible how time flies when you only have the weekends to get on with it all. And the days when we carried on after work have long passed. We also have a son to raise, which is not always easy to combine with, say, getting the insulation in place. And last but not least, there’s also a social life. We can’t keep on telling friends for years that we don’t have time to see them. And now and then I do need to be a couch potato. Especially with those sofas half finished.

At this moment, it’s all about joinery: stairs, a laundry chute, closets and wardrobes.

Stairs

The old stairs were an intermediate solution. As I already explained a while ago, we have lowered our ceilings to gain extra space. Because of that, the old stairs no longer fitted. We couldn’t afford a new one at that time, so hubby built a pair of fitting stairs from the old stairs, lego style. Short-term solution. That lasted for 4 years, and traumatised quite a few visitors. One of the cats even disappeared in the gaping staircase hole once.

The picture below shows you the state of the stairs when we bought the house, then the intermediate solution, and the final version.

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A laundry chute

Because I really wanted one. The washing machine is in the basement. The bathroom is on the second floor. The bedrooms on the second and third floor. It makes a difference in the amount of stairs I need to climb. Really. And no cat went through (yet).

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Cupboards and wardrobes

Everywhere. And all Ikea hacks from the Pax line, with a little help from a friend who’s into joinery. The cupboard under the upper stairs is already finished. And stuffed. With my fabric stash.

Ingemaakte kast

The wardrobes in our bedroom are nearly finished. We just need doors, and I’m still working on the layout. But both sides are nearly full already. And we’ve come a long way already.

Ingemaakte kast

The status of the cupboards in our den is Ongoing. They’ll be finished by 4. The problem is that all the boxes containing the stuff that needs to go in those cupboards, are now in our way to finish those cupboards. Talk about a Catch 22 situation.

Ingemaakte kast

So far our progress. The stairs were one of our bigger milestones. Next ones are the electricity, and the floorboards on the remaining floors.

How about your renovations and/or storage possibilities? Do you have storage space everywhere? A garage box stuffed all the way up to the ceiling? Or are you not the horder I am, and do you don’t need storage at all?

Renovation status – update

We’re only 2 years late, but our top floor – housing a boy’s room and a guest room – is finally “finished”.

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“Finished”, between quotation marks. The light switches still need to be installed (Don’t worry, the cables are not connected yet, no risk of electric shocks there). We still need to get real beds in. And a door. And a window above that door.

Kinderkamer

And hatch to the attic still needs to be painted.

Kinderkamer

Behind the closet there’s a hidden reading nook. But for now, it’s still stacked with boxes.

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Our aim is to install a ladder and a slide there. Once. But in the meantime, it does look like a boy’s room, no?

Kinderkamer

Jongenskamer

The guest room is our room for the time being.

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We need some time to make our final bedroom hole-in-the-ground free.

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Mind you, we’ve made quite a journey already.

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But we still have a long way to go.

Originally, the plan was to use part of this floor as my craft room. But that plan has changed, the craft room will come on the 1st floor. One day.

Two more floors to go. We keep hanging in there.

Renovations update

It’s been a while since I posted an update on our house. Not that we’ve stopped working it it, not at all, but we’re a bit short in time.

Last time I mentioned the renovations, we were still living upstairs, in one room. Since then, we’ve moved down one floor. We’ve even painted! But since we moved, I’ve been waiting for thé moment when the house would be spic and span, so I could take some pictures. Godot, you know.

So instead, I decided to focus on corners instead.

My sewing corner: pinned on 2 old school desks (and banned from them again, since we needed some room for the printer. But let’s ignore that, I just want to enjoy this neat corner).
naaihoekOur son’s play corner, also with a school desk, but this is one is 4 generations old.
speelhoekOur cosy corner, with hand-me-down sofas for which I need to sew some new covers. I already have the pattern for the smaller one, I have the fabric, all that’s left is the courage.
zithoekThe dinner corner, with an old Ikea table (our’s) and the chairs that the previous owner left behind. And behind that, the cooking corner, also with a bunch of cupboards that came from about everywhere.

huisWe still need to get the lights in. And the light switches. That’s going to be such a revelation. As for the interior design, we’re going for shabby chic right now, meaning we just take what we can get, and we’ll focus on fitting everything together once the rest is finished. But to be honest, I do like shabby chic. There’s a story that comes with about every piece of furniture we have.

Next step: our top floor, where there are 2 bedrooms. But right now, these rooms contain our moving boxes that haven’t gotten unpacked yet. I guess after 2 years, the better choice would be to just throw them out. But I can’t, really. There’s bound to be more shabby chic in there.

You’ll be hearing from me.It’s been a while since I posted an update on our house. Not that we’ve stopped working it it, not at all, but we’re a bit short in time.

Last time I mentioned the renovations, we were still living upstairs, in one room. Since then, we’ve moved down one floor. We’ve even painted! But since we moved, I’ve been waiting for thé moment when the house would be spic and span, so I could take some pictures. Godot, you know.

So instead, I decided to focus on corners instead.

My sewing corner: pinned on 2 old school desks (and banned from them again, since we needed some room for the printer. But let’s ignore that, I just want to enjoy this neat corner).
naaihoekOur son’s play corner, also with a school desk, but this is one is 4 generations old.
speelhoekOur cosy corner, with hand-me-down sofas for which I need to sew some new covers. I already have the pattern for the smaller one, I have the fabric, all that’s left is the courage.
zithoekThe dinner corner, with an old Ikea table (our’s) and the chairs that the previous owner left behind. And behind that, the cooking corner, also with a bunch of cupboards that came from about everywhere.

huisWe still need to get the lights in. And the light switches. That’s going to be such a revelation. As for the interior design, we’re going for shabby chic right now, meaning we just take what we can get, and we’ll focus on fitting everything together once the rest is finished. But to be honest, I do like shabby chic. There’s a story that comes with about every piece of furniture we have.

Next step: our top floor, where there are 2 bedrooms. But right now, these rooms contain our moving boxes that haven’t gotten unpacked yet. I guess after 2 years, the better choice would be to just throw them out. But I can’t, really. There’s bound to be more shabby chic in there.

You’ll be hearing from me.It’s been a while since I posted an update on our house. Not that we’ve stopped working it it, not at all, but we’re a bit short in time.

Last time I mentioned the renovations, we were still living upstairs, in one room. Since then, we’ve moved down one floor. We’ve even painted! But since we moved, I’ve been waiting for thé moment when the house would be spic and span, so I could take some pictures. Godot, you know.

So instead, I decided to focus on corners instead.

My sewing corner: pinned on 2 old school desks (and banned from them again, since we needed some room for the printer. But let’s ignore that, I just want to enjoy this neat corner).
naaihoekOur son’s play corner, also with a school desk, but this is one is 4 generations old.
speelhoekOur cosy corner, with hand-me-down sofas for which I need to sew some new covers. I already have the pattern for the smaller one, I have the fabric, all that’s left is the courage.
zithoekThe dinner corner, with an old Ikea table (our’s) and the chairs that the previous owner left behind. And behind that, the cooking corner, also with a bunch of cupboards that came from about everywhere.

huisWe still need to get the lights in. And the light switches. That’s going to be such a revelation. As for the interior design, we’re going for shabby chic right now, meaning we just take what we can get, and we’ll focus on fitting everything together once the rest is finished. But to be honest, I do like shabby chic. There’s a story that comes with about every piece of furniture we have.

Next step: our top floor, where there are 2 bedrooms. But right now, these rooms contain our moving boxes that haven’t gotten unpacked yet. I guess after 2 years, the better choice would be to just throw them out. But I can’t, really. There’s bound to be more shabby chic in there.

You’ll be hearing from me.It’s been a while since I posted an update on our house. Not that we’ve stopped working it it, not at all, but we’re a bit short in time.

Last time I mentioned the renovations, we were still living upstairs, in one room. Since then, we’ve moved down one floor. We’ve even painted! But since we moved, I’ve been waiting for thé moment when the house would be spic and span, so I could take some pictures. Godot, you know.

So instead, I decided to focus on corners instead.

My sewing corner: pinned on 2 old school desks (and banned from them again, since we needed some room for the printer. But let’s ignore that, I just want to enjoy this neat corner).
naaihoekOur son’s play corner, also with a school desk, but this is one is 4 generations old.
speelhoekOur cosy corner, with hand-me-down sofas for which I need to sew some new covers. I already have the pattern for the smaller one, I have the fabric, all that’s left is the courage.
zithoekThe dinner corner, with an old Ikea table (our’s) and the chairs that the previous owner left behind. And behind that, the cooking corner, also with a bunch of cupboards that came from about everywhere.

huisWe still need to get the lights in. And the light switches. That’s going to be such a revelation. As for the interior design, we’re going for shabby chic right now, meaning we just take what we can get, and we’ll focus on fitting everything together once the rest is finished. But to be honest, I do like shabby chic. There’s a story that comes with about every piece of furniture we have.

Next step: our top floor, where there are 2 bedrooms. But right now, these rooms contain our moving boxes that haven’t gotten unpacked yet. I guess after 2 years, the better choice would be to just throw them out. But I can’t, really. There’s bound to be more shabby chic in there.

You’ll be hearing from me.

Renovations

We are renovating. You may have read that here (in between the lines or not) before. And we’re going to be renovating for a while longer. But I may have mentioned that before as well. Lenin’s 5-year plans, I get that.
Short story: we bought this house in 2010. And we were going to do it up. Just a little. Renew the electricity. And move the bathroom – which was part of the kitchen and blocked the view of our garden – upstairs. We were going to do that quickly. It would all be finished in 3 months time. And although everyone told us renovating takes a lot more time, we sniggered behind their backs. Maybe in their case, but surely not in our case? Oh boy, we were so naive…
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Our plans changed. I mean, we were going to move the bathroom up, so we’d be left with a big hole in the kitchen. Wouldn’t it be better to tear that part down and build a new one? So we hired an architect. And she had the best idea ever. If we were going to strip the whole house anyway, couldn’t we lower its floors? That would be very interesting from an ecological point of view. Less heating, so less resources used. And we would gain one extra floor. More space! Totally our cup of tea. And of course we would do everything ourselves. We were tough enough.
No way back
And so it happened. All that was left from the original house were its facade, the roof and part of the side walls. We ate dust for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We got rid of dozens of tons of debris. I don’t think I’ll ever get not sick again whenever I smell freshly removed plaster.
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Meanwhile, the house’s main construction is ok. All floors are where they are supposed to be. We moved the bathroom up a long time ago (but it’s not quite finished yet). About half of the electricity is where it’s supposed to be. The new back part of the house has been rebuilt (by our contractor, there are limits to our craziness). All windows have been replaced. From the outside, our house even looks finished.
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And on the inside? Well, we’re still camping in our own home. But we’ve gotten used to it. I don’t even notice it any more that we do not have a single light switch in the house. And maybe I can’t switch the light at the end of the tunnel on or off, it sure is on, and I can see it ever so slightly. Soon we’ll be moving all our stuff to our ground floor, since it’s starting to look pretty neat. A bit more plastering, maybe put some primer on already, get the sockets (and the switches!) in. And by then, it’ll be finished for us. Painting, that’s for the next five-year plan.
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We’ll get there. In due time. By the way, the first five-year plan will only finish by 2015.
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How about you? Does it sound familiar? Are you just as crazy? Or would you just never embark upon such an adventure?
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Planning

I like order. And clear planning. But actually getting there, that has proven to be quite hard more than once. Too many plans, you know. And chaos in my head.

So I came up with yet another plan. A plan to plan my plans. With a little help from my post-it friends.

What I want, is something like this:
But it should be magnetic as well. And divided into sections, with nice washi tape. And I want it both in the kitchen and in the den.
At this point, that kitchen still looks like this:
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And the den (which serves as our living area for now) like this:
Planning
For now, I have to make do with the (temporary) door. And with electricity tape. Sticking to the renovation theme, that’s how I see it.
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Did you notice how the tape is a bit lopsided? It drives my hubby crazy. So when the “real” walls will be ready for their makeover, my hubby will be ready with his laser. It’ll be straight or nothing.
At least I now have a better overview of my plans. And a bit less chaos in my head. Bliss.