Friday, March 28, 2014

Viola! It is finished!

5 days of hard work by a great crew and we've got ourselves a brand new bathroom that I LOVE instead of loathe!  The crew was so great about our needs of having a toilet placed each night.  I only had to spend one night away from home, and Marc was able to stay so we didn't have to relocate the dogs as well.
If anyone lives on Long Island and needs kitchen or bathroom work done, please call Joey at Complete Kitchen and Bath in Commack.  (631) 462-6141.  He is such a nice and reasonable guy.  He knew our goals for this remodel and didn't try to "upsell" us on fixtures and finishes that we didn't need.  His prices are reasonable, and he will even tell you when you can get an item less expensively at home depot to order from them.  It's very nice to work with someone as honest as he is.  We used his team when we remodeled our kitchen a few years ago and I have nothing but great things to say about them.  And, in case you're wondering, I was not paid for that endorsement!

I'm so happy to finally have a pretty bathroom in our house.  It was the last eyesore.  Now, I have to dust every. single. surface. in the house and get the bathroom organized.  Dusting is the bane of my existence; however, it is worth it to have this great new bathroom in our house!  I'll post pictures from pre-gut all the way through finished product.

The dogs were so good throughout the process as well.  They only got into a few things, and it was when they had been cooped up in our room for too long and they got bored.  Pixie killed our cable remote control, and they both got into the pile of stuff on Marc's night stand.  Other than that, they were awesome.  Not barking at or bothering the crew and taking nice long naps during some relatively loud construction.  I'm proud of them!

Original 1960's bathroom.  

Day 1: gutted to the studs and subfloor

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day2 Durock and sheetrock almost done!

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Puppies napping through construction


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Day 5: Complete!

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Monday, March 24, 2014


The bathroom remodel started today.  The crew showed up at 8:15 am and was ripping out the countertops by 8:20.  They got it ripped down to the studs and subfloor.  The tile that was on the floor was on top of the original tile, which was set in concrete and chicken wire.  They had to bludgeon it with hammers, but they finally won and got it all out.  They got the electrical wires run, the hi-hat light for the shower installed, and the exhaust fan installed as well as sheetrock on the ceiling.  We ran into a minor snag at the end of their workday.  They opened up the box for the new commode and discovered it was cracked, both on the base and the water tank.  They are doing me a favor and mounting the toilet every day so pregnant me doesn't have to pee in the back yard...One of the guys and I ran out to home depot and bought another toilet, and Marc and I will return the busted one when he gets home from work.
Yay! A new white toilet!

Hi-Hat light in the shower

a functional exhaust fan

the space where the medicine cabinet/mirror will go

I was somewhat worried about how Max and Pixie would react to all the noise going on with them demo-ing the bathroom, but I am SO proud of them.  I brought them into the master bedroom with me, and they slept on their pillows on the floor.  They were so good!! They'll get some kind of special treat tonight.
snoozing through the chaos of demolition

Tomorrow, the contractor will finish drywalling and get the cement board down so he can start doing the tile for the floor and the shower area.  We may have to spend 1 night away from home when he does the tile on the floor, because it has to sit for 24 hours so the thinset will set up.  All in all, I am SO pleased.  They are professional, clean, and courteous.  Can't wait to see tomorrow's progress!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Here we go! Before pics

Today I cleaned all of our things out of the bathroom because the contractor will be here at 9 am tomorrow to start the remodel.  I took a couple of "before" pictures so you can see what an improvement is being made.  We aren't changing the layout at all, just new fixtures, flooring, paint, & tile.  Marc bought the house a few years before we met, and it has been on his to-do list ever since.  The problem is that it is the only bathroom in the house, and beyond being really ugly, it's completely functional.  We decided to go ahead and do it now because (A) the baby is still-a-cookin, and (B) the house is going on the market next January, so it needed to be done before then, and we don't want to do it with a newborn.
blue formica counter with gold flecks, blue sink...the vanity stands only about 27" tall...Did I mention that Marc is 6'5" and I am 6'0"?

Blue tile, blue tub, blue toilet and hideous floral wallpaper, crappy tile ceiling

and you can see that the medicine cabinet/mirror has the same blue formica with fold flecks.  

We did the kitchen a few years ago, then 2 years later put crown moulding, new baseboards, and new white interior doors throughout the house.  Last year, we did outside work.  We put up a white PVC privacy fence around the back yard (the front yard already had the PVC picket fence), ripped out the deck and cleaned off the cement patio that was below, had a new brick & concrete stoop and new walkways put in, sod laid down, brick flower boxes in front, and put a new shed in the back yard.  The house has definitely gotten a lot of improvements since we got married.

Every year, we use our tax return to better the house instead of planning a big vacation.  The house will be move-in ready when it goes on the market next January.  It really is a perfect starter house, but not large enough to have a family grow with.  It has hardwood floors throughout, with the exception of the kitchen and bathroom, a wood burning fireplace with stove insert to heat the house if you want to, the windows were replaced when Marc bought the house, the siding was done right after we got married, the roof is in great shape, and the house DID NOT FLOOD during hurricane Sandy.  That's right!! We are SURROUNDED by water here.  We live on a little island, there is a canal 2 blocks north of us, a canal BOTH east and west at the end of the street, and the Great South Bay is 5 blocks south of our house.  We are unbelievably lucky that our house did not flood.  We live in the middle of the block and the house sits up kind of high.  There was SO much damage in our neighborhood.  Some people still haven't finished repairing and renovating from that storm.  I'm really so grateful.

Yesterday, I had to take Max to the vet for a check up appt.  He is due for some booster shots, so I loaded both dogs in the car and headed to the Vet.  Our vet's office is inside Petsmart.  We got there and parked, and I left Pixie in the car so I could take Max inside.  It was a gorgeous day outside and she was content to be outside.  Max dragged all 8.5 months pregnant me across the parking lot and into the store.  Thank GOD he doesn't get great traction on tile, or I would have been dragged all the way to the back of the store where the vet is located.  We got back there and he nicely got up on the scale to be weighed (125 lbs., by the way) and the receptionist told me our appointment isn't until NEXT week...Oh Goody.  That was a super fun workout for no reason at all.  I called Marc and told him he was taking Max to the vet next weekend, because that dragfest through the parking lot was more than I need to handle right now.  He laughed at me, but agreed to take him.  I love that dog, but he sure is freaking strong!

That's about all for now.  I'll post pictures of the progress on the bathroom throughout the week.  I can't wait for the finished product!!


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Looooooooong time, no post!

What can I say, I got busy & bored with it! This is a catch-up of sorts, and there will be a lot of pictures at the bottom...I'll try to be a good blogger again!

 There are some pretty major changes headed our way, so I figured I had better start documenting again.  Marc and I are expecting a baby boy in early May.  His name will be Cooper Justin.  My brother's name was Justin, and we wanted to honor his memory, so it will be Cooper's middle name.  I have decorated his nursery with Football stuff, and even found him a onesie that says "I'm told I love football..."  So cute.  I am just waiting on a few more items to hang on the walls, then I'll post completed nursery pictures.  I am loving all the football stuff.  Marc played football in college at St. John's University (unfortunately their football program is now defunct) and he had 2 large professional pictures of himself in games, so we had them framed and hung them on the walls.  It's nice to have a personal touch and not just generic football stuff to go in the nursery.

We also have another puppy.  Her name is Pixie and she's a boxer.  She is so funny and energetic, and Max loves her.  They play together really roughly.  It sounds like they're fighting, but they're just wrestling and arguing over toys.  She gets me up every morning at about 7:45 to snuggle on the couch, and I wouldn't trade a second of it!

We bought 2 acres of property in Arkansas back in November to build our dream home once Marc retires from his job here in NYC!  I've got a pinterest board full of ideas for the house and really can't wait to get started building, but it will have to wait until our house sells here in NY because floating two mortgages is SO not happening!

We start the remodel of our one and only bathroom on Monday!  I'm so excited! The bathroom is original to the 1960 house and is powder blue.  Everywhere.  The tub, the tile, the toilet, the sink, the countertop...UGLY! It's our last major house project and should only take the contractor about a week...Cross your fingers for me!

The house will go on the market early next year,  and hopefully sell quickly.  If that's the case, the baby, the dogs, and I will go to my mom's in Arkansas and get the house building started while Marc finishes up his work time here.  :)

I think that's about it for now.  I'll post before, during, and afters of the bathroom remodel as we go!

21 weeks

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33 weeks 2 days

Marc's grandma made the afghan when he was playing football in college

Cooper's crib...Thank you, Mom!

My mom and I made the curtains for the nursery when I was in Arkansas for Christmas.  They're adorable! The rugs I bought from

I made this monogram sign for the entry to the nursery.  It pays honor to my brother and keeps the football theme going!

My aunt bought the mobile for the crib, and you can see one of Marc's "action" shots in the background from when he played college football.

Cooper's crib bedding that I found on Etsy.  SO cute!

This is a "papoose" and hat that a sweet lady from my community made for Cooper.  I can't wait to take newborn pictures of him wearing this!  He will be a football!

This is Miss Pixie.  She thinks she can drive.

Pixie again.  She has the funniest personality, and she isn't scared of ANYTHING!  She gets right in Max's face and growls and him and boxes him, even though he outweighs her by 75+ pounds!

Pixie and her bone "cigar".. I have a similar picture of Max!

Marc & Max relaxing on the couch.  Both pups think they are lap dogs, and we wouldn't have it any other way!
the ultrasound from my 20 week appointment
The curtains Mom & I made for Cooper's nursery!
It's a boy!

Pixie had to bring the rug from the front door all the way onto the couch.  It's better there.