patience and progress

by lori on May 17, 2012

Hello friends,

It is Lori here today. I wanted to give a quick update and share progress pictures of the new house that Gary and I bought a few weeks ago. Do you remember the last time I shared my house remolding? a lot has changed

Well, we are slowly making progress!

I am learning to be patient and enjoy the progress with our new house remodeling.


I knew this project was going to take some time but never thought it would take this long!!! I am getting very anxious to actually live in the new house and start unpacking everything. When I look around at all the mess it drives me crazy. When I see mess my brain feels like it’s a mess. Do you ever feel like that?

here is entrance to the bathroom where the vanity and toilet will eventually be —> hopefully soon

here is the other side of the bathroom where the bath tub and shower will be

the bathroom slowly coming together

our shower. we plan on having glass doors and everything else tiled.

Other news we got our wood and they have started putting it down! They are almost done with it!

We got Red Oak for our wood flooring. It is being nailed down. I am pleased with how it is looking so far in the house.

Wood close-up.

Gary and I also had to run to Lowe’s a few times to pick out ceiling fan and lighting. Fun times at Lowe’s.

So many choices. After some debate we I finally made a decision.

Gary has been working hard cleaning our very very dirty and moldy deck.

Our cart from Lowe’s. Needed to get a scrub brush and more deck cleaning solution as our deck is huge and it has taken Gary a few days of scrubbing to get clean!

Such a hard worker 😉

I will share more pictures of our deck cleaning soon.

till next time,



PS- they have started to tile our bathroom. I will share more pictures soon!

PSS- we got some special visitors arriving today…our parents!




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Chelsea May 17, 2012 at 6:04 am

Tee, hee….My hubby and my first (and current) house was a fixer-upper and his dad, who is a contractor, warned us, “Everything takes twice as long and costs twice as much”. ::grin:: In spite of our best efforts, we couldn’t even move in until about a month after we were married! I have to remember his little saying when I’m terribly frustrated with house projects, and then I can smile….most of the time. :-) Your house will be beautiful and it’ll be worth the wait!

Lori and Michelle May 17, 2012 at 6:07 am

haha Chelsea we are getting that feeling :)
and thanks, I keep telling myself it will be worth it, just have to be patient!

Anna @ On Anna's Plate May 17, 2012 at 6:37 am

It’s so hard to be patient with house stuff– whenever we decide to do a new project, I want it DONE the minute we start!! But patience always pays off :-) It will be ready soon!
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LizAshlee May 17, 2012 at 8:23 am

It looks like it’s coming along! Yay for progress…and patience…I am sure it will continue to develop too! :) Happy Thursday!
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Tamikko May 17, 2012 at 9:51 am

Clutter has the same effect on me. My surroundings have a huge effect on me. I’ve been going through renovations for an entire year and I’m so sick of it. I want my stuff back, that’s pilled up in the garage; and I want to decorate and live normally.
We have a centimeter of green on our patio every spring and need to borrow a pressure washer every time to be able to use our backyard again. We have mostly cement though and when we’ve used the pressure washer on the wood that is painted, it took off a little paint. It would probably be worth it to seal or re-seal your deck with whatever Lowes or another store recommends and then get a pressure washer. It’s worth it for cleaning the windows on the outside and, of course, the outside of your home every couple of years or so. Or the driveway, etc.

Anna @ The Guiltless Life May 17, 2012 at 10:18 am

Ah life is so hard when you’re stuck in that transition phase, but yes keeping your eye on the prize and enjoying the process helps!

Lisa May 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

Good luck with everything! It must be hard with all that construction right now! Just imagine how happy you will be in the future when it is all over, after all the hard work! Have a great dayxo

Kristina May 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm

“when I see mess my brain feels like it’s a mess” – I JUST sat down for a break (unpacking boxes!) because I was feeling the same way here AT our new house! it is mostly exciting, but our formal living room is full of boxes, and it is at times overwhelming. when approaching it I don’t always know where to begin! I am extremely excited, though, to have this beautiful house.

it seems each weekend has had (at least!) one trip to Home Depot or Lowes – including plans for this coming weekend! 😉 I love it, though – Basil comes along and we have fun. this weekend we are choosing new bath and kitchen fixtures, and hopefully screen doors to our patio.

I love seeing the progress – can’t wait to see it all when done!
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Ela May 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Good luck with it all–so much work! That deck is just gorgeous. Kudos to Gary for working on it so hard–and to both of you for putting in so much effort to get it beautiful.

I was so excited to clean and defrost my fridge and freezer now I’m less busy. I can tolerate clutter quite well, but it really built up on me recently with all the work.
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Caitlin May 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm

The whole remodeling thing would stress me too. Must be so hard to watch everything in a state of non-completion! But once it’s all done you’ll look back at these pics and laugh :)
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Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition May 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

The house is looking good!
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Kris May 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm

can we see more wedding pictures??? what do the rings look like?:)

Lisa May 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Progress can be slow…but so worth it in the end! looks like things are coming along great!
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Brad Thomas May 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

The bathroom project looks like it is coming along nicely. I think all home owners, about to start on a remodel (especially in the kitchen or bathroom), need to understand that everything takes much longer than you think.

I have come to realize that the accurate assessment of time needed to compete the remodel is if #1 the person promising the amount of time knows how to estimate, and #2 if all aspects of the remodel goes as planned (rarely).

Once you start pulling up the floor, finding water damage (likely in an older bathroom), finding previous construction not up to code, become informed of some new building codes that you must comply with, finding out your plumbing finish is not in stock, the old plumbing needs to be moved in the wall or floor, change your mind on the location of the vanity, are unable to schedule the plumber when you need him (it will happen) discover variations in the walls and door openings etc etc etc, the time table can be thrown from the window.

All that being said, when it is done…so worth the effort.

Good luck

Brad Thomas

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Nicole @ Making Good Choices May 18, 2012 at 5:46 am

ahh I can so relate. the end is so worth it though!
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