70’s Charm

1491691616985 Check out these amazing medicine cabinets. Three of them came with our fixer-upper home. Don’t miss the great light fixture reflecting in the mirror. Unfortunately one of its fixtures is missing. Time to hit the antique malls to see I we can find one to match or turn it into a single light.  And you got to love that wallpaper!!! If only we could have saved it too 🙂

The plan is to incorporate them  into our finished project of our renovation. Now the question is, as great as these medicine cabinets are .. do I just clean them up and leave them as they are ? Or do a little paint job on them? This is a big decision lol I don’t want to take away their charm.

1490806354227 And how about that wrought iron!! Heck Yes I saved it all! I am not sure what I am going to do with them yet, but have no doubt I can put them to good use.  Good thing there is Pinterest for some ideas, I need them lol.

The final thing we are able to save is the old cast iron kitchen sink. I am surprised the great shape it is in, But even more surprised that the counters in that old kitchen were able to hold it up. It only took one it and it all came falling down.   So we didn’t find a stash of money or jewels but we sure did find some 70s charm that we will be able to carry on.

Dreaded Ductwork

So we got the ductwork pieces only to find out we did not receive it all. Short  by 20ft for each side ugh!! Finally got it but of course it was the ductwork you have to wrap. Anyways!! Since we are on a slab we cut the ceiling rafters and cut a hole in the wall up in our loft. YUCK!! Let me tell you…doing your own ductwork sucks!!! Just ask Kirk and my Dad lol!!  These process nearly killed them both!  After wrestling with the pieces to snap them together (they don’t just snap together) feeding 5 foot pieces through one at a time attaching each piece then feeding more through, it is in place!! Ready for strapping it down, moving a few wires our of the way.  Time for our heating/cooling system to be attached and hooked up. We will put our vents in place as so as the spray foam is done. Picked up your water heater yesterday,and it is ready to be home up so we can test or water lines.  We are so close to spray foam time so we can start on prettying it up! Can’t wait!!IMG_20171013_160149

whats going on here?!?!?! lol


Oh boy!!!  Are you ready for this Josie 😵


feeding it through
And there it is !!!


What a dirty job!!!
kitchen plumbing and wiring



Learning all trades

The roof is on!! Now Lets hope it doesn’t leak!  Don’t call me for your roofing job! Trying not to slide off and tear the tar paper was not a easy task lol. I got the hang of it and didn’t do to bad. With help from Kirk we got it done in no time.

Bring on the ductwork!! That’s the only thing left to do before the spray foam insulation! Then yes the sheetrock! We are so close!  I have great ideas for the inside of our home, but you will have to wait to see them :).



a little steeper on this side
not to bad for my first time
still have to add the doggy door
plenty of room in there

Add-on coming together

This is one sturdy mudroom! The roof is up and I will tell you that was not a easy task. As for me Trying to help keep those heavy boards from sliding back off while being pushed up, I was sure I was going to cause more damage than good!! They are up, most of the wall boards are up and most importantly NO Bodies or boards fell to the ground!!

If all goes right our heating/cooling system and ductwork will be delivered today!

Got to have some fun!!
Looks good!!
the loft sure came in handy


tractor bucket sure makes a good lift
coming together
side view

e are still at it! Added more support.. this is one sturdy room! I will tell you putting the boards on the roof was not a easy job. Trying to help slide them up without letting go, I was sure I was going to do more damage than good! NO boards or bodies fell to the ground! Whooooooo what a relief!

Yes our Mudroom has a loft

Our Mudroom is coming along!! We are getting close to being able to put the roof and walls up!  Built a loft for storage, which Sequoia thinks he is going to steal for his room. He will think again once the roof is on and he can only stand in one spot lol. We are so anxious to get it done and moved in.  Our RV seems so be getting smaller! lol!

extra room for storage
a bit of luck
storage loft going up


here come the rafters

Mudroom in the making

We are getting there!! So we used the concrete blocks from the old chimney as a filler, dumped gravel over it… let the concrete pour!! The floor has been poured and smoothed out.  Plus… we had enough concrete left over to make me a awesome parking spot for my bike!!!!  Got the wall frame up..  front door jam is up. It is looking great! This will be our front entry, hold all our utilities, washer/dryer, and a place to drop boots off and hang jackets and of course a doggy door or 2. That will be determined by our little Tweety bird …after we see if she can open the big girls door or not :). We are going to make it tall enough to add storage in the top.

the chimney blocks came in handy
topped with gravel
here comes the concrete
smooth it out boys
look at the shine
time to frame out our mudroom
check out our front doorway

2/3rds of the way done

Our kitchen and bathroom windows in. The kitchen windows are in place of having wall cabinets.  Now it is time for our mud/utility room ! Which it really is mud/clay at the moment. Of course there is a brick driveway or patio under the dirt.  We are always finding stuff here, just no jar of money yet!  The last wall is coming down to reframe as a inter wall and entry doorway. Should have the concrete laid this week so we can frame it out. Our front door and a back door that leads to the little girls play area, (we wont forget the puppy door) will be in the mud room. Hopefully they will leave their mud where it belongs…but I kinda doubt it 🙂

our mudroom in the making
time to bring the last wall down
Sequoia showing off for Papa
new entry..coming out of mudroom. No those steps are not staying lol
heres our kitchen,pantry, and entry
We got more windows in

Excuse the mess.. we have been busy :)

We worked all day yesterday… Except during the eclipse 🙂 what better time for a lunch break!  Now we have the back walls up, that is not a easy task. The back door is partly cut out. We are considering making our own door so we can have the style we want that will fit the height of the wall. The windows are in!! It looks great if I can say so myself! We have decided to get the same kind of windows for the front, instead of using what we have. This way we can choose the size we want and mostly they are easier to put in lol. Moving right along 🙂

Back door cut out….excuse the outdoor potty lol
Time for walls
Not as easy as it looks
Well.. Would you look at that


Window time!

The chimney is down. What a mess that made, but the concrete blocks and bricks will sure make a great forge and fire pit. So we have framed out the back wall for windows, and we are thinking the back of the house should be considered the front :).  We still need to cut out and frame for the back door. I will tell you deciding on where to put each window and the doors was a tough decision. Who would have thought that would be so hard to decide. Normally you plan your furniture around windows and doors, but we are planning around furniture lol. Kirk had to spray paint where the interior walls and cabinets are going to be for me so I could figure it out.  Our first window is in!!!!We also got the hot and cold water lines ran and ready to add plumbing. Old wiring has been torn out and new home run wires ran.  Hopefully in within a week we will have the concrete poured for our add-on mud/utility room. It is coming along…

Back wall
framing for windows
A Window is going were the chimney was
Sequoia already trying to sneak out


yay!! first window in!

Starting to look like a house again

We have been pretty busy ! The front exterior wall is now up, after adding new boards to the fame. Now for the side and back. We are trying to decide on siding as we go along, Stucco or Vinyl… leaning a bit more towards Stucco. So we had planned in putting a wood stove since the chimney was there and set for one. Then after looking at our floor plan we realized it would end up sitting right smack in the middle of our living room. So instead we took the chimney down. Well Kirk and Sequoia took it down I supervised and worked clean up duty. 😉 All ended well, only 1 smashed finger.  Anyways now the back wall will be as air tight as the rest. Kirk had windows in storage from years ago so lucky us we don’t have to buy any!!  Now  for the hard part of trying to figure out exactly where I want them. To bad its not like hanging a picture, if you don’t like it just move it lol.  The center beam in the house will be replaced to make sure the roof is supported well. As soon as the rest of the exterior walls are up, we will add our little laundry/utility room, new electrical wiring and plumbing. Then comes the heating and cooling system!! The spray foam insulation will then be sprayed into the walls and ceiling. Its coming along…..but so.  is winter!! 😮  With it just being Kirk, Sequoia, my dad and myself… mainly the 3, we are getting it done.

WOOHOO!! Jackpot!! 94 cents a case at Lowes! Ha we got 15!
adding to frame
getting rafters ready for new beam
getting there
chimney coming down
Sequoias version of a chimney sweep
I think he surprised himself just now!

New Subfloor going in

We started laying our subfloor today, or should I say Kirk did  🙂 We still have to screw it down good.  Now we can hang out in the kitchen and both bathrooms!  I tell you it is a great feeling being able to get the floor done. The heat did slowed us down a bit but we are getting it.  I was on a chair pulling more staples!!! I think the rafters have just as many staples and the floor did. I am starting to think the house was held together with staples. As so as we clean up the rafters of the staples, nails , the remaining plastic and insulation and then it will be ready for the new also.

got our subfloor


looking good
got to kick my boots off


bATHROOMS And kitchen now have floors