The Grand Plan V3.0

We’re back! Did you miss us? Boy, did we miss you… and making progress on the firehouse. When we last left off Aaron was battling a year of random health woes that bled into our busiest time of year (fall wedding season). But, now, dear readers, things are ramping back up and we’re all kinds of excited.

A reader (Hi Robyn!) suggested that I give you an update on the grand plan in light of our impending 4 year firehouse anniversary (Feb 14th for anyone keeping track and planning to send us a gift) (And by a gift I mean wine.) It’s been three years since we took a broad look at what we’ve done and what’s to come. So here goes nothing… err everything.

One quick note: I didn’t do ANY staging for these photos except to make our bed and pick up the bra that was laying in the bathroom, because I’m not an animal.

 

Exterior
30% done
% change: -10% I think I was being generous calling our exterior 40% done last time. We have LOTS of plans for our outside space and we hadn’t even finished the garage. Since then we’ve picked up even more land (thanks to buying the extra lot) and another list of projects.

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Front yard

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Back/side yard

Extra lot

Other/Overall

  • Seal the roof
  • Tuck point the building (likely in stages)
  • Replace the bad second story windows
  • Landscape (another tree or two, ivy, tall grass)

 

Studio
95% done
% change: +15% for some minor additions

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Entry cube
15
% done
% change: +15% for getting the fire hose lights out of the way and ordering a new fixture for the space

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  • Replace the fire hose lights <– The lights are gone and the new fixture is on order!
  • Finish the drywall <– In progress!
  • Paint
  • Install new door between cube and studio
  • Hang art and/or coat rack system

 

Downstairs living room
25% done
% change: +25% I don’t think this room looks 25% finished, but we did tackle the major renovations: windows and fireplace.

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The plans for this space have expanded quite a bit, here’s a current list:

Dining room
16% done
% change: +15% for fixing the ceiling, adding a window and buying the slab that will become our dining room table

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  • Secure the fire pole at the bottom with more bolts
  • Patch all the holes, including the large one that was possibly a coal door. We decided to add a window to this space. It is a little overshadowed by the changes we made in the living room, but we still love it! Also it was an easy solution to removing the ill-patched section of this wall that we think may have been a coal door. See some before and after shots in this post.
  • Skim coat the ceiling
  • Finish the duct work
  • Run more electrical outlets
  • Put the dining room lighting on a different switch than the studio lighting
  • Build a new door for the basement stairwell
  • Re-do window casings
  • Paint
  • Install new flooring
  • Build a light fixture that’s been floating around in our heads for years
  • Build a large dining table <– We bought the slab!
  • Hang art

 

Kitchen
2% done
% change: 0% It’s crowded. It’s ugly. But it’s functional.

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Half bath
10% done
% change: 0%

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  • Replace the bricked over window
  • Replace the ceiling <– This is in progress… in that we have no ceiling and guests are forced to use a lantern when using the facilities at night.
  • Add a new light fixture and fan
  • Paint
  • Re-glaze the sink
  • Restore the toilet paper holder
  • Restore the door
  • Add art and accessories, like a mirror and storage

 

Stairwell
95% done
% change: 95% We made a lot of progress in this space, but it’s a bit of two steps forward, one step back. For the sake of only explaining it once, see notes below regarding the living room.

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Upstairs living room
75% done, but with a big project still looming
% change: 75%

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Captain’s bedroom and bathroom
95% done
% change: +94% We tackled just about everything in this room over the winter in 2015. It’s one of my favorite spaces!

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Awesome bathroom
0% done
% change: 0% Nothing has changed in this room except for the fact that I use it to dry laundry sometimes…

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  • Replace fixtures as necessary to make sure everything works
  • Replace the lights over the mirrors
  • Remove the plaster
  • Paint
  • Build/buy a storage solution for towels and other necessities <– We scored a cool shelf which is covered by a sweater above. I think it will probably stay in this room.
  • Build an LED drop ceiling
  • Get a new door
  • Add a Great Dane washing station in one of the showers

Hallway
100% done
% change: +5% for adding some art

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Workout bedroom/extra bedroom
5% done
% change: 0% Not much has changed in here.

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  • Remove the “stage”
  • Remove the pole closet
  • Build a Murphy bed and extra storage along the south wall
  • Extend the laundry room by stealing the closet space and a window
  • Fix the window sills
  • Finish the trim
  • Build out the exercise area (mirrors and a weight rack)
  • Mount the TV
  • Replace the flooring
  • Remove the plaster
  • Paint
  • Replace the fan and add lighting
  • Install storage and a Murphy bed

 

4th bedroom
0% done
% change: 0% I “re-organize” this room about once a year.

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To be honest, we’re not entirely sure what we’re going to do with this space. Originally, we thought we might make it into a closet for our master suite. Now I’m leaning toward keeping it as a bedroom just from a value standpoint.

 

Laundry room
0% done
% change: 0%… not much to see here, folks.

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  • Expand the laundry room by stealing space from the workout room
  • Build storage and a clothes drying rack
  • Paint

 

Master Bedroom
0% done
% change: 0% We painted this room a few years ago and it was enough of an upgrade to keep us happy for now. This is pretty low on the priority list.

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  • Remove the half wall
  • Remove the double closets
  • Seal the brick
  • Adjust duct work
  • Install a new door
  • Update slide dimmers to something more modern
  • Replace the flooring
  • Redo the lighting
  • Build a platform bed
  • Buy/build side tables
  • Add a fireplace (maybe)
  • Buy additional furniture as needed (chairs, dresser, etc) – maybe some vintage pieces
  • Paint
  • Add light blocking window treatments
  • Hang art

 

Master Bathroom
0% done
% change: 0%

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We actually discuss plans for this space quite a bit, maybe because we use it a lot, maybe because we stayed at a hotel in Kansas City over the holidays that had a huge shower that we both want? We haven’t settled on a layout, mostly because we’re not sure if we actually need to keep a tub (not that tub, that tub is going no matter what). Any thoughts on that? Will someone NOT by my firehouse some day because it doesn’t have a tub?

Basement
50% done
% change: +40% for finishing the workshop
Plan changes: Not much as changed down here, but thanks to some water issues (read all about it here) we invested in a water proofing system that should keep things nice and dry

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  • DryLok walls
  • Replace the sump pump
  • Cover the sump pump hole
  • Run electric and build a platform for the chest freezer
    <– We actually swapped out the chest freezer for an upright freezer with a lot more space. That was our exciting purchase with the bonus I received last year. We’re wild like that.
  • Assemble shelving and organize our personal stuff and business materials
  • Spend more money than I’d like to publish on a water-drainage system
  • Build a workshop
  • Add a light to the stairwell
  • Install a door for the stairwell
  • Build a wine cellar
  • Paint the stairwell

Overall updates

Whew! I feel like I need a nap after reading all of that. Per usual, we’re tackling things in smaller segments and the kitchen/living room/entry cube/half bath are squarely in our sights. Aaron is working on some of the less glamorous elements, like drywall and fixing the duct work. I hope to have some progress photos to show you soon!

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13 comments

  1. Kati from so happy home

    Still looks so great! I vote yes to keeping at least one tub in the house. In case you get poison ivy and need an oatmeal soak, or if you decide to run a marathon a need an ice bath, or if you get injured and you need a recuperation area… basically if you’re worried about value to the property incorporate at least one tub. You might not use it, but if you/future you/future buyers have kiddos that need tub time, well, it’s a selling point.

    I’m jealous of all that light! Here’s to a healthy next renovation year!

    • Heather

      All really valid points about the tub. I’ve been pro-tub for re-sale value. Although after one time after a massage, the masseuse told me to take a bath to help release the toxins. I actually forget that using the tub we have is an option 😀

  2. Gen

    I’m so glad this blog is back! I missed hearing about the firehouse.

    I vote yes on keeping a bath tub- that’s an absolute must in a house for me. (I can’t relax to sleep without a bath first)

    A friend of mine built this huge enclosed shower with a claw foot tub in one corner. It’s hard to describe, but incredibly cool. Maybe look at an innovative solution like that one? I could see something similar to what they did fitting in with your aesthetic.

    Wish I had pictures of it.

    • Heather

      Thanks, Gen!
      The shower room sounds really awesome! I think I’ve seen spaces like that before. I’m not sure we have the right area for something like that, but it’s good to hear that people think we should keep a tub.

  3. peggy

    Welcome back. Thank you for sharing your home adventures; I enjoy seeing your vision and creativity made real. Another yes vote for a bathtub – one that is large and long enough to have a proper, luxurious soak for both yourselves and future inhabitants.

  4. Andrea

    Glad you are back! I always check in looking for an update. It is going to take a lot for you to finish, but we are all rooting for you. You both have such creativity and great taste. I’m glad you are both taking your time to make a beautiful home.

  5. Susan

    So glad you’re back. I always love to see what you’ve done – I feel like we share similar aesthetics so I love to see what you do.

    And any photos of the shop just make me drool. Or make me jealous. Well, both, really!

    Can I drop off wine to celebrate if I promise I’m not a stalker? (Or maybe all stalkers say that? Drat!)

  6. Steph M,

    Totally missed this! So glad you guys are back! On the tub…I am all for no tubs and huge showers! Also, if someone is buying the house someday with kids who need a tub…the great dane washing station would probably work well…ha!

    Hope you are both off to a healthy start this year! We are getting ready to tackle our first big reno and it.is.daunting!!

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