Last week we had the closing on our new home and we are both very excited about all of the changes we want to make to the house.
Our original plans were to immediately see about adding my quilt studio to the back of the house. We were going to build a master bedroom suite and put my studio in the basement below it with hopefully a walkout so I could get plenty of light.
Sometimes we like to sit around with a couple drinks and plan out what we will be doing to the house. It is amazing what ideas you can come up with! Anyway, Builder Bob got talking about the fact that we spend very little time in our living room; most of the time I’m in my studio and he is in the man cave.
A change of plans with the house
What if we build on the addition with my quilt studio on the main level and his man cave below. We could take the existing living room and change it into our master bedroom which wouldn’t be very big but will have a master bath. This house is much smaller than our river house but honestly, we only spend time in our bedroom to sleep so why do we need a big bedroom?
We have been worried about the river flooding (we are fine so far) so we really haven’t tried to sell our house yet. Since we have a place to live why not do the remodeling first!
We won’t do anything to the two bedrooms upstairs so I can create a “quilt room” in the largest one and we’ll set up beds in the other one so we can come up and stay for a couple days at a time while working.
This was our guest bedroom, we took the mattresses and bedding all to the new house a couple days ago. Today we will take up the bed frames and make a king size bed out of them.
Last Monday I headed up to Maquoketa to watch the grand-kids and filled my car with as much quilt stuff as would fit. Both girls are in school all day so on Tuesday I dropped them off at school and headed over to the house. Guess what I did? Yep, I started demolishing things!
Did I mention that Mr. Mickey went along with me? Poor little guy just shakes the whole time he is in the car, I feel so bad for him. Hopefully we can get him over it as we will be making a lot of trips.
I grabbed the Sears Kenmore sewing machine from my daughter’s house. That is the one I picked up at Goodwill the last time I was up here.
I love tearing things apart, Builder Bob not so much but he loves putting them back together so we make a great team.
I decided to start on the living room that will become our bedroom.
We met the previous owner who was very nice, he bought the house in 1967 and really did a wonderful job of keeping it updated as far as roofing, furnace and things like that. Cosmetically it is dated but those are easy things to change.
First thing to do was tear out the carpet. I used a box cutter to cut it into small pieces which were easy to carry out to the garage.
It took me exactly one hour to rip it all out! I was so tickled to take a picture and send it to Builder Bob with the comment that “Yes, we’re doing the renovation first!”
Builder Bob had hoped that there would be lath & plaster under the dropped ceiling but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Good thing he is an electrician because he will have plenty of things to change. When the wiring was updated it was all done in the drop ceiling. He wants to try and save the rails so he can put a drop ceiling in the garage and insulate it next year. I am no good at removing the rails so that will be his job.
After finishing this room, I went ahead and removed all of the ceiling time from the dining room, kitchen and laundry room and hauled it out to the garage. I worked for 5½” hours and was beat.
Today we are heading up with a truck full of tools, an overnight bag and two dogs! I can’t wait to see what gets torn out today and I’ll be sure to take plenty of photos!
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