3.29.2011

Project House :: Plan D

No, "D" does not stand for dynamite, though the thought might have possibly crossed our minds briefly. It just means that over the week-end we did some realistic figuring (after we purchased a sweet stainless steel dishwasher for half-price!) and started making cuts to the house plans. In the end we went from our original plan of three bedrooms and two baths with a full laundry room and totally new addition, to a much more realistic and budget-friendly two bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths with a stack washer/dryer in a closet in the redesigned kitchen and a huge covered back porch. It just makes more sense and it means I don't have to work quite as long to make it happen. That is certainly a huge reason for the {happy dance} in this house! In the meantime, Peter started taking down the ceilings over the week-end and I thought I would share some new photos of the current progress. I know, it may not look like much has changed, but it really has and on top of that, we took a huge load to the dump which helped clear it out a bit.

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Looking into what will be the kitchen and open dining and living room. It's going to be nice when it's all finished and I can't wait to see it!

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The ceiling is starting to come out and the insulation with it...

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That is one big pile of lath waiting to be burned...OUTSIDE!

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This will change from a room to a back porch - screened in with an area for grilling and relaxing with a good book and a glass of your favorite beverage. The two doors are covering the hole where the window was. If you're in the area and you want to steal some lath or a couple of huge glass windows, come on in.

So...anyone looking for a place to vacation once we're done?? We're close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Bristol Motor Speedway, shopping in Pigeon Forge, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, the only free national park - Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Watauga Lake, historical farms (Rocky Mount Living History Museum, Tipton Haynes) and forts (Sycamore Shoals), and the oldest town in Tennessee and home to the National Story Telling Center - Jonesborough. And in case that's not enough, we have a Chick-fil-A just down the hill and a Starbucks, Target, and DUNKIN' DONUTS just minutes away in a neighboring city. Yep, we're living the dream and you could be too. {wink, wink}

2 comments:

  1. Yeah, we'd love to come stay there! And since we probably won't be around for a few years yet, that will give you time to finish the house! :-)

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  2. Can't wait to keep following your house renovation progress! While I probably won't vacation there (from the sounds of it, I don't live that far from you!), I think it's going to be an amazing place!!

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