The Infamous Home Remodel

Houston, We Have Cabinets!

After lots of boring gas lines, electric, insulation and sheetrock, we are FINALLY putting in cabinets! I’ll try to explain where they all are and what they do, but hopefully it’ll be pretty clear.


Laundry Room:


Movie Theater:


Concession Stand:



The Girls Playroom:


We just have a few more cabinets to finish, and then the painters will be taking over while we vacay!

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All the Boring Stuff

So, post cleanup is a lot of boring stuff. You have framing, electrical, plumbing, insulation, and sheet rock. I was chomping at the bit to pick out paint colors, but it’s a necessary evil. There’s not too much to tell. We wired the whole basement, redid the plumbing and gas line, installed HVAC and replacing the existing duct work. We also installed HDMI and speaker cables in the movie theater, and put in central vac. All boring stuff, but I’m sure I’ll be grateful later. When it’s all said and done, our basement will have a playroom, bathroom, laundry room, movie theater and concession area. I’ll explain where everything is going once sheet rock is done!

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Cleaning Out The Hoarders Horror

I’m a bit behind, so expect lots of posts in the coming week. The upstairs of this house was bad, but we hired someone to do it. It took over a month before it was done and I’m not patient. Silly me decided I would do the basement to speed things up. Reasons why this was a bad idea:

  1. The smell was awful. Like, curl your toes, run away and hide, cut off your nose awful.
  2. It was impossible to move some things by myself.
  3. It’s worth every penny to hire a crew.

About a third of the way through this, we hired some people and I stupid-vised. I cannot stress enough how much I advise this. It took 4 trash hoppers to clean out a basement full of horrors, including 3 fridges, 2 washers, 1 dryer, 10,000 golf balls (no, I’m not kidding), 4 pairs of skis and a partridge in a pear tree. But, turns out there actually is a basement down there!

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And so it begins.

If you’re following our house remodel, here’s the very beginning. Let me start off by saying that we never even planned to remodel. We actually bought two pieces of land and were going to build. But ya’ll, picking out a house plan is like finding a pair of jeans that makes your butt look good. It’s nearly impossible, and outrageously expensive. We sold the land and started looking at houses. Nothing was great, but we found a few houses that worked. But every single deal fell through. All of a sudden, right before our honeymoon, we found what seemed to be the perfect house. All brick, full basement, and on 2 acres in the city limits. It needed a LOT of cleaning up, but it was a steal. We made an offer before jetting off to the islands, but didn’t have an answer. In the middle of our honeymoon, we got the call that it was ours. And so began the cleaning….

Have you ever watched Hoarders? Imagine the worst house you’ve seen on there and times that by about ten thousand. Did I mention I agree to buy the house site unseen? That’s because I couldn’t crawl over the piles of crap to see the house. I’m not exaggerating, as you’ll see later.

I wish I had better before pictures. I used to drive by this house almost daily and didn’t even realize there was a house there. Just for cleanup, we had to remove 5 cars. 4 fridges, 3 washers, 2 dryers. 6 30-yard dumpsters of crap, and enough golf balls to fill a football field. It took several weeks for cleanup and yard work, but eventually we went from this…FullSizeRender

To this….

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You can actually see the house now, and the lot it sits on. It’s so pretty. Stay tuned to see what’s next. If you think this was a mess, just wait until you see the basement….