Just wanted to say hi

wi-sailorgirlOctober 10, 2012

Hi gang,

I spent a good deal of time over on this forum two years to a year and a half ago or so while we were renovating our small house, but by the time the renovation was over I was just so emotionally fatigued that the last thing I wanted to do was talk about it. The good news is, we made it out alive and we love the renovations. So much so that we're going to do a little sprucing up of the kitchen soon. I swung by the kitchens forum (and then I remembered why I only frequented this forum).

Anyway, I see a lot of names I recognize here. I hope you're all doing well and enjoying your small houses!

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ellendi

Hi back! I stop by here every now and again. Mostly I am on Kitchens or Decirating both sides.
Glad your reno went well.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 8:58PM
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Shades_of_idaho

wi-sailorgirl I remember you and I so understand the exhaustion. We all suffer from burn out some times. Welcome back. I am sure we all will be happy to share our unprofessional ideas with you. I always felt it was more fun,interesting or whatever to sometimes make do with the best we can and make things look good with out breaking the bank. And then on the other hand some times splurging on the one thing or two that will make our hearts sing in a renovation.

Glad you are back. Now get started with your ideas and pictures. :^)))

Chris

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 11:01PM
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nancyinmich

Hi fellow Midwesterner, Great Laker and Small Homer and welcome home! Do you sail on the smaller lakes or on Lake Michigan? Or have you served in the Navy or Merchant Marines? Always wondered when I saw your name. I have a nephew from northern WI serving in the Navy now.

Do you have pictures to share of your renovations? At least a reminder of what you were doing to your home when you were participating with us before? I have a poor memory. Two to two and a half years ago I was going all crazy about my "new to me" kitchen designed with recycled cabinets from Green Demolitions. Believe it or not, we are not quite done. One cabinet door was missing. Our carpenter found it in his shop, but by that time it was too cold to work in the garage to stain it. For various reasons, I have not done it yet. Meanwhile, the garbage pull-out door fell off. I just ordered new hardware and will be fixing that cupboard soon. My backsplash has been in for almost a year. If I can get the two cabinet doors redone, I can actually post finished pictures!

Welcome back and join us in watching and commenting with Marti's finishing of her updated kitchen and all-new dining room, Lavender Lass's house remodel planning, waiting for pics of Eatrealfood's kitchen, the completion of young-gardener's kitchen (she took time off to give birth to a baby boy at home!), Msjay2u's kitchen renovation is also in progress, and Mama Goose is still doing everything she can by herself on her kitchen and I think she has mostly just flooring left to do. So be sure to check out all of those projects. Forgive me if I have forgotten any others. -- Oh! MoccasinLanding is about to start her kitchen remodel, or maybe has delayed it. Oh, and Jay- Flgargoyle - is building his retirement home in the woods. Desertsteph has moved into her new-to-her doublewide and is getting it all ship-shape. Check out all the doings and jump right back in with us.

And remember we like DETAILS and PHOTOS!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 11:35PM
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wi-sailorgirl

Wow sounds like there are a lot of great projects under way here! I can't wait to catch up on all of them.

Hi Shades! Nice to "see" you again.

Nancy, I'm a sailor (mostly on Lake Michigan but also the other Great Lakes and occasionally beyond) and I work in the sailing industry so that explains the name. Although the girl is a bit of a misnomer these days, as I aged out of that bracket some time ago. I'm still one in my head though!

Basically we ripped off the top of our 1938 Cape Cod-ish cottage and put it back on higher. We billed it as the "better, not bigger" renovation because we didn't gain any square footage, just made much better use of it. We were able to turn the upstairs from two small bedrooms to two larger bedrooms, one with a walk-in closet, and added a bathroom with a huge shower. We also added a deck and dealt with some structural issues in the rest of the house.

I'll post some pictures sometime, but in the meantime, this is the picture that best sums up what we did (and why I couldn't sleep the night I took it):

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 9:19AM
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nancyinmich

Oh, yes, I can imagine not sleeping that night!

We had a similar issue of terrifying de-construction last year, but the only thing we gained was that we did not have the front of the house fall off, and are now warranted that it never will.

My second cousin's husband is somehow part of the Milwaukee boating community, served in some capacity in the past, at least. Know any Gabriel in Milwaukee?

Here is a link that might be useful: My living room August 2011

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 11:34AM
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wi-sailorgirl

Oh my gosh, Nancy! Digging in the living room can never, ever be good! Glad to hear the front of the house is still (and will always be) attached!

Don't know any Gabriels off the top of my head, but you never know ... we're a small bunch!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 12:47PM
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Shades_of_idaho

OH YIKES I remember that picture now!!! Can't wait to see the new version.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 1:59PM
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kalindi615

I wasn't around when you were 2 years ago, but HI! And I am happy to hear that at some point renovation ENDS!!!!

That is the best thing I have heard all day. I am not sure I believe it right now though. It is a nice dream.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 7:27PM
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marti8a

I wondered how your house turned out. I know what you mean about the burn out. I spend so much time working and asking the questions I have to ask that I have quit blogging, quit posting for fun, and barely have time to go grocery shopping. I can't wait until it's over.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 10:04PM
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