Steve and myself are not DIY type of people. As much as we would love to be, we just aren't. Now I can do small decor DIY projects, I enjoy that, but we aren't the Fixer Upper type who get kicks out of rehabbing a dump. So we knew if we were to do this type of project we would need to buy the house cheap enough that we could pay the professionals to put it back together.
Before we even had a contract on the house (we were dealing with the bank so everything took longer) we already had a gentleman who is heavily networked in the construction industry in the Dayton area as well one of the best Architects in all of Dayton helping us out. They both happen to sit in Salem's pews every Sunday and helped take this project to the next level. We got connected with amazing sub-contractors and the architect helped us with the plans for the home. I had a few ideas, but it is amazing what the professionals can come up with. Both of these guys have been a huge asset. Then came along Mr Ed (I mentioned him in the demo post HERE) who has been a huge help with the demo process and I am pretty sure will keep hanging around this project to make sure everything is going smoothly. To save money, we decided to do the General Contracting ourselves. Since we are newer to the area, all these guys have been great. There have been many other people who have been a huge help in this project as well.
Here is the original sketch of the home from our architect.
The front door is in the middle of the home. Upon entering there was a large family room/dining room to your right. The kitchen and another dining area are in the back of the house, divided by a long wall. The back right corner is a mudroom with a 1/2 bath. The garage is cut off from the pic but on the right side of the house.
The left side of the house is where the bedrooms and bathrooms are. Heading down the hall, the kids bathroom was the first thing on your right (with a hall and linen closet first) and our master bedroom and bathroom are in the back corner off the right side of the hall. Both of the kids bedrooms (one for boys and one for girls) are off the left side of the hallway, in the front of the house.
We did not have a sketch of the basement, as it was pretty much one open room with a utility room in the middle.
You can see all the before pictures in THIS post.
Here are the final plans (which ended up even changing last minute) This set of plans have some of my measurements for kitchens and bathrooms on it, so ignore the pink.
Since I do not do any sort of photo shop to note the changes on this image, I will explain the changes we made. First, the whole wall in the middle of the right side of the house is gone. We went back and forth on whether to vault the ceilings or not. The plans above are for the vaulted ceiling and there is a double sided fireplace in the middle of the room. After many discussions, we decided not to vault the ceiling. At first I was dead set on the vault, but after the wall was removed, I was pleased with the feel of the room. 8 ft ceilings are very common in this area, and we would not get our money back out of that project, it would have only been for personal preference. Steve was very open to doing it if I really wanted it but after considering our budget, there were other projects I would rather spend the money on. So the fireplace is not longer in the middle of the room, but is now on the one wall in the living area (bottom right on wall that backs up to garage). I want the fireplace covered in ship lap (possibly ship lap on the walls on each side) with a hand-hewn wood mantle. We also have a few hand-hewn wood beams taken out of a barn from the 1800's (a guy from church owns the barn). We are considering doing a beam down the middle of the room (where the wall came down) and a column with these beams. It would add some character to the home.
I am really excited about our kitchen. I have wanted a white kitchen for over 10 years. We are building a wall where there is currently a railing for the basement stairs (stairs will down behind the wall with the stove top/oven). We thought about a 6 foot wide window in the kitchen, but had to take it out for costs. We are doing a few reclaimed wood open shelves on each side of the sink to keep the feel more open.
Our island is 8.5 feel long and can fit all 6 of us! We concealed the microwave in the island and this allows access for the kids to get into the microwave without climbing up on the stove (which they are known to do).
The cabinets are white shaker. I really wanted quartz but it was significantly more than granite so we are going with granite. Laminate is still common in this area, but counter tops are the one place I am asking Steve for more of a "splurge!" The granite option below is my top option right now but a local granite store is doubling their inventory the week after Labor Day so we are going back then to see about any other options. They said they are bringing in a lot more white options.
The bathrooms are an area we changed the most. We kept the 4 exterior walls of the bathroom area the same but reconfigured the whole inside. The BEFORE shows the kids had a hall and linen closest and our side had a tiny bathroom and walk-in closet.
Vanities will be white shaker style as well.
The bedrooms are good size considering the size of the home. We did have to reconfigure closets considering we lost our linen and walk-in closets. Also the architect suggested moving the kids doors to the end of the hall and angling them to provide more privacy and allow for a new linen closet.
On the AFTER the dotted lines are the old walls and the darker solid lines are the new ones.
So this week after the framers finished we realized they made a mistake. They left the boys room door (bedroom on the right) back in the original position (near the closet on the right side of the room) and closed in where their door was planned. It is more of a hall to the girls room in the bottom left. We decided we like the mistake better than the plans and are staying with it. It allows more privacy for the master bedroom as we look out our room we now see a wall instead of into the boys room. Another reason for moving the boys door was we didn't want them peaking out into the main area after they are supposed to be in bed at night. We are now putting in a sliding barn door that will cover the hall when closed, so leaving the boys door as is works just fine.
We went back and forth about finishing off the basement but ultimately decided to finish it. Since there are only 3 bedrooms upstairs and we often have company, we decided to put a bedroom and bathroom in the basement. We will still have a very large unfinished storage area (middle top). The basement is 2100 sq ft, people are always surprised by the size when they walk downstairs. The room right next to the stairs will be the kids play area. The smaller closest area off the playroom is going to be a special spot for Payton to have an art room.
The narrow bottom part of the room will be left wide open for kids to play and ride their scooters. We are staining the concrete and leaving the ceiling open. Above the joists there is cool looking wood that goes with the rustic look we are going for in the basement. The left side of the basement (out from the bedroom) will be a TV area and the recessed area will be finished in barn wood for Steve to display all his dead animals (aka hunting trophies). It will be the man cave.
The exposed ceiling
We are focusing on the finishing the exterior next Spring. My idea is to paint the brick white, add black shutters and if budget allows, build a covered front porch. New windows for the whole house come this week, that will make a huge difference a well!
The back deck will be replaced with new wood and metal railings.
Next up, framing is complete. Wood 2x4's never looked so beautiful to me!