Gosh, it feels like we have stalled a bit but my contractor has been busy at the house about 2 days a week. He has another big project so we kind of get him when he has breaks between other scheduled activities on that home expansion. Anyhow, we have the skylight guy (I contracted him directly) installing our two Velux skylights and at the same time opening the heck out of our kitchen ceiling above the island. We couldn’t raise the ceiling because of all of the ducting, pipes, and funky past remodel framing – but this new operable skylight that is replacing the low hanging hood above the range top on the old island is allowing us to have an opening that is probably around 5 or 6 feet wide by just under four feet. It’s going to really help our kitchen feel so much more airy. I’ve attached two photos – the kitchen (above island) area and the one we had installed in the living room to kick more light into the dark interior. Mike had to move two speakers to get the symmetry right in the living room but these are going to look awesome after they get drywalled tomorrow. Yipee!



Well it’s pretty nice to say that we are finally “in construction” instead of just demo! I met with the tile installer yesterday about my design (he didn’t love my accent scheme for the shower but hey, it’s my house and I’m the architect so I overrule!)¬† Today the plumber has been on site all day and they removed the old chipped cast iron tub and are in the process of adding all of the valves, rerouting lines (including the old garden tub drain line so it will drain towards the middle of the new shower). I’m happy that finally I’m getting a shower with a control right inside the door so I don’t have to try to avoid stepping into frigid water anymore. Once the plumbing is complete the tile guys can start on the shower in the master bath and hall bath. The contractor won’t be over again until Friday so the next post I have will likely be this weekend. It’s so nice to see progress!


Nothing made me smile more than seeing the tub, shower, and closet interior removed so we could really design the proper layout of the master bathroom and closet. I’m including a photo of the shower that I didn’t include earlier. It looks nice but know that it was built very shoddily and the grout lines were cracked, the ceiling light was not wet room rated AND it was off center (how dare they!) but we are planning to reuse the glass door with new hardware.

I’m including a couple “before” photos below so you can see exactly what the room looked like before demo. Btw, an enclosed toilet room to me is so icky… we are going to remove the door and raise the ceiling. Don’t worry, it still is in a little nook that is way out of sight and will not reflect in the mirror that will be over the vanity.


I do love me some demo! As long as I don’t have to do it myself these days (we have majorly proven that we can do all forms of construction ourselves but have wisely graduated to hiring the pros). Below are photos of the kitchen without the island – wow it sure opens up the space! And the two solar vented 2×4 Velux skylights are going to be sweet above a nice rectangular island with my glass and brass pendant globes. Our current house has 9 and 10 foot ceilings and we wanted to raise the ceiling in this new home but the framing really (quite literally) won’t support that¬† so we have to be creative with skylight placement to make it feel more open and less dark. Oh, and that wall that has new drywall? Yeah, the previous remodeler didn’t care that the framing was true. It was a furred out existing block wall that was the back wall of the original house. The lazy person who framed it made it look like it was leaning – it was off by 2.5″ at the top and looked like a serious defect in the structure. I’m so glad we took a chance… I was holding my breath as we pulled off the old drywall to see what potentially scary situation was waiting for me. Whew! So glad it was all OK and my contractor made the cosmetic fixes to look perfect!