Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hello Newman...

Remember the old Seinfeld episode with the Bubble Boy?

I kind of feel like I am living it. Only without Jerry, Elaine, and their utter hilarity.

Internets, I am the Bubble Boy.

And it's way less fun than it looked on TV:


The reason for the large bubble is because of the giant hole currently in my family room ceiling.


Never fear - it's all for a good cause. (Otherwise, I'm not sure I could stand the dust.)

We are at the early stages of a massive remodel upstairs. When we bought this home four-and-a-half years ago (has it really been that long? WOW.) it had four bedrooms, a guest bedroom and bath in the basement, and two offices. We quickly converted one of those offices into a bigger family room in the basement.

And by quickly, I mean, the Husband took a sledge hammer and knocked the wall down just minutes after we closed on the house.

We have plenty of room for our family and then some. The bedroom upstairs that we put our boys in also happens to be huge. It's literally as big as the master bedroom. Way too much space for just one kid.

We are of the mindset that if the two boys share a room, ensuring very little privacy, one or more of those boys are less likely to get into any trouble in said room, always fearing that the other could walk in at any moment. It's our hope anyway. So, much to McKay's chagrin, we make them share.

It's worked well for us, doubly so because of the size of their bedroom. This photo doesn't do it justice, as I didn't have a wide enough lens. It's ginormous.


BUT, this has left us with a spare bedroom that has really only been used once -- and that was at Thanksgiving last year when we had three families visiting. It collects dust and, quite frankly, is just one more place for me to vacuum.

With the help of a (very boring and slightly expensive) architect, we drew up plans to make use of that fourth bedroom. We decided to convert half of it into a bathroom for the boys, and the other half into a walk-in closet for Hannah. The current kids bathroom will become Hannah's and will all connect via her bedroom. And the boys' bathroom will now only be accessible through their bedroom.

Eliminating that mad dash in a towel that my children seem to be so fond of.

It's been pretty okay so far - though I say that rather delicately, seeing as how we are only on day two. But our contractor really is fantastic - he has had a crew here from sunup to sundown each day, working like mad. I am extremely impressed thus far. He seems much sharper than our deck guy from last summer. (Did I ever tell you those stories? Remind me. There are some doozies.)

Anyway, take a peek. And enjoy one last look at the classy brass fixtures and faucets. BUH-BYE.


Hannah's room:



The boys' room:


The spare bedroom/new bathroom/new closet:


Chase practicing getting caught unawares in his new shower:


And my favorite moment was the look on Hannah's face when she stepped inside her new closet for the first time. She, clearly, is not at all excited:


I am thrilled, but completely jealous. Her closet might be bigger than mine now.


Julianna said...

I live in construction also.

Course mine's not as awesome as yours.

I'm patiently awaiting the estimates for my new roof. Thankfully, my contractor works for dinner. But I have to be his chore monkey.


Jeanelle said...

Oooh it's gonna be good! Can't wait to see the finished product. LOVE Hannah's pink striped walls.

danandcindy said...

Holy moly. I really can't wait to see the finished product. I'll bet it will be really special. I am so excited to see what it is going to look like. I wonder if you are going to post photos of the final product when it is all done? I can't wait to see what they come up with. I can't wait for them to move that bus.

diane said...

When we had our flood/remodel last spring we moved to a hotel for 2 months. It was extensive. I can't believe how much dust is involved in a demo. Dust for days, weeks well months really. Good luck. It will all be worth it. That closet will be amazing.

Marisha said...

I am so jealous! We remodeled this summer and as sick as it sounds I LOVED it! I hated saying goodbye to our contractor and so did the kids. Micah was his sidekick. I can't wait to see how you love it.

Also did my mom tell you about when she was here I pulled up your blog with Marlie on my lap and we were pointing at people and I said "Remember Christie and Hannah?". Marlie promptly said "Kissie, Hanna" and blew a kiss. you will die when you see her again and all her talking.

Stefani said...

The answer is MOOPS!

And yay on new construction. It's going to look awesome!!

Tristan said...

How exciting!! I'm thinking when it is all done I request an entire video tour of your fabulous home!!

Lauren in GA said...

I laughed when I read Dan's, "move that bus" comment...

...but please don't tell him that I thought he said something funny...

Not to sound like Dan, who was clearly (albeit, good naturedly) mocking us...but I can't wait to see pictures of the final product!!

Chase's picture of being caught unawares is hilarious.

Oh, and I am very happy for you that you get to get rid of brass. My house was built in 1955 and it is chock full of brass. Ew.

Liz said...

My favorite picture is of Chase. Reminded me of my own second son. Now I must plan a trip to STL so that I can see the finished product in person.

jessica said...

Lucky Hannah!!! I want my own bathroom closet! We are in the middle of redoing our master bath and the kids bath...I'm doing okay today. Not so much yesterday...

Karey said...

Looks like it will be worth the inconvenience and the mess. Lucky kids!

Travelin'Oma said...

So, no more streaking from the bathroom? Chase seemed to enjoy making me whistle at him in a towel! Good luck with the re-do.

brooke said...

It is going to be awesome. Hannah is a lucky girl!

Nortorious said...

Chase is funny.