Our Florida home reno is relocating right along. Wan na see it ?! We do as well! That seems like a joke, yet I’m severe. We have not seen any one of these modifications face to face yet, so all of the pictures in this post are from our service provider who has been servicing our house over the last 2 months. So please forgive us if some are a little blurry (like the one below) or not exactly the exact same angle as our before photos. We more than happy to have any kind of images we can get! As well as when we lastly LIVE THERE (there’s still not an exact relocating day determined– but fingers crossed for at some time next week) we’ll share approximately 4378 images and video clips. Which is a guarantee.

Today we’re going to share some significant development that has been made in FIVE different rooms that you saw in the “in the past” tour (as well as indeed, we saved our preferred for last!). If you have not seen the “in the past” images or video trip yet, please check that out. It will certainly help this message make a LOT much more sense.

This home is in no other way going to be ended up when we move in. The majority of the renovations thus far have been concentrated on getting it to “habitable” (you understand, a working HVAC system, plumbing repair services so the commode can in fact flush, say goodbye to holes in the flooring, etc). We additionally discovered along the road that we had to change every one of the drywall downstairs (because of some old water damage). We took it as a possibility to do some “makes-sense-while-the-house-is-torn-apart” updates also– like adding a bunch of extra recessed lights to our kitchen and also rising the two kids’ bedroom ceilings while points were all opened up.


A great deal has happened to this space considering that we took the previously pictures in early February. We always like a phase 1 kitchen area remodel, so we made a decision to deal with the existing design, home appliances, and also lower cupboards. In this way we can deal with the house for a while before choosing what a more comprehensive (and also more expensive) renovation needs to look like.

For this stage we were excited to nix the soffit, the top closets, and the peninsula, all of which made feeling to do because we were reconfiguring the HVAC to make it useful, replacing all the drywall, as well as repairing the floor. As well as it’s a great thing we really did not maintain that peninsula and presume the flooring ran under it– due to the fact that IT DID NOT!

Right here’s how we fixed several of the largest concerns we had with the room:

Eliminating the soffit. We rerouted the HEATING AND COOLING ducting that ran with that hefty bulkhead right into the walls instead (when you’re renovating the COOLING AND HEATING system and also all of the drywall this is a lot less complicated to do).

Lighten up points up: We added 6 brand-new recessed can lights to make the room much brighter, and also cleared some overgrown brush outside that had obstructed sunshine from streaming right into that part of your house.

Swing buh-bye to the snacks ceilings: one silver lining to discovering that every one of the downstairs drywall needed to be redone was that we can have smooth ceilings as opposed to distinctive ones

Additionally, I love exactly how removing the closets disclosed some kind of lavender, mauve-ish paint below … which just occurs to be the exact same shade as the laminate kitchen counters. Can you visualize this cooking area being EVERYTHING COLOR back in the day? Made us laugh so hard.

After those six brand-new recessed lights went in, in addition to fresh drywall, this is where we were (this is mid-floor-patching, as you can see). It’s difficult to distinguish photos, however when our service provider FaceTimes us it’s crazy just how much brighter it is!

Right here’s the before shot once more for referral. Certainly this was handled the darkest rainiest day (as is our practice– more on that weird house-buying sensation of ours right here). And also we understand as soon as there’s some light paint on the walls and also the floors are all redone it’s mosting likely to look even more light and airy in here.

We’ll finish the “phase 1” portion of this kitchen ourselves by repainting the cupboards, setting up some shelving, and trying something to improve the countertop scenario. This inspiration image provides us really hope that something airy can be completed in a likewise outlined area.

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Yet let’s take things into the room, shall we?


You might keep in mind that we’re also blocking part of the wall surface in between the kitchen area as well as the old official living area to ensure that it can become our bedroom. It’s the ideal area for our bed room due to the fact that there’s a natural location to include an ensuite bathroom and also we can still rest on the very same flooring as our kids. And also, we can not wait to wake up as well as keep an eye out that wall surface of french doors.

But in order to make that occur, we needed to shut off that 5 u2032 opening between the rooms (which also offers us a wall surface in the bed room that fits our bed and also 2 nightstands). So here’s what the view is resembling extra just recently.

The picture over likewise assists you see just how we have room to add a little living/seating location in front of the kitchen zone. It’s difficult to obtain the range from furniture-less pictures yet Sherry did some handy trials in our existing home to show the size of several of this home’s areas comparative– and also also showed what we’re thinking for the living area downstairs (just click the circle that states “FL home” on our IG profile page) however there’s a lot of space for greater than simply a kitchen area here.

Here’s what that former opening appeared like from within the room. Once again, those dual doors on the right of the image below will at some point be where we access our ensuite restroom.

I don’t have a similar angle of it done, yet below’s a development shot of blocking that wall. It’s difficult to see, however it develops a standard doorway on the other side that will certainly be the primary entrance to the area. And also best of all … there’s no a lot more strange triangle post with a mirror on it.

HOLE little tilted reflective area for attire checks.

And also below’s that shot from the side of the area with the wall blocked once again, simply for comparison’s benefit. The freshly sanded floors are half done, yet already looking good!

Now on the location that we obtained the most inquiries regarding after our article packed with before shots …


We understood we ‘d need to relocate the laundry zone because the initial hook-ups were in what is becoming our child’s bed room. We both choose side-by-side appliances (vs. stackables) with space on top for folding and sorting, so pretty early on we typed in on this unusually deep wardrobe at the bottom of the staircases. Which yes, had a very weird pass-through to our daughter’s bed room (think of someone opening what they assumed was a coat closet or powder room door and busting in on your bed room from a 2nd entrance point!).

Again, range is difficult to judge in a picture without furniture, however we determined and recognized we would certainly have a lot of area for side-by-sides (with room to save!) Placing the washing right here ended up being a piece of cake.

In this demo image you can see how the doorway was expanded and the hookups were added. You can likewise see the framing we included along the back that blocks accessibility to this storage room from our child’s area (she’s going to have a different closet service instead of this unusual shared one).

And right here it is half drywalled:

This is it right as the brand-new doors were added concerning a week earlier. Does not it look excellent ?! Or are we the only ones nerding out about a laundry nook?

In a great deal of means, it will certainly resemble our initial residence’s washing area, which was also a little nook such as this with a big counter for folding and also storage space up top. This moment points will certainly be well concealed behind real doors, which seems like an included perk. We expect to store a bunch of things in top closets or racks behind this door– type of like we did right here or as you can see in this ideas image that Sherry collected:

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We also included additional insulation to the back wall to aid plain any type of laundry sound for our child’s area. It’s probably not a foolproof remedy, so we may also need to stay clear of late-night laundry sessions … however that could be a way of life objective we must be aiming for regardless. Ha!

We recognize a washing closet might be taken into consideration to be a “downgrade” from our current washing space, however it’s a concession that we enjoy to approve as component of this entire downsizing thing. There are going to be a great deal of perks to this new house as well as this brand-new area that we didn’t have before, so this is certainly a trade-off that feels simply fine for us.


You might recall that there’s presently just one restroom in the residence and it was completely non-functional when we got it. And also of program … this area tossed us a couple of even more curveballs, just to maintain things interesting.

Originally we thought it could be as simple as changing the vanity. The old one had actually rotted through due to former water damages, so it had actually been torn out. However points quickly intensified from there …

Given that the flooring really did not extend under the vanity, we determined that retiling would certainly be a quite easy weekend project for us (we had actually prepared to do that ourselves over spring break). Yet after that there was a worldwide pandemic as well as our springtime break evaporated. We passed the task to our contractor so we aren’t attempting to renovate the flooring in our home’s only shower room AS SOON AS WE STEP IN.

Thennnnnnn we learned of an additional water leakage (in addition to the one that had actually messed up the vanity) that required us to rip out the existing bathtub and shower border. We even got a telephone call from our professional claiming that when they installed the brand-new bathroom the old bathroom shutoff had actually stopped working and soaked the entire area.

Yeah, so that rose promptly.

Yet here’s a peek at the progression. We discovered from doing the duplex restrooms that we enjoy a colorful/playful ceramic tile flooring (specifically in what will certainly be the youngsters’ primary restroom once we include our master bathroom to the various other side of your house). We got these porcelain floor tiles and had them sent out to Florida to be set up. Very same with this 31 u2033 vanity that will be the anchor to several warm wood accents throughout your house. It’s looking REALLY eco-friendly in here, yet the wall surfaces won’t be environment-friendly (that’s simply water-resistant greenboard, which is restroom friendly drywall). The walls will certainly be white, and also we’ll include a white waffle shower drape so nothing takes on the floor.

That drop-in tub is also new (it coincides one we used at the duplex) and also we chose traditional white metro tile around the shower in there because the floor is so colorful/patterned.

So aside from hanging art, a mirror over the sink, a few towel hooks, and possibly including a wall or ceiling treatment, this is pretty much the one room that will certainly be completely redone by the time we get here. Crazy!


Okay, I stated I saved my preferred modifications for completion of this article, so right here we go! When we invested hours preparing this reno personally in February, it struck us that we could be able to vault the ceilings in each of the children’ bed rooms (our boy’s room is shown listed below). There’s no second floor above them as well as we might clearly see from the exterior of your house that the roof sloped pretty high throughout each space. The areas aren’t large, so we understood that some upright height would make them really feel bigger … but also we had no concept exactly how much of a difference it would make. Wait for it.

He literally simply reduce a head-sized opening in the ceiling of our child’s room and our kid’s space. This is one of the images he texted us.

There were some HVAC air ducts going through the attic room area, yet because we were already remodeling the whole non-functional COOLING AND HEATING system, they simply moved the air ducts right into the wall. And past that it was just some very light electric work as well as fresh insulation that was included in the ceiling joists.

After the brand-new insulation went in along the underside of the roofing system, instead than simply drywalling the fresh sloped ceiling, we chose wood planking up there to include some appearance and also VOILA. It’s a TOTALLY VARIOUS REALLY FEELING ROOM. Times two because we reached do it in both of the children areas!

Let’s consider the prior to shot of this very same specific room one more time, just to soak up just how much this changed the video game (yes, the area visualized above is our little girl’s room, which is the same space envisioned below in this before shot):.

I understand comparison timber ceilings as well as wood beams are all the craze, yet the picture listed below has constantly been our inspiration and these aren’t large spaces, so we really did not want anything to really feel heavy or close points in. We can not wait to see exactly how it turns out.

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I can’t begin to tell you just how great it was to see this harebrained suggestion that we had a few months ago come real. We’re so thrilled for the children to see their rooms. As well as to see them ourselves in person!


Okay, we can not help ourselves. We’re trying to resist on sharing the complete exterior progress until we can take some pictures ourselves face to face (quickly!?), however this preview is simply AS WELL AMAZING to hold back on. Remember this shot of the big deck that’s off of the upstairs living room that all of us can’t wait to socialize on?

People … this is what that view resembles now:.

We had actually originally prepared to conserve every one of the outside reno job until the indoor stuff was done, but given that we tabled a few large indoor projects up until we relocate (like adding the 2nd bathroom, given that we actually wish to deal with that in person versus from another location), there was time to squeeze in some outdoors things. We knew that the decaying railing around the top deck needed to be replaced faster than later on for security reasons, however it was an overall surprise that we had time to relocate past that and also get a bunch of other outdoors boxes checked off while we went to it.

We changed the barrier totally and also altered it to a straight style that really felt a great deal extra coinciding with the home’s modern lines as well as the beachy appearance we were choosing. We additionally changed the timber decking with Trex (we utilized no-rot decking at the duplex and also loved it). This moment we chose a warmer color called Havanna Gold. The rickety wood pergola needed to be gotten rid of for security in addition to to be able to replace the outdoor decking, yet we’re thinking about including something back at some point– just to obtain some shade as well as perhaps even an area for some hanging chairs. We additionally got the smokeshaft since it was the resource of (yet one more) leak downstairs in our room. Our strategy is to convert the bedroom fire place to gas at some time anyhow, so the chimney does not have to remain for that.

Oh and since they were doing a great deal of rot fixing on the exterior siding that turned up in our inspection, we went on and also had the entire home repainted white. If you give a computer mouse a cookie design …

We both understood from the 2nd we saw this residence that it would look actually great if it was white (all the greenery around it + the steel roof covering = so good with a tidy white exterior). In our initial meeting with the professional in early February Sherry told him “I already know the precise white color I want!” (Spoiler: it coincides SW Moderne White that we made use of below in Richmond). I think you can take the lady out of her painted white home, but you can not take the repainted white house out of the girl.

Much more on the outside soon, though. We’re intending to relocate the next week or so, and חלונות after that we can snap a number of upgraded images ourselves! It genuinely is a remarkable update– as well as not to beat a dead horse, but WE CAN’T DELAY TO SEE IT IN INDIVIDUAL.

It’s tough to see, yet it produces a standard entrance on the other side that will be the main entryway to the room. We likewise added extra insulation to the back wall surface to assist boring any type of laundry sound for our little girl’s space. There’s no 2nd flooring over them and we could plainly see from the exterior of the home that the roof sloped pretty high across each area. We’re so ecstatic for the kids to see their areas. I think you can take the girl out of her painted white residence, but you can not take the painted white home out of the woman.