The Happy Crazy House

remodeling and other family adventures

So I got around to naming our new house….Little Grey or Little Grey Cape…cause she’s little, she’s grey and she’s a cape cod style house.  Super original, I know.  Anyhoo, we are just wrapping up the big ticket items on our main floor bathroom remodel.  Yahoo!!!!

Before:

look at that wallpaper!  I tried to salvage a piece so that I could frame it, but it mysteriously disappeared. 

First up – we replaced all of the windows inside the house (except the front 3, because they are HUGE and special order).  Our first inclination was not to do a full gut, but once we pulled the rotten pieces of drywall out, we just kept going.  I wanted to keep the retro vanity so badly, but it was damaged when we took it out.  😦

The boards under the toilet and bathtub were not able to be salvaged so new boards were placed on that side of the bathroom.

A big decision for us was what type of material to use for our shower – we wanted to go full tile but quite frankly neither of us was interested in going full in on another bathroom right off the bat.  It sounds terrible but after redoing 3 bathrooms in our last house….we.are.tired of bathrooms.  lol.  So we did a shower insert and for what we want right now, its perfect.

Itsn’t it pretty??!!

I reused the bathroom mirror which is slightly larger than the vanity, but I have decided to deal with it so that I can have something from the original bathroom in place.

There is still trim work, bathroom accessories and the whole moving in thing left to do – but other than that – We have a fully functional bathroom and I am sooooo happy.

Source:

Light:  Design House

Shower Head:  Delta Windmere

Shower Kit:  Sterling Ensemble

Shower Door:  Sterling Finesse

Vanity:  Marrakech from Menards (discontinued)  Similar:  Paige,  Crawford and BurkeOdyssey

Mirror:  Vintage

 

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Oh man – things are changing even as I speak!  ps….ignore the dimensions that I have for the bedrooms below – they are oh so wrong.  oops.

Anywho – the layout that I have below is what I built to give me an idea of where we were going to put our furniture and what we would be keeping.

main floor 3D

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw us combining 2 closets.  The 2 closets between the bedrooms will now be one big one.  We decided to do that so that we could eliminate a door and have another uninterrupted wall.  I was really looking forward to not sharing with Dave…but the trade off is worth it.

The master and guest room will now flip flop.  The guest room will double as the music room.  Jules and I are setting up an area for her piano and violin – mostly so that she has a place for her lessons.

The girls have opted to share the upstairs – they will have ~650 sq ft to play with when setting up their room.  They have sketched out at least 3 different floor plans for me.  LOVE IT!!!!

Attic 3D

They will have their own bathroom upstairs – we are fighting with some plumbing lines that are already existing and a very slanted ceiling, so it will be tight…..but it will be all theirs.

I love this part of renovation, its all possibility and dreams.  I will just ignore the budget piece of it for now 😉🤣🤣

Our first house was not even 900 sq feet total.  You read that right, NOT EVEN 900 sq ft – and we were happy there.  The first 2 1/2 years of Jules’ life was in a 2 bedroom 1 bath with a big garage.  We fit well in that house but concerns about school districts spurred us into looking for a new one.  We ended up with more than double the space in the blue house and it was sitting on 1/2 acre of land as well.  It did not take long to fill that house to overflowing with stuff.  A full house, a full garage, a full playhouse and a full shed.  Jeez.

Now we just purchased a new place in North Dakota and as we are planning how to move forward with our plans, I am reminded of a post I read in Life Edited.  Life Edited pulled the below image from a Wall Street Journal article about the book “Life at Home in the 21st Century”(once again you read that right…a post about an article about a book)  It’s really the Life Edited post that opened my eyes with their round up of data on house square footage and the change that has occurred over the past 50 years.  It mirrors what Dave and I did.  We started with less than 900 sq ft and doubled it for our next place.  But how we lived in that larger space is echoed in this image.

the happy crazy house life edited house behavior

 

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the average newly constructed home is 2,422 (as of 2017) – this is actually a decrease from 2015 where the average reached an all time high of 2,467.

I hope that means that more people are realizing that there are places in their house that they never use……AND that having that extra room invites us to have more crapola.  How can we fight off the inevitable creep of stuff?

Reminder as to what my library clean out looked like:

THE HAPPY CRAZY HOUSE LIBRARY MESS

*and that’s just one room!  I shudder just looking at it.

Does all that extra space make you happy or just frustrated that you have to clean a room that you rarely step foot in or has your ‘stuff’ there for the guests that stay twice a year.

Here are some handy data points from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (I love data points!!)

household activities the happy crazy house

Click here for the webpage

UG!  Ladies!!!!  2 hours and 15 minutes?  Let’s stack your day with work, house work and then free time……The average commute time in the US is 25 minutes.  Say closing time is 5 pm, you will be rolling up to your house around 5:30pm and starting your household chores (not including the actual time it takes to eat the food you prep)….your free time starts at 7:45.  Ew.

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Stay tuned for my plans on how to keep this to to the minimum for our family.

**Also on a final note – this post on 21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own from Becoming Minimalist is an eye opener.

Well – I decided to start planning the first floor bathroom since we are waiting for windows and roof supplies.

We took the bathroom down to the studs in order to put in the appropriate drywall for a bathroom.  the happy crazy house main floor bathroom demo

I will keep the same layout with the toilet and bathtub/shower on the left wall and the vanity on the right.

Here are a few inspiration images.

The vanity in this one….

Photo by Sutro ArchitectsMore bathroom photos

 

Or maybe this one??

Photo by ChaletLook for bathroom design inspiration

 

This room is gorgeous!!

Photo by Interior TherapyLook for bathroom design inspiration

 

Here are some links to bathrooms that spoke to me.

Since Polyvore is no more.  click here for the announcement.  I just dumped my pics below in a less than attractive format.  Another item on my list of things to learn…..

 

bathroom

  1. Delta Shower and Tub Faucet
  2. Matte White Tile
  3. Bella 60 inch single sink vanity
  4. Delta Sink Faucet

*Keep those wood floors and have them redone to withstand a bathroom.

The question now is lights.  Any ideas or suggestions?

 

So a thing happened- We bought a fixer.  Surprise!!  After we completely overhauled our last house, the last thing that I wanted when we moved to ND was another house that I would have to redo – only this one needs even more work than the MT one did.  What are we thinking??  Oh yeah – great price and great potential.

When you walk into the house, the first thing you will see is a small alcove.  I have plans for this space.

After the entry alcove – turn to the left and a nice view of some super sweet paneling.  Should it stay?

Here is a pic from the corner looking back to the front entry.

Just outside the living room – look to your right and there is a hallway to the main level bathroom, 2 bedrooms and laundry.

The master is surprisingly large and boasts 2! (that’s two!!!) closets.  Which means that I will no longer have to share with Dave and look at the terrible mess he makes of his clothes.

The spare room is pretty spacious as well for this age of a house.  Although it DOES have the electrical panel in it.  Weird!  you can see it from the hallway photo.  Don’t get me wrong – I am incredibly thankful that the electrical has been updated…but couldn’t the panel be located somewhere less noticeable?

Back in the hallway, you can see to the laundry, bathroom, stairs to the attic and kitchen/dining room.

The dining room windows will be replaced with a set of french doors out to a new deck…super pumped for that.

The kitchen cabinets are in very good shape and the missing one above the fridge is actually in the attic – so with a little work, we can have the full set up.

The attic is unfinished but a new bathroom has been plumbed in and all new electrical has been installed.

There are some things that have to be addressed immediately before moving on to some of the ‘nice to do’ items.

  1.  Roof.  This house has a few layers of very old shingles.  These need to go before anything inside gets worked on.
  2. Windows.  All original windows (rotted)-  We will be replacing them.

After that we move on to the ‘nice to do’

  1.  Refinish flooring – the wood floors are in pretty good shape….way better than I would have assumed.
  2.  Stain kitchen cabinets.
  3.  First floor bathroom.  Take down the peeling wallpaper, tile the bathtub, new vanity, etc.
  4.  Walls – paint and patch all first floor walls.
  5.  Attic – finish the bathroom and turn the attic into a kids area.

I think those are my new entries into the Never Ending List….hahahahahaha

I am looking forward to the end result.  Stop by again and see what we are up to!

 

I began accumulating items for Jules’ room in December and I feel like I have come far enough to post about where we are today.

Here was where I started with the inspiration.

I am not sure why I had the pink in there nor why I was so on the fence about changing it to a teal.  I was set enough to start purchasing the teal as I was making that inspiration board!  Jeez girl.

**All of the pink went to Jane.  Jules only ended up with the pink as she found this blanket, that I had stored for Jane, and claimed it for herself……cuz it is crazy soft.  but not to worry – that teal blanket below is just as soft. 

We kept all the art from her Montana room.

She is super jazzed that everything is up on the walls and that her fairy lights are up.  The room is very small but it is the only one with a closet and that’s what was most important to her.

Source List:

My office in Montana was very spacious, spacious enough to double as the library.  Here are some pics:

the happy crazy house library

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A couch for lounging and reading, desk for reading all of the internets i.e. watching cat videos.  It was very nice to have. In the new place, we do not have an extra bedroom that we can dedicate to a library/office.

The living room has the library now and I think that where the bookshelves used to be is where my desk will go. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen it.

I have been scouring the internet for ideas and have basically come to the conclusion that I should start looking for a small desk, leaning desk or corner table.

Here are some options.

Any of these speak to you?  I am leaning towards the leaning desk.   OMG sometimes I can’t even stand myself.

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