Renovation Plans Announced!

Again. Apologies. Long time no post.

Original Floorplan Bryan made of the house by modeling it in 3d … he’s so amazing <3333

We’ve been busy working out the details of our renovation plans and am extremely pleased to announce that we’ve finalized them!  Our goal is to turn our three bedroom Cape Cod house into a college rental that sleeps at least 5.  We ran through several iterations on the plan, including replacing the second floor with a true full story addition turning the two upstairs bedrooms into four bedrooms, as well as building off the back of the house and putting two additional bedrooms downstairs.

After all the variations were played out, we decided to keep the footprint the same and work with what we have.  We’re going to be adding one bedroom downstairs (for a total of 2) and expanding one of the upstairs rooms into the attic space to make it a double.

The downstairs bathroom will be moving, the kitchen shifting and expanding to become an eat-in-kitchen, the living room will be where my bedroom is now and the living/dining room side of the house will now become two bedrooms, full bath and laundry room (yay laundry room!! we have our washer in the kitchen right now and the dryer in the basement – again: this is how we bought the house. ick).

This floorplan is far less exact – I just quickly edited the original to reflect our plans.

Its a huge job.  We’re still on a budget and planning on doing it all ourselves.  Crazy? Probably. Lets do this!

Major Renovation Overview:

  1. Step 1: Super couch (what we affectionally call our gigantic Karlstad IKEA sectional) upstairs to the spare bedroom).
  2. Step 2: Collapse dinning table into storage
  3. Step 3: Build new front bedroom
  4. Step 4: Meg and Bryan move into new front bedroom
  5. Step 5: Create temp kitchen in the space between the new front bedroom and our office space (which is supposed to be the dining room)
  6. Step 6: Demo downstairs bath/kitchen/bedroom
  7. Step 7: Build new kitchen/living room
  8. Step 8: Super Couch moves into new living room; temp kitchen breaks down into new kitchen
  9. Step 9: Office moves to spare room
  10. Step 10: Build new downstairs bathroom/laundry room, 2nd downstairs bedroom
  11. Step 11: Upstairs reno (obviously we’re going to need to expand on this further when we get closer)

We’ve already gotten started.  Pete actually has done quite a bit of work already while Bryan and I are at the 9-5. He started the project out by ripping up the disgusting carpet that was in the spare bedroom when we moved in.  
Here it is before. You may be wondering, so I’ll just come out and say it: Yes. Every surface except the floor is covered in wood.  Hott right?

So by himself, he took up the carpet.

Ummm… whats that?? you say! Well, just so happens, Pete discovered carpet number two hiding in plain sight under carpet under one. DOUBLE THE FUN!!!

And then after carpet number two, then came the padding…

…which literally had to be shoveled and scraped off the floor… ew.

FINALLY! THE FLOOR! and yes, now every surface in the room is wood. We call it – the Wood Room.

So after some Swiffering, vacuuming, and Orange Gloing, that meant we were finally read for step one: moving super couch upstairs.

Pete actually started this project by himself while we were at work (we McGraths are strong like bull!) before realizing he forgot to take before photos of the space… like a good brother – he BROUGHT THE WHOLE THING back downstairs, reset it up and then took pretty photos.  And thus, I give you – the living/dining room (before renovation):

Those scalloped borders on the builtins are sumthin‘ aren’t they? eh?? Eh???!

The room you can start to see here over that half wall is what is supposed to be the dining room but we’re currently using it as an office.  The living room as it stands today is gigantic so we had more than enough room for Super Couch and the dining table.

So when Bryan and I got home from work, we muscled through the heat (and it definitely was hot!) and got Super Couch first into pieces and then up the narrow and steep stairs to the Wood Room.  Step 1: DONE!

(I will insert a pic here of super couch in the wood room later).

So to recap:

Major Renovation Overview:

  1. Step 1: Super couch (what we affectionally call our gigantic Karlstad IKEA sectional) upstairs to the spare bedroom).
  2. Step 2: Collapse dinning table into storage
  3. Step 3: Build new front bedroom
  4. Step 4: Meg and Bryan move into new front bedroom
  5. Step 5: Create temp kitchen in the space between the new front bedroom and our office space (which is supposed to be the dining room)
  6. Step 6: Demo downstairs bath/kitchen/bedroom
  7. Step 7: Build new kitchen/living room
  8. Step 8: Super Couch moves into new living room; temp kitchen breaks down into new kitchen
  9. Step 9: Office moves to spare room
  10. Step 10: Build new downstairs bathroom/laundry room, 2nd downstairs bedroom
  11. Step 11: Upstairs reno (obviously we’re going to need to expand on this further when we get closer)