Jeremy and Kate bought their first home and I've went up a few times to help them get it renovated. (Randy went once, better give him some credit too, he helped with the washer/dryer.) They LOVE the neighborhood and were so excited to be able to find a home there so quickly. They thought they'd have to buy a smaller place and then eventually move into the area. The previous owners wanted to move to a bigger place (blows my mind because this house is HUGE) and with the tax incentive it was the perfect time for everyone to move on up.
When they first looked at the house they knew that some things would have to go before they could move in. Like this tongue and grove parquet floor. It may have been pretty when they first installed it when the house was built in 1986 but it sure isn't now. It covered a lot of space too, the entire kitchen with eat in area and two hallways. It also made the cabinets look bad. Not sure why anyone would install the cabinets with the same finish as the floor but everyone has their own likes and dislikes.
They still needed to paint the bottom of the baseboards when I took these photos, I dug a permanent grove into one finger and had nerve damage that lasted two weeks to my right hand but we are all very happy with the results. The hallway view is from the front door. To the right is what was probably designed as a formal living room but will be their office and to the left is the formal dining room. There is a half bathroom on this hall (don't even get me started on how hard that thing was to renovate). All the bedrooms, two full baths and the utility room are upstairs. LOVE that the utility room is up there, no carrying laundry up the stairs! (Granted the guys may not have loved it when they were trying to get the appliances up the stairs.) The end of the hall goes into another hallway, right to the living room, left to the kitchen and the stairs to the finished basement (or as Jeremy calls it, his Man Cave) go under the stairs to the upstairs with yet another door to piece around. Wrigley and Gracie also give it a four paw approval rating!
Every room in the house had to be painted. We think that the previous owners must have got a great deal on sea foam green because that is what EVERYTHING was painted. Even the outside of the house is green. I chatted with a neighbor and she said that the green was a huge improvement over the first owner of the home though because she loved bright colors and had rooms painted fuchsia and bright orange. Jeremy and Kate are more of earth-tone people though and while they both like green, the "calming hospital wall" color had to go.
The ceiling over the staircase was quite challenging to paint. I got as high as I could but Jeremy had to use a ladder (which is scary to even think about now) and his long arms with this extension pole (the longest one we could find) to reach the top.
It's going to take some time to get everything the way they want it and as you know, once they do, it will be time to start changing it again but I'm sure they're going to love being in their very own home. It's also good for me because no more hotels when I go up to visit!