We bought our first (and only) house in August 2006. At that time, it was only a few years old. We were young and newlyweds and because we moved from California to Colorado, we were blown away by what we could get for our money. The house had many upgrades to it, but over time, it was time to make some changes and do other upgrades that were important to us.
Over the past few years, we have done MANY projects around our house to keep it looking good and add to the value. We realized that even though it still felt new to us, it’s now over 12 years old and needed some updating. But here’s the problem… the snowball effect. One project leads to another.
The basement turned out great! We have a 110” projector screen TV, 6 theatre seats, an amazing bar with a sink and refrigerator and a ¾ bathroom (we were thinking resell value on that). This whole project took a few months, but because we didn’t live in the construction, it was pretty easy to deal with. Here are some pictures from start to finish.
Our next project was to install wood floors in our entire downstairs area. This was a BIG job and Jason and our neighbor did it all. I think one of the biggest parts to this was removing the Travertine floors we had in our kitchen.
After months of looking at different types of wood- not too light, not too dark, not too easy to scratch- we decided to get Mongolian Teak wood. Can I just tell you how HAPPY I AM WITH IT?! It’s the best part of my house, for sure. It’s dark and light, it’s soft, but hard enough that it doesn’t scratch too much, and if it does, you can barely see it. Because of the color tones, it’s hard to see dirt or dog hair. And it’s got texture! If you run your hands across it you can feel the grooves. I LOVE IT!
We put new carpet in our basement when we finished it, and then as I stated above we removed all the carpet on our first floor. We decided to replace all the carpet on the 2nd level of the house too, so it would match with the basement and also it was old and getting dirty. It was time. Have you ever gotten ALL NEW CARPET in your house? It’s a PAIN in the butt! Seriously, it is. We had to move ALL furniture upstairs. Bed, dressers, turtle tank, book cases, office desks- you name it, we had to move it. And since it was all upstairs, can you even imagine how fun it was to move most of it down a flight of stairs? Only to move it up again once the carpet was installed? It was a total nightmare, but also worth it. The carpet looks so nice and clean and new. Having all new floors all over the house has been wonderful.
We finally upgraded the counters to granite (all 3 bathrooms and kitchen now have matching granite), and re-tiled the floor. He re-tiled the shower which pretty accented tiles, painted the walls (from green to cream), took off the GIANT wall mirror over the cabinets and replaced it with beautiful stone on the walls. We finished it up with 2 large mirrors, new light fixtures and a BEAUTIFUL new large frameless glass shower door. It looks like a spa! It’s so beautiful and natural looking. I love to be in my bathroom now! (Unlike before)
Next on our project list is adding a pergola to our backyard. We have a large backyard with very little privacy. We don’t mind all that much as we love all of our neighbors. But we’ve always wanted to put up some kind of pergola and now it is about to happen. Take a look at the picture below to see the drawing of our actual backyard and what it will look like in a month or so. I’m excited!!!