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We Love House Projects!!

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.


Basement
Our first big project was finishing our basement. We did not need the space, per say, but we knew we would use it more efficiently because all we were doing with it before was using it for storage. We decided to create a media room, bar area and bathroom. We hired someone for this job, because we knew it would be time consuming.

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.

Wood Floors

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!

Carpet

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.

This is what we lived in while the carpet was being installed upstairs


Master Bathroom
When we first bought our house, the bathrooms were not terrible, but obviously needed some updating. We had Formica counter tops when we moved in, carpet on the floor (WHO DOES THAT?!), and a not-so-pretty shower. A few years after we moved in, Jason tiled the floor and re-tiled the shower; but it was his first tile job. I think he would agree with me when I say it was good, but not as good as it could be. With all of these projects that Jason had done or helped with in the past few years, his tiling skills had really progressed. So, we decided it was time to redo the master bathroom again. And again, Jason did the whole thing. This time- the results were amazing!

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)

BEFORE

AFTER

Our Bathroom Sink Area

My beautiful shower!

Pergola

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!!!

What our backyard will look like soon!

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7 Comment

  1. Reply
    The High Family
    June 12, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Love all the changes!!!! Now come to
    PA to help us with our 80s home! Over a decade later and we are still drowning in projects!

    1. Reply
      kateklewicki
      June 12, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      It just takes such a long time!! Not to mention money!

  2. Reply
    Lisa
    June 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Love the backsplash in your ensuite! Great job with all your renos so far. A lot of work but so worth it in the end to have a place you love and want to call home.

    1. Reply
      kateklewicki
      June 12, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Thank you so much! That’s my favorite part of the bathroom 🙂

  3. Reply
    Theresa Clippinger
    June 13, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    I love all your before & after pic’s . Jason did a fantastic job. Will you please loan him out to us for 1 month.
    We do have some great wine over here, and Steve loves to cook “special foods” for our helpers😀
    PLEASE

    1. Reply
      kateklewicki
      June 13, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      hahah! Thank you! I’m sure we can work something out 🙂

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