Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Condo Chaos Transforming...

It has been so long since I have posted but it hasn't been for lack of things happening.  I don't think I had a real good grasp of just how time consuming this remodel and move would be - it is basically a recipe for a quick trip to insanity!  I am moving in a week.....!  Let me say that again just so it can sink in..... I......AM.......MOVING........ IN...... A.....WEEK!!!  OMG!!  I have a lot still to do!

In all honesty, the condo is coming along great and is further along than these photos, but I promised a progress report, so will save the big reveal until it is all done - and then when I am actually moved in.  They are going to blend right into each other with a little overlap of last minute things, but such is life. The best laid plans never quite fall into place perfectly. That is ok.  I am learning to let it go... well ok - I am trying to let it go!

So I will share some of the photos of the past few weeks - a lot of delivery boxes from Ikea :),  a lot of pandemonium, but a lot of excitement and fun too.  I should take pictures of my current home but I am afraid the health department would be at my door if I did that!  I will try to get a photo of ALL of the boxes once I have them all orderly and ready to go. But in the meantime, here is a preview of the condo in progress...


Boxes and boxes... 


Just part of the office boxes from Ikea...


and more.... (a few weeks ago...)

The movers are scheduled for Nov. 4 - that is the big day. Some of the furniture has arrived and will be delivered next Monday as are a few other things. The appliances are in place, minus one that was damaged in shipping so we are awaiting a replacement *sigh*.  But it's the dryer, so if I have to be without for a little while, that's ok. The condo was painted this weekend and I have not seen it yet, but I hear it is beautiful in shades of gray. The flooring goes down tomorrow and that will really help it look "real".  Still have a LONG list of things to be done before I move, but working on it as best I can.

So here is a little tease of things shaping up.... am beginning to get really excited in spite of all of the hurdles.



New master shower taking shape...(ignore the tools!)



The lighting makes the colors funny, but no good light in there...yet..
love the tile work



Flooring looks much better in person. It really isn't wavy - that's just the pattern 
and angle of the photo!



More tile work....looks like glass up close...


Kitchen cabinets being assembled in the living room!


Cabinets moving into place...
Notice the blue tape handles - sparing no expense! :) 


Another kitchen view...
The trash can table in the nook gives a sense of realism - don't you think??


Yet another view of the kitchen - that is the front of the island.
There will be doors to cover that... and a countertop soon!  


Stacks of Ikea furniture all over the office/craft room - 
nothing is in its place


And more cabinets and drawers for the office/craft room.
This will need it's own post when done :)


And more cabinets and drawers and....



Look at that stack of drawers!! And that is one of two desks...will be my sewing desk 
in a different part of the room!

Highlights this week:

Installation of blinds
Installation of floor
Ceiling fans in place
Pendant lights over the island
Breakfast nook lighting
Bathroom lighting
Granite installation (I hope?)
Office countertops (I hope?)
Closet installation
Remaining cupboards in laundry room and master

Next week:
TV installation (I hope)
Furniture delivery
Front screen installation
New door locks and peep hole (super cool - it magnifies a large image!)
Whatever is left undone from the list above (!)
MOVING DAY!

Yikes - that's a LOT!!!



It will all be worth it - my new mantra!  


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Monday, October 5, 2015

Demo Done - Remodel Progress....

It has been a few weeks of trials and tribulations, decision and indecision, worries and joy, frustration and hope - and so goes the journey of moving and remodeling . It is a collage of colliding emotions and a whirlwind of activity.  Most of the time I am loving it, but I really have to stay focused or it is STOP COLD IN MY TRACKS overwhelming!


No more popcorn ceiling - living room shell!

This has been one of the scariest and most exciting things I have ever done. There are hurdles as there are with any remodel and move, but I just keep pushing forward, determined not to let anyone take the joy away from me!  It is going to be a wonderful home for me and I hope to have lots of company for coffee in the morning and wine or whatever in the evening!  It is so peaceful and beautiful there...

So what's in store this week?? Well the kitchen will take shape with the cupboards and drawers and all of the pieces that will shape its look.  The appliances will be delivered tomorrow as I write this.  I can hardly wait. I think they started the tile in the "new"  master bath today.   I recently ordered all of the parts to "build" the office/craft room and that was delivered today as well!. I have a feeling those boxes are pretty much going to fill the office/craft room.  Can hardly wait to get a picture of it!  I just ordered lighting and ceiling fans and it's moving fast! Also just ordered  the window coverings. Thinking about the remaining mirrors, closet pieces, a few cupboards left - and I am sure a few other things I have not thought of  yet!  Yikes!!


A part of the nook area and kitchen...raw!


Can you picture the brand new kitchen??? 

I am SO excited about the kitchen and the craft room mostly because that is where I spend the bulk of my time.  It's going to be very different from what I have now, which is wonderful.  I will have twice the room in the office/craft room and more storage in both rooms - but all different. So I have to spend time forgetting about how things are now and reinvent it all in the new space. Why is that so hard for me?!?


Not the best lighting...this is the front part of my office/craft room.
This section will be mainly office...


This is part of the back (notice the FIVE windows in this room!)
This will be craft and sewing area...The room is HUGE!

All in all, the condo is taking shape...  I have to pinch myself to realize that I will be moving there in less than 4 weeks (fingers crossed!). How is that happening?  I still have WAY TOO MUCH to do here.  Where are those darned elves when I really need them?!?  I still have the hard rooms left to pack, but they will get done. It is just taking time to weed through everything and get rid of 50%!   I can do this.  My youngest son has been a gem, coming over twice a week, helping fill boxes and move them since I can't lift over 10 lbs (do you realize how little is LESS than 10 lbs?!?) and organizing the packed boxes. What a huge help he has been.  Am blessed with wonderful friends offering decorating ideas and all sorts of help.  Feeling  so very grateful.

Stay tuned for more updates as things are about to change rapidly!  Sometimes I feel like a little kid anticipating Christmas morning.  I don't even care that there is so much work once I move in (remind me after I move that I said that!) - am just so very eager to be there.  It is going to be very different as far as the lifestyle, but I totally believe it is going to be the best time ever!!  Will try to share more often as things come together in different areas ...

Thanks for bearing with me through these long posts!

Here is a slightly different angle of the view....it keeps me motivated to be there!
So much anticipation!


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I am a mother to three and Grammy to two beautiful granddaughters and one very handsome little grandson.  Was born and raised in southern California and am happy to call it home.  I fill my days with volunteer work, paper crafting, needlework of all kinds and cooking and baking.   I am blessed with wonderful family and friends who fill my heart on a daily basis.