Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Shout out! Lowes @Chalk Hill

I have done several home remodels. I've also done several flips. I've done them through small companies, local companies, big box you name it. I've done it. The past 3 flips and 3 home remodels it was decided that I'd focus on one stop shop. Using my local Lowes. My current Lowes is in West Dallas at Chalk Hill. They have proven to be a great resource.

Doing a remodel for a home you are going to live in takes time and you often want a more custom look to your remodel. For this we've used several resources through Lowes that meant Special Orders. Yes, your Lowes can do that. Don't see a 6 light Chandelier? Speak to your Lowes specialist. Not finding that particular range you've been dreaming of? Speak to the Appliance manager. Work with a Pro-Services representative if your unsure of where to begin. We knew this would be a full remodel since we were taking the interior of the home back to the studs, moving walls as we changed the floor plan for todays lifestyle and relocating a few doors and windows.  The team at Lowes did not let us down by helping us order enough lumber for new framing, sheetrock for new walls, green board for wet areas, and the thousands of nails we've used. Yes, there is often way more to a remodel or in this case re-build!

I am not sponsored or paid to give this opinion. I simply wanted to give credit where credit is due! From the managers down to the paint specialists I've been helped with the professionalism that you would find at many designer show rooms. They've shown me the best way to save, the best options for my needs and helped me find the look for my desired goals.  Thank you, Lowes!

By the way, can not wait to show you some of our finished spaces! Keep checking in and thank you so much for following and sharing this journey!


Sunday, March 27, 2016

#FixerUpper - Dreaming up a new bathroom

Ok, I do love my house. Love coming home. BUT, people, make no mistakes that I love the pink and burgundy tile! Oh, me oh my. I was over it by the start of high school. But, no one I ever knew changed tile. It was a major part of your home and installed to last. Especially the heavy set tile of 1940's.

 Yes, I've heard the comments that it is coming back. I've heard from the purists that it is so retro and in great shape and is part of what makes your home special. Yes, I've heard from my ultra conservative father that there is nothing wrong with your tile. If you have to do something to it just have it re-glazed.  It will be as good as new. Well, people, I listened to none of this.  I'm contrary that way. ☺️

I do want to respect this home and the beautiful details that you expect to find in an older home. So, I am keeping a mosaic tile floor. Very similar to the one that is in pink! But, um, is in a beautiful, classic marble.  Then I am lessening the amount of tile used. If someone waltz's into this house in another 75 years and hates the tile I chose they wont have so much to deal with.  I've chosen to update the old 4X4 pink squares with a classic but still current subway tile.

As a reminder this is a 75 year old house. Being an old house it has a few hidden secrets. My decision to remodel the bathroom and take all the existing tile out of there lead us to discover a rusted through pipe deeply hidden in the heavy mortar holding all that glorious pink tile in place. YIKES! It would have been a matter of time and not a long time that the whole floor would have fallen through. So gutting this bathroom ended up being the right call.

I also revealed a huge stash of razor blades!! Yikes. Odd but true fact. Back in the 20's, 30's and 40's homes and hotels had slots built into the medicine cabinets or a small brass plate on the wall for men to "safely" dispose of their razor blades when the blade became dull. I can only imagine the DNA on all those blades. The rotted wood is all being cleared out and we will rebuild the base for the bathroom and make sure the floor and foundation will be strong and sturdy for the future. Oh, and the window that leads to the enclosed porch is going bye-bye.

We've decided to work with Lowe's Pro desk for this remodel. We've remodeled 6 homes this past year with #Lowes.  My dad owns many properties that he rents out or flips.  There are many ways to save money on a remodel or when building a home.  As a designer and married to a husband who is an architect we have some resources open to us that others don't. However, I have found consistently that Lowes will work with you and goes above and beyond to help you find the item you need. Also, it's great to choose resources that are close to your project. This cuts down on delays and delivery problems. Here is a peek at the tile that I've chosen for this bathroom. This bathroom will now be a guest bathroom. Nothing was overly fancy about our home growing up. Life over all was simple for most homes in the area. I don't want to break the bank with this bathroom, but I do want it to be inviting and to feel special for our guests.  I chose basic subway tile for the bathroom but am highlighting it with Carrera marble and pretty patterns.  Let's take a peek:

And of course we need to round things off with a new toilet, beautiful sink and oh so pretty fixtures.

I'm still on the hunt for the perfect mirror. Love, love, love putting all the details together, don't you? I can't wait to see it all come together and see the new "old" bathroom!

I do appreciate many of the details of this old house. I will be keeping the bathroom cabinet. But, I will visit my local Lowes store to pick up new moldings to trim it out and will be ordering new doors for it.  I love that it has a built in hamper! Did you grow up with a hamper in the house?  

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Going home!

I've thought about this topic a lot and been asked about it often in the past few months. Can you ever really go home again?

Yes, yes, you can.  I also believe that your home is wherever you make it and shared with those you love and hold dear. 

I've been lucky enough to come full circle so to speak. I've bought the house I grew up in. My parents purchased the home in 1968 when my twin brother and I were two. It was a big step and dream for these young parents of twins.  It was also the place I called home and imagined I would always live. Or at least that my parents would and I would come to visit.  I would imagine all of us feel this way when we are growing up.  I only knew a handful of people that ever moved when I was growing up.  Back then people bought their home and settled in. It is where they lived, loved, raised their families, fought, cried and just experienced all that life threw at you.  The walls were strong, safe and embraced each member of the family at the end of the day.

My parents sold our house in 1986.  They moved to a bigger and newer house. They created a new home as empty nesters a term that wasn't yet in vogue. They were excited and giddy as they handed me my new "house" key. I was perplexed and bewildered! How on earth could they sell our home?! I mean that was home, how do you sell that?  HAHA! I was young, just finished my first year of college and I got a call from my parents that they had a place for me to put my belongings in storage. Well, the joke was on me.  House sold and new house was all ready set up with our belongings. I must have looked like I was going to faint because my momma took my arm and said, "It's okay, honey. Your going to love this house!" I'm not sure I loved it but I was so happy for them.  It was hard not to embrace their excitement of something newer, bigger and different.   They also opened the door to the idea that people do move. Um, now that I've moved 13 times, I'm not sure a family home is even in my wheel house.  That was until our dear friends who have bought our house and moved into it in 1986 and raised their family and lived their lives there decided to move.  They are now embracing their dreams as empty nesters and headed to the family ranch!

It was one of those meant to be moments. Everything fell into place so smoothly.  Doors literally opened on both sides to make this transition come to reality.  It was very surreal to find that I was able to walk into the doors that I grew up in and suddenly know I was home.

 Here are a few pictures from the days I spent at this house growing up. I am excited to share my remodel and other memories along the way.

Easter at our house '69

Back to school Our house!

High School Graduation pics with Grandpa at our House
High School Days