Wednesday, August 15

Ok, as promised, some house pictures! And just a precursor, I will not be blogging about the house Young House Love style. :) I love their blog, them as people, and their house, but blogging is their job, so they have time for all those lengthy posts. I'll mostly just post pictures throughout this LONG process with quick descriptions of what we did, so if anyone has any questions about ANYTHING in particular, just comment or email me, and I'll answer!
This is the back of the house, kind of an odd shape. Once we add a wrap-around deck of sorts in a year or so,  I think it will really help balance out the shape! We will also be redoing the entire outside...adding rock to the front on the pillars and garage and chimney, panting the brown pieces white, putting a sort of shake on the top half of the house (like in the peaks), and repainting the stucco on the bottom half of the house. 
This is the side of the house, a sort of driveway back to Derick's shop (that he wishes could be first on the list of renovations). :) That mess there is what was left behind after a mobile home removal. Not fun. We've taken about seven loads truck and trailer full to the dump! And still not done. The outside/yard of the house almost needs more work than the inside. 
Here's a side view...those are the patio doors leading off of the dining/lounge area. You can't really see it, but tucked up there will also be a balcony we are going to add off of the master bedroom one day! :)
So this is the view as soon as you step in the front door, which will basically be the Living Room. You know, the one you only sit in when the Home Teachers or Visiting Teachers come over? :) Quite frankly, this is the only part of the house I don't like. Big wow factor, big useless factor. At least it will be killer cute, and I'm sure it WILL get used...especially if we have lots of kids! Ha ha.  Derick's standing in my office...and removing a lovely glass partition. :) The fireplace will be ripped out, and the sunken floor you see there will be raised...better flow. Those french doors on the right lead into the family room. 
So other side of the fireplace in the Living Room...the entry into the next part of the house will be moved to where you see those cutouts in the wall, so I'll have a longer wall space in the Living Room to actually put some couches up against. And again, floor raised...and new fireplace, a wooden one with trim and stuff. :) And I'm going to wallpaper the stack you see there that goes up to the roof. 
Same place as the picture above, just the view above. Most of the house has this amazing solid wood paneled ceiling, and I feel terrible painting over real wood, but it is a necessary evil people. :) I'm thinking of leaving the beam brown though...I can always paint over it if I don't like it. 
And what's through those french doors, the Family Room. That wooden fireplace will eventually heat Derick's shop in the winter! There's a door to the backyard you can see in there which will be taken out and be replaced by a big window...and another window will also go in where the fireplace will be removed. 
Our sweet 30 year-old hot tub. Hasn't been turned on in years! One day we'll try and fire it up...hopefully it works and we'll move it to the deck! EVERYTHING in the whole house will be replaced except for the paneled will have to rip out the paneled walls and re-drywall them. And where the windows are in the above picture will be our smaller piano/music room. 
And inside this cedar beauty (and partly in the hot tub area too) will be a big guest room, but it will have a murphy bed and a hard floor so that when I don't have guests (otherwise referred to as Jolene and her five and counting kids!), it will be our (Derick's) mini gym, and it will also double as a simple natural light studio for those times when I need one! Yeah, I've thought about this house JUST a little bit. :) There's also a bathroom inside that cedar gem, which will have two doors into it, one from the bedroom, one from the Living Room. The Living Room will carpet, but the rest of the main floor we're putting down vinyl planking. 
So the kitchen is through the Living Room and to the right. I really thought I took lots of pics, but I am not realizing I've left lots out. Next time. :) So the cupboards were all ready in and the plan was to sell it all and start fresh, but since we now have to get the house complete before we get our mortgage, we added some fancy dancy plywood countertops and PAINTED them with melamine paint for $20. Lol. Why spend money on something you're just going to rip out? That big window overlooks the backyard. :)
Then boom, here's the master bedroom! Part of it. Derick had to add all the white parts of the trim you can see...and he's all ready painted the ceiling white and it looks awesome!!! It's so hard, like painful being in Lethbridge working while he stays in Cardston working on the house every day. I just want to be there, cleaning up, doing what I can to make things progress. I've done a lot of the yard cleanup and even made two runs to the dump with my parents. :) The master has an en suite and a great window that you can see chief mountain out of...I get so excited when I think about renovating this house together I nearly pee my pants! But since Van's been partially wetting himself enough on his own these days that I think I can control myself for now. :) Anyone have any tips how to stop that by the way? We hard maybe getting him a watch that beeps and reminds him to go? Its imperative we get this starts soon. ;) 
Anyway, that's a good start anyways! Here's the best part, this is pretty much what the house looks like today, we are going to Kalispell, Montana for supplies in a few days, Kelowna, BC for a week soon, and our renters are moving in Sep 1 meaning we will be LIVING in this house as you see it as of Sep 1. Yup. Doesn't leave us Derick much time! I'm just hoping that by then, the upstairs is painted so we can plop down a bed on the wood floors in each room and hang our clothes in the closets. It would also be great if the new toilets were installed by then so we don't have to use the super gross one in the cedar cave. 
A working shower would be good too...that one isn't as far away as the toilets/painting. The shower in there is in even worse condition, I'd rather take my chances with the hot tub for bathing! Lol. Family bathtime anyone? And a kitchen sink/working appliances would be swell too, (appliances are in the garage, sink will be bought soon), but heck, I'll just be happy if Telus miraculously can set up the phone lines so I don't have to miss any work. It's pretty much going to feel like we are ghetto camping in the Family Room area for the next six months, and call me naive, but I think it's going to be fun! Probably because NOTHING excites me more than interior design crap. :) Poor Derick. Sure love that guy. 

Monday, August 13


How on earth do people find time to blog in the summer? I guess it's easier when you're not renovating a home, but still!! This shoot was from a few months ago, and I was so happy to get this shot above of Lincoln after he FINALLY fell asleep! :) Typical little boy. 
What a darling little family this is. They are in the midst (like lots of us) of deciding where they want to settle down and are in an in-between home that had this great green carpet. :) It was a perfect "grassy" backdrop to a little family play time...with vintage Lincoln Logs of course! And another great example of how it doesn't matter what your house looks like, a lifestyle shoot will still look adorable because it's the people that make it adorable! 
Below big sister has him in her doll house. She's just a bit proud of him I think. ;) 
I was dying over that vintage owl frame in the background!! How cute is he? 
Every time I think of when I met Heather at a bowling alley when me and Derick were dating I have to laugh! We had some common friends, and you know when you meet someone and you just start talking with them like you've known them all your life? Well that's what happened, and it's been that way ever since. :) 
Heather asked if I wanted to take down that cute homemade poster hung above their bed and I quickly said no! It's so stinking cute!! They made it for Father's Day and I just loved the feel it gave the frames. Ya, I just used the word frames. I kind of like it. 
Ok, I'm going to work really hard to get some house pictures up! And I'm in the middle of working on the cutest blog right now that I can't wait to share. Yes, I decided to take on just one for the summer, and I'm so glad I did! 

Wednesday, August 1

Baker here to share our flower boxes we built a couple summers ago. :) I never liked anything you could get in the stores, so I just had Derick buy some pressure-treated stuff and then he nailed it to some stakes in the ground. We stained it first, and painted our stairs to match the made a huge difference. 
It also helped that we planted a cute tree that blossoms and painted our door yellow. I love our yellow door!! And I love how the flower boxes turned out too...they look a bit more modern than others I think, but super simple and cute too. We were always going to make one for the side of the house and fill it with tomato plants, but it didn't happen. Next house. :)
Derick snapped these cute shots the other day...Boston was too busy driving his truck in the dirt and couldn't be bothered to join us...happy to have a few cute pictures in front of our house we're leaving soon. I will miss it! And I'm kind of happy we're still going to own it since I get so attached to things, ha ha, but not sure how I feel about having renters in MY house! Lol. Seems like only three cute little boys should live there! 
And got to love little boys. Van below was so excited to show me his new trick. Riding his bike with one hand AND his eyes closed! Ha ha. Poor kid needs a bigger bike bad, but we didn't want to buy one for no reason, and his birthday isn't until March...oh well, both Grandmas have bigger ones he's been riding most the time anyways. 
Ok, so quick update, apparently the Cardston house needs finished before we can get a conventional mortgage on it, so long story short, we're going to rent the house and finish it. Most the materials are there to finish anyways, so we're just adjusting our plan a bit and working hard to get it to a point where we can actually be finishing a house we own. :) Feels fun to finally start work on it though! Doors and trim will be here in a few weeks, in the meantime we're painting everything white right now, I'll share some pictures soon of the inside!