House Reno - Part 1

I am such a scatterbrain lately I can't remember all the details I've shared about our renovations so if I repeat my self - sorry! This is our house before, it's about 2100 SF with 4 bedrooms, we bought it in 2004 when we were just babies and dating. We love love love our neighborhood, the houses are all on 1 acre lots, so big yards and wide streets. This house has served us well, but has grown smaller and smaller the more kids we had and finally it was just not working at all once Oliver and I were both working from home. 

We actually discussed adding on a while ago, but never pulled the trigger. We thought about moving, but it just didn't feel like the right time to purchase our forever house - which is what our next house will be. We purchased so long ago that our mortgage is low and it's hard to pull the trigger on a much higher one, so we went with the next best thing. Building up. We refinanced and our mortgage is only about 100 bucks more a month, this is a great solution for us for the next 3 or 4 years until we look at moving again. The area we live in is rapidly growing so our house value is only going to increase the longer we wait. 

We first looked into converting the garage into part of the house, but with the cost of that plus adding on a metal building for a garage we could just add a second story above the garage. We went with a local contractor that my parents used and that we trust. We are adding on about 675 sf for around 60k, we opted for just one big room that could be used as a game room when we decide to sell the house. Right now Oliver is using our 4th bedroom as his office, but we may try to work it so we can both be upstairs and away from the kids when we need to work. I've already told him his brown ugly boy desk isn't invited. 

The first week they framed the entire thing, put up a bit of drywall, and the roof minus the shingles. We were doing awesome until this storm hit last night. The winds were terrible, tornados warnings had us in the bathroom at 5am and the tarp blew right off the house. 

The water started seeping into every vent and doorway, our master bedroom carpet is soaked on one side. 

We have water leaking in our master bedroom, bathroom, closet, laundry room, and kitchen nook.

The contractor said it could be worse so I am trying be positive, but I'm stressed about how far this will set us back time wise. My hope is we will be done in time for Christmas, but that might be wishful thinking.....

to be continued. 


  1. fingers crossed for no more rain & you guys can make up for lost time! looks great so far! can't wait to see the finished product :)

  2. What weather app is that? It looks awesome!


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