Archive | November, 2012

cyber monday shopping!

26 Nov

There are a ton of Cyber Monday sales, and I wanted to let you know about one because it is such an amazing deal. Rugsusa.com is having 75% off and free shipping, the code is CYBER75. I’ve been stalking this rug for our living room, and I just got this rug in an 8×10 for $180!! Of course, it’s just gonna go in storage now since we are going to be starting the remodel soon…but it was too good of a deal to pass up! (by the way this isn’t a sponsored post, I just wanted to share since it is an amazing deal if you are looking for rugs!)

the kids bathroom

13 Nov

We’ve decided to remodel the upstairs bathroom before we begin the rest of the remodel. We have a few reasons for this…first of all, that bathroom’s footprint will remain unchanged so there isn’t any reason not to do it now. Also, we don’t want to include the remodel of that bathroom in our construction loan for budget reasons (we are trying to stretch our remodel budget as much as possible), so doing it first with our own cash makes sense to us.

Here is what we are starting with (and in case you are wondering – yes, there are river rocks hot glue gunned to the wall):

We’ve been spending the last couple weeks making decisions about the finishes and fixtures for the bathroom, which to me is so much fun! Here is what we have so far:

Floor tile – gray linen pearl 10×20 tile – it has a really nice linen texture and was only 2.76/sf at Floor & Decor here in Austin

Love this toilet! Ariel Platinum ‘Camilla’ Dual Flush Toilet via overstock.com

And this clean, modern bathtub – American Standard “Clean” Arctic White rectangular skirted tub ( I think only sold at lowes.com)And this Speakman tub/shower mixer

we had a hard time finding exactly what we wanted for the shower/tub – since we knew we wanted a hand sprayer shower since this will be the kid bathroom…and we liked the adjustable shower head also kid friendly!


Ikea Godmorgen Sink and Vanity in high gloss white – we needed a pretty small scale vanity for this bathroom and we needed some storage, so we went Ikea.

Danze Reef Single Handle Lavatory Faucet in chrome – we liked the clean modern lines of this faucet. We found it on amazon.com listed “used – in new condition” which really just means it was a return. We got like 75% off – we just inspected it as soon as it arrived to make sure nothing was missing! Score.

And the best part – the tub/shower surround tile will be a chevron/herringbone pattern with a medium gray, a light gray, and a white matte tile in 2″x8″ – this was my inspiration for the tile we have going in:

And that is what we have so far! Looking forward to seeing how it all comes together! We also still need a mirror, light fixtures, and possibly a wallpaper for one of the walls…

pre-remodel house tour

8 Nov

The day finally came, we closed last week! I’ve done more paperwork than I care to remember in the past few months, especially having to switch lenders halfway thru, but we are done and we officially own the house! I resisted the very strong urge to demo something and anything right after we officially became homeowners again, but we are planning to start with a remodel of the upstairs bath soon as the very first task before we move onto the rest of the house.  In the meantime, I wanted to finally share a whole house tour (these pictures were taken right before we moved in). It’s currently 1630sf and 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage, on almost 1/3 acre lot in Allandale. We plan to add onto the back of the house to add 600-800sf and convert a bedroom into a nice master suite and expand the existing kitchen and living space. It’ll be very open concept similar to our last house. More to come on that soon.

from the “living room” looking towards the front door and the stairs going to the 1/2 floor

the family room and the kitchen

the hallway towards the 2 downstairs bedrooms

downstairs bathroom

first downstairs bedroom

second downstairs bedroom

going upstairs…

first upstairs bedroom

second upstairs bedroom

upstairs bathroom

back down the stairs…

and outside!

our awesome huge yard

from the backyard towards the house

We have a lot of work ahead of us, don’t we? It’s ok, we aren’t scared 🙂

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