Now that we’ve been in our newly renovated home a couple of months, listed here are a couple of new residence surprises we’ve found alongside the way in which!
At any time when I’ve purchased a brand new residence, or think about individuals shopping for a house, I at all times suppose “What if the XX is unhealthy and also you don’t comprehend it till you progress in?!”
Excellent instance: the water strain! You often don’t take a bathe in a home earlier than shopping for it, and whereas your inspector would possibly name out oddly low water strain, he/she won't make word of something that’s just a bit bit unhealthy.
While you’re constructing or renovating a house, you attempt to think about every little thing you need/want/want, however then there are issues that pop up that also don’t work fairly proper. On the flip facet, there are sure to be a couple of nice surprises!
Having lived in our newly renovated residence for 2 months now, I’m sharing a couple of of these execs and cons that we've got realized about our newly designed house.
How we thought it might go: lovely however soiled
The way it’s going: GREAT!
We knew we wished lighter flooring for an aesthetic really feel, so there was actually no going forwards and backwards on ought to we go darkish or gentle. I used to be a bit of frightened that the lighter wooden would present every kind of stains and dust, however actually, I believe they present FEWER stains and dust than our earlier flooring! I can not work out why. The one stain that reveals worse is espresso drips. Every part else (smudges, ice cream drips, dust) appears to mix in rather well.
And one actually actually superior discovery: the flooring match Gus’s hair!! He sheds gentle loopy however we simply can’t see it as a lot. Additionally having a robotic vacuum has been a very life altering addition to the quantity of canine hair that accumulates each day.
How we thought it might go: all of the home equipment in there
The way it’s going: it’s the brand new espresso station!
I already wrote about this modification on this put up, however this swap was one we didn’t plan for however turned out to be wonderful! Thomas loves all of his espresso provides collectively and useful subsequent to his newly put in espresso sink with water filter; I like that each one the espresso mess (grinds on the counter, drips from the lids, sprinkles of sugar) are behind closed doorways that I by no means should see!
Espresso Sink Faucet Confusion
How we thought it might go: we don’t want as fancy of a faucet for the secondary sink
The way it’s going: my mind is so confused
Let me clarify this as greatest as I can: our main kitchen sink faucet is fingers free and also you wave your arm by means of the neck to show it on and off. I'm so used to doing this movement that I am going to different homes and do it there too. It’s exhausting to unlearn! Our espresso sink is identical model, but it surely’s a faucet on and off, so it's a must to contact it along with your finger or the again of your hand to show it on. So half the time I'm tapping our predominant faucet and waving my arm by means of our espresso faucet. In hindsight, we should always have simply gotten the identical faucet in each. It’s driving me a bit of bit nuts!
Not Having A Actual Storage
How we thought it might go: chaos for stuff
The way it’s going: no huge deal
Since constructing our hidden trash can storage and shifting a number of the issues we used to retailer within the storage into our larger kitchen / utility closet / storage rooms, we actually don’t miss having a storage in any respect. I don’t miss AT ALL questioning if there are spiders within the cooler luggage or seashore chairs that we used to retailer within the buggy storage. We nonetheless have plans to buy a small shed for the yard, however in the intervening time, we don’t remorse shedding our storage in any respect.
The Parking Lot
How we thought it might go: we’d want to significantly troubleshoot our parking spots
The way it’s going: my two-point flip is now a four-point flip
After we began to plan our our renovation, we knew including the facet porch would imply Thomas’s truck’s parking spot acquired pushed again a couple of toes, which cuts off my means to show round within the driveway. It was already tight, however shedding 3-4 toes would make it even tighter. We debating parking on the road, parking within the again, making a brand new, wider driveway. None of those alternate options appeared like good concepts, so we determined to cross that bridge after we get there.
I used to have the ability to do a two-point flip to get out, and now I would like 3-5 factors to make the flip, however I CAN DO IT! Thomas tries to inform me simply to again straight out, however we stay on a busy road and driving shouldn't be in my expertise stack, so I proceed to do foolish Austin Powers-style turns. There are worse issues, haha.
The Eating Room
How we thought it might go: household dinners within the eating room, breakfast on the island
The way it’s going: we now have a puzzle desk!
Previous to our renovation, the eating room was the prime consuming spot. We didn’t have an island or kitchen desk, so we did virtually all breakfast, lunches, and dinners right here. Everybody stated we might begin to eat all meals on the island. I didn’t actually consider them, but it surely’s true!! We eat most of our meals on the island, or out on the screened in porch whereas it nonetheless heat. However this has led to a tremendous discovery of utilizing the eating desk as a puzzle desk! We borrowed this puzzle from Thomas’s pal Anna and instantly acquired a second one among the nationwide parks to start out. It’s been so stress-free to placed on spa music and puzzle within the evenings.
New Major Toilet
How we thought it might go: a serene house for the adults
The way it’s going: the entire gang’s right here!
Our rest room is the place to be. Everybody prefers to bathe in there, and the bathtub is huge and huge, so the boys love to wash in there too. The one downside I’m fixing now's whose towel is whose!? It’s form of good that I can do my skincare or fold laundry throughout tub time now vs. being cooped within the smaller boys rest room, so I’m calling this a win-win.
Bathe Cleaner Bar
How we thought it might go: set up a bathe bar that you need to use to wash the bathe
The way it’s going: I've a neck-down bathe for non-hair washing days!
This was a kind of “the primary time you bathe right here” discoveries. I didn’t understand that our hand-held bathe sprayer that we put in for cleansing is definitely an adjustable bathe HEAD too! I can use it if I’m taking a neck-down bathe and never washing my hair as an alternative of holding my head sideways to maintain my hair dry beneath the rainshower. #itsthelittlethings
The Open Mudroom
How we thought it might go: trying messy on the time
The way it’s going: 1,000% higher than it was
I believe I've talked about that our mudroom began as a extra closed off room, and we determined to open it up. And we additionally debating having doorways on the lockers and drawers for footwear to comprise the open muddle, however we didn’t have fairly sufficient depth for these. So every little thing is open…..and it’s going nice! Whereas we we'll by no means have sufficient hooks for coats or cabinets for footwear, the share enchancment from what it was earlier than is so dramatically improved that I couldn’t care much less that it’s open and typically a bit of cluttered. It’s superior!!!