The family room before
The hulking entertainment unit is out, the floors have all be ripped up (no more back breaking 2 inches of mortar tiled floors!), the fireplace and ginormous hearth are out. It makes a really big difference in feeling open.
The kitchen before
Again, tile floor out, backsplash out. Yay! The counters haven't come out yet though. The stove is out just to make the project easier, but it's going back when it's done.
The living room before
Not too much, just dusty and the fireplace tile out. And if you click the picture to make it bigger you can see the samples of fireplace tile better. The one on the left is for this fireplace, and the one on the right will be for the fireplace in the master bedroom.
The laundry room really has nothing changed, but the pantry has been ripped out. Before
Hooray for not having 2 work desks and instead have some nice tall pantry cabinets!
The foyer just has the tile ripped up
It'll be soooooo nice to have hardwood floors throughout. That carpet runner will get ripped out too, but we don't want people slipping on the stairs, so they'll stay there until the floors get refinished.
The bedrooms throughout aren't super exciting, but the disgusting carpet has been removed
But the master has the carpet out, and the tile cubby out as well
Ohhh, just some toilets hanging out :)
Possibly the most exciting are the bathrooms. They looked like this before
BAM! You can see through the main bathroom and into the master. Very exciting :) And in the master it's makes a really nice difference having taken down the giant linen closet that used to be next to the sinks...
Now it's nice and open and it makes the space feel so much more spacious
We'll do a waterfall edge on the end of the counter, then it'll be table height for a makeup vanity. We were hoping to take out that wall that separates the rest of the bathroom from the shower area and have it be all glass, but unfortunately there is venting from the kitchen that goes up through the wall, so we can't remove it, boooo. We will take it back about 6", which I think will make a difference even though it seems like a small amount.
It's also wonderful to have the glass block from the shower area removed as well. Remember this?
We're trying to figure out the best solution to let more light into the shower area because we fear it will look very cavernous once it's all tiled. We're tossing the idea of having a "window" that's partially frosted and partially clear like this
The weird thing is the shower alcove shares a wall with a little nook in the master bedroom
So we don't want to just leave it as open, clear glass because that's just kind weird. It's also just weird in general to have this share shower/bedroom wall, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
There's the first week! We went and shopped for more tile options this past Friday and made a couple changes of course :) There's a local tile place in Berkeley that I love and is a lot cheaper than Dal-Tile so we found some super nice options that we actually liked better, and they were several dollars cheaper per sq ft which always makes a big difference. My step mom and I also tested a ton of paint for some of the walls in the family room, kitchen, living room and dining room when I was over there this morning...
I think we made selections in the dining room, and we're narrowing down in a couple of others. Hopefully I can put together another post this week of our new tile choices and paint, paint, paint :)
Hooray for progress somewhere! :)