"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager
There's lots going on to write about, but before I do any of that, I figure eventually I have to keep a promise about photos. So, without further ado, here are some photos of the new house (obviously still a work in progress).
Here's the living room. Robin chose the light green. I was skeptical at first, but shouldn't have been. It will look even better when all the trim is painted white. Only pieces of it are freshly painted now. This gives you a good picture of the newly-refinished floors.
This is the dining room (if you went off to the left from the last picture, this is where you'd be. What's easy to see are the boxes. What's hard to see is the furniture ... not so much because of the boxes, but because it's all pretty much the same color as the floor and the paneling ... kind of blends in. We're going to paint a darker green where the wallpaper is.
The kitchen (obviously). When we bought the house, the floor was tile. We ripped it up to find that there was a pine floor underneath -- but no subfloor. We had the floor stained and it looks pretty good. Problem is, the people who did all the floors didn't do that great a job -- particularly in here where some boards needed replacing. Pretty sloppy craftsmanship (or lack of same). Fortunately, the owner of the business was embarrassed so he's offered to credit the amount we spent on it toward the cost of laying a whole new oak floor in the kitchen and butler's pantry. Can't see us turning that down! The yellow paint is actually tinted primer. We're going to paint yellow (a different shade) eventually, but the primer looks good enough that there's no rush. The stove is vinitage 1950s or something ... the best feature is that all the buttons for the burners are on the very top and out of Hayden-range.
The playroom. Now we're on the second floor and this is the room to the immediate left when you come up the stairs. It's also right across from the boys' room. It's pretty much a big closet, and you can see on the left where the wallpaper is peeling off the wall. But for now, it's a great place for all the kids' toys and their computer and other assorted stuff.
This is the coolest room in the house ... the boys' room. The concept is all Schroedter's and Robin made it happen. He wanted the room to be like you were on the moon looking out into space ... so you can see the crater landscape and the dark blue walls (he wanted black with a black ceiling, but that would have been too dark). Then you can see the planets and spaceships glued on the wall and also the planets (to scale) hanging from the ceiling in orbit around the center (which eventually will be a light for the sun). Most of it is glow in the dark, so the room looks great when you turn off the light. It's a much bigger room than in the old house (which, by the way, FINALLY sold ... ask me sometime about that story!). The boys love it here. There's even enough room for Hayden's trains!
Probably the least photogenic room in the house ... but perhaps the greatest victory. This is our master bedroom. To fully appreciate it, you had to have seen it before -- while we were scraping the 4-5 layers of wallpaper and layers of mold off the walls and having the multiple cracks taped and all sorts of other things done. I can't believe this is a livable room after all the hours I spent in it this summer!
The second floor also has a guest room and a bathroom, and the third floor has two large rooms that are being used for storage -- though one is gradually transitioning into my office.
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