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A Library Wall

A Library Wall

I have had a set of bookcases in every home that we have lived in…..and I always wanted built in’s.  Anything to make me think of a library.  I am in love with the smell and feel of books.  My mom was a librarian and […]

Attic Bedroom Update 2

Attic Bedroom Update 2

What a wild ride this has been…..but we did it!  A whole bedroom built from the studs up.   I am not even sure that I can share exactly how excited the girls were to get this done.  We have been talking about this since […]

Attic Bedroom Update

Attic Bedroom Update

I have been sitting on a plan for the Attic Bedroom since we moved in this past summer.  We were just waiting for Dave to have time to devote to putting in the insulation.

Scary phone photo of the stairs leading up.  I did not even see this space until after we bought the house.

ALLLLLLL the stuff the previous owner left behind.

I posted about my outline for the room and the fact that the girls had come to me with a layout and their color scheme ideas…..SO CUTE!!!!!

As a reminder (or introduction) the upstairs will house Jules (13) and Jane (9).  The girls will be sharing ~700 sq ft with their own bathroom.

All the work shown below is the unattractive stuff.  LOL.  Unattractive but necessary.

The base of the room is getting done.

That super fun stuff is getting completed by Dave.  hahahahaha  I have been playing around with the footprint to ensure that we can get a bathroom up here eventually.  When we bought the house, there were plumbing lines roughed in to this area….right next to the stairs.  After some exploration we realized that they cut(!!!!!!!) the floor joists to put those roughed lines in.  seriously, people.  I love DIY – but I love educated DIY.  Dave and I sistered new joists in and took out the roughed in lines so we could start from scratch…..the right way.

As a reminder (or introduction) the upstairs will house Jules (12) and Jane (8).  The girls will be sharing ~700 sq ft with their own bathroom.  In the below layout I put the bathroom back next to the stairs to see how to would work out with lines and layout.

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In my previous two plans – 1.  I had the bathroom in this space, but way smaller.  2.  I had the bathroom in the center of room on the north side (where the desk with the purple chair is below).

After much back and forth we are going with the first choice.

Attic Bedroom overhead view

Dave has really honed his skills in texturing.  I remember the first project we did with the texture gun….and it was …….interesting.  hahahahahaha   interesting in that you could have cut yourself on the wall with how deep the texture was put on.

But as you can see, it looks fantastic.

Our next issue was the type of lights to install.  Our clearance was quite small so Dave found these ultra slim LED lights.  I am so impressed with how low profile they are.

Seriously!!  Look at how thin they are.  It is a very easy install – a large hole drilled through our wood slats, wire it up and clip it in.

Dave really chose well on those lights.

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Dave was out of town, as usual – but this time he did not get a full weekend at home.  He was here for just over 24 hours, so our finish work was delayed.  Sigh.

More to come!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning an Attic Bedroom

Planning an Attic Bedroom

Well – the majority of what we want to finish construction wise is complete on the main floor. So I am moving on up those stairs and getting my game plan set for the attic.  The girls will be sharing ~700 sq ft with their […]

Prairie Cape Bathroom

Prairie Cape Bathroom

So I got around to naming our new house….Prairie Cape…cause she’s on the prairie and she’s a cape cod style house.  Super original, I know.  Anyhoo, we are just wrapping up the big ticket items on our main floor bathroom remodel.  Yahoo!!!! Before: look at […]

Planning the layout

Planning the layout

Oh man – things are changing even as I speak!  ps….ignore the dimensions that I have for the bedrooms below – they are oh so wrong.  oops.

Anywho – the layout that I have below is what I built to give me an idea of where we were going to put our furniture and what we would be keeping.

main floor 3D

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw us combining 2 closets.  The 2 closets between the bedrooms will now be one big one.  We decided to do that so that we could eliminate a door and have another uninterrupted wall.  I was really looking forward to not sharing with Dave…but the trade off is worth it.

The master and guest room will now flip flop.  The guest room will double as the music room.  Jules and I are setting up an area for her piano and violin – mostly so that she has a place for her lessons.

The girls have opted to share the upstairs – they will have ~650 sq ft to play with when setting up their room.  They have sketched out at least 3 different floor plans for me.  LOVE IT!!!!

Attic 3D

They will have their own bathroom upstairs – we are fighting with some plumbing lines that are already existing and a very slanted ceiling, so it will be tight…..but it will be all theirs.

I love this part of renovation, its all possibility and dreams.  I will just ignore the budget piece of it for now 😉🤣🤣

Prairie House – Small House trend??

Prairie House – Small House trend??

Our first house was not even 900 sq feet total.  You read that right, NOT EVEN 900 sq ft – and we were happy there.  The first 2 1/2 years of Jules’ life was in a 2 bedroom 1 bath with a big garage.  We […]

Never Ending List 2019

Never Ending List 2019

We purchased our house and cabin in 2018 – the house got a lot of attention…..with good reason.  We really wanted to live in it.  This year will hopefully have a better balance between the two locations. So here we go House Last piece of […]

Lake

Lake

It took a very long time but it’s ours.

A tiny bit of backstory:  We always knew that we would end up in North Dakota.  Both Dave and I thought it would be closer to retirement, but we always kept an eye on the job openings…..and here we are 🙂  A large factor in our decision, is the proximity to the lake.  Dave and I are lake people.  He has had a dream of having a cabin on water since he was a kid.  I added that to my bucket list the first year he took me to Lake Metigoshe when I was 23.

We finally made the dream come true and this original little 1930’s lake cabin is ours.

I get a little misty when I think of how we can host our friends and family at the lake during the summer months. Even more so when I think of the memories that we have begun to accumulate with the girls there.

One of the best thing about the cabin, is the location- directly across from the island that puts off Fourth of July fireworks.

During high summer it gets busy at the lake but come fall, it’s very serene.

Our hearts are full and oh, so happy to call this place ours.

Best –

Winnie

Prairie

Prairie

When we first met, Dave took me to his hometown in North Dakota and I fell in love.  Peeps- it’s small, 20 people small.  But we decided that we would end up there…..granted I always thought it would be closer to retirement, but life happens.  […]