Monday, July 6, 2009

WEEKS 48-51: Home stretch?

Pacha Mama House is quickly approaching her first birthday! We are scrambling to finish renovation projects we hoped would have been done months ago. But then life happened. Oh, and delays. MANY unforeseen delays. Oh well. At least now we are now the proud owners of …wait for it… TWO fully functional bathrooms and a beautiful new planter bed (no plants in it yet, but that is coming – really it is!).

  • DECISIONS: to re-use miscellaneous bricks for a planter bed; to use pavers stones in forming a walkway down to the seawall (no more trudging through the weeds). And we decided to have a FIRST birthday party for our house - we had at one point hoped it would be an open house to celebrate a completed to-do list, but we just couldn't wait any longer to have a house party, so...
  • LABOR: our new master bath double vanity was installed and now the master bathroom if fully functional - hooray! Meanwhile, M. built a laundry organizer, created a new planter bed plus mulched it. We also painted the last wall of our living room (phew!); primed the kitchen and primed all the interior doors.

  • MAJOR BUYS: Char-Broil Electric Patio Grill; patio ottoman
Marriage is all about compromise. Here's the only grill we could agree on:

This all-weather ottoman is already living it up on our patio. We are using the storage space to hold lifejackets and our other boating goodies ;)

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7 comments:

Maya said...

Oh, I feel for you. My husband and I just finished remodeling our home..., and what a remodel it was. "Only" the kitchen is left to do..., we'll take it on after the summer.

J - Pacha Mama said...

Hi Maya - it never gets boring around here. We figure by the time we finish our renovations, we'll have to start all over again ;) Our kitchen was actually one of our 1st projects, but once it was fairly functional (appliances, cabinets & countertops in), the finishing touches (paint, backsplash, etc) went to the bottom of the project list. The only 100% finished room is not even in the house - it's our patio. Good luck with your kitchen!

Jennifer said...

We had a patio grille like that for the first five years of our marriage. It was perfect for us.
You two are an inspiration. I'll be back for tips and ideas...

missgive said...

Well J., I can see what you do in your spare time. Just remember every thing done to reduce the carbon footprint is a gift to our children. And I say, don't wait for completion (that never occurs) so party on!

Kim aka missgive

Why S? said...

We just completed (nearly) the complete interior remodel of our 100 year old home after almost 7 years. We lived without a functioning kitchen for about 9 months and only just put on the final touches after about 19 months. Too much fun.

I'm with you about the starting over again. We already have to touch up parts that have been damaged by work that came later. Too, too much fun.

lhb444 said...

Where did you get the storage ottoman for your patio? I love it.

J - Pacha Mama said...

Hi lhb444! The ottoman is from Bed Bath & Beyond...on summer clearance, plus the mail in coupon for 10% off! It was a total steal and has exceeded our expectations since it is is water-resistant, comes with a cover and the top flips over to be used as a tray :)

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