Monday, June 20, 2016

Awkward Laundry Room to Full Bath

We officially closed out our permit last week. All inspections have been done and we have minimal finishing work left to do. Last week also marked 1 year in the house... crazy!!

We generally have a few things left to do in a lot of rooms, but one space that is completely done is the new kids bath that we put in in this weird storage space in the front section of the laundry room ( the washer and dryer are behind the half wall). This area was completely useless to us and it was the perfect amount of space for a full bath. Adding a full bathroom to the house is not only good for resale, but it freed us up to create a second master bedroom with attached bath on the second floor (the original master is on the first floor... away from kids... which is not awesome with a newborn)


Since this is the kids bathroom, I wanted something easy to keep clean but also a little fun. It took awhile but now it looks like this!


Nate started by ripping out the shelving and opening things up so that he could run all the new plumbing and electrical.




He also framed out the rest of the half wall to close off the laundry room and put in a new door so that we could access the laundry room from the top of the stairs (which is so much better since it keeps the noise away from the bedrooms). We also framed out a wall so that we could add storage at the base of the tub.




We've gutted and redone bathrooms before, but this was the first time we created a bathroom where there previously was none. This meant the first time installing a tub and plumbing everything from scratch. We've learned that tubs aren't the most fun thing in the world to install and that it's useful to have some one with small hands around. The annoyance of the tub was slightly offset by the fact that we got it on a major clearance.


We bought an Ikea cabinet (It's one of the pantry cabinets from the kitchen department) and inserted it in the space we left at the end of the tub.



We did Hardy board and installed a membrane on top for around the tub. We didn't love this in terms of ease of install, but it's supposed to keep the tub area nice and dry.




We've been using Floor and Decor extensively in this reno and picked up the floor tile for under $3 a sqft. We love the clean and classic look and we paired it with the subway tile in the shower.


Dark grout is a bit more fun and a little easier to keep clean with the little guys. HOWEVER, it is a pain in the butt to clean up. If we were to use it again, we would be really keep an eye on the grout lines to make sure we clean up any extra grout because cleaning it up is really annoying once it's dry and since it's dark, it shows any imperfection.


We added some finishing touches and we had a working bathroom! We spent ~5k on the whole bathroom including all the framing, plumbing, wiring and HVAC. In our area, adding a bathroom increases the value of a house by 6k so we're up $1,000 just on appraisal alone (which only counts it's existence, not the finishes)





Sources:
Paint- Valspar Signature : Sea Salt Blue in Eggshell
Lowes - Vanity (similar), Faucet, Toilet, Light, Tub, Towel Bar, Hooks, Fan 
Target - Mirror, Buckets (dollar area)


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Maisie's First Month

Maisie just turned 4 months old so it is way past time to document some little tidbits on her. I initially thought I was falling into the rut of not taking pictures of the second baby like the first, but then I tried to put 4 months of pics into one post... even taking just the ones I loved are not going to fit into one post so we'll go month by month.

Maisie (Margo Elizabeth) was born on December 28th, 2015 at 7:06 pm. She was 8 lbs 1 oz and was 20.5 inches long. My water broke with her right around her due date and she made her debut about 12 hrs later. This labor was so much better than with Will. I did get an epidural again, but I waited until the last minute to get one. I still got every possible side effect from the epidural (and still have back pain) so I don't know if it's really worth it in the end, but holding off definitely worked better this time around. Maisie was born very quickly (two pushes), which was a pretty big shock compared to last time around. It took a few minutes for it to sink in that she was here, but we were completely in love!







We spent two days in the hospital and the majority of the time was spent trying to figure Maisie out. She was cuddly and sweet and a total mama's girl. But... she basically spit up everything that was fed to her. We got into a routine of her screaming (and boy can she scream!) because she was hungry, feeding her, and then her spitting everything back up. It was frustrating and exhausting and something we were not even close to accustomed to (and a little scary). Initially, the spitting up was attributed to her being born so quickly that she still had fluid in her stomach so we were hopeful that it would be a temporary issue.

Will got to visit a couple of times a day and seeing the two of them together was the sweetest thing you could imagine. He took to her right away and tried to help with her paci and gave her kisses.




Going home



For the first month, Nate and I were set up in Maisie's room (due to all the construction on our new master) so Maisie and I spent a lot of time in there. She really only liked to sleep for more than a few minutes on me or right next to me (touching) so I did a lot of work for my residency (or watching Nurse Jackie) with her on me. The rest of the time was spent getting used to being a family of 4, trying to get some sleep, and finish the house so we could get into our own room!












Over the month we found out that the spitting up wasn't going away and learned the art of avoiding complete wardrobe changes. Maisie taught us that she is very verbal (coos, grunts, screams) and very alert. She also taught us that not all babies sleep everywhere and some need all the S's to sleep. She has a crazy sensitive startle reflex and is very dependent so there were a lot of baby snuggles and baby wearing (Ergo saved our lives).

Maisie rounded out the month at 9 lbs 6 oz (52%), 22.5 in long (96%), and 36 cm head circumference (30%). She has dark hair (which has mostly fallen out) and blue eyes (for now).

One Month



















Friday, April 15, 2016

CK&NateCreate - A Live Event!

Greetings!

As we continue to try and share the many exciting things we've been up to the last few months, there's something we've been gearing up for this weekend we want to share:


We're going to be one of those Local Artisans - sharing our wide selection of drawer pulls and knobs from CKandNateCreate! This is going to be our first time selling our products "off-line" and so we are both excited and nervous. We've been prepping for about 3.5 months and have made a total of 1000... yes that's 1000 ends. This includes displays, some pre-made items to sell and a whole bunch of free ends so that we can fill custom orders on the spot.


You'll see we chose to use some reclaimed barn wood we picked up at a local spot here in Phoenix called Porter Barn Wood. They have an amazing selection of wood and they do some amazing things with it (check out there website... it's drool worthy). You know you're at a hip place for salvaged building materials when you see this in the parking lot!


We are also introducing some new products including our shelf hangers. We made these for our house and have had a few of our friends/neighbors ask us to make a few for them so we're going to give them a go and see if the sell!



Are you in the area? Come on by! It should be a really great time!!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Trip to FL

Well hello there. We've had quite the blogging break around here, which was necessary with all the stuff happening in our life. Things are settling a bit now so we're back to share what's been happening. 

Obviously, the biggest change in life has been adjusting to being a family of four. Miss Maisie is pretty different from Will (not a huge surprise) and I finally feel like we're starting to understand her. 


We'll have more on her in a later post because today we're talking about how crazy we are. I was on maternity leave for 6 weeks and Nate just happened to have a conference in Orlando for the last week of my leave. Instead of me staying home with the two kids, we all piled on a plane and headed to FL for the week (for the count that's with one 5 week old and one 2.5 year old). We split the kids up on the plane (a half a plane apart), which worked so well I don't think we'll be sitting as a family on an airplane for the foreseeable future.


The first few days were spent visiting friends and our favorite restaurants. We also went to the science museum in Orlando for the first time which was so amazing we went a second time as well. We met up with our friends and Will had so much fun running around with someone his age.



I think Nate and I may have had more fun in the physics room than any other person in the place. I've never been in a science museum with such an extensive physics area and it was amazingly well done.

Will preferred the motorcycles


It was weird staying in a hotel in the town we lived for so many years. It was also a nice challenge to manage nap and sleep schedules of everyone in one tiny room.





The rest of our trip was spent at a resort at Disney (where Nate's conference was). This is when crazy set in a bit. Nate was in meetings all day so I had both kids, one hotel room, limited play area and 1 newborn who fully refused to ride in the car without screaming. We made it through but not something I would exactly recommend to anyone.

We discovered the "susher" app which did help with the screaming in the car a bit (and at one point put everyone to sleep (including Nate) except me ... because I was driving)

We mitigated the lack of play area by taking some trips to visit more friends and my old department. I even braved taking both kids to Universal for one of the days. (I quickly figured out how to carry both of them at the same time which has become a very handy skill to have)





The highlight of the trip was probably going to Disney. Nate got night passes through his conference so we headed there after Nate was done on one of the days. It rained and Will is TERRIFIED of the fireworks so we did a lot of indoor/covered things like Mickey's PhilharMagic, the carousel and tea cups and seeing Elsa and Anna.





If it's not clear from the photos, this is Will so excited he can't handle it. He LOVES Anna and he was talking about hugging her for a solid week after this.





(the only photo of all 4 of us from this trip)

We finished the night with dinner at T-Rex Cafe. Will was apprehensive at first, but overall liked eating with the dinos and the food was so good after a full day of walking.



(Hoteling like a champ)

While we've been MIA, we have also almost completed the house so we'll be dropping in to show you updates periodically.