Not only that, we wanted a place with a yard (too many homes with no yards over the years), it be a single family dwelling, a garage and 3+ bedrooms/ 2+ bathrooms. Lady did not want to do any remodeling. The house we finally purchased had all of those except it had some changes that needed to be done. After surviving the rat race of the mortgage process we were able to close on the house. That first day Madre, Kell and Beau-D met us and we set to demolishing the interior house.
The people had a dog so the carpets smelled; there was no question that those had to go. The kitchen was small and really basic, one thing led to another and soon the entire interior of the house was gutted. We took out the smelly carpet, careful not to gag as we smelled it; we took up the basketball floor color laminate in the kitchen and dining room; we painted all the walls (this was necessary because the main room was what I call “Moab Red” and later I found a gallon of paint downstairs and , sure enough it was called “Clay Red” and the Master bedroom was teal where the rest of the house was a tan/beige color; we tore out the kitchen.
|Us Practicing our "state road work"|
Tau’aho has been great throughout the process. He now thinks screwdrivers are toys and would entertain himself without complaint for hours in a home with nowhere for him to sleep or sit. In fact, there was more than once we found a whole pile of toys inside the A/C vents! If we had lost a tool that was the first place we looked because he would put things down the vents and be off before we realized he had taken it.
We replaced flooring, put wainscoting on the walls in the main areas, painted every inch of the house and had a custom kitchen built. Now you all know why blogs have been few and far between, I have literally spent nearly 20 hours a day working to finish the house (our poor neighbors). However, the end product is something that Lady Hiva and I can be proud of.
We hammered, cut, painted, rewired, drilled, built, measured, sewed and sweated every day and were satisfied with our accomplishments but would, at the same time, make a list for the next day.
|One of the many trips to the dump|
|Our stuff finally arriving from Istanbul|
|Our house was still gutted so this is how they unpacked it...sigh|
|We had no kitchen sink for a few weeks so we washed in the bathroom|
|Keeping little helpers busy|
|Cooking around tools|
|Lady Hiva wanted shelves...so this was a morning project|
|Re-wired the dining room chandelier three feet over and put in Turkish lights|
|Tiling the back splash...another morning project|
|My little helper...|
It really is an international home. We rewired the dining room chandelier to have it become handmade and unique Turkish lamps, our dishes are hand painted Polish Pottery, we have a table from Armenia, a barn door from one of Turkey’s villages, a European bread dough rising board we made a table, Turkish rugs, French pictures, a Buddha from Thailand, a ornate box from the Philippines, a clock from London, a statue from Cambodia, lace window coverings from Belgium and many, many more details we are happy to display.
We love to show it off, so here are some photos, before and after, and we would love to hear your comments.