We've made it through the first week of our renovation, and things are movin' and groovin' over at the house! Ryan and I have been over there pretty much every single day after work to check on how things are going. What can we say, we're just a tad excited! If you saw the post with our before pictures, you'll know how the house looked on the day we closed. One week later, here are our progress shots, and a breakdown of what's been going on.
Front Landscape (ahem, jungle) Taken Out
Ryan and our friend Heavey spent last Sunday tackling the jungle that was our front landscaping. After multiple hot-as-hell hours outside, you could actually see our house! The guys had fun wielding machetes and pick axes, and I... mostly offered moral support. Ha. We're grateful to have good friends who are willing to help us out! (Although we do feed Heavey a lot, soooo.... ;) )
The Contractor Started Demo
In just a few days, our contractor's crew tore the place up! Drywall removed, kitchen out, tile jackhammered... they weren't messing around. I never thought I'd be so excited for my house to be such a disaster.
We Bought Our Flooring!
All 110 boxes of it - oooof. We decided to go with NuCore Driftwood Oak Planks from Floor & Decor. I'll do another post on how we decided on this floor, but we love it, and it feels good to have such a big decision (and purchase) out of the way!
Walls Came Down
We walked in the house Saturday morning to a pleasant surprise - no walls! Sometime on Friday evening they removed all of the studs that had been up during the week. It's so exciting to finally see the house start becoming what we envisioned - the walls coming down was a huge part of that! It's getting easier and easier to see the end game now.
We Started Clearing the Backyard
It might not come across in pictures, but we made a lot of headway back there! Again, thanks in large part to our wonderful friends who helped (including one 12-year-old boy who volunteered for yard work to get out of a 3-year-old Elsa birthday party - ha!)
That's a wrap on week one of our fixer upper renovation! Lots of destruction going on - I can't wait for it to start being put back together.