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Week 5 One Room Challenge Update- Bathroom/Closet Addition

November 9, 2020

Week 5 of the One Room Challenge and man, we got a TON done but the pictures still make it look like a total disaster. This week my husband finished installing the electrical, installed the bathroom fan and put finishing touches on the framing. We had the city inspections for the electrical, mechanical permit for the fan and the framing and… we passed them all!!! I’m super proud of my husband, he did everything himself! This was his first time doing any major electrical work but after consulting with one of his friends, who is licensed electrician, he felt much more confident to tackle the job. And don’t worry, its all safe, up to code and done perfectly, hence why it passed city inspection! Not only was it great that he learned this new skill but it also saved us almost $3,000!

With all that stressful and somewhat boring stuff behind us, we were able to move on to the things that are really going to start finishing off the space. We headed to Home Depot and picked up all our insulation. And lets just say, it was A LOT of material. But apparently we suck at material calculations because we ended up being able to return three of the r-10 boards and three of the r-5 boards. So we actually came in almost $200 under budget for insulation!

Depending on where you live, code and weather will determine the R-value needed for your space. Living in Portland, we needed to have R-15. However since we have these crazy angled walls/ceilings being that it was an attic space, we had to use foam board insulation for the angled ceilings/walls. They don’t really stock r-15 in this material so we basically had to install these areas twice. One layer of r-10 and one layer of r-5. It took my husband about a day and a half to get these portions done. Then for all the straight up/down walls, basically all the framing we added to the space, we used the standard faced fiberglass batting insulation. We have about 75% of all of the insulation installed now. We will get it all completed this coming week, have another city inspection and then drywall will start early the following week! This is the part that is really going to start transforming the room from empty attic space to an actual room! We opted to hire out the drywall since there are so many tricky angles within the space. We thought we better leave this finishing touch to the professionals.

Although we still have SO MUCH to do, I’m feeling better about potentially finishing (or nearly finishing) it in time for the final reveal since ORC extended the final reveals until the end of the month! Once drywall is installed I will paint all the walls while my husband starts of tiling the shower. The shower is going to be big job and will definitely take a few days. Once the shower is tiled, we’ll tile the floors. After that we will install the vanity (which I will be painting this coming week!), and start putting all the finishing pieces together like lighting, mirror, shower door, ect. We still have a long way to go but I’m slowing seeing our vision come to life.

Week 4 One Room Challenge Update- Bathroom/Closet Addition

November 2, 2020

It’s week 4 of the One Room Challenge and it might not look like it, but so much got accomplished this week. The electrical is almost complete, just a few last things to do and it will be going through inspection mid next week. The shower pan was installed and inspected and good to go for tile now! And probably the most exciting thing of all, the skylight in the bathroom was installed! And oh my god, it makes a HUGE difference to the space. Not only does it allow a ton of natural light in but it makes the space feel even bigger. I’m so glad its done.

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Backyard Progress…

April 3, 2019

We finally got started on our backyard makeover! If you want to see the whole plan for the yard you can read my previous post here. The first big task we took on was building out the planter boxes. These planters will line a large portion of the the fence line Continue Reading…

Backyard Makeover: The Plan

March 8, 2019

Spring is right around the corner and that means we are officially kicking off our first big project on our new home: the backyard. It is a complete blank slate. Literally, there is one plant (a gorgeous  peony bush!!) and the rest is all grass with a concrete patio area. Continue Reading…

DIY Coat Rack

February 20, 2019

This project was long overdue but we finally got to it and it’s exactly what we wanted! We were in desperate need of somewhere to hang our coats before putting them away in the hall closet. We live in Portland, so with that comes some rainy weather = wet coats. Continue Reading…

Our Master Bedroom Inspiration

August 29, 2018

We are soooo excited to finally move into our new master bedroom! We have been temporarily staying in the second bedroom on the main floor which will end up being my office. When we moved into our new house the upstairs master was a terrible shade of ‘plum purple’ with some ugly vinyl floor Continue Reading…

Inspiration for our New Backyard

August 2, 2018

We have officially been in our new home for 2.5 weeks so it is time to get going on our first project: the backyard! One of things that we weren’t in love with at our new house was the backyard. It is completely bare, just (dead) grass and ONE bush. But thankfully its a peony bush, so it’s fine. Continue Reading…

We Bought a New House!!!

July 14, 2018

We are so excited, we finally closed on our new home! And we also (a few days before) closed on the sale of our first home. Bittersweet. So many memories were created there but we are so ready to move into our new house on Monday! And bonus it is only 5 minutes from our old one 🙂 Continue Reading…

Kitchen Renovation

January 12, 2017

Our kitchen remodel is finally done! We started the first weekend of December. My husband decided to take a few days off of work and try to get as much done in a 5 day stretch as possible. While he did get quite a bit done in that time, there was still so much more to do! Hence why it is just now finished Continue Reading…