2017 Home Improvements

Hello and happy 2018!  I hope you all enjoyed some meaningful time with your loved ones during the holiday season.  We hosted our annual family Christmas celebration (an overnight affair!), which was joyously filled with eating, singing, laughter, and games.  My kids especially loved waking up on Christmas morning to a home filled with cousins/family. 😍  Lots of special memories made for sure!

With 2018 in full swing, I'm anxious to buckle down on the next phase of home improvement projects.  We still have a few major renovation projects to tackle at our beloved fixer upper.  But before I share what we'd like to do in 2018, I thought I'd recap what we accomplished last year relative to our home improvement goals (here, here, here, here).

Annual home renovation remodeling summary update


DONE! 😄 We replaced all five sets of sliding doors that surround our courtyard patio.  I have yet to officially "reveal" them on the blog #badblogger, but here's a peek:

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Sidenote: The great room part of our home (to the left) is painted white, while the walls in the rest of the house, including the living room (to the right), is painted a gray-ish color.

I also shared a mini tour of our new french sliders on Instagram (See my "French doors" story under my profile @cadinteriors}


The main goals in this room are to replace the sliding door ✅, redo the fireplace facade 😣, and add some architectural character (via millwork) 😣.  With the exception of the new french sliding doors that were installed in the room, the space remains unfinished.  To avoid contractors being on top of each other (timing issue), I decided to delay the carpentry work and fireplace redo to 2018 since we prioritized some other overlapping renovations (see below).  I'm hoping to get the "bones" of the living room done soon.


In a nutshell, we need to come up with a "Plan B" on how to execute this in a way that best maximizes our budget.  The original conceptual plan included adding direct access into the house from the garage by converting the boys' existing shared bedroom into a mudroom (the spaces adjoin).  The boys' bedroom would have been relocated/built as part of our plan to convert and incorporate the shed to the main house.  However, doing this would require major structural work that would pretty much wipe out a significant part of the renovation budget.  Hence, we are re-considering our approach.  Spoiler:  We will likely just convert the shed into a guest house/home office/extra entertaining space.  It will maintain its own separate entrance from the main house.


Although not an official goal for 2017, we spent the last few months of the year getting some much-needed improvements done to the exterior of the house.  For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you've seen snippets of the work that we did!  Stay tuned for future posts where I'll detail the exterior improvements.  In the meantime, here's one of the main changes to the front exterior...

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I'll be back soon to share about our renovations and what we have planned for this year.  Thanks for following our renovation journey!

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