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The Sixth House: Renovation Update

Today I am going to give you a peek at what is happening with the inside of my house because after a month of frigid temperatures, ice, and snow there is nothing going on outside. Nothing. Warning: you are about to see my house in all its glory and I can assure you that there is nothing glorious about it. Not yet anyway.

I will start off with some of the finishes that as of now have been decided on. I say "as of now" because of supply chain issues, which continue to put wrenches in all sorts of plans house and otherwise, and once John and I see the final price for the renovation, which we are constantly being cautioned about by our builder, things could change.

The tile samples are placed on the oak floor we have chosen for the house. Moving clockwise, the long narrow matte navy tile is for the tub/shower walls in the basement bath, the star and cross tiles are for the mudroom and powder room off the kitchen and also the upstairs laundry room. (Side note, there is a minimum square footage required when ordering this tile that just about covers all of those spaces so rather than over order for the mudroom and power room, it seems to make sense to use up the overage elsewhere). The glossy, very dark blue tile on the bottom right is for the master shower, the large hexagon Carrera marble tile is for the master bathroom floor, white subway for the majority of the tub/shower walls in the upstairs hall bath, the small hexagon Carrera marble is for the shower floor in the master, the matte green penny tile is for the sink wall in the upstairs hall bathroom and also a decorative band on the tub/shower walls, the black matte penny tile is for the laundry room wall behind the sink and the black stone square is the countertop for the laundry room.

I have some renderings of the kitchen and master bathroom as well as some drawings of other spaces in the house. I just now took pictures of the same views as the renderings and drawings (hence the warning above as they are #nofilter lol) and I will follow them with what will become the glorious after. All of the renderings and drawings are from Nicholson Builders.

This is the long view into the kitchen today.

This is the long view that I have been dreaming of since we moved into this house.

This is the bizarre triangle space in the kitchen as it stands today.

This is where we are headed. The bench! So excited for the bench and the bookcase! The large cabinet will house the microwave, toaster, and various pantry items.

Here is closer look at the kitchen.

Here is the "after". The cabinetry across from the sink will house the refrigerator on the left, china/glassware cabinet in the middle, and the freezer on the right.

If you would like to go back and read the first post I did on my kitchen design to compare where it has ended up, this is the link.

Moving into the current laundry room that will become the mudroom.

The wall above will turn into the wall below. I love pineapples, which you can probably tell from my logo, and the plan is to have pineapple cutouts in the closet cabinetry doors. Love it.

Here is the link to the first post on the mudroom design to compare.

Now it is time to show my own library some love. This is what you see when you look to your left walking in the front door. The "library" currently consists of boxes of books and furniture waiting to be reupholstered.

Eventually the sofa will be nestled between book shelves.

This is the opposite wall, looking out from the sofa.

This is what it will become. The doorway will narrow for a centered opening into the room and be encased by bookshelves.

Here is the link to the initial library design for reference.

This is the upstairs hall bathroom in all its current awesomeness.

This is the plan for the sink wall. The wall between the cabinets will be completely covered in the green matte penny tile I pointed out at the beginning of the post.

The link to the original hall bath design can be found here.

The master bathroom. Isn't she grand lol?

She will be!

This is John's sink.

This will be John's sink.

This is my sink. Please don't judge me.

This will be my sink. You also get a peek into the laundry room in this rendering.

Although you see the arch in the rendering above, this is the wall where the arch will be, it will be double arches actually- one from the bedroom into the hallway and one from the bathroom. The laundry room will be on the left and the master closet on the right.

Here is a drawing of the two sinks and the arched entryway.

This is the closet that will become the laundry room.

This will be the wall you face when looking in the door.

This is the wall with the machines (the one you see a peek of in the rendering above).

Here is the link to the original master suite design I did.

The overall design that I did soon after we moved in has, for the most part, stayed in tact. There have been a few refinements here and there and undoubtedly there will be a few more before all is said and done. I am hoping that next month when I give an update on my house it will show a lot of progress on the outside. Fingers crossed.

I would love to know what you think of everything so far if you want to leave a comment below. Please do.

I will be back tomorrow with an Either Or post. See you then.

Thank you for following along on my house renovation with me,



Feb 17, 2022

I always love what you do to your houses! Can't wait to se how it all turns out!

Kerry Moylan
Kerry Moylan
Feb 18, 2022
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You and me both!


Feb 16, 2022

Hey coming along great. Do yo have enough counter space in kitchen? I know you love to cook.

Kerry Moylan
Kerry Moylan
Feb 18, 2022
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😂 let’s hope the 12 foot island is enough to work with!



Hi, I’m Kerry, a true lover of all things home design.  Thank you for stopping by to check in on the journey.  Please feel free to reach out to me, I love to talk design!

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