Thursday, September 10, 2015

Provo House Remodel {Living Room}

My mom called Spencer and I up one night and said you have to come look at this old house, they haven't put it on the market yet and they want to sell it quickly.  This was last October, almost a full year ago.  We went through the process of buying the house and closed on it in March, since then we have been pouring our whole life and every last penny into our little 1925 bungalow.

Yeah....this is not the way the house looked when we first walked through it.  Imagine 70's shag orange carpet, about four truck loads of trash and broken furniture, now your getting the picture.  So imagine our surprise when we ripped up said carpet and found, funky but totally redo-able wood floors....yessss....all of those months and dreaming payed off.

So we made the choice of ripping down all of the walls, which were made of lathe and plaster.  I regret the choice still, even though keeping them would have been an ugly nightmare.  When people made homes back in the day everything was more solid, built to last forever, and I wish I would have kept all of the plaster just as a reminder of that time, you know?

Really though, I would not advise ripping down all of your walls, 
I don't think we would ever do it again by ourselves.  Messiest work ever.

After we cleaned everything up, time for new insulation, or should I say any insulation at all because really when the walls came down, all that came down were the walls, no insulation in sight.  Well maybe there were a few newspapers from 1926 shoved around the windows, but that was all.

And windows, we got new windows!  The cost of new windows hurt.

New walls up, mudded and in the process of drying.  Windows open, something the old ones couldn't do whether they were painted closed or just never opened in the first place, 
we are so happy to get a little fresh air in this home.

This my husband built, the fine framer that he is, it was a tiny arch just like the one by the front door so we opened it up a little to make the space seem larger.  Best decision we made for the house really.

So we finished the walls just the other day, and now onto the floors, who knows if we are doing this in the right order, but who cares!  The whole project is a learning experience, and hopefully we will learn how to do it right next time.  

Also don't mind the ceiling we will get to that too, all in time.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Anchorage Area Alaska June-July 2015

These images are not filtered and they were taken with my iPhone because I forgot my camera.  Who forgets their camera on an Alaskan trip??  Anyway, long story short, best trip of my entire life.

Jefferson canyon on the way to Valdez


I would say the most common thing we saw in Alaska was eagles

Valdez visitor center

Eagle River trail

Kennicot Alaska June-July 2015

This place is what I always imagined Alaska to be like, tiny towns, 
huge mountains, glaciers, crazy weather, and in the middle of nowhere. 

Kennicot Copper Mine base station

view of Root Glacier

Kennicot Copper Mine

Root Glacier

Cold baby on the glacier


Mom and cousin Leslie before hiking on the glacier

Girdwood Alaska June-July 2015

Beautiful area of Alaska.  I want to come back for ski season and ski Alyeska Resort.

Winner Creek Trail tram

Winner Creek Trail

Portage Glacier Boat tour, it was cold that day.

Wildlife conservation center

It's cool, don't worry about that Grizzly coming for you

Virgin River Creek Trail

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11:30 pm Alyeska

Seward Alaska June-July 2015

If I could pick the very best part of the trip, it would be Seward,  I really need to go back there one day again and finish the exit glacier hike!  And go on another boat tour.

Buoy swing at our rental house in Seward

Boat tour through the Kenai Peninsula 

Henly was so good the whole trip

Exit Glacier

Harding Icefeild trail

Alaska Sealife center, Henly was watching the puffins get fed.