Thursday, July 23, 2015

Last Night

Tonight will be the last night sleeping in our bedroom before the renovation takes place.

We've done pretty well with our depopulation plan.  The guest bedroom is completely empty.  Tonight we will move the second chest of drawers out of our master bedroom.  Tomorrow Laurie will take the remaining clothes out of the closet and the built in drawers, and we'll bring down the lamps and the end tables.

That will leave only the bed.  We will do that on Sunday when we get back from Up North,  The double bed is already set up in the East room for us to sleep starting Sunday night.

There are a few miscellaneous odd and ends to relocate, but we're in pretty good shape.  I'll get final "before" pictures Monday evening.

Because of the timing of the sanding and staining of the hardwood floors, we may lose access to our shower for a day, maybe two.  Laurie is none too keen on that, but we have lived through much worse.

Overall, this looks like it will be pretty easy.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


We had a good meeting yesterday with Sara and Carlos, who put together the schedule.  They start work next week Tuesday, 7/28/2015 and finish on Monday, 8/31/2015.  That's about the length of time that Sara thought it would take when we first met.

We went over a lot of specifics with Carlos, e.g., what fixtures are they saving, where to store the radiators while out, what to do about art in other parts of the house, etc, etc.

We got a very positive feeling overall.  They are very contentious and have everything covered, as you'd expect.

7/28 - Begin
8/2 - Rough electric
8/6 - Drywall (second payment due)
8/12 - Painting (third payment due)
8/19 - Floor refinishing
8/28 - Stair carpet installation
8/31 - Punch list stuff (final payment due)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Depopulation Plan

From Sara:
Hi Matt,
Carlos was on vacation last week and he makes the schedule. We are also waiting for conformation on exactly when the windows will be here. The window man said 3-4 week lead time. Our plan as of this moment, is to start July 28th. We will keep that date unless in the next week we get a conformation of later than we expected. I will keep you updated!
Have a great night.

We still need to depopulate the rooms in question and will start tonight.  It always was going to be disruptive. Having dressers in the living room will be a hassle.

East Bedroom
  • Uncle Milton's Bed
    • Dismantle
    • Frame to garage
  • Coffee table to garage: curb for recycle?

Master Bedroom
  • Move chests of drawers downstairs
  • Move shoe rack to Dressing room
  • Clean out closet
    • Purge clothes
    • Non-essentials to basement for storage
  • Bed
    • Frame to garage
    • Mattress & box spring to Dressing room
  • Move carpet downstairs
    • Have cleaned
  • Empty built-in drawers

Guest Bedroom
  • Bed
    • Dismantle
    • Reassemble in East room
  • Clean out closet
    • Air conditioner downstairs
    • Purge clothes
    • Non-essentials to basement for storage
  • Move chest of drawers downstairs
  • Move cedar chest downstairs
  • Move buffet to dressing room
  • Move carpet downstairs
  • Empty clothes chute closet

Stairs & Hall

  • Remove art
  • Move plant

Friday, July 3, 2015


Here are the colors we chose for the Master Bedroom:

Here's the guest bedroom colors:

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

On Schedule

We met with Sazama last week to go over colors, hardware, and closets.  The windows are still on the critical path, and we needed to determine what hardware to choose.   In order to do that we needed to choose the room colors.

Sara came over with their main color guy, Tom, and we picked out the color for both rooms and the trim in each (don't ask me what they are - that's Laurie's department).

Sara also was back last Thursday with the electrician and was over today to check on some more window stuff.

We have a tentative plan for moving things out of the bedrooms.  I think we'll take the chests of drawers out of the master bedroom and move them downstairs.  The furniture in the guest bedroom will go into Laurie's dressing room.  Our bed will go there, too.  The guest bed will go into the addition and we'll sleep in there.

Laurie is taking this week off to purge stuff from our closets.

Monday, June 22, 2015

"Before" Pictures

Here are some pictures of the two bedrooms as they are now.  They looked pretty much this way since we moved in back in 1993.  I guess it's time...

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Good Meeting

We had a good meeting with Sara yesterday.  We had to make a change to the window in the guest bedroom (technical details that I won't get into) and discussed closets and colors.

Sometime next week Tom, their main designer, will stop over to discuss paint colors for the walls, trim, etc.  Then we can choose the hardware for the windows.  Once that's done, they'll order the windows.  We can then nail down a start date that will be about the third week in July.  Our goal is to be done by the first Packer game.

When you're in a project, you get involved with decisions like the color of your window hardware.  What color is it now?  Who knows.  What do your sister's cabinets look like?  Exactly.