Family Room

We’re starting to make some headway, and putting the finishing touches on each room.  The house is on a really great street, which recently held their annual block party.   Since things were starting to take shape, our realtor decided it would be worth opening the doors for a little “preview” of the house to try to generate some interest, and let the neighbors see what we’ve been up to all this time!  We figured we’d set things up a little, and we finally had to settle the debate of how to set-up the room that is open to the kitchen.  We’d gone back and forth on whether to use that as the formal dining, and have the living area at the front of the house, or vice-versa, and have the family space open to the kitchen, and the formal dining at the front.  We finally thought about how we would use the space, and decided that having the family area connected to the kitchen would be the most practical, and the front room is a great space for a dining room with a more formal feel.  Since there is plenty of eat-in space in the kitchen itself, I think it works nicely! Let’s take it back to the beginning, though. The first step, naturally, was to get some walls up!

Family Room Before
Family Room Before
looking from the dining room through to the kitchen/ family room.

Since we had the walls open, we decided to insulate the outside walls.  Old houses can be quite drafty, as we learned in our first house, so we definitely wanted to take the opportunity to make this house a little bit more energy efficient, since it had already been stripped down and would be an easy task. IMG_0006 Once the insulation was in, the sheetrock went up, and the dusty task of mudding and sanding began.

sheetrocked! and very messy.
sheetrocked! and very messy.

Then, with a coat of paint, it actually started to feel like a real room!

painted, and the start of our ceiling embellishment
painted, and the start of our ceiling embellishment

Once the floors were refinished, baseboard went up, as well as a ceiling feature to add a little drama and charm to the space. Crown molding and a light fixture were last, to complete the room.  We still had so much to do when we had our little preview, but it was a nice chance to give  the neighborhood a little “sneak peek”, and gave us a little glimpse of where we’re headed!

Crown molding adds the final touch (and you can tell the pups love to help out in our renovations- especially when the comfy chairs and couches  appear!).
Crown molding adds the final touch (and you can tell the pups love to help out in our renovations- especially when the comfy chairs and couches appear!).

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