Posted in Austin, Texas, House renovation

Renovation realities

We were so close to finishing on time, on budget (aside from our additional requests to redo the laundry room and add landscaping)…but then our custom interior doors were delayed by more than two weeks. I can’t believe after all the work we’ve had done, from rewiring the house to building an addition from the foundation up, it’s the doors that have failed us at the 11th hour! They can’t install trim until the doors are in, and they can’t finish the floors until the trim is in and painted, so we’re going to run from a few days up to a week late. We’re so close!! Below is a sad pic of our plastic living room “wall” and our claw foot tub in its crate, which the delivery guy had to haul up our street on a dolly because his truck wouldn’t fit!

On the upside, things are looking good. We decided to spend extra money on landscaping, or rather, hardscaping: they’re going to install large limestone pavers in a path from the back door to the screened in porch, and river rock along the side and front of the house to the backyard. The lawn has turned into a mudpit in places due to construction, and rather than attempting to regrow grass or plant sod in such a dry climate, we’re going for some xeriscaping ideas. We’ll try planting our own greenery but the labor involved in leveling the soil and installing the rocks is too much for Mr C to do on his own, plus we want the yard to be usable this spring and with baby less than two months away, he might have his hands busy with other tasks!

Meanwhile, I let Mr C pick the paint color for our bathroom and it is BOLD! I don’t mind it, especially as the rest of the house is pretty neutral, but I think we’re going to break it up with some black and white photos to go with the gray and white color scheme. Pics below.








Texan, teacher, writer, reader: that’s me in a nutshell. Originally from Texas, I now live in London with my husband (he’s a Brit) and our two boys. I spend my time devouring books (especially young adult/middle grade fiction), baking cookies and generally going in ten directions at once. More than a decade ago, I moved to London for a teaching job, met my husband, stayed, and started a family. The last few years have been a whirlwind: in 2013, we moved to Austin, TX and I decided to stay at home with our son; in 2014, we bought and renovated a house in South Austin; in 2015, we welcomed our second son at a local birth center...and in 2016, we packed up and moved back to London! 2017 is set to see more changes as our eldest little starts school and I head back to the classroom. Read on for renovation info, book reviews, creative writing posts, and the general flotsam and jetsam of my life.

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