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Side by side, the girls love to watch the world go by. Enjoying our slow summer days!


Who knew I would ever be so excited about drywall? I honestly thought it was just an easy thing to check of the millions of things on our massive to do list. But no. This moment is monumental.

Not only did it take much longer than I anticipated to get to this point in the renovation process, but also once we arrived at this crucial moment, no one wanted to do the drywall in our house! What an unexpected bewildered and rejected feeling. Three companies in a row just flat out said no. Granted, we do have a complicated project due to the plaster patchwork. I knew that. But, I had no idea how unwilling the drywall companies would be to work on a more complex project. In hindsight, that was just naive of me. Look around Dallas. You cannot walk down a block without stumbling across a brand new build, a house being torn down, and a complete to the studs redo, all on the same block. People are busy and work is plentiful, and that is indeed the sign of a happy and robust economy, and I am grateful for that. But, it certainly makes our project challenging to finish, especially because our project is complicated and will take more time than the one (or ten) all new homes down the street.  It is an issue of available time of the installers and available knowledge of the installers. It is a rare project when plaster and drywall must meet and act like long lost best friends. Not many people know how, and no one wants to learn how. At one point I really thought Bunker and I were going to have to learn a new skill, otherwise, our house would have no walls. Well, luckily, we found a group that could install both the easier drywall in the addition and the more challenging drywall patchwork around the existing house.

So, at this point, we are basically done with the easier addition drywall and we are beginning the more challenging patchwork throughout the existing house, and we are a massively large step closer to the completion of our house!

Below: A few days ago the drywall was delivered. Specific amounts of rough drywall are distributed to each room needing drywall installation. It is shockingly heavy and cumbersome, therefore, best to move in bulk once, and on a pallet.

Below: Drywall delivery to the den.


Below: Drywall delivery to the kitchen.


Below: Kitchen drywall in progress.


Below: Kitchen drywall in progress looking towards the mudroom.


Below: Drywall in progress in the mudroom.


Below: Drywall in progress looking from the kitchen into the den.


Below: Drywall further along in the den looking towards the kitchen.


Below: Drywall progress looking from the den into the kitchen.


Below: Several pictures of the completed den and kitchen drywall. Here we are looking from the front entry under the staircase towards the den and kitchen.


Below: Looking into the den from the dining room. Here you can see the hidden staircase now fully part of the room!


Below: Looking up the back staircase up to the staircase landing.


Below: All of the remnants of the makeshift kitchen pantry in the old back staircase are now gone!


Below: Looking from the den fireplace back towards the front entry towards the right, dining room at the center, and door to the covered patio to the left.


Below: Looking towards the kitchen from the den. Here you can see the pantry on the right more clearly defined, as well as the outlines of the cabinetry and central passageway which will add separation between the den and the kitchen.


Below: Here we are in the kitchen looking towards the future kitchen range and sink areas.


Below: Here were are standing where the kitchen table will sit looking at the kitchen pantry and the future site of the fridge. Den is to the right and kitchen sink and range are to the left.


Below: From the kitchen looking back towards the den and the rest of the house. Here you can see the central passageway through the large center opening and the two side cabinetry areas to the right and left of the central passageway which will have upper glass cabinet and lower wooden cabinets and middle soapstone countertops.


Below: Mudroom looking from the exterior door from the garage and breezeway towards the bathroom.


Below: Upstairs hallway. We had to remove all of the surfaces in the upstairs hallway. Oddly. The previous owners had applied drywall directly to the original plaster walls. I am sure that was the easiest option at the time, but in the long run, putting drywall directly on top of plaster is not a long lasting choice. This led to bowing and significant giving when touched. We therefore removed and then replaced these multilayered surfaces with one clean layer of drywall. This is the view as the walk up the stairs.


Below: The girls’ room is to the right and the playroom hallway is to the left. The girls’ bathroom is right behind this newly added drywall.


Below: Here is the girls’ bedroom. Some drywall was beyond repair in the old closet to the left. The green wall is original plaster revealed underneath added drywall that has since been removed. This room will need significant patching and large areas of new drywall.


Below: Here is a side view of drywall attached directly to plaster, a more prevalent problem than wanted on the second floor. The white and beige are drywall, the green is plaster. Where we can, we will pull off the added drywall and restore the original plaster, otherwise it will all have to come down and be replaced with one layer of new drywall.


Below: Here we are looking from the girls’ closet through their bathroom and back into their room.


Below: Here is the playroom with refinished windows and a newly dropped drywall ceiling, back to the original ceiling height. Patchwork is still needed.



Below: Here we are looking down the main upstairs hallways towards the master bedroom.


Below: And here we are in the master bedroom.


Below: This view looks towards the master bathroom.


Below: This picture shows the master bathroom and the closet beyond. Here you can see the set backs for the built in medicine cabinets to come. All of the bathrooms have blue drywall as this is the correct usage in bathrooms with tile walls.


Below: Back to the original house downstairs. Living room drywall ceiling removed and damaged plaster wall (previously hidden behind drywall) removed.


Below: Living room ceiling and wall partially completed with new drywall.


Below: An example of the many patches needed over the next few days.


Below: Sister snuggles!


So happy this challenging phase of the house remodel is almost over and beyond excited to begin the stage filled with cabinets, tiles, floors, fixtures, and colors!

Love and hugs,


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