After much deliberation, our laundry area is finally seeing some action. Well hello there, washer…. shall we take this to the bedroom?
No literally, we took it to the bedroom. JEALOUS?
Seriously though – it has been a busy week around here (mostly with unrelated book stuff) but we’ve managed to get some dust flying upstairs too. Long story short, thanks to a lot of thought (and a lot of encouraging comments from you guys) we’ve decided to do more ourselves, while managing some pro sub-contractors directly.
Our second contractor estimate (after the initial $5,000 one) came in at $3,300, which was a more digestible number, but he had an impending vacation – and actually encouraged us to do a lot of it ourselves. So we called some people we’ve worked with in the past – the framer who helped in our sunroom, our go-to electrician, the plumber we worked with for the showhouse, etc. – and many of them were able to come out this week! Ladies and gentlemen, we have a team. Sherry wanted me to add some Team Sonja joke here about mystics and dog psychics but I REFUSE TO WATCH REAL HOUSEWIVES (ok, the leg scene made me look up for a second, but that’s it).
With the pros lined up, it was time to kick off demo. WITH MY BARE HANDS. Okay, not really, but a few walls have come tumbling down.
In an attempt to keep things moving (there’s work going on up there right now) we thought we’d break down what (and how) we demoed on Monday, along with everything else we manage to accomplish by then (fingers crossed that also includes framing, plumbing, and electrical updates). We didn’t want a week to go by without a quick laundry update, so my apologies for the brief check-in today, but we hope it means more progress to share on Monday. Speaking of brief, this house is on an underwear ration until further notice. #nolaundryproblems
I wish you guys had a LIKE button…because this if fabulous. Good luck.
Karin Bunton says
I want to like your like button idea! :D LOL! Maybe a “thumbs up” button if the like button is proprietorial?
Laura @ Rather Square says
Ooh, can’t wait to see what you accomplish this weekend! Is there really a significant savings by you being the general contractors yourselves? Not that I have any doubt in your skills or management experience, I’m sure you’ll have everything under control. :)
YES! I can’t wait to get things done and start paying people so we can share the budget breakdown. It has been an awesome cost comparison for us because we had those initial contractors break things down as line items, so comparing those from the bids of sub-contractors is so simple!
John’s FEISTY this morning! Or whenever this post was written up…
I’m excited to see your progress. We’re attempting a mostly DIY kitchen redo right now and I’m gleaning much information from you guys, per usual. Thank you for giving us the courage to tear down some stuff and get messy with some paint!! Though, I’m still trying to figure out how you paint kitchen cabinets in a week when we’re on two months and counting… #localrestaurantsknowusbyname
We’re doing a full kitchen gut and put back together by ourselves (yikes!) in the fall and I have a feeling that the Chinese place down the street will be hosting our Thanksgiving (and possibly Christmas and New Year’s) dinner.
We just did a kitchen reno, cheese plate for dinner FTW
Such a tease…can’t wait to see what it looks like next week! GO Youngsters!
Yayyyyyy! Looking forward to all of the progress!
Woooot!!! nothing more satisfying than breaking into a project that you thought was too big. I recently built my own deck and remember your struggles and then satisfaction with your own deck project.
Best of luck!!!
Glad that you guys are going for it. On a totally unrelated note– Sherry, the beard looks very handsome on your husband! #teamkeepthebeardJohn
Amen! Beardy John is my favorite John.
I agree with this sentiment whole-heartedly. Scruffy beards are the best. I’m make sad faces at my hubby every time he trims his super short. He hasn’t shaved completely in a really long time, which means the sad faces are working. haha.
A condition of marrying me was that my husband never shave his facial hair. He’s had it the whole time we’ve been together. I’ve seen pics – without he looks like a teenager. With, super handsome!
I’m thinking that there is something beardy in the water, because my husband has been keeping the scruff as well and I like it.
Yes! My brother has gone beardy too! It’s so 2014.
Jennifer G. says
I sooo agree with the beard!! My husband is in he military so beards are a no go around here unless we are transferring and he gets 30 days off which he just had and we have a drivers license with a beard picture :)
I love y’alls blog and look forward to the time when we can own our own home again so we can start DIY upgrading again!
scruffy beards might be hot… but they might also be unsafe.
I don’t mean to critisize but just want to educate. Those disposible masks are intended to be worn with both straps around the head (the bottom one near the neck and the top one at the highest point). Additionally they are meant to be worn CLEAN SHAVEN. A scruffy beard is really just a whole lot of spaces where nasty particles can sneak into your mask.
Again, not trying to be critical just looking out for the health of my fav bloggers!!!
John, you crack me up. Thank you!
Nicole @ Liberty Belles says
yay! can’t wait to follow this project from start to finish :)
Did you guys decide to keep the washer and dryer along the same (side) wall for ease of plumbing/wiring issues or did it not end up making a difference in the cost to rotate them onto the back wall? Inquiring minds want to know…
Rotation, baby! We’re going full-monty with this one, and gaining a clear-shot view of the window in the future bunkroom from the hall and an actual laundry room. Wahoo! (says the lady with a washer & dryer in the bedroom)
I meant that it seemed like it would’ve been easier (while still creating the “option 4” laundry room and still extending the hallway to catch the light from the bonus room window) to simply move the laundry hookups a few feet over on the same wall, rather than moving them to the entirely separate new wall and drilling through studs and such. Whatever way you guys do it though, I’m sure it will turn out amazing!
Oh yes, we considered that too – thanks for the tip! We actually asked the plumber and electrician about that and they both said that moving them either way (just over, or over and across) was going to be around the same cost, so we thought walking into the room and seeing them on the back wall would be nicest.
Thanks for the answer! You guys are the best!
Rene @thedomesticlady says
I need to put my family on an underwear ration…and I have a working laundry….#itssummer #notimeforlaundry
Ha! I agree – my people seem to go through several pair a day.
Lisa | Winter Heights says
Haha, this is hilarious. Looking forward to seeing your progress! Maybe you guys will pull in some inspiration of the laundry room in your show house, I LOVED that space. :))
Jamie D says
I cracked up and was loving every bit of this hilarious post!! GET R DONE Sherry and John! Can Clara swing a hammer yet? #toddlerdemo
I wouldn’t want to be in the same room as Clara + a hammer just yet. Haha!
Lowes has this awesome “tool belt” for kids with these teeny, tiny, real tools, including this adorable little hammer. I got it for my 4 yr. old daughter, and she loves it. It’s amazingly high quality too. I think the brand is Build and Grow. She can even wield the littler hammer quite well!
Thanks for the tip!
you guys’ ability to entertain five or 10 solutions to a problem, and to listen to 1000 really bad ideas from readers like us in order to get the one brilliant one — line up laundry door with store room window — is the kind of open-mindedness that peace negotiators and mediators use. it’s powerful. you should write about it — as someone who practices gratitude, as sherry does, i’m sure the tolerance for ambiguity and diversity is related. y’all rock.
and btw, did you go with the laundry-door-lines-up-with-storeroom-window solution? i thought that was elegant, and squared with the idea that the most elegant solution is always the simplest. (well, not in terms of re-plumbing washing machines, and so on, but in terms of y’all’s stated problem, darkness at the end of the tunnel.)
Yes! We are so excited! Momma gets her window view from the hall and we end up with a bonafide laundry room – and the coolest thing about this sub-contractor method so far is that we have been SO HAPPY with their expertise and their bids have been amazing! The idea of managing a bunch of people and doing things in this perfect domino-effect order had me nervous that I’d be without a laundry room forever, but it seems to be falling right into place. Off to knock on wood (maybe I’ll use a laundry stud…).
“The only thing artificial or fake about this house is this!” *Sherry throws a ceramic animal on the table and then to the ground*
Comment of the day. No, comment of my life.
Ha ha! Team Sonja…what was she smoking when she both wrote that speech and gave it???
Anele @ Success Along the Weigh says
“Aaaaaaand they’re off!” I’m so excited to see how this project plays out and I have no doubt you can manage everything and handle the demo-y stuff to help save moolah.
Oh yeah, kudos for not watching Real Housewives. Unless your idea of it is the same as my Mr’s “I don’t watch HGTV shows” and then yells “I can’t believe they picked that God awful countertop!” or “you should’ve picked house #3!!”
Same. Exact. Thing.
My husband’s idea of “not watching” is very similar. Example: while in the middle of The Bachelorette a few weeks ago I ran out to pick up pizza. When I returned the station had not been changed . . . and said husband was able to give me a quick re-cap of what I’d missed. Hmmmm.
Love the Team Sonja reference! Hope this renovation doesn’t cost you and arm and a LEG! LOL
I am so looking forward to seeing the progress on this project. I have complete faith in you guys and there is nothing like saving money!Good luck!
Ahhhhhh!! Such a tease. Can’t wait to see what y’all do. :)
There’s something so satisfying about doing it yourself. Even if my version of this means reading your blog posts about you doing it yourselves… Really, though, I’m pretty excited to see all the details on this project! It’s going to be a fantastic change.
Nothing like some demo and the promise of a great new space to get the adrenaline pumping. Good luck with everything, looking forward to the deets on Monday.
You guys are so brave to go without a washer/dryer with two little ones at home! Kudos to you. :)
In other news, where did you get the dresser that’s in your bedroom photo? Was that something you guys painted/made yourselves?
Thanks Laura! That was a project from book #1. We found a thrift store dresser with a bunch of drawers and painted them in a gradient (just used a paint chip and got a sample of each color for each drawer so they went from light to dark).
Natalie Royall says
OK… only you guys can make me laugh / choke on my morning watermelon snack… in the middle of the office… about moving washer / dryer to the bedroom. I love ya’lls great attitude in the middle of underwear rations… Can’t wait to see the changes. Good luck!!!
I’m so excited! I can’t wait to see how it all progresses. Is it normal to be so pumped for someone else’s demo/renovation?
OH MY GOSH I’M CRAZY PUMPED. IT’S NOT A GOOD LOOK! I’m like a Disney character dancing and singing around the house. Burger is unnerved.
Jennifer B. says
Knowing how naturally awkward you are, Sherry (I mean that in the highest complimentary manner possible), I can see you as Princess Anna twirling, singing, running into things, and constantly saying, “Wait, what?”
It is worse than that. Send someone to hold me down.
Jennifer B. says
“For the first time in forever, they’ll be a laundry room with liiiiight…”
“For the first time in forever, we’ll be washing through the niiiiight. I know it’s totally crazy to dream of underpants, but for the first time in foreverrrr… at least I’ve got a chance.”
Ok, now I just have to teach the words to Clara, duet-style.
Also: “Dooo you wanna build a laaaaundry rooooom?!”
This totally just made my morning.
I am cracking up over this comment thread. Jennifer B, those lyrics are perfect!
Katy Simms says
OMG the Frozen song.. I die!
I may or may not love that movie more than my daughter does…
I also may or may not be drooling over this laundry room update!!
Colleen Wilson says
Yay! I was so sad when you said this reno might not be an option. LOVE the new layout. Can’t wait to see it come to life!
aaahhh!!! Most exciting part of my morning.
Rachel Steck says
Team Sonja. Ha ha. I LOVE the Housewives. Except Aviva and her fake leg.
Can’t wait to see what you do with the laundry room!
Mary | Lemon Grove Blog says
Eee!! So exciting! Just a quick heads up – we had something awful happen to us where our brand new washer was ruined after it was moved along it’s back control panel. It looks like y’all are moving them that way, so just be extra careful that you don’t accidentally damage it! We’re out $900, so I just wanted to hopefully save you from the same fate! Here’s an overview of how it happened, if helpful! http://lemongroveblog.com/another-day-another-900/
Oh no Mary, that stinks! Thanks so much for the tip!
You guys are the best. Seriously. Best blog ever!
That’s it! :)
OK, so now I’m wondering what kind of visitors Uncle Google will bring to your site with the phrase “underwear ration,” Let us know.
That’s going to be interesting indeed…
Can’t wait to see more! My house is also on a clothing ration due to a unrepairable washer so I feel that pain. But broken washer means new washer! New washer is also the kick in the pants to finish up my other laundry room redo tasks like finally painting the cupboards that were installed at Christmas.
Haha, love the team Sonja reference :))))))
I can’t wait to see the breakdown of this project. You are brave to take it on yourselves, but it is the perfect size project to experiment with.
This is excellent! I can’t wait to see the updates! I love this stuff!
Emily B says
Yay Team Sonja-errr I mean Team Petersik!
When my husband and I bought our house the previous owner left behind two washers and two dryers (a set in the basement and a set upstairs). We thought that was silly and were thinking about selling both sets and upgrading to an HE set but hadn’t gotten around to it(and we liked to pretend we were fancy rich people with our TWO washers and TWO dryers).
Now that we’re expecting and planning on cloth diapering, I’m stoked to have a set just for the diapers! I even caught myself thinking, why don’t J&S just use their other set until everything is done? Then I remembered that most people don’t have two…duh #fakerichpeopleproblems
Oh man, using the other set = the life of a king.
We have 3 sons, and I keep trying to convince my husband that we need 2 sets of washer/dryer. The people who lived in your house before were brilliant!
Lindsay H says
I am so excited for this project!! I can’t wait to see how it all comes out. We’re hoping to embark on a laundry room renovation, and I’m sure this will inspire me to get going.
[email protected] says
Woohooo!!! So excited to see this come together!!
Giggling here, because of the “pin it” button that pops up for the picture of your washer/dryer against the wall in your bedroom. Imagining someone going, “This! EXACTLY what I have been looking for!”. Thanks for the laugh this morning, and can’t wait to see this laundry room.
We’ve taken on our largest undertaking yet — re-finishing the basement (previous owners didn’t do it right and we just had to have the the drywall and wetbar removed by mold remediation experts) — and it’s daunting to say the least.
As always, thank you for being such an inspiration to us DIYers (and wannabes); I’ve read and re-read “Tackling The Basement” and ideas, tips and motivation.
JOHN. You are hilarious. The “JEALOUS?” thing had me snorting my coffee onto my keyboard. Cool with it. Cannot wait to see what you guys come up with next!
I have got to become half as productive as you guys! You amaze me! Can’t wait to see how it all looks–and your budget breakdown! I want to do our basement, but would need to be general contractor on it and I don’t know what I’m doing. Teach me, Petersiks!
P.S. And the first picture looks like John is carrying the washer down the stairs!
I thought that too for a minute! I think it’s an optical illusion caused by those shadows on the walls :) I thought he looked too happy for a guy carrying a washer down some stairs!
Emily, our house now a home says
If your team of people working are taking too long just let the awkwardness and stink that is underwear rations hit them. It might move a little quicker, just sayin ;)
I see the logic. And I like it.
I’m so excited to see your new laundry room! Right now we are getting our bathroom floors redone. I was all for doing it ourselves, but my husband was like, “Hey, we need subfloor work done, so lets leave it to the professionals.” At least I get to install my own sink.
Nods at Daydreaming Bride says
Yay! Go you two…
Can’t wait to see what you achieve and as a massive spreadsheet nerd I’m especially looking forward to the budget breakdown!
Lindsay @ The Newlywed Notebook says
Demo is the best part!! Well, knocking things down is. The cleanup? Not so much fun. :) I think it’s really neat you guys decided to take on more of the project yourself. And hey, if anyone can do it, you guys can! (I feel like now would be an appropriate time to start the chant). Anyway, best of luck! Can’t wait to see a progress update!
so excited to see how this all turns out!
going sans laundry with a baby and toddler is BOLD. the mere thought just instills fear.
I am comforted only by the fact that our ancestors lived without washers (and gave birth in fields). We can do this. I think…
Team Sonja? More like Team Sanjaya.
Best short post ever lol. I’m excited to see your progress next week!