The yard at ParkView aka how to kill your back

The last time I showed you ParkView it was nearly done! I still have 2 things to cross off my list (new garage door and hanging the powder room mirror) but we pulled all our strength together a couple weekends ago to make the yard a much prettier place.

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We didn't intend to lay all new sod, but once the new cement walkway was done it was looking a little rough from all the bobcat tracks and tire marks. So Sean, me, my dad and a couple kind fellows joined forces to get it done in a day.
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The next day I made a little row of boxwoods and filled it with cedar chips to finish off the front yard.
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Of course, it was a long weekend and when we ran out of sod for the last few feet all the landscaping places were closed. So we still have a little work left back here.
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But it is night and day from how it was...
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One of the best experiences I have during this renovation was in the craziness of the week before Wren and I went on holidays. I was working 16 hour days to get it finished enough to list it for sale, and we easily had 8-12 people on site everyday getting it done. One afternoon I returned to the house after a quick errand and noticed two little pairs of shoes at the front door which I found funny because all the guys were leaving their shoes on unless they went upstairs on the carpet.

When I turned the corner I nearly bumped into two older ladies taking a picture of the kitchen! I assumed they may be neighbors, but they quickly introduced themselves as the daughters of the original home owner. They were raised in this house and their parents lived in Parkview for over 40 years until they sold it in 2000. Their father built the extension where the kitchen and family room are now located with his own 2 hands. Their brother carved his initials and their names in the basement supports. After their mother sold the house it went into disrepair and they have sadly driven past it for the last 13 years watching it fall to pieces, peeking in the windows from time to time. They brought a big box of donuts for all the guys on site that day and were so very happy to see it finally turned into a home again. And I cannot tell you how happy that made me. It was once a home filled with children, stories and memories and I am hoping it will be that again to someone. 

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I am working on the source list for everything I can think of for my last Parkview post, but if you have anything specific you want info on please leave me a comment on this post so I know to address it in my wrap up!

ParkView, all done... pretty much

About 8 months ago we started with a house that looked like this. I will be the first to admit that we underestimated the time and dedication needed to complete this transformation, but I am fortunate to say we arrived on budget (give or take a little). 

We still have a handful of minor details to finish, but I was so excited to share that I couldn't wait. Oh yeah, I am also jetting off with my littlest partner, Wren, for a week of sun and Disney to thank her for all her patience and endless good behavior on our 10 million Ikea runs. So I wanted to get this post done for you.

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Here it is as of Monday! We just had the new cement walkway poured and the porch is nearly finished. We still have some minor cleanup and landscaping, but it is officially for sale now.
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A last minute addition was some stone work on the porch and a railing. White vinyl trim is still being wrapped on the posts.
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Come on in! 
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Right off the front entry is a corridor that you can go down... or turn right to head into the living/dining room.
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Despite 1:00 am clean up sessions multiple nights last week, I am going to call in a cleaning crew to get it sparkly.
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Back in the hall way if you look left you would have seen this just before the drywall went up. We changed the layout to a laundry and powder room but this was originally an open galley kitchen.
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Now you see this. On the end is the laundry, then the hall turns right into the new family room/kitchen. The pocket door on the right is the main floor bathroom. 
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It still needs it's accessories hung, but it is a nice little powder room.
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The laundry room is one of my favorite rooms in the house. 

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Lots of storage and the folding doors mean you don't lose floor space in the room itself (great if you tackle mountains of laundry like me... I only get to mine once or twice a month at this point).
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At the very end of that twisty hallway is the family room/kitchen. I neglected to get a far out shot like this now that it's done, but I promise the family room still exists.
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And so does a pretty new kitchen! Our crown molding is being installed tomorrow and then she is done!
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I did not decide to stage this house like  I did at Lexington, but I couldn't help myself when it came to the kitchen! I want people to know what I envisioned for it when they walk through.
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Again, I went with the Ikea domsjo sink and a new faucet they have, as well as their dishwasher with integrated cabinet door panels (just to the right of the sink). I think it is one of the coolest things about the kitchen!
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This clearance $109 light from Restoration Hardware is another of my favorite things. It is very easy to pivot and swivel as needed.

And my light greyish/green island is the perfect hint of color/texture for in here.
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Now let's make our way back to the hall from the front door. Because that is where you will find our side entrance from the back drive way. It started like this.
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It is a lot brighter and more functional now.
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The original cement ledge was too high to install a closet, but I think this may be more functional for families really.
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Looking in.
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Just off the mudroom is a small staircase that leads up to another family room or den.
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Let's go upstairs!


The upstairs is so much brighter with all our enlarged and lowered windows.

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I love the simplicity of a school house light and great windows.
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I also love that while it is an old house, we have lots of storage as each closet is deep enough to have a full door. I also like this because not so much wall is used up by folding doors when it comes to furniture placement.
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The main bath upstairs is simple in warms shades of grey and white.
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I assumed it would be the kids' bath so I chose a fun round mirror and added a telescopic mini mirror to offset so many square details.
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At the front of the house is the master.
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And it has the fourth bedroom-turned-ensuite all to itself. I love the hotel vibe it has. And there is still tons of floor space for more storage or laundry hampers.
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The glass is still waiting for install. 
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Off the ensuite is a nice long closet with tons of natural light. Closet hardware is being installed this week!
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And finally, here is the third and final bedroom.
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There are so many little details and other things I will show you when I get back (like our rear deck and garage), but I am just so thrilled with how things turned out. I hope you like it! 

Thanks so much for all your sweet, encouraging words over the past few months on this journey. TRUST ME, the road felt pretty bumpy at times. But I know some lovely family will appreciate all the things you just saw and more (like the all new wiring, plumbing, furnace and ducts, insulation, and on and on) that you don't often see in old neighborhoods like this one. Which makes all the heartache and hard work worth it.

THANK YOU AGAIN!! I am so thankful to have so many people to share this work and my dreams with.

ParkView: The final week

We are in the final week over at ParkView! I know I may have said that last week, but we had a few little hiccups with scheduling and as anyone who renovates knows, it really is a domino effect. So one thing bumped another, which bumped another and now we are pushing to the finish line. I am listing the house for sale this Saturday so things HAVE to be done. 

I only brought my camera along a handful of times but here is some progress that happened last week.

Our island counter is in place and looking beautiful!!

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You may remember it from a string of photos as we progressed, a la this shot from January. It started as a cast off piece of rubbish we found in the basement. All along various trades have offered to throw it in my garbage bin for me but I've held on tight to it. It had paint, drywall and lord knows what else crusted to it even before I got my hands on it. But with some sanding and expert trimming by my finisher it is PERFECT.


To add some character once it was sanded I bought some Boos Block board cream from William Sonoma. 
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I am a big Boos Block lover. My own board was actually never treated before either but I'm going to give it a go here at home too after seeing how pretty the island turned out.

The left is after only a few minutes and the right is still untreated.
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I rubbed it all in by hand then let it sit for a couple days to really absorb and moisturize this old block.

(I'll give you a sneak peek at the end of this post).
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Another spot that is like night and day is the mud room. I can hardly remember it looking so shabby as this, but here is how it looked not all that long ago:

And all painted up it looks like this!
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I love how the cubby and step turned out!
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From the doorway looking in. 
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Also painted up and pretty are the new railings. My painters are miracle workers, taking the time to do more prep than painting so they could spray all my trim, doors and railings instead of brushing. As someone with a little experience in that area I know how much more time that takes, but it is well worth the effort. 
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The plumbers also popped by last week! 
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I`ll give you the run down on all the details in my final reveal, but these Price Pfister faucets are definitely a detail that was not a usual `holly`purchase, but they tie in well. 
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And while it may be a grainy-camera phone photo, I just had to share my waxed butcher block counter and painted island! I did the grey paint myself as one of my own little projects. I thought it would be cool to have the white wood doors/drawers and then grey deco panels, or in this case a custom surround. 
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As you are reading this my carpet is going in and my electricians are installing all the decorative lighting. I am hoping to pop by once more before the final unveiling, but I know this week will be crazy so all I can promise is that I will see you when I see you!!

Have a great day.