Michigan House Renovation Progress: Month 1

We are just over a month into our Michigan house reno process! And I can confidently say that there’s no way we’re going to  done within our original eight week timeline. I mean, we will be lucky to be halfway there in three weeks. But still! We’ve made a ton of progress and it’s been a lot of fun to watch things start to transform, despite some setbacks and slowdowns. 

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Here’s where we’re at right now … 

Downstairs Renovation Progress

The contractors started the process by installing new windows and taking up the old floors, and then moved on to putting in the new french door at the back of the house and knocking out the wall between the staircase and the living room. Just those changes already have given the house so. much. more. light and I can’t wait to just paint this whole place white. 

This was the living room about 3 weeks into the process, when just the floors were up and the windows were going in. home renovation blog

And here it is a few days later (I can’t remember exactly when), with the French door in and the stairway opened up. 

In the front bedroom, because there wasn’t a ton to do outside of cosmetic work, the contractor installed the new floor there first … and cue happy giggles. I’m so glad now that we went with the darker floor because it looks rich and shiny and amazing, and I can’t wait to see it in the rest of the house. 

As far as the kitchen and dining area go, not much has changed in there quite yet, but I’m hoping that will change soon! 

Upstairs Renovation Progress

Upstairs … there’s a whole lot going on there too. 

This is a very early shot of the landing at the top of the stairs. Hot mess. Gives me anxiety just looking at it. 

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In the bathroom, we basically ripped everything to the studs and had to build it back up again. Here’s Mark peering into the empty shell where the bathroom used to be. 

And here it is a few weeks later after they started putting it back together again. 

And, in other news, I found my bathroom vanity! I’ve been looking for something like this for a couple of months now, and I finally found it at the Sawyer Antique Mall in Sawyer, MI. It was the exact dimensions I needed, and we’re going to add a vessel sink on top of it and do a wall faucet. YAAAS. 

More to come!