While we were incredibly excited to close on our new home – the hard work didn’t stop getting to the closing table.
To make this house our ‘home’, there were a few projects to take care of before we could move in. Since this is going to be our forever home, we worked really hard to make sure we took care of the ‘big’ things that came up during inspection before we moved in. We needed to make sure that we had peace of mind living in this ‘ol Florida house with our kids that we’d be safe from any health issues and comfortable with how functional our house would be. We also had a little bit of wiggle room with our rental and had the time to get it done the right way.
From the beginning, our list of ‘musts’ started with:
- Mold Remediation
- A/C Cleaning – Because we got a positive mold test, it was a huge priority to clean out the A/C System & ducts to be sure there was nothing living up there!
- Floors – the old tile in the living space and the water damaged rugs were also a ‘must go’ before we could move in.
- Open Concept Living Space – When you walked in, this big faux stone wall closing in the kitchen hit you in the face and made the ceilings feel low and the living space feel small. So we knew it had to go!
- Paint & Baseboards – Paint was also a necessity before we moved in.
In South Florida, the word “Mold” makes everyone nervous when it comes to buying a new house – and as soon as we got the news we may have a mold issue my heart sank. During the inspection period, our amazing inspector Toby with Homestar Inspections found evidence of water damage in our Master Bedroom closet and suggested we get a mold test to be sure of what we were dealing with. This was my FOREVER house – what KIND of mold situation are we talking about here?! Are we talking thousands and thousands of dollars of damage? Is this not our house because – duh- we can’t afford that?!
We decided to follow up with a mold test and BOOM, ladies and gentlemen, I give you my enemy, Mr. Aspergillius.
The good news was this kind of mold could be easily remediated and we were back in business! We were very lucky, and turns out Javy’s actually a pretty great Realtor, and we negotiated a credit from the sellers to take care of the Mold Damage as soon as we closed. We hired a local company referred to us by a very smart friend and previous client of ours (Thanks Pat!!!), and step one of our renovations began! I was so intrigued by the process, all the while impressed by how thorough it was. I was also happy that they flushed and cleaned out the A/C ducts! Two birds with one stone, one less thing to worry about!
Not only were the carpets damaged from the moisture in the bedrooms, but the tile throughout the remainder of the home was pretty dated. So we knew from day 1 we’d have to do floors.
I obsessed over which floors we’d pick – I mean OBSESSED. Countless hours spent on Pinterest, pricing out square footage, thinking about grout colors and installation patterns. We were thrilled to be referred to an amazing tile guy (South Floridians, let me know if you need a guy!)
And in the blink of an eye – tile was gone and we were on to the next step.
Open Concept Living
When you walked into the house, what should be this big open space, was broken apart by a wall, where there was a small kitchenette & storage. We decided if we’re going to put new floors and eventually wanted to open up the wall, we would need to get it done before or be tasked with trying to ‘patch’ in the floors where the wall would be removed. That sounded way more complicated than just getting the wall taken out before we put new floors.
So, on a very hot Saturday afternoon, Papi, Uncle Boo Boo and Uncle Binny tore down this wall and changed the feel of our house completely!
It’s crazy what a fresh coat of paint can do for a space! Kitchen taped off, floor debris cleared out and our home was starting to look and feel like more like a home than a construction site!!! I bounced through a lot of different ‘grey’ colors – narrowed it down to a few ‘greige’ colors and narrowed it down to White Heron from Sherwin Williams.
Floors Part 2
With paint finished, it was time to get these floors installed! After loads of analyzing and decision making, we decided on the Navarro Beige 9×48 Ceramic “Wood” Tile. The week that we pulled the trigger and decided on these, I showed a “flip” home in Fort Lauderdale that had installed these in the kitchen and I HATED them! I was freaking out with Javy that we picked the wrong ones and that we had to go return them and start over.
On that note, can I say what a SAINT Javy is? He did a tremendous job at navigating all of my indecisiveness and assured me that everything would be okay no matter what. Well, our super amazing tile guy showed me that the reason I hated the tile in that flip was because they had installed it incorrectly! First of all it was horizontal and didn’t run with the wall, and they had installed it at half points.
Instead, we would be installing them in a 1/3 pattern, so the grain of the wood pattern was less choppy!
and we absolutely LOVED the results once we had our whole space laid, and then it was time to move in!
Looking at this blog post it seems things happened so fast – and 4 weeks is pretty quick in the grand scheme of things – but it felt like FOREVER! So many missed deadlines, things we needed to do that got pushed to the backburner so we could get the necessities done.
Still, so much work to be done in our home, but it feels like home and there is no better way to describe that feeling than BLISSFUL.
Start to Finish!