New Dwelling Surprises • Kath Eats


Now that we’ve been in our newly renovated home a couple of months, listed here are a couple of new residence surprises we’ve found alongside the best way!

Each time I’ve purchased a brand new residence, or think about folks shopping for a house, I all the time assume “What if the XX is unhealthy and also you don’t understand it till you progress in?!” 

Excellent instance: the water strain! You often don’t take a bathe in a home earlier than shopping for it, and whereas your inspector may name out oddly low water strain, he/she may not make notice of something that’s just a bit bit unhealthy. 

Once you’re constructing or renovating a house, you attempt to consider every thing you need/want/want, however then there are issues that pop up that also don’t work fairly proper. On the flip aspect, there are certain to be a couple of nice surprises!

Having lived in our newly renovated residence for 2 months now, I’m sharing a couple of of these professionals and cons that we’ve got realized about our newly designed area. 

New Flooring

How we thought it could go: lovely however soiled

The way it’s going: GREAT!

We knew we needed lighter flooring for an aesthetic really feel, so there was actually no going forwards and backwards on ought to we go darkish or gentle. I used to be just a little anxious that the lighter wooden would present all types of stains and dust, however in reality, I feel they present FEWER stains and dust than our earlier flooring! I can not determine why. The one stain that exhibits worse is espresso drips. Every part else (smudges, ice cream drips, dust) appears to mix in rather well. 

And one actually actually superior discovery: the flooring match Gus’s hair!! He sheds like loopy however we simply can’t see it as a lot. Additionally having a robotic vacuum has been a completely life altering addition to the quantity of canine hair that accumulates every day. 

Equipment Storage

How we thought it could go: all of the home equipment in there

The way it’s going: it’s the brand new espresso station!

I already wrote about this modification in this post, however this swap was one we didn’t plan for however turned out to be wonderful! Thomas loves all of his espresso provides collectively and helpful subsequent to his newly put in espresso sink with water filter; I really like that every one the espresso mess (grinds on the counter, drips from the lids, sprinkles of sugar) are behind closed doorways that I by no means must see! 

Espresso Sink Faucet Confusion

How we thought it could go: we don’t want as fancy of a faucet for the secondary sink

The way it’s going: my mind is so confused

Let me clarify this as finest as I can: our major kitchen sink faucet is palms free and also you wave your arm by the neck to show it on and off. I’m so used to doing this movement that I am going to different homes and do it there too. It’s laborious to unlearn! Our espresso sink is identical model, nevertheless it’s a faucet on and off, so it’s a must to contact it along with your finger or the again of your hand to show it on. So half the time I’m tapping our principal faucet and waving my arm by our espresso faucet. In hindsight, we should always have simply gotten the identical faucet in each. It’s driving me just a little bit nuts!

Not Having A Actual Storage

How we thought it could go: chaos for stuff

The way it’s going: no large deal

Since constructing our hidden trash can storage and transferring a variety of the issues we used to retailer within the storage into our larger kitchen / utility closet / storage rooms, we actually don’t miss having a storage in any respect. I don’t miss AT ALL questioning if there are spiders within the cooler baggage or seaside chairs that we used to retailer within the buggy storage. We nonetheless have plans to buy a small shed for the yard, however in the meanwhile, we don’t remorse dropping our storage in any respect. 

The Parking Lot

How we thought it could go: we’d want to significantly troubleshoot our parking spots

The way it’s going: my two-point flip is now a four-point flip

Once we began to plan our our renovation, we knew including the aspect porch would imply Thomas’s truck’s parking spot acquired pushed again a couple of ft, which cuts off my potential to show round within the driveway. It was already tight, however dropping 3-4 ft would make it even tighter. We debating parking on the road, parking within the again, making a brand new, wider driveway. None of those options appeared like good concepts, so we determined to cross that bridge once we get there. 

I used to have the ability to do a two-point flip to get out, and now I would like 3-5 factors to make the flip, however I CAN DO IT! Thomas tries to inform me simply to again straight out, however we stay on a busy avenue and driving is just not in my expertise stack, so I proceed to do foolish Austin Powers-style turns. There are worse issues, haha.

The Eating Room

How we thought it could go: household dinners within the eating room, breakfast on the island

The way it’s going: we now have a puzzle desk! 

Previous to our renovation, the eating room was the prime consuming spot. We didn’t have an island or kitchen desk, so we did virtually all breakfast, lunches, and dinners right here. Everybody mentioned we might begin to eat all meals on the island. I didn’t actually consider them, nevertheless it’s true!! We eat most of our meals on the island, or out on the screened in porch whereas it nonetheless heat. However this has led to an incredible discovery of utilizing the eating desk as a puzzle desk! We borrowed this puzzle from Thomas’s pal Anna and instantly acquired a second certainly one of the national parks to begin. It’s been so stress-free to placed on spa music and puzzle within the evenings. 

New Major Toilet

How we thought it could go: a serene area for the adults

The way it’s going: the entire gang’s right here!

Our lavatory is the place to be. Everybody prefers to bathe in there, and the bathtub is large and huge, so the boys love to wash in there too. The one downside I’m fixing now’s whose towel is whose!? It’s form of good that I can do my skincare or fold laundry throughout tub time now vs. being cooped within the smaller boys lavatory, so I’m calling this a win-win.

Bathe Cleaner Bar

How we thought it could go: set up a bathe bar that you need to use to scrub the bathe

The way it’s going: I’ve a neck-down bathe for non-hair washing days!

This was a kind of “the primary time you bathe right here” discoveries. I didn’t understand that our hand-held bathe sprayer that we put in for cleansing is definitely an adjustable bathe HEAD too! I can use it if I’m taking a neck-down bathe and never washing my hair as a substitute of holding my head sideways to maintain my hair dry underneath the rainshower. #itsthelittlethings 

The Open Mudroom

How we thought it could go: trying messy on the time

The way it’s going: 1,000% higher than it was

I feel I’ve talked about that our mudroom began as a extra closed off room, and we determined to open it up. And we additionally debating having doorways on the lockers and drawers for sneakers to include the open litter, however we didn’t have fairly sufficient depth for these. So every thing is open…..and it’s going nice! Whereas we we are going to by no means have sufficient hooks for coats or cabinets for sneakers, the share enchancment from what it was before is so dramatically improved that I couldn’t care much less that it’s open and typically just a little cluttered. It’s superior!!! 

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