Dream Becomes Reality: Room Addition Week 1

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Sitting in our room addition now, it is hard to believe that a year ago it wasn’t here.  For years the hubby and I had talked about building on to our 1280 sq. ft. home.   Building a family room to have lots of space for the ever increasing family at holidays, adding a laundry room so I didn’t have to do it in the kitchen anymore and leave it sit on the dining room table for days (yes, I did that!), and have a room that we could escape to at the end of a long day, shut out the world and enjoy the peace and quiet.

But, building a room addition requires money, lots of money!  My hubby is the money saver in the family (thank goodness one of us is) so finally after 13 years we were able to pay cash for this room addition.  Some people thought we were crazy.  A room addition?!  Why?!  It’s just the 2 of you now, what do you need all that room for?  The first 10 years we lived here we had the 2 of us, 3 teenagers, 4 dogs, and 2 cats in 1280 sq. ft.!!  And it didn’t seem like it was too small!!  How is that even possible? Maybe because teenagers spend a lot of time in their rooms, lol!   Now our family continues to grow with grandchildren, spouses, nieces and nephews.  Fitting 25 people in 1280 sq. ft. for holidays was a tight fit to say the least.

Here are some before pictures.  Excuse the quality, they were way before!

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This is the living room.  Small, way too many openings, rearranging furniture was a nightmare!!

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Our dining room that led out to the deck.  Can you see the problem?  25 people in these 2 rooms…impossible!!

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And our little deck.  Our house sits an almost an acre so we had plenty of room to build on.  So, the spring of 2015 our room addition project began.  30×30, 900 sq. ft., we almost doubled the size of our house! We hired a friend of ours to do the construction.  It stretched the limits of the friendship and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, but we remained friends!   First thing the deck came off!  Poor little house looks pitiful!!  We didn’t bother to power wash last year because we knew it was coming off anyway.  That window there to the left is one of the bedrooms, so we had to add another window because we were taking this one away.

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The first week the yard was dug up and block laid for the foundation.

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After the rain stopped (of course it had to rain, it was spring) and the water was sucked out the floor joists went in.  Now you can really see how big this was going to be!

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and then OSB for the floor and we could finally walk out on it!!

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I can’t tell you how exciting it was to have this dream finally become a reality!!

Stay tuned for week 2!!

 

Susanne, The City Girl

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Laurie
    July 14, 2016 at 1:09 am

    How exciting! I’ll be following along to see the progress.

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      skstewart1220@hotmail.com
      July 14, 2016 at 8:27 am

      It was quite an adventure!! 🙂

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    Pamela List
    July 14, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    This is so exciting! I can’t wait to see what happens next. I could not even imagine a whole room build. My patience would be tested to the max!

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      skstewart1220@hotmail.com
      July 16, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      It was believe me!! But so worth it in the end 🙂

  • Reply
    Melony
    July 18, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Susanne, I know that was a lot of work, but how cool! I can’t wait to see the rest of the story!!

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    Lisa
    July 19, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    This is very exciting and I can’t wait to see it all finished.

    • Reply
      skstewart1220@hotmail.com
      July 21, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      I was in design heaven!!! Thanks for reading 🙂

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