We Got a New Roof! A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Want To Know About The Process

We Got a New Roof! A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Want To Know About The Process

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we had a thrilling week with the addition of a new roof and the removal of FIVE layers of roofing material. This project was a long time coming and has been the topic of many discussions in our household. So, I’m here to give you all the details from picking a color, finding a contractor, and the cost. Hold on to your seats - roofing is very exciting.

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Revisiting The Kitchen/Master/Bathroom Layout + Reader Contributions

Revisiting The Kitchen/Master/Bathroom Layout + Reader Contributions

Redesigning the kitchen layout has been a doozy! I first talked about it in this post seven months ago where I laid out our must-haves, some sketches, a video walk-through, and a few thoughts on the matter. I asked readers to share their designs and give me feedback, so that’s what I’m here to do today - after a brief half a year of noodling on the designs.

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Master Bedroom Reveal - One Room Challenge Week 6! + VIDEO

Master Bedroom Reveal - One Room Challenge Week 6! + VIDEO

IT'S DONE!! I've officially completed my THIRD One Room Challenge and what a journey! The ORC has been such a big part of my home and blog - HALF of my house has been transformed through the design challenge. I'm so proud and grateful to participate! I mean, look at this new bedroom I get to sleep in, now!

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A New Door Off the Master and Fresh Paint - One Room Challenge Week 5 + A VIDEO!

A New Door Off the Master and Fresh Paint - One Room Challenge Week 5 + A VIDEO!

OMG it's week five of the One Room Challenge! The moment we've all been waiting for - the new exterior door was installed, and boy is it a beaut. We also built a deck this week (so I didn't fall to my death out the new door) and painted the room in the prettiest hues.

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My Episode on the Home Love Network!

My Episode on the Home Love Network!

I can't believe I'm saying these words, but I have an episode on Home Love Network's new show! GASP! I've been in love with Candis and Andy Meredith for ages now - you might know them as Old Home Love. For years, they've been fixing up old houses in the best possible way, they wrote a book that I treasure, they had an HGTV show before creating their own network, and they are just all around great humans. When they reached out to film at my house I had a mild panic attack from the sheer excitement of it.

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Master Bedroom Makeover - One Room Challenge Week 2 - Electrical and Doorways + A VIDEO!

It's week two of the One Room Challenge! I didn't start until I wrote last week's announcement blog post so I'm only a week into the challenge. 7 days down, 28 more to go!

If you found me through ORC, welcome! I'm Ashley and for the past three years, I've been restoring a craftsman bungalow in San Diego, CA. Learn a touch more about me here, preview the before-and-after room transformations here, and see my previous ORC rooms here and here.

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The first week of ORC is always prep week. It isn't the most glamorous, but there's nothing like emptying a room and putting holes in the wall to feel like you're making progress. I find that this week is much more fun in time lapse and music video (minus any dancing) format, so I give you a video of the week's progress. If you like old-fashioned reading, then scroll down!

This Week's Video:

P.S. I promise the video is more entertaining than the text. It's less than 4 minutes long, so it's worth the watch.

Ross was out of town, so I emptied the room solo. Whenever I do that, it becomes my workout for the day. It's not a good habit, but I definitely find myself skipping yoga after doing demo, or heavy lifting, or really after doing anything sweaty.

The Gold Hive One Room Challenge Den Guest Room

Since we moved out of the master and I'm selling all of the furnishings, I needed a spot to sleep, so I moved into the den next door. The blue velvet couch is a pull-out, so I stacked our mattress on top of the couch mattress and I feel like the Princess and the Pea. If double mattresses weren't luxury enough, the den also has the TV, so I can watch my British crime shows fully reclined. Winning.

The Gold Hive One Room Challenge Week 2 Electrical

After emptying the room, I called in our trusty electrician who previously rewired the entire house to bring us into the 21st century. For this room redo, he moved an outlet to hide behind the nightstand, moved an outlet that would be in the way of the new exterior door, wired for the exterior light, put in a switch for the new light, added a 3-way switch for the overhead flush mount, and wired for the new bedside sconces.

The Gold Hive One Room Challenge Week 2 Conduit Before

While the electrician was here, I got inspired to do a project that was on my agenda for a long time. There have been three lines of conduit running the length of the back of the house to power clunky floodlights and a single bulb in the garage. I figured I'd leave them until we did more electrical work down the road, but knowing I'd be installing a new sconce right next to the ugly pipes, I decided to pull it all down. Now that it's gone I'm regretting not doing it sooner. It's really the little things that are most satisfying! (also, watching the time-lapse of it coming down is veeeery satisfying)

After putting holes in the walls of the bedroom for new electrical, I needed to close off a really big one - the doorway into the kitchen. If you recall in my week 1 plans, I'm closing off the door from the master bedroom to the kitchen. Removing this passageway is kind of a bummer, but it's the right thing to do for the layout of the bedroom. We'll be able to maximize storage and create a more open space. Don't forget, I'm adding a door with lots of glass to the backyard in a couple of weeks, so soon enough I'll have forgotten about the loss of the kitchen door.

Below are the views sans door from the bedroom and the kitchen, respectively.

The Gold Hive One Room Challenge Week 2 Closed off doorway
The Gold Hive One Room Challenge Week 2

I pulled off all of the trim (delicately as to save it for future use) but hired out help to frame and drywall the opening. Getting perfectly smooth walls on a big patch is not the easiest thing to do, so hiring it out to the pros was certainly the right thing for me to do. Once I paint, you won't even know a door was there - unless you read this blog, of course.

That's all I finished between week 1 and 2 so come back next week for more progress! Be sure to follow along on Instagram Stories where I share live updates and ask for your advice when I can't make a decision! This is only the first of my ORC videos, so subscribe to my YouTube channel to support future videos. If you aren't already subscribed to the blog, you can do that here.

If you want a refresher on the plans and the before photos, you can review the week 1 post here.

Check out progress from my fellow featured designers below, and don't miss out on the guest participants!

Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive
Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design
Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators
Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Bisou Style
Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

Psst! To jump into the future and see how this room turned out, click here!
 

This Week's Sources

The Master Bedroom Is Getting An Update! - One Room Challenge Week 1 - The Before and The Plans

I'm back for my third round of the One Room Challenge! I considered taking a break from the 6-week design challenge after I painted that mural last time, but I just love putting pressure on myself, so here I am again!

If you found me through ORC, welcome! I'm Ashley and for the past three years, I've been restoring a craftsman bungalow in San Diego, CA. Learn a touch more about me here, preview the before-and-after room transformations here, and see my previous ORC rooms here and here.

We're supposed to keep which room we're working on under wraps, but I accidentally gave out clues when I asked for your input on the layout changes for the back of our house. If you guessed I would do the kitchen, then bless you for thinking I can tackle that in 6 weeks. If you guessed dining room, sorry! If you were hoping for a master ensuite, so was I, believe me! BUT, the master bedroom it is!

The Before

The room right now isn't bad! I coated the walls in Behr's Silver City, replaced half of the hardwoods due to termite damage, moved in all of the same furniture we had in our old house, then added a few new things. If you're into the before sources, here they are:

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The Plan

First things first, I'm going to remove the door into the kitchen. While it's convenient to grab a snack before crawling into bed, having the door there prevents us from using the wall for furniture or art. Plus, when we remodel the back of the house later this year, this door is going to be in a different spot, so let's get it outta there now!

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While I'm removing a door, I'll be adding one, too. I'm SO excited to have backyard access from the master. Since the bedroom isn't that big, by adding a door, it will open up the room to our (future) outdoor living space. When we remodel the backyard, I imagine a nice sitting area with a fire pit and lots-o-plants.

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Also, how great will the view be from the den and the rest of the hallway when there's a view to the outdoors there? Swoon!

When these doors get removed/added, it will change the configuration of the furniture, too. Here's what I have in mind.

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Along with the new orientation, the room will get all new bedding, furniture, light fixtures, window treatments, a rug, paint, and art. While I promise I'm not painting another mural, I will still be adding interest to the walls.

I'm a total sucker for board and batten, so that's what the master is getting! While wall treatments are currently trending - shiplap, anyone? - I'm adding a detail that has been in this house for the last 103 years. Tucked behind the room dividers in the living/dining room is some pretty, subtle board & batten that I'll be mimicking. Yay for old-house features and dimensions for inspiring new rooms!

For the room transformation, I'm going for a subtle, moody vibe with neutrals and simple finishes. I'm still sourcing products because I'm plagued with indecision, so keep coming back for more updates! In the meantime, I give you a shoppable mood board.

the Future Products

I can't wait to share more with you as I finalize the finishes and pull the whole look together!

Come back next Wednesday for a progress post. I'm going to start putting holes in the wall this weekend to run new electrical, and I'll probably need your help picking paint, so keep an eye out in Instagram Stories! I'm also going to do videos throughout the process, so subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don't miss out. If you aren't already subscribed to the blog, you can do that here.

Check out progress from my fellow featured designers below, and don't miss out on the guest participants!

 

Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive
Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design
Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators
Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Bisou Style
Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

To jump into the future and see how this room turned out, click here!

I Won The One Room Challenge, So I'm Doing It Again!

I can't remember if I even shared this glorious news on the blog, but I won the One Room Challenge last fall! Sophie Donelson, editor in chief of House Beautiful magazine, picked her top two favorites out of 200+ guest participants and mine was one of them! GASP! The other room transformation winner was my blogger bud, Natasha Habermann.

In case you forgot the room transformation I did, my home office won for the handpainted mural and my love for organization. You can walk through each of the seven weeks of the transformation here.

The Gold Hive Office Winner of the One Room Challenge Fall 2017
The Gold Hive Office Winner of the One Room Challenge Fall 2017 Before and After

Winning was a highlight, but the prize also comes with the honor of being a featured designer in the upcoming season of the One Room Challenge! The last two times I joined in, I was a guest participant which is open to anyone with a blog (so jump in if you like rambling on the internet!). Natasha and I will be participating with a group of 18 other featured designers for the Spring ORC starting next week! Come back in exactly 7 days to see what we all have up our sleeves. A handful of blog friends are joining as guests (like Sarah, Nicole, Cathy, and Alison) and I'm already itching to see what they do, so don't play favorites - check out the featured AND guest participants!

Spring 2018 Featured One Room Challenge Designers:

Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive | Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design | Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators | Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Style Me Pretty Living
Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

I promise that this time around I won't hand paint a mural for 100+ hours. I'll take it a little easier, but I'm really excited for the changes headed for another room in our house. Any guesses as to which space is earning a 6-week makeover?

The Gold Hive Office Winner of the One Room Challenge Fall 2017 Before and After