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Our House Is Inching Closer To Completion — An Updated Color-Coded Floor Plan Showing The Progress

At the beginning of this year, I shared a color-coded floor plan of our house showing the progress that had been made in each room. If you missed it, this was the state of our house in early 2021…

house floor plan - progress as of 2-22-21

Well, I decided to update that color-coded floor plan to see where things stand as of this moment, and I was so excited to see the progress!! Here’s where we are now…

Look at all that pink! FINISHED! 😀 That includes the entryway/living room, music room, kitchen, guest bedroom, hallway, hallway bathroom, pantry, half bathroom, and the back entrance to the studio.

The finished entryway
finished living room - 24
Living Room
Music Room
kitchen 4
The finished pantry
Hallway Bathroom
guest bedroom - finished - closet and headboard wall
Guest Bedroom
finished studio half bathroom - 2
Studio Bathroom
studio back entry with painted chevron floor and green walls
Studio Back Entrance

That’s a lot of finished areas! And when you consider that most of those were taken down to the studs and ceiling joists (and some of them down to the floor joists), and required quite a bit of construction (far beyond simple decorating projects), it’s pretty exciting to see how far things have come.

As far as the areas that are currently in progress, there’s the breakfast room that we’re currently using as a sitting room. It looks like this right now…

new sitting room curtains 4
Sitting Room

That’s the most recent picture I have. I couldn’t take a new picture this morning because things are a bit disheveled right now as I’m working on my new idea for the TV wall. It should be finished this weekend, and I’ll show y’all pictures of the whole room next week.

Then there’s the home gym…

Home Gym

I got the walls finished in there, and then had to stop working on the room as the work in the master bathroom began. When that project started, I didn’t realize how much I’d be in their way by continuing work on the home gym, so I was happy to take a break while they got their work on the bathroom finished.

And speaking of the bathroom, their part should be finished today (with maybe just a small bit of finishing touches on Monday), and they’ll be ready to hand the room over to me to finish.

You’ll notice on the color-coded floor plan at the beginning of this year, I wasn’t even sure if the bathroom would be a project that we’d get to this year. I had it slated as a project that we might start this year and finished next year. I’m so glad we were able to go ahead with it this year, and I feel certain that it’ll actually be finished this year.

And I also have my front porch in the “In progress – will be finished in 2021” category. The reason for that is because I really need to so some repairs and get a new sealer on the wood on my front porch before this winter comes. Last winter (specifically our random two-week snow storm) was very hard on our house. We had shifting in our house more than usual. We had wood on our front porch showing signs of rot. We had floor boards inside our house separating. (Those have gone back to normal for the most part.) All that to say that last winter was rougher on our house than all of the previous years combined. And I don’t want to go into this winter with a front porch that isn’t protected against the weather.

So basically, the studio and master bathroom swapped places. Now the studio is in the “may carry over to 2022” category, which is a bummer, but I see no other option unless I really do obtain superpowers. The good thing is that my studio is fully functional just as it is. I use my workroom tables all the time. The bad news is that my studio looks nothing like this right now…

studio progress as of 10-25-2019 - 1

I have way too much pride to show you a picture of how it looks right now. 😀 But there are boxes and boxes of stuff that belongs in this room, but will eventually be stored away in cabinets. Since I have no cabinets yet, I’m stuck with boxes and boxes of stuff.

And that just leaves the carport, which still looks like this, minus the shutters leaning on the posts…

I planned for so long to enclose the carport and turn it into my workshop. Remember that?

Well, I’ve decided not to do that. Instead, we’re planning on building a completely separate workshop in the back yard at some point.

I have two reasons for that decision. First, I really do want a covered area to be able to park my car in bad weather. There’s no better place for that than right where this carport is. If we were to build a covered parking area anywhere else, it would be detached from the house, and I don’t like that idea at all.

But also, we spent thousands of dollars on huge laminated beams for the carport since it was being built with no supporting walls on any of the sides. That’s thousands of dollars that we could have saved had we just planned to enclose it in the first place. And that’s thousands of dollars that we would have to spend again to build a new covered parking somewhere else.

So after giving it lots of thought, it just made more sense to keep this as a carport, and then build a cheaper structure (cheaper because it can have regular walls and not huge laminated beams) in the back yard to use for my workshop. We’re on an acre of land, so it’s not like there’s a shortage of space for a workshop bath there. But that will definitely be a project for another time…another year.

Anyway, it’s very exciting to see the unfinished areas dwindling down.

And before we know it, I’ll be out of interior projects on the house in its current configuration. It’ll be time for that addition soon!

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  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    August 20, 2021 at 11:47 am

    You have done such an amazing job! I am in awe! Love all of the color in the whole house. Love, love love!

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      Jayne Finkbohner
      August 21, 2021 at 7:57 pm

      I love your transformation. I also love your use of colors that are bright and show so much personality. Your decorating style makes me smile, it’s beautiful and fun.

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    August 20, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    This is sooo exciting to see all you have done on this house over the years, and to see how wonderfully it is turning out! You should be very proud! Kudos, Kristi!!!

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    August 20, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    WOW! You’ve come such a long way. I’m excited to see the last few rooms come together before the addition next year…so exciting. Love everything!

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    August 20, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Wow! That’s a lot of hard work. But it looks so good. I’m excited to see the new bathroom come together.

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    August 20, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Kristi….where is the master bedroom?

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      Kristi Linauer
      August 20, 2021 at 2:22 pm

      We don’t have one yet. The original master bedroom is being turned into the bathroom. The new master bedroom is part of the addition we’ll build hopefully next year.

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    August 20, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Have you looked at putting up a pole barn? Cost is less than a garage. You can pretty it up.

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      Kristi Linauer
      August 20, 2021 at 2:22 pm

      I’ve never looked into it, but I will now!

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        August 21, 2021 at 11:35 am

        I agree with the pole barn idea.
        I live in a rural area and many people have both small and big pole barns.
        The small pole barns are most often workshops for people who have a business from home. One of my friends is a furniture painter and restorer.
        She had a new smaller pole barn added about 18 months ago and it has been a game changer for her as she was working in an unheated barn and we can have 8 weeks of really cold weather so that meant bringing the furniture into her house to work on one piece at a time. Definitely can see that working for you and you can do the finish work inside to save money.

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        August 21, 2021 at 1:42 pm

        You can google “Shouse” or they have another nickname where pole barn type structures are turned in to housing, offices, studios and more

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      August 21, 2021 at 10:11 am

      I love all the colors in the rooms.
      It’s such a bright happy house.

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    August 20, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Great plan I love it. If you can do it earlier, pour the pad for the workshop. Until you can build walls, it’s an extra pad to work or park at. Lay some of the left over bricks or Austin stone near the edge to keep the edge from getting messed up by contractors driving on it. For me, not having space to spread out for a project can slow my pace of work. It doesn’t have to be pretty, just a spot. Supply-chain-wise a concrete pad is not wood, and made with local materials.

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    Taryn Mason
    August 20, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Could you share info about your bathtub? I’m looking for one. Thanks!

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    August 20, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    So, Kristi — what will happen to your blog when you’re finished?!? You’re so close!! 😉

    (Love looking at all the progress – can’t wait to see what’s next!)

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    Maureen S. Donahue
    August 21, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Kristi I have enjoyed your work and gusto for years. Thanks for the check in on the progress.
    What needs doing on the carport if you are not enclosing it?

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      Kristi Linauer
      August 21, 2021 at 1:25 pm

      It needs electrical wiring for light, lighting installed, the ceiling enclosed, some trim installed, and it needs to be painted.

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    Pat Federico
    August 21, 2021 at 10:47 am

    Three plus cheers for you….!!!🥳 Soooooo delighted for you to see all the Pink on your floor plan…. All I can say is….. “You’ve Got This!!!”👏🏻

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    August 21, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Your house looks like a magazine…I love everything about it!

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    Chelle Ellis
    August 21, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Wow! What have you been doing with your time these days? haha! So amazing to see everything in one post like a beautiful live portfolio. Everything flows so well from one room to the other, and this rings like such a swan song.

    After you demolish your sun room, maybe you can split that entire back area between your master bedroom and workshop… with lots of sound insulation in the shop. I can’t remember your plans on your master bedroom at the moment.

    You are getting so close to being finished. What on earth will you do when everything is complete?

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      Kristi Linauer
      August 21, 2021 at 1:26 pm

      I don’t know what I’ll do just yet (and I still have a while to figure that out), but I’ll never stop doing creative projects and sharing them.

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    August 21, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    As far as I’m concerned you already have superpowers! You are an inspiration.

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    August 21, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Congrats, much to celebrate!

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    Joan A Hornung
    August 21, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Wow – love seeing the progress with your color floor plan! It’s been quite a year already, and by the end I know you will be seeing more pink! Everything is looking awesome…I love so much of what you have done, but that pantry is beyond words! I always love seeing pictures of that…I adore the colors, and who wouldn’t love that for storage and to work in! And the kitchen is still a favorite as well. Now, I’m excited to see that master bath!

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    August 21, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    You guys have accomplished so much! It all flows together thanks to your ability to picture it done in your head. Awesome job!

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    August 21, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    I’m trying to figure out the flow. I’m guessing that the “pink” between the guest bedroom and Hall bath is your ?hallway? How will ;you enter your Master bedroom when it’s added on? and do you have to walk through the home gym get to master bath and bedroom? Also you have to walk through the Music room to get to your hallway? Anyways kudos to you for living through all this-you must be constantly cleaning! Your finished rooms look good though-I can’t wait to see the Master bath!

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      Kristi Linauer
      August 21, 2021 at 10:50 pm

      We’ll be adding on a bedroom, laundry room, and family room. The bedroom will be accessed from a hallway from the new family room. And yes, we have to go through the music room to get to the hallway. It’s not a standard hallway. The original hallway was more like a square (the original size was not too much smaller than my kitchen) with three bedrooms and a shared bathroom off of the hallway. We closed up one door to turn that room into the master bathroom, turned one bedroom into a home gym (in progress), and kept the other bedroom as a bedroom.

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    August 21, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    I am so excited for you Kristie and Matt. You home looks fabulous!

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    August 21, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    I’m so happy for you!!

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    August 21, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Are the measurements of the guest room correct? 5’10” ? Things are really looking great.

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      Kristi Linauer
      August 21, 2021 at 10:53 pm

      Haha! Ummm…definitely not right. 😀 I’m pretty sure that’s supposed to be a 15. Maybe. I’ve edited that floor plan to many times that I’ve forgotten what was originally there.

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    August 21, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Your creativity is matched right up there next to your awesome skills. Plus your drive, focus, etc. etc. You are a special person and you and Matt are super special.

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    August 21, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Are you not going to have another bedroom? What will you do when guests want the guest’s room? I must have missed something somewhere! I’ve missed reading a lot of your posts as I work 12-18 hrs a day with COVID patients. I’ll be so glad when my household can be somewhat “normal again”! 😷😷😷

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    August 22, 2021 at 2:21 am

    It all looks amazing. I’m so in awe of your abilities. I try things but run out of steam and then it becomes a chore. But I’m inspired every time I see your posts!
    Where is your master bedroom now?