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Random Updates: My Stupid DIY Mistake, Front Porch Results & Reader Hallway Suggestion

I have a post full of randomness for you today!  🙂

My Really Stupid DIY Mistake

First, let me share a kitchen update with you.  I’ve spent the last three days sanding, priming, and painting the kitchen peninsula doors and drawers, as well as the corbels for the kichen.  I finally got the last coat on everything last night, and all I had to do today was put the first coat of polyurethane on them, gold leaf the doors and four large drawer fronts, apply the second coat of poly, and those would be done!

So imagine how disheartened I was this morning to go out to the back patio (where I generally do my painting) and see this…

painted kitchen cabinet doors and drawers left out in the rain

Can you tell what that is?  That’s a rain-soaked patio with about a quarter inch of water standing in the recessed panels of all of the cabinet doors and drawer fronts.  Yes…the drawer fronts I remade.  Yes…the drawer fronts that I used MDF on as the backing.

Dumbest rookie mistake ever.  Actually, I don’t even know if that qualifies as a rookie DIY mistake.  It’s just a complete lapse of common sense — if you’re going to leave a project out overnight, check the weather forecast!!!  I always check the weather forecast.  First thing in the morning, I always ask Matt what the weather is going to be like that day, and if any rain is forecast.  It’s just part of our morning routine.  EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.

Except for yesterday.

I could kick myself.  I could honestly just punch myself right in the face.  In fact, I could pull the whole Jim Carrey in Liar Liar bit right now, I’m so upset with myself.

But there’s no point in dwelling on it.  The paint is ruined, wood grain has swelled, and everything will need to be dried out, sanded, and repainted.  Guess what I’ll be doing this weekend.  🙂

Anyway, let’s move on to happier topics…

The Front Porch Design Winner

After over 925 comments yesterday, the clear front porch design winner was…

double gable 1

…the double gable design!  And I couldn’t be more thrilled, because that was my favorite one.  Matt preferred the hip roof with the single smaller gable.  A few of you suggested that since Matt is so easy going and lets me have my way with this house, that I might consider letting him have his way on this decision.  Honestly, if it was really that important to him, I would let him have his way without a fight.  But while he has his preference, when it comes down to it, it’s just not something he’s really passionate about.  He really doesn’t care all that much.  Lucky me!  🙂

So let me tell you why I preferred this one:

  1. The balance of siding and stone in this design is brilliant, and really solves one of the biggest issues I’ve had with the front of our house.
  2. The idea of having a narrow porch extend in front of my office window, on the part of the house that juts out five feet, has really never set well with me.  So I like that this design doesn’t include that narrow porch in front of my office window.
  3. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, that this design only utilizes two full columns, and doesn’t use a full column on the other side of the door/steps.  The reason is because that large window, while it’s centered on the living room wall, it doesn’t look centered when you look at the front of the house.  Any design that uses a full column on both sides of the door will emphasize how off-centered that window is.  I’ve considered making the window smaller and more centered from the front of the house, but then it’s off-centered in the living room.  This design seems to take care of that issue.
  4. The front porch seems more open and welcoming in this design.  The porch in the other design seemed more closed off.
  5. I really like the height and layers that this design adds to the front of the house.  It just looks more interesting and appealing to me.  The other one was just a lot of shingles showing.  A whole lot of shingles.  I prefer to see pretty siding rather than shingles.
  6. This design looks more to me like it could have been original to the house.  The other one looks more like a remodel to me.

So yay!  I won!  Now I just have to get estimates and see how much this will cost (anyone care to make a guess?) and see how long it’ll take me to save up for it.  But I’m so incredibly excited!

Hallway Suggestion

On the hallway post a couple of days ago, one commenter (thank, Sharon!) had a brilliant idea.  She suggested that I move the wall with the doors to the bedroom and Matt’s game room forward into the hall a bit more. The result would be a larger master bedroom.

So for you visual learners (like me!) here’s how everything looks now (almost…still no wall between the entryway and music room)…

house floor plan 5-2014

What I had proposed is that I would remove the wall that encloses the master bedroom closet since we’ll have a new closet when we rebuild the master bathroom.  That would create a little bump out where I could put a fireplace and a seating area.

house floor plan - master bedroom details 1

But what Sharon suggested is that I just move the wall with the doors out further into the hallway and even with the back wall of the closet, so it would look more like this…

house floor plan - master bedroom details 2

I love that idea!  Our hallway is certainly large enough that it would work.  Of course, if I go this route, I can kiss my (relatively) quick and easy hallway makeover goodbye.  But it just might be worth it.  I’m going to give it more thought, and I’ll probably need to climb into the attic (ugh!) to scope out where the load bearing walls are.  I know exactly which walls are bearing on the other side (the kitchen/living room side) of the house but I get a little confused on the bedroom side.  That will probably be a big factor in whether or not I decide to bite off a bigger hallway project like this.  But I do think it’s brilliant!

Well, I’m off to see what I can do to dry out my soaked kitchen cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and corbels.  I’m praying for minimal damage and a quick and easy repair job.



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47 Comments

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    Peggy
    August 29, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Wow! Do I feel stupid. I get so irritated at people who ask you questions that you have already covered in your post……mud.On.my.face! I went back and read the post about the 2 roof/porch options…..sure enough, you did not say #1 was your choice. In my haste and excitement I assumed it was and so voted for #2 thinking I was supporting Matt. Sorry Matt but I stand with my favorite and am thrilled to know we can look forward to seeing this beautiful transformation s o m e d a y!
    Press on Kristi! Sorry about the rain and wet cabinet doors but you are AMAZING and will have it all remedied in no time! Aren’t you a Super Hero?
    Love your blog and your confidence to do what YOU like!

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    Ginger
    August 29, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Oh Kristi, I am so sorry. Nothing is more frustrating than having to do work over again…. That’s terrible. I am so sorry for you having to do that! Much support and love that you will breeze through it the second time.

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    Sydney
    August 29, 2014 at 10:31 am

    See what happened here is you got spoiled living in Texas where it almost never rains. Now if you lived in Pittsburgh you’d never leave anything out overnight because if you blink too many times it will rain. If the sun is shining it wil rain and if you think it’s not going to rain it will rain. Which is why my husband never gets to park on his side of the garage.
    Good luck, it’s so frustrating thinking you’re headed into the home stretch only to find you have to take a couple steps backwards.

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      Matt
      August 29, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      We used to live in Oregon, the land of eternal rain, so she should knnow better. Frankly it is my fault because I tell her what the forecast will be for that day, but the last week or so, I have not. OOPS!

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    Tess
    August 29, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I’d be boohooo-ing over those cabinets this morning! Glad you aren’t and can get it done! Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!!

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    Peggy R
    August 29, 2014 at 10:43 am

    So unfortunate to do all that work and then see that. I hope today is sunny. :0)

    I was wondering on the drawing, if you change the bedroom it looks like you lose your closet in the master? Is that just me ?

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      Linda
      August 29, 2014 at 11:26 am

      This floor plan doesn’t show it, but she wants to bump out the master bathroom area (I think all the way to the back sunroom wall and to be even with the left side of the house), and that would become the master bath and walk-in closet. So then the original closet becomes unnecessary.

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        Lisa E
        August 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm

        Oh ok, I wondered that myself. I didn’t think you would want to give up a closet Kristi, lol!

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    Colleen
    August 29, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I really hope there isn’t too much damage to the doors and that you can get back on track quickly.

    I am also glad you decided on porch No2. In my humble opinion it gives so much more “substance” to the house. I would add a bit of the stone to the small wall/s dividing the garages..

    Hope the renovation is not too expensive and that you will be able to have it done quite soon – you so deserve it!!!

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    Kelly
    August 29, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Wow. I am sick in my heart regarding the kitchen. What a mess! In regards to the new front, I am guessing (just the outside changes, not the wall moving on the inside)……… (if you are doing the demo yourselves and having a licensed contactor do the construction)……….. $17-$18,000. Not sure what things cost there and I am lowballing it. Let us know what happens!

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    Lindsay
    August 29, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I might also suggest swinging your office door in away from the hallway so you don’t have to keep it closed all the time to not block Matt’s room. Additionally, you may consider if Matt would prefer his office door to swing out into the main hallway, since it is more difficult from a wheelchair perspective to maneuver a closed door to an open position in a narrow office hallway.
    Did you mention where the Master closet will go? Taking up some of the sunroom would be perfect, but I have a feeling that may be your plan.

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      Lindsay
      August 29, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Nevermind on the master closet question. I found the post where you plan to square off the house! But if you do want to keep the same footprint, the sunroom space could be a practical option within your original floor plan 🙂

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    Mar
    August 29, 2014 at 11:39 am

    1, The things that keep us “humble” are the “duh” moments in life. The “shoulda, woulda, coulda” hindsight is 20/20 moments we all get the thrilling of living through and surviving!
    2. Re: The Double Gable pix. In my humble opinion the gables are TOO large, they dwarf the main roof line. The pitch is too sever (again in my opinion). The rest to the suggested remodel/facelift seems to fit, balance and compliment the original house.
    3. The fan who did all that beautiful work on the 2 designs is a marvel and I in no way want it to seems that I am finding fault with her work, my comments are purely regarding the basic house structure and balance.
    4. Re: Interior hallway change…I think the idea is nice but too much work for very little benefit. The “original” alcove in your suggested remodel is nice! How much more room would you want since you have room to easily move around the bed and room? It’s like you said about your kitchen and not needing a bigger, fancier one, you sleep & rest in that room a small portion of your time. In addition, by doing the extending your husband, Mark, ends up with a narrow “hallway” into his game room! I see no advantage to that either.

    So, as with all other suggestions and unasked for comments….this can be filed accordingly. Hope you have a sunny weekend. : )

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    Shelley
    August 29, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I really liked option #2 as well. I bet if you’d put that hallway on hold and finish up the condo, sell it, then you could use those proceeds to fund the new front gables. You can do it, I know you can.

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    Karen
    August 29, 2014 at 11:51 am

    In your defense, since we live in Central Texas and yesterday was another hot, dry, sticky, day and it hasn’t rained in a while. Hubby left things out last night and learned the same lesson as you and we even watched the weather last night ! Next time he may just pay closer attention when Rusty Garret shows rain on his forecast !!!! ; )

    Your kitchen is beautiful !!

    (On the bright side, you have cabinet doors to redo and can stay away from the horrible traffic mess that will occur around McLane Stadium this weekend !!)

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    Mary L.
    August 29, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Kristi,

    I really liked the idea you had for putting storage in the hallway. If you make this change to the walls would it still fit? If not, why not consider using the wall to the left of your front door for something like it. It would be even handier for guests and I think it would balance your fireplace wall in the living room.

    Mary

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    Kim in Houston
    August 29, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Another idea, but somewhat more expensive could be to put a door on the entrance into that hall, convert the hall bath to the master bath since it’s bigger, taking advantage of the some of the hall and master bedroom space, closing off the master bath and putting a door off the Sunroom making it the guest bath. That would give you an incredible “owners’ suite” with the option for a larger master bath, completely private from the rest of the house.

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    Janet L
    August 29, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    The above idea has promise!
    So sorry you have to do the extra work!
    Love the front of the house idea!

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    barb
    August 29, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I’m still trying to digest the first picture – you know, the one where it RAINED ON HER BEAUTIFUL CABINETS!! 🙁

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    Justin
    August 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I wanted to take a minute to thank you for posting so much detail on how you painted your kitchen cabinets because it made me get in gear and finish (okay, it’s almost finished) a project that’s been sitting around for about 4 years.

    When we bought our house, we found a nice little hutch/china cabinet at a consignment store and decided to paint it red like one we’d seen in a catalog. I’ve worked with red before and know how much of a pain it can be (it paints on blotchy, often takes up to 4 coats to even out, and takes ages to dry enough to cure hard), but my wife was heart-set on it so I said okay. Three coats plus primer later, I was so disgusted with it, I just put it aside and it’s been gathering dust in the garage while all the china is boxed-up and stashed in a spare room.

    Anyway, I’ve been eyeing the critter sprayer for awhile, wondering if it’d perform well. After you gave it rave reviews doing the green cabinets, I immediately ordered it and spent the weekend spraying a nice even layer over the remaining pieces. It worked great and it cleans up super easy! I added a rub-on wax finish and hopefully, we’ll have the whole cabinet ready to use in one or two more work sessions (need to do some more finishing and locate and reinstall the hardware and glass).

    Thanks for telling us what works and what doesn’t and why!

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      Mary
      August 29, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Hi Justin& Kristi,
      After reading about the Critter, I ordered one also. I got it to paint some chairs. But it’s been too hot & humid here in Chicago to do any painting. And to be honest, I have never used a paint sprayer before so I’m a little nervous to get started.

      Justin, did you have to do a lot of practicing before you started to use it on your hutch? Any tips you can share? There’s not a lot of info on Utube.

      Kristi, have you done any old posts on how to use the Critter that you could direct me to?

      Thanks.

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        Justin
        September 3, 2014 at 10:16 am

        Hi Mary,

        I’ll tell you that I flat-out suck when it comes to painting with a spray can. The last few times I tried, I’d end-up with drips and whatnot. I think I just don’t have enough patience to do smooth even passes. That’s part of the reason I didn’t buy the critter sprayer initially.

        Having bought it, I’d say that it’s fairly easy to use and way less temperamental than a spray can. You still have to use even strokes and not linger in any one area, but you won’t get drips. You may just get a shiny spot here and there if you linger.

        Let’s see…some tips…

        – The instructions that come with the sprayer leave much to be desired. It mentions thinning the paint but doesn’t tell you exactly how or what type of product to use. I think Kristi used a combination of Floetrol (from Home Depot) and water. I used latex Behr paint (satin finish) straight-up. I think it would have worked better with the Floetrol, but it handled straight paint with very little trouble.
        – The trickiest part is getting the pressure right and the nozzle aligned right so that it’ll siphon. I found I had to use a little more pressure than the instructions said (probably because I didn’t thin the paint) and wearing gloves, I’d basically just spray and adjust the nozzle until I saw the paint coming out easily onto my gloves.
        – Buy extra mason jars. You’ll need one for cleaning and they’re just plain handy to be able to seal-up paint for a future painting session. Craft stores sell them individually if you don’t want to buy a full dozen. You want pint-sized “regular mouth” jars. I’m a canner, so I had plenty on-hand.
        – Speaking of cleaning… The instructions say to put paint thinner into a clean jar, load it up, shake it, then spray till it’s clear. This doesn’t clean as well as advertised. I found you also have to use paint thinner and a cloth and do a little more wiping, but I’d still consider it easy. I also found that paint can end-up inside the nozzle and dip tube and dry even after spraying paint thinner. If you can get air or good water pressure in there to blow it out before drying, all the better. I wouldn’t condone using your mouth to blow it out, but that’s what I did and it worked. There’s probably be a much safer way. 😉
        – The spray area is only like 3 inches at best, so you wouldn’t want to do a large area like a wall with this. It’s definitely a smaller crafter’s spray gun. Good for furniture projects or smaller. Maybe a door.
        – As many people mentioned in the Amazon reviews, compressers have a tendency to accumulate water condensation inside the tank. After an hour or two of use, this can come out the sprayer randomly and make watery blotches on your work piece or just dilute the paint and make it spritzy. The only solution I’ve found is to simply take a break every so often and empty your tank using the evacuation plug underneath it, which usually cleans all the air and water out. They supposedly make inline filters to capture the water but I haven’t looked into a price for them.
        – The gun is fitted with a pop-on “quick connect” stem. If you don’t have a quick connect coupler for your hose (sadly, they don’t come standard when you buy them), you’ll need one. They’re not too expensive.

        That’s all I can think of right now. Good luck with it!

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    Sheri
    August 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Regarding supporting walls – usually all supporting walls that are under one section of roof are parallel to each other (meaning the walls in additions may be different), the exception being that ALL outer walls are supporting.

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    Sheila F
    August 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I am sorry to hear about your cabinet doors! I hope you take time for Labor Day this weekend. We will wait to see the doors. LOL One other thing I meant to mention about the porch idea #2. My eye is always drawn to the door. I just love the curve of the door frame! It is such a little detail in the scope of the idea. But each time my eye goes to it! I love the door frames that you are creating inside of the house. They are simple, yet oh so elegant. Do you think you will go curved on the outside? Oh, and the idea for the hall wall. I know that whatever you do I will love and I don’t think either choice would be bad but….. When I look at the drawing I notice that the entrance to Matt’s game room is a bit long. Will this make it difficult to move his chair? It may just look long and narrow but not so in real life. Also, I love the idea of the alcove for your sitting area in your first rendering. It seems to break the room into spaces. With the open room idea of #2 it is just a larger room. No interesting nooks. I am sure you have an idea to make it look wonderful but I just don’t see it on my own. So many exciting ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a wonderful weekend and HAPPY LABOR DAY to one of the hardest working people I know!
    Sheila

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    Lisa E
    August 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Oh man, so sorry about the rain! What a bummer with all of your hard work. I know with your amazing skills and tenacity you will have it turned around in no time but it’s a shame you have to do it at all. Hang in there!

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    Sue
    August 29, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Accidents happen in makeovers and this rain thing is just an accident. Don’t kick yourself too much. Hopefully, everything will dry out well and you can sand, repaint and finish the doors/drawers this weekend.

    I love Sharon’s idea for the hallway.

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    Jennifer
    August 29, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Ouch. I looked at that photo and just cringed. Things that make you swear… and I would have used every word in the book on that one. That’s totally the kind of thing I would do and then be irritated with myself about it.

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    Jessica
    August 29, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Where is your master closet?

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    Phyllis
    August 29, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Oh Kristi–I feel so so bad for you about those cabinets! You mean it actually rains in Texas?! I used to live in California and know how it is when you are used to NOT expecting rain. (The one day that a contractor didn’t put a tarp over an open roof on a remodel project I was involved with, was the one day it rained all summer!) Is there any chance that after the doors dry out they might “unswell” and be salvageable? I know real wood can do that (a friend of mine forgot to hook up the drain hose on his new dishwasther and turned it on and went to bed, only to wake up to a flood and his hardwood floors swelled up and looked ruined, but then they went back down later as it dried). I I do know that MDF is not usually “water friendly”–but yours was painted, so hopefully????. Even so, I am sure that you have a lot of work to do–undoing a disaster is always more work, Painting cabinets is enough hard work in and of itself that it is so disappointing to have that happen–especially since you are so diligent usually about checking the weather!!!! I feel for you–and I know I’ve done many other similar mess-ups, too, as most of us probably have. Since “misery loves company” I will share my “stupid DIY mistake” if it would make you feel any better: Right now in my garage sits the ugliest disaster of a corner cabinet, which I had tried to paint with chalk paint (first time trying it). It looked great-the paint did seem to stick and cover as advertised without even sanding or priming first. Then I put antiquing glaze over it. Well, I had seen a you tube tutorial where they recommended removing the glaze with baby wipes. I didn’t have any baby wipes so I grabbed some regular hand wipes—-that had alcohol in them. Well—you probably already know that alcohol is a solvent for latex paint. The paint was pretty fresh and the weather was humid, so it probably wasn’t cured very we;;…. so you can imagine what happened : the paint started to come off in spots, and bubble, and peel, and then more and more til about a third of it was off and the rest wasn’t looking too good either!!!! (I guess there isn’t alcohol in baby wipes ?)It looks like something ready for the garbage dump right now, but guess what my weekend project is going to be…

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    Julie S.
    August 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Well, if misery loves company I will tell you that I painted 6 drawer fronts for my bedroom dresser and left them alone for 15 minutes outside to dry. Not a cloud in the sky .. but we had a sunshower!! Paint ruined and now I have to sand them (UGH!) and start over. I’m almost thinking I deserve a brand new dresser instead. Love everything you do! You are such an inspiration!!

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    Phyllis
    August 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    RE: your hall and master bedroom: I love the idea of taking some of that wasted space in the hallway and making the master bedroom bigger! Awesome idea! Were the two bedrooms an addition to the original house? (That would explain the unusually large hall–maybe that was another bedroom originally?). If so, then the front wall of your existing closet is probably the original end wall of the house. If your roof at that point is still running in the same direction as it is over your master bedroom (which I assume it is), you shouldn’t have any problem removing that wall and it shouldn’t be bearing –your roof supports (trusses or rafters) would be running parallel to that wall,.

    If the long, narrower entrance into Matt’s game room is a problem with his wheelchair, you could leave his door where it is and enlarge the master bedroom by putting in an angled wall, starting at the original point the two rooms meet, and angle the wall up at 45 degrees until it meets the wall next to the hall bath. That would leave enough space to put some double doors into the master if you want, and still keep the hallway feeling spacious..
    Just a thought….

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    Jan
    August 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Ahhhh! So sorry to hear about your cabinets! I can just imagine how upsetting it was to discover that disaster this morning. You know the saying, ‘when it rains, it pours’? Well, let’s hope you just get rain and no ‘pours’, meaning I hope that is the very last problem that this kitchen reno will give you!

    So it’s option #2 for the house. I guess there’s no hope of Matt getting that lemonade now. I do love the gables on that option but didn’t know you weren’t keen on a porch in front of your office. It’s all going to be beautiful anyway. I’m learning so much following along as you do your reno! Thanks, Kristi!

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    Phyllis
    August 29, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    RE: your porch: Kristi, I am so glad that you ended up liking #2 best, because that is the one I would have voted for, too! It is amazing how that option won by “a landslide”. Just for the record, both options had the same depth porch in front of the living room area–10 feet. The hipped roof one may have seemed narrower because it was naturally narrower in front of the office portion.

    If 10′ seems too deep or is too expensive, you can easily cut it down to 8′ with option 2. (Option 1 only works with a very deep porch because of the office jutting out–moot point right now anyway.)

    Thanks, Kristi and all of you who wrote so many kind words about the CADD drawings. It was so nice to read the compliments! It makes me want to keep going and plug along and try to learn this CADD program better and try to get back into doing this for a living. It is nice to feel appreciated and I am glad to have helped!

    There were also a lot of valid suggestions and concerns posted about some of the design issues. There are some definite “tweaks” and “massages” (as we used to say) that I would make. Architectural design is a process–these should be considered as “Preliminary Designs”. (Great architectural design really does take a lot of time and reworking until it is just right. That is often what separates “ok” or “good enough” design from “excellent” design, as I am sure you interior designers know. A contractor isn’t able to spend the time it takes to come up with a fantastic design(usually!) and why we see so many poorly designed additions out there…. But I digress….)

    One thing about the Craftsman and/or Bungalow style is there are so many great options and ways to handle the details. I had done some quick googling for ideas, and was just amazed at the sheer variety of styles that all can be categorized as Craftsman or Bungalow. Since Kristi is an awesome designer, she probably already has some definite ideas and thoughts about the look she likes and wants, colors, etc. I wouldn’t even begin to try and pick those out for her!

    One thing I noticed after looking at the photos again, however, is that I would move that center stone “railing support” (not sure what the correct term would be) over to the left so that the door would appear centered between it and the column on the left, and then put the steps between them. Then I would add another stone “railing support” centered on the railing (there is only so far a wood railing can go without support.) At least, I would like to see how that looks and where the second stone box (“railing supports”) ends up in relation to the window.

    Either straight or tapered columns (either doubled or single) would work well with this style of porch. It is personal preference, but, as I replied to Susan’s comment (that I agree with totally) on yesterdays blog post (and copied below)…

    “I agree about the columns–Since I am just learning how to use the CAD program, I just used what they had available in the programs “library” of columns that had a separate base that I could apply the stone to.. They do look a bit “clunky”–the base of the upper part of the column should be a bit narrower that the stone base in real life, and have some bottom trim molding. I would definitely recommend that Kristi look at various option for not only the type and size and shape of the columns, but the different ways you can trim them out. I love the houses in the photos you linked to. Funny– I also had a hand-drawn sketch of a gable with an exposed timber truss, too, and mentioned double columns to Kristi as a possible option, too! (Great minds think alike!) The open gable with the exposed truss would let more light in!”

    Read more: https://www.addicted2decorating.com/front-porch-design-ideas.html#ixzz3BoWYKbc8

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    debbie
    August 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Gosh, I am so sorry that happened but we all have made mistakes. Don’t be so hard on yourself. We all live and learn.

    For the estimate on the front of your home I am estimating $18,000 to $25,000; however, it’s just a guess. I really have no idea. Good luck on this. Whenever you are able to get it done, it will be beautiful.

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    SheilaG @ Plum Doodles
    August 29, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Oh, no, Kristi, I saw the picture of your doors and felt a little queasy- I’m sure you are sick about it. I hope the wood didn’t swell too much. Quite a test of the hardiness of the paint finish, huh? 🙁

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    Stana
    August 29, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    My heart breaks for you. So close and yet so far away. Breathe. Thanks for making yourself so honest to your fans. This is why we follow you.

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    Sherri T
    August 29, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Any thought to sticking with your proposed bedroom/game room changes but add moving Master Bedroom door to the same wall as the hallway bathroom door? Hypothetically, in Sharon’s revision, Matt may be attempting to exit his game room at the same time you are exiting your office and the office door’s swing will block Matt’s attempt. Also, changing the door to the other wall maximizes your bedroom privacy!

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    Dawn
    August 29, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I love how you just roll with the punches. From the painted floor, to the product disappointments and now rain. And you just move on to the next step. Nothing gets you down. It’s very inspiring!

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    bonnie
    August 30, 2014 at 8:50 am

    That’s a lot of doors in a tight area, especially for a wheelchair; my husband isn’t in one yet but he has medical problems that necessitate me making sure clearances will be wide. My husband has always worked outdoors and so get’s easily frustrated with walls. This may not be the case with Matt and your experience in living in the condo would be a good indicator. Just some thoughts to consider….

    very frustrating over the cabinet doors; bummer. but it’s such a huge transformation; I read all the blogs and yours far outshines the rest, both in scale and color. I’m not a fan of white on white everything:-).

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    Lynne
    August 30, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Here’s an idea if you decide to move the hallway wall as suggested: eliminate Matt’s game room closet unless he really needs it and put your closet closest to the front of the house. That way, you can open up the entrance to Matt’s room — and still have space to add a closet if you ever decide to sell.

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    Sharon
    August 30, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    You’re welcome! 🙂

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    Debra
    September 1, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Girl, you need to give yourself a break! Don’t beat yourself up over one mistake that was beyond your control!

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    Charlotte
    September 2, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Kristi, in designing the layout of your hallway, is there some way to increase the doorway to your bedroom to accommodate the wheelchair, I think you will regret the small entry way into the game room.

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    Jane
    September 4, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Just wanted to say I love the idea of losing that huge hallway! Such wasted space!

    It is terrible that it rained that one night. All that hard work down the drain. I’m glad you were able to find replacements. At least you get a little break in the meantime to work on smaller projects. Your kitchen will be finished in no time!

    Have a great day!

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    Debbie
    September 5, 2014 at 12:40 am

    When you do the porch you are planning on redoing the siding? I was wondering if there is a reason you are keeping the exterior door that goes into your office? Wouldn’t it be better to remove it or change it into a window? I don’t understand it’s purpose with the front door being right beside it

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