Saturday, January 27, 2018

Our Indoor Remodel: Before and After Photos

Following up on my last post a week ago, here are photos showing the "before" and "after" we did remodeling. The amount of work I had to do was immense. The amount of time it took was so long. The amount of things I had to learn was great. There were many times I was discouraged. Kathy was a big help very often. We often worked together to get jobs done.

What an experience. With my education in handyman work and remodeling work, I have been asked by friends to do work in their homes. I had wondered what kind of work I would do after moving to Ohio from Mongolia. I never dreamed that my "education" in remodeling would show it's fruit in work as a handyman. God's wisdom is far greater than I can imagine. His love and care as He works in our lives is wonderful. Let's trust Him for everything!! 

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Before

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Before

Kathy's brother Rick came to help with framing the upstairs bathroom remodel!

Rick and me remodeling the bathroom

Remodeling the bathroom

After

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Second bedroom before

Second bedroom after

Upstairs hallway before

Upstairs hallway after

Upstairs hallway after

Third bedroom before

Third bedroom after

Third bedroom after

Family room before

Family room before

Family room before

Family room after

Family room after

Family room after

Family room after

Family room after

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Our New Home in Westerville!

Wow! It has been almost 11 months since I posted here on my blog! Kathy and I moved into our new home on March 1, 2017. It actually isn't new, because it was built in 1959. It was an exciting day for us and we were set to make fast work of all the changes we wanted to make :) We worked hard for the next 6 months, as you can see from the photos here. It became discouraging many times because the work went much slower and harder than we had expected. I think everyone discovers that when they make big changes to a home or other project. And we have learned many good and lasting things from God through all we have experienced since moving in.

I worked on every room in the house. We began with the living room, dining room, kitchen area, knocking out 2 walls that separated the kitchen from the living room and dining room and made it one "great room." Despite the hard work, we are very happy with how it turned out. Our friend Randy helped us with the ceiling in the living room (well, I helped HIM with the ceiling!) It turned out great. Kathy and I were not expecting to have to install all the new kitchen cabinets and appliances, but we had to! What a learning experience it was for us. I looked at YouTube videos very often :) 

I have learned more that there are so many things we can do if we learn about them, ask about them, and receive encouragement from others. Through the months of hard work and many hours working, I often wondered what type of part time work I would find after I was finished. Just as I was finishing a lot of the main work, a door opened up to do handyman work for a neighbor half a block from us. After that, other jobs have opened up for me. It has been like clockwork, and I am amazed and thankful to God! 

Enjoy a few photos that show just a little bit of the experience of it all. I will make more posts in the near future to show the other rooms we have done and some more "before and after" photos :)


Our home this past fall. We plan to do a bunch of work on the yard this coming spring.

Welcome!

Our back yard.

Day 1. Kathy and I knock down the partition walls in the living room!


End of the first day :)

Before and after the first day.


Our dear friend Randy with the new ceiling we put in.

We chose burnt orange paint. Too bright! So we changed it to gray-green :)

The day the wood flooring contractor added hardwood to the kitchen are.
After the flooring guys finished the whole floor :)


Kathy's kitchen was in the downstairs family room for 10 weeks!

This shows progress I was making on the kitchen cabinets.


Making headway on the kitchen cabinets.

Almost done :)


We had a counter top company come in and install the counters.



After that I installed the backsplash using white subway tiles. We like it :)



This was the first coffee we enjoyed at our new kitchen island!

First coffee :)

Our fireplace before we worked on it.

Our fireplace now.

Finished!