leveling the playing field

We figured out that the back area of our house was an addition in the late 60s. In the original floor plan, the transition space between the dining room and the family room, or the bar as we call it, must have been the laundry room. The family room was actually a covered patio and our master bedroom was originally the garage. The studio,master closet and bathroom were added during the time when they closed in the patio to make it our family room. This addition left us with a few random steps in … [Read more...]

we have a kitchen…

...well, we have a kitchen in boxes. At least it is a start! We woke up early on the first day of the new year and headed to IKEA hoping to beat the rush. It turned out to be a great move because the place was deserted and we were helped immediately. We finalized our plans with the help of a great employee and placed our order. Luckily, everything was in stock so after sorting through the self-service area I went to pick up part of our order while the hubby packed up the car. We underestimated … [Read more...]

demolition derby

What happens when you give your darling husband and some great friends free reign to rip out the old to get ready for the new? Before and after shots of some areas of the house:Art studio.Front living room.Kitchen.The junk pile my backyard has become.Thanks for following Directions Not Included! … [Read more...]