We Have A Huge Hole In Our House!!!

hole in the back of the house

Oh how I love construction. Well, in this case destruction, because it means change is happening.

From the day I first walked through our house, more than 13 years ago, I envisioned a wall of french doors leading from the family room to the backyard.

That is now happening.

So much has been happening here I haven’t been able to organize my thoughts let alone sit down and write about them.

I refaced all our kitchen cabinets.

I built a fireplace surround and a bookcase.

And will build another bookcase once the doors are installed.

The entire back of my house, more than 30 feet, is being demolished.

And I am on cloud 9.

And soon, soon when my busy brain can settle down I want to share what I have learned about the projects I have been doing.

Oh it is great fun making what you want to happen, happen!

Soon.

I’ll be back soon!

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27 thoughts on “We Have A Huge Hole In Our House!!!

  1. Well this explains it….I was wondering where you’ve been! :) You certainly have a lot of ambition! Can’t wait to see the finished projects! This is going to look great! Hang in there, and have fun floating on that cloud :)

    • Oh Becky it’s been crazy fun around here. When Meg left for school I wanted to busy myself and busy myself I did!!! Soon, once I can get my writing head back on I shall start with posts. I have been taking lots of pics the whole way through this journey! So glad to hear from you. :-)

    • I like the way you think! Yes, construction does mean something new and something I have been waiting a long time for!!! I can’t wait to see the completion too! They are busy building the first set of doors as I type this!!! :-)

      • I work in construction now also! The doors are in, the crew has left and now, tag, it’s my turn to insulate, drywall and hang trim. Oh I am going to be a busy and happy bee for a while! :-)

      • I am so happy. The sunlight and breeze that flows into the space now is delightful and the indoor/outdoor connection that I love has been accomplished. I am glad too that we went with sliders as there is no swing issue. Friday night I just sat in the room and thought about how I had imagined, for 13 years, french doors in this room and then, there I was, they were there. It was a wonderful sense of joy. I am excited to continue to give the room my time and attention. I love doing trim and painting, and drywall, well I tolerate doing that! Luckily there won’t be much mudding and sanding as there really isn’t very many big runs so there will be little taping involved. Thanks for your kind words and interest. This truly is a dream come true!

      • I am working on it! Trying to tell the story of the whole family room remodel. But I did give you a sneak peek! Hopefully by the time I finish telling what’s been going on around here this summer and fall I will be done with the finishing touches and have one of the big reveal posts! And and I love pocket doors, they just make sense! :-)

      • I too can’t wait, especially after today’s events. I am sitting here having a minor anxiety attack as the electrician came today to do wiring while the walls were open and he’s also my friend, so he told me he is concerned about how the doors were put in. Having a meeting tomorrow morning with contractor and electrician. Doors are sagging in the middle. Oh what I am learning! Send some good remodeling vibes my way, please! :-)

      • Thanks Kathryn. The good vibes helped. Had a good meeting with contractor and my friend expressed the concerns and both sets of doors are coming out on Monday and will be reinstalled using a string line to establish level. So hopefully next week we will have two sets of doors leveled independently and to each other! Ah, I understand with construction it can be do, undo, redo. Now to pop the cork on a bottle of wine and be anxious no more!!!! Here’s to a good weekend my blogging friend. Cheers!

      • I may regret saying this but now that I have watched the construction of the headers I am not as intimidated by them as before. Their design makes sense to me now. Having said that, I would tackle a smaller header. Those 2x12x12s were bitches!

    • Thank you! It is quite a thrill (and yes I had an anxiety attack the second day of this huge demo project – was this really I good idea I wondered!) but I am back on track and enjoying the process!!! Thanks for your words of cheer! :-)

  2. Playing serious catch-up here – finally reading your posts from recent weeks! I love this photo because it breaks up habits of seeing and challenges assumptions (and I didn’t have to live with the anxiety!). It reminds me of a summer weekend visit to friends who had a big converted barn-like building in upstate NY. They were artists, and very creative. There was a sense in their home of a loosening of the inside/outside distinction. Doors were open all day, windows too of course. The fields around the house seemed to drift inside, too. Objects – flowers, whatever – from outside were brought into the house a lot. I woke up before anyone else, and walked into the kitchen area (very few walls) thinking I’d make myself some coffee. There, on the rough wooden kitchen table was a tiny – dainty even – field mouse perched on the edge of the sugar bowl, eating. Mind you, this place was very clean. Somehow it was fine (well, this was also the late 60′s!) and it made sense. The little mouse did not seem out of place. My friends later spoke about mixing up notions of outside and inside, and I loved the idea. So this instantly brings that notion back. But I know, you need doors!

    • I totally understand playing catch-up. So glad you stopped by. This is fun, I am sitting here in my jammies, listening to The Crooners’s on NPR and writing you. Not a bad evening! I love your friends, I love their idea of living and I even love the little field mouse. (Frederick is a favorite book, he’s a field mouse) My whole concept for the room is indoor/outdoor with as little distinction between the two as possible. The door units are four panels and panels 2 and 3 in each unit slide open so, as long as the temp is okay, I have those doors open and I have 12 feet of fresh air blowing into my family room. It’s delightful. Then I designed the new deck to run the length of the back of the house so you just flow from indoors to outdoors and back again. I love it. I like too what you said about breaks the habit of seeing. I never thought of it that way. But I can see what you mean, you aren’t used to seeing a house with no exterior wall. Oh, when I saw it opened up during construction I instantly thought back on the gorgeous houses we saw in Newport Beach. The whole back of the houses were open to the beach. If only I had a spare couple million hanging around! So glad the photo conjured up such a pleasant memory. I like that!

  3. Oh, and when I was a kid they were building houses up the road. On weekends no one was working in them so we could roam around in the houses once they were framed in. I loved that stage – so much possibility, but still so open. This reminds of that pleasure too.

    • I know exactly what you mean! When I was a kid, no older than 7 or 8 just up the little lake about 10 houses from mine they were building this huge house (it was Jackie Gleason’s) and when the crews weren’t there we did the same thing, we wondered around the construction site and it was great fun. It felt like we were intrepid explorer’s on a terrific adventure. So sad kids don’t get the opportunity to go on such explores by themselves anymore. They miss out not such experiences. :-(

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