As you may have read last week on Instagram, I am participating in the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge.

I am finally completing a kitchen addition and renovation of the rear portion of our home. It a BIG project for which I am praying all goes correctly because the time is NOW.  

Are you not familiar?

The One Room Challenge™, currently in its fourteenth season, is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October. Each round, twenty design bloggers take the challenge and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over the six weekly posts. 

So this one is the start to the One Room Challenge as well as the renovation my childhood home where moved in in March. See the whole house and saga start HERE.

Needless to say, we are in dire help of some remodeling and decorating.  I am trying to preserve the integrity of this wonderful home that my parents painstakingly built in 1963 yet make it my own.

So here are the before images of the kitchen, breakfast room, laundry room and porch that are the area I am currently tackling… in addition to the rear view and gardens that I am trying to revive as well:

So that is where we started… and in the interest of full disclosure I started this about three months ago… and it is a darn good thing I did because we are still going to need all the stars to align for this to finish in time.

June 6th we broke ground…

June 19th…porch as gone… messes were made

July 9th… lots of mud and a hole

oh and a port a potty too…

July 21st… BAD NEWS!  Ground is softer than anticipated. We need 15 helical piers to support the structure. A fun big purchase:(… oh and they cannot start for 4 weeks. Crapola.

I was sad and left town for 3 weeks of horse shows.

I returned home to piers and a foundation on August 17th.

August 22nd walls are happening.

August 28th

August 31st progress…

September 21st week progress…

September 24th cleaning up and getting ready for…

This week…We have floors going in.

Tune in next Wednesday to see my plan and the next 5 weeks to see my progress (and say a little prayer).

Follow along the other participants too!

At Home with Ashley | Brepurposed | Dabito | The English Room | Erin Kestenbaum

Harlow & Thistle | House of Brinson | J & J Design | Kelly Golightly | Linda Holt

Megan Bachmann | Michelle Gage | Mimosa Lane | Murphy Deesign | Vestige Home

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18 Responses to One Room Challenge Fall 2018: Kickoff
  1. That’s a big renovation! How exciting! I love that you bought your childhood home, you must have wonderful memories of the house and will build many more.

  2. My goodness!! This is a big project! With your taste and style I’m sure this will be amazing. And how wonderful that you are working on your childhood home.

  3. What a renovation and undertaking. Yes, you have all reasons to start way before 6 weeks. Good luck and I can’t wait to follow along!

  4. Wow what a huge undertaking – but it’s going to be amazing! Can’t wait to follow along!

  5. Wow! I can’t get over how big a project you’re tackling, and I’m certain it’s going to be an incredible transformation when you’re done!

  6. Wow! You’ve already done so much! I’m really excited to see your kitchen to come together! It’ll be stunning!

  7. Wow, that’s a big job – I’m looking forward to seeing how the work goes.

  8. Holy cow! You have your sights set high- and I love all the space – sending you lots of blessings to finish it just as you like – on time… but can I just say, you and the sweet horse kissy pic makes my heart smile. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be rooting you on!!!

  9. Yowzer girl! You do like to take on a lot! I’m in awe but also so excited to see what you pull off. I know it will be spectacular!

  10. I love this home. This space will be amazing when it’s done. Hang in there.

  11. Always love to see your work! Can’t wait to follow along and get inspired!

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  17. Love your plans. I can’t believe the before. Good luck!

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