Tuesday, October 28, 2014

living room renovations - part 2

And the long-awaited part two! (Please read part one first.) Here's where we left off:

The new floor had just been put in, and then renovations ground to a halt when we experienced a 3+ week delay due to building permits and inspections. It was extremely stressful, but the building inspector that we worked with was very accommodating and each inspection went off without a hitch. 

Without further ado, here's a look at the final leg of the journey from August onward:

extra ceiling joists

new window header (the old one had to be removed because it was warped and could crack our window)

framed walls


first pine going up
the new long-awaited staircase
lighting installation

the central light

and potlights

wood stove surround

new railing

post was designed to look similar to the original

custom blinds

custom closet doors built by our talented neighbour

and the new coffee table that we designed (also built by our neighbour)

In my opinion, the photos below don't do the finished product any justice; however, here's the new living room, designed by my amazing hubby (with thanks to Uncle Glenn who originally did this in his own home 20 years ago):

South-east wall

with a nook above--perfect for collectables!
west wall

north wall with pocket door and built-in book shelves (also built by our neighbour)

south wall

The bullet casings on the blind strings-just one of the unique features
And then there's a gun vault...

...with bull skull...

And let's not forget the long-awaited deer head!

And last, but certainly not least...the custom TV stand built by our neighbour.

We've certainly come a long way, but the end result is totally worth it!

1 comment:

  1. Hello Donna. So good to know you through your profile on the blogger. I am also glad to stop by your blog "Broken as I Am" and the post on it " Living room Renovations-Part --2". We have a beautiful MANSION. In India if you have a house like yours its a MANSION and the Lord has given you such a specious house I rejoice with you for this house. Well I was so much moved by the title of your blog and then while reading from your profile I came across your passion for reaching others who are lost and hurting and applaud those who help the broken find healing in Christ. This is amazing and very fitting to what we do in the great city of Mumbai, India. I am in the PASTORAL MINISTRY in this city of great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reach out to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted. We also encourage young people as well as adults from the West to come to Mumbai on a short / long term missions trip to work with us in the slums of Mumbai during their vacation time. Since your passion is the same, we would love to have you come with your friends to work with us during your vacation time. I am sure it will be a very rewarding and most healing time for the people in the slums. My email id is : dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar wankhede. My son has settled in Calgary, Canada with his wife. He works for the Organization called Mustered Seed which has a ministry to the homeless and drugs addicts. God willing if I come to Calgary I will be so happy to visit you and share more about the ministry we have for the poorest of poor people in the slums of Mumbai. I look forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you.