House Updates-FOUND IT!

I’ve been referencing this house renovation for months, have shared our dining struggles to get advice, and know how frustrating it can be via social media to hear about something without getting to really see what’s happening. Instead of waiting until I have Pinterest worthy pictures to share with you, I’m going to start sharing a monthly update. I’ll share the progress, the struggles {which hopefully there are ZERO}, and what comes next.

Tab and I bought this house in 2015. We knew when we moved in we had lots of work before us of making this 1998 home more up to date. We tackled a few projects…dining room, powder bathroom, front room, new front door, new air conditioners {which no one notices but after paying for I wanted to throw a party where we all sat around outside looking at the new units}, etc. Then we realized it was going to take years for us to get to every room if we continued on at that pace. We halted everything for several years to really save for this project and began meeting with contractors in the fall.

We made a plan with our contractor for the crew to tackle the upstairs portion of the remodel first while we all lived downstairs. This upstairs project began back in March with two bathrooms getting a makeover and then all new floors. The painters are coming in all at the end to paint and a few loose ends still have to be tied up. But for the most part, the upstairs is 80% finished. We then switched and are all living upstairs while the crew tackles the downstairs. So those pictures will have to wait.

Just a reminder of what the downstairs used to look like…

Our living room/kitchen area was nice and open but when all six of us were down there plus we had people over it got really crowded in certain spots. Our big wants for this project have been new kitchen and more space in this area.

We kicked it off downstairs by demoing lots and now things are starting to take shape…

New floors in the guest bedroom. All of our bedrooms are on the smaller side, but I cracked up after taking this picture. My phone must do the opposite of what realtor’s cameras can do. Sometimes when I see pictures of houses it looks like rooms are absolutely huge. Well it’s as if my phone shrunk this room a tad.

The tile is going into the guest bathroom.

On the other side of those boards will be the new laundry room.

We tried to get as creative as possible with the space we do have so we turned this under the stairs storage space into the new home of the washer and dryer.

New floors in the master.

The current state of our master bathroom and that’s a little peek of our closet in the back.

In the kitchen the crew just moved our kitchen door over a few feet.

And this is the view from the kitchen into the living room.

Struggles so far: I was REALLY terrible at waiting on the progress of things that needed to be done behind the scenes. Plumbing getting moved, electrical, etc…that kind of stuff that no one really notices or sees was hard because it felt like nothing was happening. I just couldn’t see the progress.

What’s next: The master bathroom is going to kick off soon. We’re waiting on a few inspections in the living room/kitchen before they can move on the next steps. Cabinets are being made for kitchen, pantry, and laundry room right now as I type. The guest bathroom should get finished in the next week or two.

I hope you guys enjoyed getting a little look at what’s going on inside the Slaughter House! Hopefully my update next month shows some big changes!

Thanks for reading!


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  1. 7.14.22
    Rachel said:

    So, I must ask is Shay’s mom helping you pick out all the finishes being she is an awesome interior designer? I would love to have her help! Love the floors!

    • 7.14.22
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Yes! She’s helping me! And we love her so much!

  2. 7.14.22
    Brooke said:

    Putting the laundry into the space under the stairs is such a great idea!

    • 7.14.22
      Erika Slaughter said:

      That’s what we thought too! That under the stairs spot was so hard to get to. It was built with no electrical in there so always dark and ceilings are low. I think this will be great!

  3. 7.14.22
    Shanna said:

    Yay!! Can’t wait to see it finished. It’s alllll going to be worth it! 🙌🏻😘

    • 7.14.22
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I can’t wait to show you!

  4. 7.14.22
    Pamela said:

    I just finished a home reno…and I can honestly say it was SO worth it in the end. Hang in there! I LOVE the updates

    • 7.14.22
      Erika Slaughter said:

      THANK YOU!! I don’t know that I’d recommend doing it while all four kids are home from school in the summer. That’s been tricky BUT it’ll be so worth it!

  5. 7.14.22
    Elspeth said:

    What a big undertaking! I can’t wait to see the finished results. Hang in there while you get it all done!

    • 7.14.22
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you! I can’t wait to show you the results!

  6. 7.14.22
    Maryellen Azarian said:

    It’s going to be great!
    I understand how hard this is.
    I am a neat freak and living with
    what seems like chaos for any length
    of time is super hard.
    It will be worth it ~ hang in there.

    • 7.14.22
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thanks so much, Maryellen!

  7. 7.14.22
    Stephanie Sanders said:

    Wow! That’s a lot of work! It’s going to be quite the transformation and I can’t wait to see the before and after pictures when it’s all done.