Sunday, April 9, 2017

Cottonwood Heights Home Renovation: Three Weeks In

Howdy, folks! 

Welcome to our progress report detailing all the amazing work my crew and I have been doing these last three weeks. 

I am so excited to finally post about our house! We closed on March 16th, and started ripping up carpet and tearing stuff out that night. Haven't taken a day off since, come to think of it. Except the Lord's day, of course. The 60 years of smoke and nicotine stains on the walls means we need all the blessings we can get. Pray for us. 

The house we bought was built in 1961 with the same owners since 1965. It was literally the only house on the market in the Cottonwood Heights area under $300,000. Aaron's work is just 1.4 miles down the road with the rec center right around the corner. It all came together and we felt confident it would be a good home to fix up with the potential to sell it for a heaping profit in a few years! You can scroll down if you want to skip straight to the videos. 

Let's start with the before pictures! 

Saturday, March 18th, 2017 - A happy family poses in front of their new money hole.

Living Room - The owners ripped out the thermostat before they left...'preciate ya

Living room view 2 - Carpet, wallpaper, and tile all had to go

Living room view 3 - Fake wood paneling, wouldn't be a 60s home without it

View walking into kitchen - Carpet in the kitchen because we went house hunting with the mindset, "As gross and difficult to renovate as possible, please." 

                View of the wall where my breakfast nook is going with the door to the carport on the right

View from far side of kitchen with the bathroom (which is now a pantry) on the right

Opposite wall in the kitchen

Upstairs hallway facing our bedroom

Bathroom - It's small! That has since changed though.

Let the smashing....begin!  

My father-in-law Brad scoring the wall. Couldn't have done this home renovation without Brad! 

"Heeeere's Johnny!" Yes, I say that every time a punch a hole through a wall and no I won't quit it. 
Bye-bye, wallie!

*deeeeep inhale* Ahhhh, now isn't that much better?!

Girls miss their mommy. Mommy misses her girls. 
Tile, you are dead to me

Adios, kitchen sink

Basement after the carpet was ripped out

Our bedroom. Wallpaper. Blehhhhh. Hours. DAYS. I don't want to talk about it. 

Gwen's room. Wallpaper hell.
Just the start....we filled that trailer to max capacity in about a mili-second
I thought I had more pictures of the bedrooms! Sorry! I dun goofed. We have to be out of our apartment by May 14th, so we only have five more weeks to get this place livable for my family. No pressure, my kids love power tools.
Here's the week by week vids! See you back here in three more weeks!


  1. This. Is. So. COOOOOL! ❤️❤️❤️🙌🙌🙌💪💪💪

  2. I LOVE THIS!!! I can't wait to see how it all turns out!