August Goals

July was a fun month. We finally had a second to stop, enjoy a few outings, catch up on business things, and celebrate a handful of birthdays. I turned 27, my "little" brother turned 22, and we had my brother and sister-in-law's baby shower this past weekend (technically August, but all of the planning happened in July). My older sister also flew in from the Caribbean to help, so it has been a fun, family-filled few weeks. Our contractor has been hard at work at the Myrtle House while we are in Raleigh, but due to a few unexpected set backs, we didn't get everything accomplished for July as planned.

  • Have foundation work complete and floors leveled - not quite
  • Beadboard demo-ed - DONE
  • Floors demo-ed - DONE
  • Measure broken glass and FIX windows (need to do this!) - N/A
  • Find old doors for master closet - N/A

So, as mentioned earlier, there was a lot more termite damage than we initially suspected. This meant that instead of just leveling the joists, we actually have to rebuild them. I think our contractor is finishing that up this week, so it didn't hold us up too much. The subfloor should be almost finished by this weekend. It will be so exciting to walk on even floors. Our contractor and his crew flew through the beadboard and floor demo (a heck of a lot faster than we could have done), but since we are still debating on whether or not to get new windows, we haven't tried to repair the current ones yet. Once the electrical and plumbing quotes come in, we will make the call on new windows. My gut is saying they will have to wait, but I have my fingers crossed. :) Also, since we are changing the layout, we no longer need new closet doors as we can use the existing ones.

I have put a freeze on allowing myself to buy things for the house. The biggest thing I have learned through this process is that your plans WILL change and you have no idea what will happen during this crazy renovation project. So that brings me to my August goals:

  • New joists in place
  • New subfloor
  • New DETAILED floor plan drawn out
  • Go to the Zoo with Brian
  • Sell remaining unneeded furniture on Craigslist
  • Re-pack storage room
  • Start planning for our Chicago trip
  • Refinish/fix Craigslist dresser

How was your July? Fun plans for August? Here are some of my favorite Instagram moments from this past month!

 Fueling my obsession with Tiny Houses by watching Tiny House Nation

Fueling my obsession with Tiny Houses by watching Tiny House Nation

 Discovering this brick beauty!

Discovering this brick beauty!

 Finally seeing my favorite band (The Fray) in concert

Finally seeing my favorite band (The Fray) in concert

 Reminding myself on tough days that this renovation will be worth it :)

Reminding myself on tough days that this renovation will be worth it :)