Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Let's Make a Mess

As a general rule, the start of any project begins with a godawful mess. I always forget this rule until I see the mess and become overwhelmed and disheartened. But not Graham, he dives in like a grand master pro. The house is coming along nicely with a few projects knocked out already. 

Once upon a time when we were just wee tikes at 23 years old, we built a 2,800sqft house on nights and weekends after working our day jobs. Now that we're doing something similar and have a family of five and are 14 years older, we are EXHAUSTED! The kids have been tremendous; they do some real work, then take breaks to watch movies on a projector we set up there. Blood, sweat, and tears, baby!!

In the midst of managing two homes and our crazy construction zone, we found out that Alastair fractured his Patella (knee cap.) He injured it two weeks prior at his skim competition, but it wasn't bothering him too badly, so we assumed it was just twisted. He's pretty bummed out about his full leg brace and his lack of physical activity. 

Sweeping up the mess

We let the kids draw all over the walls. My favorite wall message says, "Let's go to Taco Bell!"😂 

In Florida (as opposed to the midwest) we texture ever inch of the walls and ceilings by hand. Who's ever heard of such absurdity?! I thought I would be spraying texture onto the walls. Graham's response, "Aww, that's cute. It's arm day!" 

My little (big) helpers

They scoot around on these furniture movers and scrape the floors. 

I'm mustering up all the energy I have left for some enthusiasm on texturing celings. 

New pocket door👊

The scrape queen

We restored our Terazzo floors this weekend. Graham reports this machine to be a BEAST! 

The results were markedly impressive!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Team Rockley House Hunters

Naples is not the place to be searching for a home when you've just lost your income and are a family of freelancers! Housing is INSANELY expensive here (not California expensive, but still.) After a tumultuous month, the stars aligned and we bought the only house we can afford in Naples and we happen to LOVE it! It's a fixer upper, but I have an amazingly talented husband, so here we go! 

We have spent the past 1.5 years in a 2 bed, 2bath condo. We always say that where we truly live and experience our best life is in the great outdoors; our condo is just where we sleep. That being said, with a love for the outdoors comes toys for the outdoors. All of those toys are kept inside our little condo. Here's what we live amongst:
Twelve stand up paddleboards, six surf boards, three skim boards, four skate boards, and five bicycles. These are all stored in our living, dining, and bedrooms. The functional space is good, but we're ecstatic to have a garage! 

Lanai Circle, we already love you!

The garage will be great one day.

First Sunset at the new house. Check out those palm trees right in the front yard. 

Lunch with the dollies. Graham calls them his "grandDOLLters." 
You can't really see the flooring well here, but it is terrazzo and needs some restoration. It is gorgeous and vintage and apparently considered a super high priced commodity nowadays.  Win!

The new fridge. At least we have our priorities straight. Had to first christen the house with a champagne toast, then stock it with our two favorite beers ever!

The kids are quite the helpers!

Ripping out door jams.

Roof helpers. We were super stoked to discover a few mango trees on the property. 

Bird's eye view of our neighborhood. I'll post more photos of the project as we progress!