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S: Our House

BC: We put in our first garden as a family in the summer of 2011. Mei Li loves all the veggies!!! | Around our mailbox area we installed a border in the summer of 2011 and the Rose of Sharon bush. There will be more changes to come.

FC: The Scholl's home on Antares Drive Our remodeling story from May 2006 to February 2012

1: On May 21st, 2006 we purchased our home. From the get go we knew we were in for a major remodel and we both were fully on board for the task. We bought the home from the original owners and it had that old decor and serious home owner DIY touches everywhere. Todd would have none of that. They even left us all their discarded items. Gee...thanks you Goombahs!

2: Time for some demo!!! It all started the day we closed on our house on May 21, 2006. This included removing the popcorn texture, carpet, paneling & brick in the family room, paneling & ceiling in the basement, remodel the bathrooms & modify the kitchen & living room walls. Oopps...that was a structural wall. Honey!!! Can you say Beam?

3: Thanks to family & friends we got a great start. This included brother Jamie helping through much of the summer up until our wedding & then some. Thanks Bro! Denny Bunda helped with electrical. Dad(Khanh) pitched in. Steve and Justin Hix pitched in with pay. Our beam day was aided by Brian Calvert, Swalmy, Denny & Jamie. Boy...we barely fit that 18 foot beam up in the ceiling.

4: The hall and master bathroom was done just before our wedding.

5: Dave Duffy helped us with the master bathroom which included the poured shower pan, tile and travertine counter top. He also helped with the family room floor and some texturing. Thanks Dave!!!

6: The family room was finally finished around January of 2007. The concrete floor had sunk about 3" in the middle so we tore it out. We discovered there was an 8" void between the dirt and concrete. Instead of bringing in new dirt and pouring concrete we figured that taking dirt out and putting in a wood joist floor was better. Even neighbor Jerry pitched-in along with Louis (Chew Lou) Jamie and then some. You know...taking out 60 wheel barrels of dirt is harder then bringing it in. Can you say hernia? The finished photo was our Christmas 2007 shot and Phung was pregnant with Mei Li. Yeah!

8: The Kitchen was finished in the summer of 2007

9: The kitchen involved the completion of our bamboo floor, a new gas line for the stove, two types of granite and new lighting. We bought our cabinets unfinished so we could match what we did in the family room. Took a while but we love our kitchen!!!

10: Next, install new windows with Jamie's help. He loves breaking glass. Than we painted the exterior of the house. This was done in June of 2008.

11: Why not un-finish the basement too? This was a two year project with lots of breaks in between. The project included 4 egress windows, a new concrete floor, sewer plumbing for a bathroom and a whole new floor plan.

12: Let's start digging!!!. Todd loved his back-ho. We started digging the egress windows when Mei Li was about 2 months. Todd got better as the day went on with each hole. We used the left over dirt to level our "hill" in the back yard. Dave Duffy loved using his bobcat to move that dirt in the back yard. August 2008.

13: Let's cut the windows!! Todd borrowed Dave Duffy's concrete saw & demo chain saw. That was about 3 hrs of back breaking cutting per window. What a work out! After cutting he used a sledge hammer to knock the concrete block into the holes. We broke it up with a jack hammer to bury the cement in the wells. Too bad I couldn't play with the power tools.

14: Todd had about 10 guys to help remove about 80% of our concrete floor in the basement. After about 2 1/2 hrs we were eating burgers and drinking beer by 11am. Thanks to all the great friends and neighbors that helped, which included Brad Lefebre, Matt Trummer, Rob Maxwell, Denny Bunda, Steve Clagg, Hal Anderson, Mark Henry, Neighbors Josh and Mohsen. Of course, we had to have Dave Duffy and his bobcat. October 2008.

15: Next was modifying the drain plumbing to accommodate a bathroom then pouring the concrete. Thanks to the help of neighbors Mohsen & Jerry along with Matt Trummer, Brian Calvert and our angry finisher and concrete truck driver. Dude...please don't take out our gutter with your truck. Wait..I thought I was paying you to finish my floor. Why do I have a trowel in my hand? October 2008.

16: Around January 2009 it was time to start framing the basement. Mei Li loves to help. Daddy!!!...can I put the scwoooh on the dwill? Denny Bunda helped with the electrical layout, sub-panel and other complicated electrical. Around April of 2009 was time to hang the drywall. Thanks to the help of Brad Lefebre, Ernst, Jamie, Matt Trummer and Steve Jonas. Of course Jack helped with some supervision and always entertaining edgy jokes. Follow that with the drywall finishing and texturing. Around July we began painting. Mei Li was dieing to lend a hand and master her strokes with a professional 3" Nylon Purdy brush. You rock Mei Li! The carpet followed in August and we waited to complete the bathroom until about January of 2011.

18: "I want to paint too" After Daddy finished the basement he moved his office to the basement & the old office became Mei Li's new bedroom. Of course, Mei Li had to help paint her room using her newly acquired painting skills. You know...a diaper is a good thing when hand and foot painting is involved. Mei Li even got a California closet and beautiful window blinds made by Mommy.

19: Well...Mei Li's old room was now going to be the "unknown babies name" room so it was time to paint that too. We did one trial of the stencil and then we got it...Down Pat!!!...the rest of the way around the room. Mei Li helped as well. Of course, 2 days after 12/17/2010 we officially called it Toddli's room. Todd got a California closet too.

20: January 2012 the master bedroom gets a second make over after the first failed attempt at a sage green turned minty. Phung's window blinds turned out great!. 2 years earlier Todd turned our old style closet into a California closet. Right before the latest paint job Todd took on a project to build us a Walnut dresser with Cyprus inlays. Isn't is pretty? Can you say...heavy?

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