Renovation Update:: First Floor of the Addition Framed

I hope you guys don’t think these update posts are boring. I know sometimes it may not look like a ton has changed, but a lot does change from day to day and week to week. Plus, I like taking pictures and posting them along the way so we have a permanent picture journal of our forever home being built. Maybe something even the kiddos will one day enjoy perusing.

Now, back to the update. A ton of progress was made late last week and this past weekend. The addition is almost completely framed out now. All that’s left is the second floor to frame.


I’ve been staring at the plans on paper for months now when trying to make design decisions. It’s so fun to walk through it now as it’s getting framed out and see the rooms taking shape.

Let’s begin the tour, shall we? First up is the kitchen. I went into detail about the kitchen layout and where some of the appliances will be before. The plan is to have the farmhouse sink under that left window and some sort of glass cabinetry between the two windows.

Framed Kitchen

The dining room is completely open to the kitchen on the opposite side. You can see the pretty brick wall that will stay on one side. Still trying to decide what to do with the spaces where the windows once were. I’ll definitely brick them in, but we could do some sort of herringbone pattern with the brick to add a unique touch. I kind of like that idea because then you will distinctly know where the old windows once where which adds to the story of the house.

What would you do?

Dining Room Framed

The kitchen opens up to the family room. The fireplace will be between those two windows.

Family Room Framed

And here’s where we’ll have doors that open to the screened-in porch. We’re hoping to get a sliding door wall system similar to these so we could create one giant indoor/outdoor space on nice days/nights with the doors completely pushed to the sides. We’ll have to see if we can make it work budget-wise.

Family Room Sliding Doors

Behind the fireplace in the family room are two built-in bookshelves. The doorway leads to our master bedroom.

Family Room Shelving

As you walk back to the master bedroom, on your left is the master bathroom.

Master Bathroom Framed

And in this little cove underneath the window will be our pedestal tub.

Master Bathroom Tub

As you go down the hallway on either side will be a his and hers closet. The plan is to have sliding barn doors for both closets which I’m super pumped about. I’ve always wanted sliding barn doors. I’m hoping to incorporate them elsewhere in the house, but if not, at least I’ll have them here!

Master Bedroom Closet

At the very back is the master bedroom. Originally there was just one big window slated for our room. Since I’m such a fan of natural light, Aaron worked with the architect and came up with the idea of adding these two small windows. That way we get light from a different side of the room. Our bed will be centered between them.

Master BedroomYou can see the giant window here. We’ll also have a french door that will lead to the screened-in porch.

Master Bedroom Windows

And here’s what the screened-in porch looks like as of now. Hopefully a roof will be going up soon!!

Screened-In Porch

Now that framing is almost complete, a lot of the design selections have to be made soon. While it’s laid out to make decisions in stages, a lot of your decisions affect other decisions. For example, you need to know how much your cabinet total will be before finalizing tile and countertops. Going over budget in one area, will affect other decisions.

Design Process-Framing

Also, one selection affects the other when it comes to the overall design. You need to have an idea of countertop coloring when selecting tile and cabinet colors and vice versa. So I’ve had some meetings with the designer assigned to our project to look at slabs and tile to start formulating an overall design vision.

But, we’re getting closer to having everything selected and we’re officially in the framing stage.

One step closer to moving in!

Post Signature

You May Also Like:


  1. Amy says

    Love sliding barn doors! I hope you get to use them elsewhere in the house. I would do a different pattern of brick in the old windows. Love exposed brick in a home! Can’t wait to see it all finished.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *