After 6 months (!) in our new home, it sometimes feels like we’ve made very slow progress on our fixer upper. After a couple of major setbacks (here + here) and various other delays, we’ve realized that we have to intentionally focus on what we HAVE completed whenever we start to feel frustrated or overwhelmed […]

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  • Syllvia - Robyn:

    You have really accomplished a lot.

    We continue to work on our new home. For Mother’s Day Bill is painting the master ceiling white instead of chocolate brown and hopefully next week will repaint the two remaining bathrooms. This weekend we hung pictures in the dining room.
    It all takes time but with each accomplishment there is a joy and excitement as we each create our homes. You guys are amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thank you, Sylvia! Paint and pictures on the walls make such a huge difference, doesn’t it?! And I couldn’t agree more about there being so much joy and excitement with each accomplishment! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Strawberry - Gorgeous!!! This house is so beautiful! I hope the next 6 months go more smoothly than the first 6 months! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thank you, Kelly! We are hoping so too – ha! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Em - It is looking SO good, even with the bush haircuts! What an exciting list!!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thank you so much, Em!! Can’t wait to see your patio progress!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Burns - You guys work FAST! Those are some big items marked off your to-do list! I think the last leg of your reno will go super fast because it is more of the fun stuff. 🙂 Your sweet home looks SO pretty!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thanks, Elizabeth! It’s encouraging to hear you say “fast!” Haha! It certainly hasn’t felt that way at times! We’re hoping things continue to move but it is definitely starting to feel like there are more “fun” parts to this whole process the more we progress! 🙂 ReplyCancel

We are so grateful to finally have a garage door again and to be making progress on our massive list of home renovations! (While the brick still needs exterior paint and sconces still need to be installed, we LOVE the black garage door!!) However, nothing could have prepared me for the emotional roller coaster that […]

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We’re nearly done restoring our garage and got lots of new recessed lights wired and ready to go! To the dismay of our contractor and electrician who were ready to install the lights though, I became a tad obsessed with learning everything I could about lights so that we could make an educated, informed decision […]

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  • Sylvia - Robyn

    It looks like you enclosed your garage with plywood. All garages we see that are finished were sheet rock.

    Is the garage restored to original condition? If not what was your reasoning?
    With all the research you do I know there is a reason.

    It does really look nice.

    We had can lights, sheet rock and lots of nice electrical in our new garage that was put in for the office space as the model. When we bought the house the development co. tore all of it out including an air conditioner -would not let us have those things. And then threw all of it in the dumpster for us to see. It was frustrating, and heartbreaking to waste a $5,000 air conditioner, lights and electrical, sheet rock and studs. Now we have one Florence light and two two socket plugs and cinderblock wall. Just remember new houses have many problems too.

    I am sure your house is going to be beautiful.

    Love A SylReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Wow, I am so sorry to hear about your garage! That’s very frustrating that they wouldn’t let you keep it when they were just going to throw it in the dumpster anyways and spent additional labor costs to just waste it all! 🙁

      The plywood was original to the home, and we loved the character and look of it! It was also easy for them to just replace all the boards that got destroyed by the tree to match the existing walls/ceiling that was left. An added benefit is that it’s stronger than drywall and particularly useful in a garage where you may want to install shelves, hang tools, etc. 🙂

      Thank you for the encouragement, Sylvia! It’s a long process but we are excited, grateful, and hopeful!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Strawberry - It looks really great and bright! I didn’t realize so much could be involved when selecting a light, but it really does have a big impact on a space! Love your garage and the work you’ve done. My husband would say that the garage is the most important room in a house. If we just had a side bedroom and bathroom attached to a 3,000 sq ft garage, it would be his dream house LOLReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Haha! Yes, the garage was super important to Jordan as well! 🙂 Thanks, Kelly!! xoReplyCancel

  • Garage Makeover » The Van Dykes Blog - […] white + grey color scheme too to keep it as bright and airy as possible, and added several recessed lights. Being able to store the majority of our tools and things in those cabinets was a total game […]ReplyCancel