Main Floor Renovation | Current Design Situation | House by the Bay Design

Spring 2018 One Room Challenge – Finishing Our Main Floor Renovation

It’s One Room Challenge time again!

If you’ve been following along with my reno updates over the past five weeks you’ll know that Chris and I started renovating the first floor of our house to create a large open concept kitchen/dining area. If this is your first visit – welcome! I’m excited to show you what we’ve been up to and what we still have left to do.

Our goal was to get all the structural work done in time to finish the space during the One Room Challenge and…mission accomplished!

I am fortunate to be working with a great group of sponsors during this challenge and am very grateful for their support of House by the Bay. I hope you’ll take a moment to check them out and know that I would only work with brands that I trust and would recommend to others.

Metrie | Kichler Lighting | Liberty Hardware | Para Paints

Here’s a quick refresher on our space…

We started out with a lovely kitchen that we had actually updated as part of the fall One Room Challenge in 2015.

Renovating a new-build house and why it's totally okay | our builder grade kitchen after DIY renovation

However, on the other side of our kitchen was a dining room we only used maybe 2-3 times a year (surrounded by half walls and pillars).

Dining Room Pillars | Kitchen Renovation | House by the Bay Design

So, over the past five weeks we removed the wall, updated some HVAC and electrical, did some framing and our big accomplishment for this past week was finishing all the drywall and successfully cutting our old granite countertop to fit in the new space.

Here’s where we’re at today:

Main Floor Renovation | Current Design Situation | House by the Bay Design

Main Floor Renovation | Current Design Situation | House by the Bay Design

Yea…it’s still a little chaotic.

But – now that construction is done, it’s time to start pulling everything together and finish off the space. Because we’re reusing as much of our old kitchen as we can, it’s really the inspiration for the new space. Here’s a little mood/inspiration board I put together using some of the finishes we’ve selected:

Main Floor Renovation Inspiration Board | One Room Challenge | House by the Bay Design

Here’s our to-do list for the next six weeks:

  • Paint the ceiling, walls, baseboards, new kitchen island cabinets and doors/drawer fronts
  • Install new floors
  • Install new baseboards
  • Polish the freshly cut granite countertop edge and install
  • Put upper cabinets back in place and install new crown moulding
  • Finish new pantry including refinishing and installing antique doors
  • Assemble and install kitchen island including butcher block counter hack
  • Install new light fixtures and window covering
  • Whatever I’ve forgotten to list above
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine in our new space

You have no idea how much I want to skip to the end!

Thanks for visiting and make sure to subscribe to my emails to follow along with all our progress, or follow me on Instagram!

To see more guest participant spaces being made over as part of the One Room Challenge make sure to visit the One Room Challenge website every Thursday.

One Room Challenge Guest Participant

2 thoughts on “Spring 2018 One Room Challenge – Finishing Our Main Floor Renovation”

  1. I am so excited with how much you are taking on! I always feel like I bite off more than I can chew, so I am definitely going to be following along with you for motivation! Also, one of my friend’s house is kind of set up like yours, so I can’t wait to see what you do!

  2. Wow Casey! What a HUGE undertaking! I feel like an underachiever over here with our tiny mudroom makeover;) I love your vision for this space and I especially love your mantra: ‘Your home should give you that “I can’t believe I get to live here” feeling without breaking the bank.’ So true. Thank you for the inspiration and I can’t wait to follow along with you!


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