The Friar Tuck Design House - 3 Years Later

Today is officially the 3-year anniversary of my husband and I buying our first house! I can’t believe it’s been that long already! I guess time flies when you’re having fun, right?


My husband and I have done A LOT of updates during this time and I‘d love to share them with all of you. They're in no particular order - it's more like whatever project came to mind.

We added a bathroom/laundry room!


We started with a blank slate of a space, and I truly mean a blank slate:

This project was so darn painful. Shutting the water off and drilling into concrete on several occasions, not to mention a delay in arrival time for our vanity, having to put a hole in our master bedroom wall, and our plumber no-showing on multiple days, left me wanting to pull my hair out. Luckily, our contractor was amazing.

And of course, the finished result is beautiful:


We revamped our other bathroom!


This was part of my first $100 Room Challenge. After paying way A TON of money for the downstairs bathroom, I wanted to see if I could get a beautiful look for a lot less.


Here's the before:

And here's the after!

We came in just above the $100 mark, but it was well worth the extra $3! It's weird to say this, but it's my favorite room in the whole house. (I don't know if many people would pick their bathroom...) Every element in the room goes together so beautifully and it gave me the confidence to know that I can transform just about any space in my home - or yours ;) - on a tight budget.


We turned our coat closet into a pantry!


The $100 Room Challenge strikes again! This is actually the most recent project we've completed - and the most needed. Here's why:

All of our extra food (and clearly some other items) ended up being thrown on this buffet table. We really needed a much more organized place for pantry items.


We decided to use our coat closet. In our old rental house, which happens to be across the street from our current house and has almost the exact same footprint, there was a pantry in place of an upstairs coat closet and it was wonderful.


It was an easy decision to make. We could easily move items from the coat closet into other closets in our home.


And, here's the beautiful after!

We did go over the $100 budget we initially planned on in order to add LED lights. We didn't realize how much we needed them until we were 90% done with the project! Again, I feel it was money well spent.


We painted the accent wall in our living room!

If you've been following me for a while now, then you know that paint is my design secret weapon. I'm always telling clients that the easiest and most cost-effective way to transform a space is through paint.


This wall never stood a chance. It was a shiny orange-y tint that was VERY outdated.

Enter, you guessed it, PAINT.

We painted the wall grey and it looks so much better. We will probably remove the accent wall altogether though in the coming year. There's currently a gaping hole in the wall where the sliding glass door used to be. Keep reading and you'll find out why...


We turned Mini Me's old bedroom into a home office!


One day, Mini Me decided that his bedroom was haunted. Because of this, we moved him into our den. That meant his old bedroom was up for grabs.


This is what his bedroom looked like before. These are from the house listing. We really didn't do much when Cameron moved in and some of the furniture from the previous owners remained in the room.

And here's the after!

It looks like we'll be redoing this office again. As you could probably guess, this room was designed to be my home office. The heating/cooling of our home is on one zone and the basement (where the office is) is usually 10-15 degrees colder than upstairs.


I'm usually always cold and my husband is usually warm. So, we decided that he could take over my office and I'd work out of our bedroom. I already have some plans in the works to make this space much more husband friendly!


We refinished our entry way and our stairs!


This was part of the One Room Challenge, which is a bit different than the $100 Room Challenge in that there are no budget constraints and you have 2 additional weeks to complete your project.


We decided on our entry way as it's really tiny and wasn't being used to its fullest potential. Not to mention it was well, sort of blah. On top of that, I hated my stairs, so we decided to tackle those at the same time.

Our entry way now has a lot more functionality thanks to the built-in bench my husband made and A LOT more personality too. Not to mention, our stairs are gorgeous!


And finally...we're adding a freaking addition!


Holy moly. This is definitely the mother of all home renovation projects. My dad moved in with us 2 years ago and we wanted him to have his own space where he could retire comfortably.


Now, I probably don't have to tell you that adding an addition to your house isn't cheap. We made the decision that we would do as much work as we could ourselves to save on labor costs.


We started this project back in the Spring by tearing down our deck. We then had a contractor and his team come in and built the framing of the addition, add the roof, and start the plumbing/electrical.


We've been slowly chipping away on our end with putting up sheetrock and taping/mudding the walls to prep them for painting. We've also ordered flooring for the entire addition, which we'll be installing. And we're picking up kitchen cabinets TOMORROW. Here's what it looks like right now:

We've accomplished a lot, but as you can see, we have a long way to go.


I'm sure you're all wondering what's next for the Friar Tuck Design house. I'm glad you asked! ;)


Here's what we're planning for the year ahead:

- Finishing the addition

- Replacing our windows

- Replacing our wood siding with vinyl siding

- Redoing the bedroom my dad is in right now and turning it into Mini Me's new bedroom

- Adding a sliding barn door as the access from the main house to the addition (right now it's a large hole in the wall...)

- Adding a deck off the back of the house

- Adding French doors to access the deck

- Renovating our den (which is currently Mini Me's bedroom)

- Removing the wood from the accent wall in the living room and repainting the entire main living room, dining room, and kitchen


Will we get this all accomplished before October 30, 2021? Here's hoping! In the meantime, you know I'll be keeping you updated as we go along. Until next time...


Happy Designing AND Renovating!

- Angela :)

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