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thanks grassrootsmodern.com and welcome to the ‘hood

Thanks to Creede at grassrootsmodern for the mention on his blog, I’ve been following it for a year now so how fun to see our blog up in lights! Looks like he is where we were last July, selling the old, buying the older. But so fun to see that others like to dismantle existing properties and make them shine.

Green insulation


We knew that we wanted to incorporate green into the remodel, and an easy and way to do that was with blown-in cellulose, a product that is made from recycled newspapers, magazines, etc. The texture is truly like basic recycled papers so when they do ceilings, they put a simple screen in the joists to hold it. I first learned about it from one of my editors Erin Bean in Utah Style & Design.

The bonus is that unlike many green options, it was actually less expensive! Add in the fact that you have no toxic VOCs etc and you are sitting pretty. We used and recommend Bonded Insulation located in Murray. It only took two days to do and they were very clean and tidy.

Cellulose is blown into the framing
Jeff shows his happiness that this job is contracted out!
Light and fluffy, sort of like snow. But not, it’s gray and recycled.

ahhh, the solarium

One of my favorite parts of the house, completely encased in windows. We’re going to keep it pretty much as is with concrete floors. The bonus is there is a safe room about 6′ square that we think was used as a bomb shelter! Or a grow room. hmmm.


coming from upstairs leading into the solarium


now where can I hang my pool table light?


or where will the yoga mats go?


concrete, rock and wood. what more could a girl ask for?


and french doors to the back patio. yum.

the front yard

Our lot is sort of unusual, more pie shaped than square with a large front yard filled to the brim with trees, many that we have had removed including four fruit trees, four 70′ pine trees and a huge 100′ leafy don’t know what tree that sat right next tot he house alongside another pine tree that we kept.


the front yard


the front yard slopes giving us a fantastic walk out basement encased in windows



the front yard looking into the “solarium”

The front walkway is somewhat of a maze, leading to a trex deck to the front door. We are moving the front door and putting in an awesome single light walnut door flanked by two smaller single light windows. We’re extending the size of the deck and wrapping it around the house above the lower “solarium” room. We also had to remove the entire deck because there was a leak into the solarium and it was badly faded.


entry from the driveway


the treacherous driveway which I’m sure I’ll be going over the side of in the snow


walking from the driveway to the front door



walking to the front door before with that awful awning!!


bye bye walkway


front deck/entry before


bye bye entryway



ali’s princess pea in the pod

Ali’s bedroom is so wonderful with it’s soaring ceilings, wonderful skyline windows that look out on the mountain above and another window that will make for easy escape once she turns into a teenager. Yeah, we’ll see if Jeff doesn’t add a little something to her bedroom by then.


Regardless, she’ll have plenty of room to enjoy. Plus two double closets, which is far more than most little girls can ask for.



The question is: what bed do we want to have for her? I’m thinking a tall princess bed that we can dream about fairy tales in.


This bed is from brocade.com and I like it a lot of the fun swoop along the bottom frame.


Another option is this basic four poster from Ikea. It is more basic and I think we’d paint it green since Ali really wants a green bedroom. Maybe that would appease her?



dog day delight

The dog’s first day at the house. No fence yet, so it has been there only day so far.


Chewy, Ali & Gigi



Ali taking it one day at a time



hall of shame or fame?

The hallway from the living room area to the bedrooms actually had an awesome skylight in it. We’ve taken out the area they deemed for a closet and we’ll put one of our tansus there.



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