Thursday, September 14, 2017

Utah Real Estate

I have recently been hearing a lot about Disney's device, "Circle." My sister was raving about it the other day and then I just read an article, that my friend wrote, talking about how much he loves it among some other Smart Devices.

Here's what Brett posted on his site about Circle:
This is something that has become more important to me now that I have kids. With all the nasty stuff that is out there on the web it’s nice to have a little bit of control of what your kids can and can’t access. Circle allows your family to manage all of your home’s connected items with one simple smart home device. With Circle, parents can now filter content and limit screen time as well as set a bedtime for every device in the home. Circle can even pause the Internet and share what kids are up to online.

  • Set Time Limits: Create daily time limits on apps and popular sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.
  • Discover Insights: See where your kids are spending most of their time online by app and category.
  • Filter Content: You can set filter levels by age (Pre-K, Kid, Teen, and Adult) for each person in your home.
Technology has changed so much even in the last few years. The ability to monitor and control the internet usage of our children will become more and more important as access to content gets easier and easier.  

I feel the same way. It's so frustrating that we have to worry about the internet so much with kids, but not doing anything isn't an option so we'll be getting "Circle". You can read the rest of his article by clicking on the link.

Top 10 smart home devices you need to try!

Brett also has an awesome site he just set up and I am thrilled because I love love love looking at houses for sale! 
  http://exploreutahrealestate.com/  

He's broken up the homes into cities. Super user friendly. There are many gorgeous homes right now since the market in Utah is crazy!   Have a look. Maybe you will find your next home and start your own DIY projects, like me. Or maybe you are smarter than me, and you will just purchase something that someone else already did the work on. 

Happy Hunting.
-Kate   

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bathroom remodel

                                                               

The original builders of this house, decided to make the downstairs their home for their master bedroom. We are in the process of turning that area into a family room. This was their master bathroom. The other part of their master bathroom was outside of the door pictured below. There is an adjoining room that housed a very long vanity (about 8 feet) and then another wall. Behind that wall, was their master closet.


 Because we didn't need a 8 foot vanity nor want the master or master bath downstairs, we decided to turn the vanity area and adjacent master closet into a small bedroom for our oldest. We are in the process of doing that now. The bathroom we refinished and put a smaller vanity in as well.


                                                                        BEFORE:

Yep. That is carpet. Yep. That carpet is dark pink. Yep. I bet that carpet is full of poop, pee and throw up.  Needless to say, we did not use that bathroom until we had removed the carpet. That was a happy day for me.

Although I am a huge fan of bathtubs, we did not need a huge circular whirlpool tub in yellow. It had to go.


Below were a couple of towel racks and a space perfect to put a new vanity since we were getting rid of the monstrosity of a vanity just outside the bathroom door.

Yes, the walls are also pink. It's fine, everyone was doing it back then so it made it OK.

After we got the tub out, we set to work, taking out the step, which gave us an extra 1.5 feet for a vanity.
Much to my displeasure, Travis decided to do the plumbing. Much to my delight, it did not flood.
Thanks to Youtube, he is now a plumber.  We found this Kohler tub at NPS in Salt Lake for $200.00 originally $1400.00 Great find. Thank you NPS.


Travis spent quite a bit of time doing the plumbing and putting up backer board. So grateful I didn't have to do that part. We decided to tile behind the toilet because there are 4 boys in my family plus one girl that doesn't aim any better. . . so yah.


The floors went in first. Trav did an awesome job on those. My job was mostly clean up.

They turned out great and way better than pink carpet.  Come on, 1986 admit it, you love it.


Next went the tile on the walls. I got to choose and went with Carrerra marble that we found for a decent price.


On the top of the marble, we decided to do sheets of herringbone pattern.


Travis also carried the pattern around the tub, which I loved. 


Tiling stinks. That's all.

My fingers were cut to shreds by the time we were done. My advice? Go with cheaper tile and hire it out!


                                                                            AFTER:
This project took us about 2 months to tile. Not fun, but I am thrilled with how it turned out. It is a little excessive for a basement bathroom and by a little, I mean a lot, but we love it.


 We got the vanity top from the DownEast scratch and dent for $60.00 and the vanity is Home Depot.
 One bathroom done, three to go, or maybe we just live in this one and never do the others, that's fine too.

I know what you are thinking: "See, we can do that!"

Here is my response: Yes, yes, you can and it will probably look better than ours does, close up. Also, you could probably climb Everest. . . but you'll probably freeze to death on the side of the mountain just before falling into a crevasse. So there's that.

Hire it out and also, stay home and just watch the movie Everest.

Happy Decorating,
-Kate