We’re wired!

As you know from our Give it the Juice post, the electrical wiring running through our little nest was a Grade A death trap extremely unsafe.  So, we made the decision to replace every last wire, outlet, and switch.  Enter our amazingly talented brother in law, Jamie.

Jamie is a Captain with the Greenville Fire Department by day, but he has the skills and experience to wire an entire house and, for that (and him!), we are grateful.

Here are some shots of Jamie and his handy work:

Jamie has all the fancy tools— he didn't even need a ladder to drill holes in the ceiling joists!

Jamie has all the fancy tools— he didn’t even need a ladder to drill holes in the ceiling joists!

Great Room can lights are in!

Great Room can lights are in!

Butler's Pantry, too!

Butler’s Pantry, too!

Switches!

Switches!

It was super tricky to rewire the second floor bonus space because we did not want to remove the paneling to open up the walls like in the downstairs space. We don't know how Jamie did it, but we are impressed!

It was super tricky to rewire the second floor bonus space because we did not want to remove the paneling to open up the walls like in the downstairs space.  We don’t know how Jamie did it, but we are impressed!

Our minds are blown... how does anyone make sense of so many wires???

Genius at work!  Our minds are blown… how does anyone make sense of so many wires???

So, now that our little nest is wired, we have to schedule an initial inspection and once we pass, we will be able to come back and add in the switches and outlets, etc.

Considering that we have never seen our house with the lights on, this is a huge deal.  We can’t wait to be able to hook up the power and see her with the brights on.  Feels good to be one step closer!  🙂

Up next at the nest… H2O and Climate Control!

New Year, New Nest

Happy New Year, everyone! We took a little – much needed – break from our renovation adventure during the holidays, but now our attention is back on the project at hand and things are moving FAST! It’s hard to believe that within the year we will be LIVING in our home.

Just a little preview of all the things “hatching” in the next few weeks at the Nest:

  • Electrical work is underway.
  • Plumbing begins on Monday.
  • HVAC ductwork installation will also begin next week.
  • New Windows arrive January 22!
  • Repairs to the Cedar shake siding will follow window installation.
  • Masonry work/Great Room fireplace repair sometime in January/early February.
    …and SO much more!

You know we will keep you posted as these projects progress!
Now, just for fun, let’s look back on just how far we’ve come…

Before and After: Front Exterior

Before and After: Front Exterior

Kitchen before clean up and mid-demo

Kitchen before clean up and mid-demo

Kitchen now.

Kitchen now

Before and After: Master Bedroom

Before and After: Master Bedroom

Speaking of how far we’ve come…

Lauren and Matthew, circa 2001 and The Newtons, May 3, 2014.

Lauren and Matthew, circa 2001   |   The Newtons, May 3, 2014.

P.S. As we start a new year, we can’t help but reflect on the one that has just passed. 2014 will certainly go down in history as a big one for us…after a dozen years of dating, we finally tied the knot; Lauren took a new job in Greenville; and, of course, the newly-minted Newtons took on one heck of a house project!

So many of you who follow us on this little blog have given us invaluable words of wisdom, shown us love, cheered us on, and even gotten your hands dirty working alongside us. We are truly grateful for all of you. Thank you and cheers to a brand new year!