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Our real estate agent, who represented us when we bought the Inn (in Sept. 2013) stopped by yesterday to see the work.  When she saw the kitchen she literally jumped up and down and screamed.   The transformation is so amazing. 

We had seen the change from idea to drawing to demo to dust and finaly finished (Saturday!!!!)  So the transformation was gradual.  To her is was a huge 'reveal.'   

It was fun seeing it through her eyes.  

And did I meantion, it is finished!!!!!     We had champagne at our new breakfast bar on Saturday evening.

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How many times am I allowed to tell guests they are the first people to have our brand spanking new refurbished room?

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Highlands John wrote:

How many times am I allowed to tell guests they are the first people to have our brand spanking new refurbished room?

I think the first few guests should qualify. I've done that a couple of times: We JUST redid that room! Brand new bedding, etc.

But not more than a couple of times, especially if you bragged about it online. Guests will wonder why no one else has stayed.

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Highlands John wrote:

How many times am I allowed to tell guests they are the first people to have our brand spanking new refurbished room?

 

Hahahha.  I told guests this weekend they were the first to book this room since we moved in.  Told them we'd only just gotten it clean and ready.    It was true, but it was also the third time we'd gotten it full of junk, cleaned up and ready.   So I guess I was stretching the truth a bit.

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OOPS just read about "first time"   sorry...only for the FIRST GUEST then wink

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Love to see all the pics of the remodels!  Such creative people...so INNspiring!

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Nice!  I bet it makes breakfast easier.

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Tom wrote:

Nice!  I bet it makes breakfast easier.

 

Oh yes!! It makes everything easier!

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Must be something in the air...I just got a totally new galley (kitchen) too - finished it about 6 weeks ago, with the exception of a few trimmings here and there.  Your kitchen looks great - it's nice to have all kitchen stuff, isn't it?  

My biggest accomplishment was wrestling a 28 cubic foot refrigerator on board and into position.  

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Was thinking of you this week as had an exhibitor for a Caravan show who makes super plush mattress for weird shapes - ie boats and camper vans.

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Thank you Joey the first for posting for me.

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Reno pix before and after

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WOW!! Wonderful!! It is beautiful and I am green with envy.

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So in the before pictures, you see where the refrigerator is....it is in the same spot.  So we moved the sink to the corner, the stove to the outside wall, the door into the adjoining family room and got rid of the big window.  We put in two small windows and took down a pass through wall between the kitchen and family room to have space for the bar. 

It really works.

You can see how close the stove is to the door in the before picture.   The PO had taken the moulding off the doorway in order to open the over door.   Dysfunctional.

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Another innkeeper stopped by to say hello on Saturday and saw the new kitchen.  Shortly after she left, we got a call from the PO wanting to come by and see it.  LOL   Small town word travels fast!

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The files are big, no worries i have them and will post as soon our this guest checks out, Joey Fogg. Smiling

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

The files are big, no worries i have them and will post as soon our this guest checks out, Joey Fogg. Smiling

Sorry, I suck at pictures.  That is usually the husband's job.   And hee hee.

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We just ordered 2 new garage doors for $$. I just hate spending a lot of money for things that guests won't even notice, but it's the kind of expense you get back once you sell.

It never ends. blush

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Wow! Congrats!

My fence plans just went in the dumper. DH wants a new driveway. He says what we have now is a mudhole (wrong) and the new driveway will beautify the place - therefore it is a B & B expense (as is everything else). I told he he has to ante up half. But this in addition to the gas line work he insists is necessary puts the kabosh on the fence. He does not know I am replacing the spigot in the yard for a hose - dear daughter, my handyman is coming with a power washer to wash my siding and get the old paint of the porch to repaint it and needs a water source. So you are correct, it is never done. Now if my PR guy is the magician I think he is (I know he is for others but they are not the Born Loser) I will get lots of elopements and then CAN get my fence.

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The heart of the home!!!  heart  Done!  

Congratulations...waiting for pictures.  Let us know when we can take a peek.

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We're in the final phases of our room renovation right now. The new shower and sink (with LED lit cascade tap) are in, the radiator in the bedroom is moved so it's not behind the bed head anymore, all this has been going on since Thursday.

We've spent all day today cleaning, painting and wallpapering. The carpet fitter arrives 9.30 tomorrow, he's doing the bathroom floor at the same time.

Then it's just a case of put all the furniture back, get some matching curtains (curtain rails too)  and cushions, a few new pictures and it's all ready for guests.

Can't wait to see what it all looks like finished.  

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Still a few small things to sort out, need a couple more pictures on the wall, want red curtains which I couldn't find today. Apart from that we've done.

I need to do some better photos during the day for the website, etc. but you get the idea.

 

             

           

 

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Just checked the first people into this room since it's finished. Put the last curtain pole up this afternoon. 

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Well, we finally have a glimpse at John in the window on the second photo Smiling

I find it interesting that in the bathroom they (assuming the builder) has used wood at the connection between the floor and the wall. (Or at least that is how it appears in the pictures). We usually use cut tiles instead.

Is this your first all-glass shower?

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The whole house has pine skirting boards from when it was built. It matches all the other wood like banisters and doors/ door frames. 

Bearing in mind that this house was built for B&B one of the biggest mistakes they made in our opinion was to put lovely big en-suites on all the guest rooms and then put in the smallest shower possible. So no, there's always been glass showers, just the new ones are much larger, 900mm x 1100mm instead of 700mm square. 

When very large people use the old showers all the water stays above their waist until they open the door. Smiling

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Highlands John wrote:

The whole house has pine skirting boards from when it was built. It matches all the other wood like banisters and doors/ door frames. 

Bearing in mind that this house was built for B&B one of the biggest mistakes they made in our opinion was to put lovely big en-suites on all the guest rooms and then put in the smallest shower possible. So no, there's always been glass showers, just the new ones are much larger, 900mm x 1100mm instead of 700mm square. 

When very large people use the old showers all the water stays above their waist until they open the door. Smiling

I had visions of using cri sco to get large people out of the shower and that is why one shower is 48 inches and the other is 60 inches.

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Well, we finally have a glimpse at John in the window on the second photo Smiling

I find it interesting that in the bathroom they (assuming the builder) has used wood at the connection between the floor and the wall. (Or at least that is how it appears in the pictures). We usually use cut tiles instead.

Is this your first all-glass shower?

He has been on some blog articles photos in the past. Follow his blog! Smiling

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I know it's a bit of a gimmick, but we love it.......... If you look closely at the tap on the sink you will see its a cascade style (which I love) but it has an LED light in it which shines blue through the water when the water is cold! turns pink as it warms and red when the water is hot. 

it seemed like a good idea when in the shop, but to install was a nuisance as the water pipes have to go into and out of a box which sits on the wall behind the sink pedestal, the water flow generates the electricity for the light. 

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also can I ask whats on the wall behind the tub chairs? ie tounge and grove sideways? just curious as I want to put in proper tounge and groove in room 11.

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It's the radiator. It used to behind the headboard, which was fine when there were twin beds, but now it's a king size the headboard blocks the heat and it was very difficult to reach the control. It's a slim style to give us maximum space across the room. 

shifting that radiator was probably the biggest single job of the whole project as it meant ripping up the floor. 

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we both clearly have excellent taste as I have the same oak furniture in one of my bedrooms!

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Ours came from sterling furniture. Two problems we've had, firstly because the bed sits under the window we wanted one with a headboard less than 98cm high, every bedroom set we looked at either had a high headboard, or didn't have a dressing table in the range. In the end we went for a faux brown leather bed and bought furniture in the range we liked. 

 

Second problem was we're still waiting for the dressing table, due in May. That's why that part of the room isn't in the photos. They did tell us this when we ordered. 

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Im having the same problem with Oak furniture land - just hassling them on a weekly basis! - sometimes they get a cancellation from the same range so you can get stuff earlier - just have to be a PITA and make sure you are at the top of the list!

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The one that surprised me was Benson Beds, the leg fell off the bed whilst we were moving it around, it's only been here 3 weeks and been used a handful of times. 

Phoned their customer services team, after explaining the problem and given my order number they told me they'd courier up a complete new bed head. 

Cant beat that for customer service. 

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I think they have finally realised its a recession and if you don't buck up your customer service people will simply not replace big expensive items if they don't absolutely have to.

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Beautiful!!

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Love the stripes!! Very nice room!

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You have it ready for the Innspiring Eurotrip.  

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Innkeep wrote:

You have it ready for the Innspiring Eurotrip.  

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Wait, you mean Kathleen driving 144 KPH in the UK/Euro on the right side of the road? I take back my yes   haha

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You have it ready for the Innspiring Eurotrip.  

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Wait, you mean Kathleen driving 144 KPH in the UK/Euro on the right side of the road? I take back my yes   haha

I never went over 80!!

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Beautiful! Good job!!

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Very nice!

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Very nice!

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Oh My!  yesThat sounds fabulous.  I don't think I could summon up the energy to redo a room right now.  It sounds like you will be done in time to cash in on the spring travelers?  Get those pictures out so we can see them.

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Send it to me if you want and I can load it for you from my profile. Or post it on your FB page and share the link, or pinterest, G+ twitter or wherever you like.

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trying to upload.  taking forever.  wonder if it's a firewall on my work computer.

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It's probably because you are trying to load a huge file! Don't do that. You need to resize to a smaller one and compress it before you upload. No one will wait for a full high rez image to load.

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I can't figure out how.   I don't have photobucket.  (I'm at work)

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Just go to MY ACCOUNT / FILE BROWSER. Upload the image you want to show. Then Open a message and click on the IMAGE icon and go to the file browser and pick the image to post.

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Congratulations! Got a picture for us to drool over?

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

Congratulations! Got a picture for us to drool over?

 

I attempted to email two pictures to you yesterday and my email tells me they didn't go through.   Sorry to be so lame with the pictures.   If someone sends me an email address, I will send a before and after.  It's a pretty awesome transformation.

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