Gray & Air Home | The Foundation

Welp, there’s no turning back now! In this episode, watch the progress of the foundation, from filling it with sand to pouring the cement for our back of the house addition. Plus, exterior walls come down, windows are going up, plumbing starts getting installed, and the new front porch layout is framed. It’s safe to say we are starting to feel the pressure of our deadline, but with this awesome team of ours, it’s easy to stay hopeful. 

Stay tuned for our next video!

As always, thanks for following along!

P.S. Can someone teach Gray about the proper attire to wear when tearing down a brick wall?! 



Gray & Air Home | An honest look at life lately.

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Well guys, we are officially in month three of our renovation. We are missing several exterior walls, most of our roof and the whole front of our house is a sheet of plywood, and with yesterday’s rain you might have thought waterfalls were apart of our design aesthetic. We’ve been daring and crazy with our timelines before, we have been bold and taken risks, but honestly y’all, this project…takes the dang cake.

I think it really hit us this week just how crazy we really are, ha. But seriously. We were standing in our house (or what's remaining of it) yesterday and I think that's when it hit me. We are in September, this baby is coming in February, and business just keeps on rolling. In other words, our timeline, our contractors showing up, and our inspections going smoothly have never been more critical.

See, the funny thing is when the walls started coming down, progress started happening, I felt like I could breathe (which is funny because most people lose it at that point). It felt like FINALLY we were moving towards the home we always dreamed it could be. But as most projects go, we started hitting minor speed bumps along the way and have had to think on our feet and keep the faith even in times where it seemed impossible. 

So all this has got us thinking, “how do we take the crazy that is our life right now -- some of it planned, some of it totally out of left field -- and make it an experience that is positive and fruitful?” I have found in my life when things get really tough, it's time to start reminding myself of ALL the reasons I am so thankful and blessed and harness my focus from negative thoughts of despair (ahh the sky is falling), to how this is all truly in God’s hand. 

So here it is folks! Here’s my list of things that could have been a complete disaster but how in hindsight it all ended up being okay:

  1. Not enough flooring- so this was a real special shocker-oo. We had bought our tile almost four years ago with a ton of extra for our future remodel. Except baby Gray and Air didn’t realize how big their remodel would be. So, for the last week and a half, I have been driving myself crazy stressing about how much new flooring would cost. We just laid down all this tile and we did not budget to have tile ripped up or new floor purchased and installed. Our tile had been discontinued four years ago and we both thought we were going to be totally screwed. But today at the house I asked Gray to take a picture of the SKU, hoping that maybe, just maybe, I could find some boxes online. So while eating tacos, I Googled the size and color, and poof, 200 boxes y’all! 200 glorious boxes were located just 20 minutes away. I don’t even know how or what we did to deserve this, but let me just tell you, I have never swiped a credit card so fast! 

  2. Metal design that was sort of forgot about- We were getting really excited because inspection passed, our re-barb was set in place, and things were moving along just nicely. The concrete trucks were scheduled to arrive and the crews were scheduled in. However, per our plans we needed 16 metal plates to be put into the concrete and, eventually, welded to metal poles that will hold our patio roof in place. So yeah, pretty important. It was NOT until the day concrete was scheduled to be poured that our on of our subs called and said his guy was two weeks behind and didn’t have the 16 plates. Um… panic mode. Except here's where the real thankfulness comes in. We have some AMAZING friends in the industry. Our friends at MetalWork Austin, came to our rescue. In less than 24 hours they custom welded all the plates we needed so that our project could move along. I have NEVER been more thankful for the amazing people in this industry. 

  3. Expectations of a furnished house- When we started this endeavor, in my mind, we would renovate and gorgeous furniture would magically appear like Cinderella getting her ballgown. *Poof* Magic. But then I started looking at the house room by room, I realized, “well, crud.” I have to decorate every. Single. Room. Like between growing a baby, raising another one, staying on top of our subs and timelines, working on our business, and going to my full time job -- I realized that’s NOT going to happen. And you know what, I honestly feel so good about it. I would rather move in and take my time choosing the perfect couches, rugs, lights, and art. Its so easy to get lost on Instagram and see these perfectly put-together houses, but what most people don’t show you are the HOURS of  research, sampling and thoroughly taking time to make it a home. So I’m going to make this journey a fun one and as I go and decorate I will share it with all of you. 


Thank you for following along in our always crazy, sometimes stressful, and never boring home renovation journey! Having you along for the ride makes this process a lot more fun. Stay tuned for progress and updates! 

Xoxo,

Air


Gray & Air Home | The Move Out (Sort-of) Part II

We are down to the studs and starting to expand our square footage into the front and back yards. Our team of 2 ½ men are getting things done at lightning speed, so it gives us hope that we will be able to complete the project within our timeframe. Gray had maybe a little too much fun demoing and Air is happy to be settled at the apartment. Now let’s just see if we can get it all finished before baby #2 is here!

Things we have recently learned: 

  • You can plan all you want, but sometimes you just never know where life is going to take you (i.e. getting pregnant while simultaneously going through a complete home renovation). 

  • Perfection is boring.

  • We wouldn’t change any of it for the world!

Gray & Air | The Move Out (Sort-of)

Guys- as you know we finally made the move. We got our final plans, permit approved and are full steam ahead in our very own personal home renovation. We've got a lot to do in the next few months to make our ranch home the house of our dreams. Follow along with us as we share updates and more.

So here it is video 1 the crazy, chaotic move out that never felt like it would end.

Shout out to all our friends and family who truly helped make this possible especially when my morning sickness was out of control.

Listing + Property Tour on Dream Catcher Drive | Just Listed

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Just Listed- 208 Dream Catcher Dr | Austin, Texas

Welcome to 208 Dream Catcher Dr, located in the highly-coveted, gated community of Grand Mesa at Crystal Falls in Leander, TX. Complete with 3,732 square feet encompassing 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and an open-concept kitchen and living area. The master bedroom and formal living boast tray ceilings with cohesive hardwood flooring throughout. The true gem of this property is the custom outdoor patio and kitchen with a built-in fireplace and bench seating, large covered portion, and smart phone controlled landscape lighting. The Crystal Falls neighborhood includes amenities such as a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools, parks, and playgrounds. Located in the award-winning Leander school district, this home is hill country living at its finest. 

Listing Agent- Gray Adkins, Realtor, GRI // Powered By Waterloo Realty