A Chocolate Donut

January 7, 2008

My house is a mess!

Filed under: Arizona, family, health, home, home improvement, life — Wizus @ 1:18 am

 Here is my house…just what you would imagine a home in the Arizona desert would look like, no?

my house

The house is 20 years old but we only bought it 18 months ago. We have had many surprises in the past year and a half. The mold is only the latest…the other big surprises (there are 2) have us involved in a legal dispute with the title insurance company, the sellers and one of our neighbors.  The dispute began when we started the renovation about 4 months after moving into the house.   We put everything on hold and were hoping to settle all the legal problems before doing any more changes but the mold made us move out, so here we are!

We began renovations on Dec. 17th.  The outside still looks the same, but the inside is going through a full face lift.  I had taken “before” pictures of the house inside so I could show for comparison but I cannot find them  😦
(UPDATE: I found a few “before” pics to share!)

Here is how it looked before we tore it all down…

Now, here is my kitchen after the first week of deconstruction…


The black stuff on the left wall is mold that was growing behind the dishwasher.  The dishwasher never leaked so I had no idea there would be a problem there.  Those walls are pretty disgusting, I didn’t realize how dingy the paint would seem and I really could not believe all the grease that streaked down the wall behind the stove!   Two burners on the cooktop were broken and the oven could not stay an even temp so I rarely used it.  The crockpot and the George Foreman Grill became my best kitchen buddies! 

Bathroom before, not the best picture but you can see the pretty tiles in the shower (and yes, that is black grout, not from mold)

A week later it is this:


Inside the walls of the shower we found more mold. It was also under the shower floor when we pulled up the tiles and there was mold in the ceiling that ran into the hallway next to the bathroom. This bathroom was the masterbath and it shares a wall with the hall bathroom, which also had mold hiding in the wall. Before drywall goes up we will spray everything with a bleach solution to kill the mold.



No mold here, we are just taking out this wall to make 3 small rooms into 2 big ones. 

I have had a very exciting 3 weeks of tearing out the old and picking out the new! I picked knotty alder for my cabinets with a natural stain and a chocolate glaze…they are beautiful but they won’t be here for 3 months. I picked the GE Monogram Series for the appliances…I cannot wait to be able to really cook again (apartment kitchen=no counter space)!  Windows and doors have become a bit of a headache for me…the door company makes over 1,000 styles of interior doors! It is a lot of fun but too many choices are overwhelming for me. 



  1. How exciting!! Good luck! My home that I sold before I moved had mold too. AND I’m also allergic. No wonder I felt nasty most of the time!

    Comment by cmmg — January 7, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

  2. Oh my gosh! How could one ever know how much mold was hidden and in an arid climate!

    Good Luck izus! you will be feeling a lot better next time you are living in the home.

    Comment by shellssells — January 8, 2008 @ 11:48 am

  3. I see by myself that you got a lot of crap in your house by which your house is really looking like a mess….

    ~I decided to approve this comment because I think it is so funny, plus I just discovered I can edit the comments with a reply instead of making a new comment to this comment and I wanted to try it out 😛 Anyway, the IP is from Pakistan so maybe someone is trying out their English skills? Or more likely it is spam from this window and door company that outsourced to troll the internet for business. I am impressed they know that “a” and “lot” is 2 words and not one. I should point out that I don’t have a lot of crap in my house, it just is that right now my house is crap!~izus

    Comment by Windows and doors — January 10, 2008 @ 7:58 am

  4. Thanks girls! So far everything is going as planned! You would not believe how many people I have talked to around here that have told me they have had mold problems. I am just as surprised as anyone else. Stinky, yucky mold, I will win this battle! 😀

    Comment by Wizus — January 10, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

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