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My Home Daycare Renovation

My Home Daycare Renovation

Friends! It’s been too long! Waaaaaay too long.

My life got kinda, sorta, turned upside down November 5th and has, just now, settled down. Some.

Why November 5th? Well, that was the day I had Hilary text her husband and ask what would need to happen to start the garage renovation necessary to build my home daycare space… that weekend.  As in three days later.  Let’s just say, he may have uttered a not-so-nice word. 😉 But, being the good sport he is, he got right to work mentally processing what would be needed to set things in motion.

You see, I had been considering this renovation for quite some time and my husband and I had finally come to the conclusion that it was time for the daycare to have a space of it’s own.  The plan, however, was to wait for spring.  Well, sometimes, when I get something in my head, I don’t exactly have the patience to wait.  For various reasons, some far more pressing than others, we I came to the conclusion that my daycare room needed to be done when I re-opened after my Christmas break.  A mere 8 weeks later.  Oh, and we were only going to be working on the weekends.  Ha!

The Before
The Before
The Before: Garage (upper left and lower right), Upper Right is one are of the basement (will become hallway/infant area, lower left is basement storage and will become the kitchen.
The Before: Garage (upper left and lower right), Upper Right is one area of the basement (will become hallway/infant area, lower left is basement storage and will become the kitchen.

Guess, what?

WE PULLED IT OFF!!!

Walls (and garage doors) came down and new ones went up.  We merged what was our two car garage with a large portion of our basement.  We added a FULL kitchen and half bath.  Got fancy new floors and Sami came up HUGE with a Pinterest find that replaced traditional banisters/balusters at the steps and saved us over $400!!!

It took 8 FULL weekends, a few LATE week nights (that may or may not have included plumbing disasters…lets just say we can laugh about it now), my dad taking a week of vacation to finish drywall, me and my brother-in-law spending our Christmas-New Years vacations working 8+ hours a day, and TONS of help from family and friends. But, WE DID IT and I’m over the moon excited to have it.

My business of almost 9 years finally feels like an actual business. 🙂 Welcome!

The outside... not 100% complete but what we have until spring.  Freezing temps stopped this part in it's tracks but we're weather tight til things begin to thaw... just not pretty quite yet. :)
The outside… not 100% complete but what we have until spring. Freezing temps stopped this part in it’s tracks but we’re weather tight til things begin to thaw… just not pretty quite yet. 🙂
My home daycare renovation.
Welcome to My First Friends Childcare!
Infant napping area and changing station.
Infant napping area and changing station.
Possibly my favorite part of the renovation.  The half bath featuring AUTOMATIC soap AND paper towel dispensers.  Trust me, with little ones, this is HUGE! :)
Possibly my favorite part of the renovation. The half bath featuring AUTOMATIC soap AND paper towel dispensers. Trust me, with little ones, this is HUGE! 🙂
The full kitchen!
The full kitchen!

 

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It was definitely way more work than I thought it was going to be, but I would do it again in a second.  The long days, and nights, paid off and having this space has legitimized my business, even if just to me.  I love ‘going’ to work each morning and turning off the lights and ‘closing’ each evening.  The days are still long and hectic but it has accomplished what I desired most, it compartmentalized my life.  It separated ‘work’ from ‘home’ and I will never be able to fully thank my brother-in-law, father, and MANY others who helped make my dream a reality.

~Danielle

 

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