Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fireplace rebuild

This little lady is getting a facelift. And then we can have real fires. Crackle, crackle golden embers. There's so much going on with the house renovation...but also so much progress. Floors down, walls painted, laundry room stucco is going on, and we will possibly be moving in this weekend. The kitchen will be makeshift for a while, but that bothers me not a bit.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

One board at a time

I've never really been fully involved in a home renovation. But, boy oh boy, am I cutting my teeth on this one! Sadly, most things seem to not go right, versus being just straightforward and easy. Granted, we are contracting directly with the folks doing the work, so there's no big contractor dude to manage it and boss everyone around. It's just us. We're doing really well, except for a few hiccups.

This is the living room, with the new oak sitting there ready to be installed, starting Monday. After that, painting can begin. Again, more blurry pictures. Oops.

Kind of amazing seeing all the old boards ripped up and sitting in a pile. I may have jumped the gun on pulling them up, but the amount of repair areas were adding up, so you have to make a decision to spend the money on repairs or new floors. We went with (b) and I think it will be worth it in the long run.

One thing is for certain through this process…when you’re not sleeping in your own bed, time creeps by. We can’t wait to get back into our own bed, cats at the foot, dog in her bed, so we can truly sleep.

Here’s the new laundry room/pantry being built. A pocket door will be installed between the kitchen and laundry, so there’s access from the house. Before, you had to go outside to get to it. Huh?

More to come as things unfold, get nailed together, painted, etc.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

We've flown the coop!

That move I was alluding to? It's happened! Well, almost. We've flown our Eagle's nest, and we've closed on another bird-name address! Yay! Still living in our temporary quarters at a local hotel, but probably mid-next month, we'll be in our new digs. Kate, Gwyneth, and Saylor are here, too, and being little angels if I may say so. We will all be thrilled, though, to not have to use a flat key to get in and out of our "home."

As of today, floors are completely ripped up... More posts to follow. So much going on. New laundry room under construction. Every day it gets better and better, but this will be a long labor of renovation love.
Pardon the super-bad pic!