Friday, May 5, 2017

The two week mark!

GUYS! We have OFFICIALLY owned this gem (well, its starting to be one) for DOS weeks! It's crazy how much we've done in that time....but also even more crazy how much more we need to do before it's habitable! It's getting there, and we are so happy with how it's turning out. Things are moving FAST (thankfully) and we haven't had TOO many surprises to push anything (too) far back, so phew. OKAY let's dive into a quick update on everything huh?!

Big things happened this week! We hired a crew (because OMG no thanks) to skim coat the walls and ceilings (which made SUCH a great difference) and then my mom spent the afternoon painting it so it's THAT much closer to being an actual room that humans can hang out in (if they are OK with a layer of dust everywhere).




We chose Navajo White for all the main areas of the house. It reads different colors (white to a soft yellow) throughout the day,. I've been pumping myself up to finish the ceiling paint, it's one of my least favi jobs, but I refuse to pay someone for something I can do...which I am doing in other places in this house and it kinda kills me but also we need a finished house ASAP so...compromises?

ANYWHO. Moving on.

The kitchen! Progress! Well, since the last photo, we basically cleaned it out (shout out to the hardest working dumpster!)


HI CHIMNEY STACK WUDDUP!

OK so beyond the kitchen is that little area we are going to put a bathroom/laundry area. There used to be a door here...

Side note: Legend (the neighbors) say this door was the exterior access for HORSES into the kitchen. There is a little stoop outside of this door with a drop off where horses could walk past with a buggy to be unloaded into the kitchen. A little backstory on the house: It was the old farm managers house (our neighbors house looks like a small barn - it was the 'apple barn.') back when all the land around here was an apple (and pear?) farm! Cool! The history deserves it's own post...later...so yeah there's that. End side note. 


The patch job on that door NEEDS some work...but i'm showing this image for THE FLOORS. So the kitchen/bath area had like 16 (3) layers of floors (mainly plywood) over the joists. We (Dan and my dad) ripped up the first and saw this! And I immediately shut construction DOWN because Asbestos ya know. SO, typically old (pre 1981) tiles that are roughly 8x8 or 10x10 have asbestos either in the tile or in the adhesive. However there was a tar paper of sorts BELOW the tile, which made me think but BEST TO BE SAFE! We had them tested - and they came back negative (YUS!). Apparently, which I learned after the fact, the tar paper is a good indication that is ISN'T asbestos! HURRAH!


Below the tiles was hardwoods, unfortunately the kitchen didn't have any (so there would be a weird gap between the rooms...also we have plans for heated floors so we can remove that radiator...aka there are many reasons why we had to remove this flooring, don't get mad at me.  ALSO, most of it was damaged.) We ripped it out and saved a few lengths to patch up the floors upstairs (from the wall we are removing in the bedroom...are you following along?!). ANOTHER reason we wanted to rip everything out was to have a flush transition from the dining room to the kitchen. I trip on air, so this was a safety necessity:). Next on the agenda for this area is to put in new sub floor! I need to say that excitedly because it's not the EASIEST job, but you know me, unwilling to pay someone to do something for me.

Upstairs in the bathroom!...we rented a demo hammer...TBT(uesday) to my last house LOL. So at least we REALLY knew what we were doing this time. It didn't take too long to break it up, revealing the floor boards. The boards by the bathtub were...less than ideal...and no one wants to fall through the tub into the kitchen right? So! Time for a little sub floor patching...





One step closer! AND! Since then, the bathtub and a new window have been installed! *Insert dancing emoji!*). Next steps in here? Tile ALL THE THINGS.

WHAT ELSE DID WE DO?! One of the things we have been WAITING to do since we closed on the house...remove the shed/dollhouse/unsupported walls dangling in the yard!






Just a couple swings of the sledge hammer and she came tumbling down. Then came the task of sawzalling (a new word we invented) the structure apart and tossing it in the dumpster. The yard feels SO much bigger now.

PHEW! We have contractors (and roofers!) over all next week... and next weekend we are finally SANDING THE FLOORS! Which I've been waiting (for the result not the work LOL) for since I first laid eyes on those puppies.

21 days until move in!! eek!


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