Lots of Big/Little Jobs

by Rachel Blackburn in ,


I feel like I'm being redundant, posting very similar stuff week to week.  But the thing is, renovation is like that.  We see the little {and not-so-little} jobs getting knocked out week by week, but it's hard to show progress when most of the work is done under the house.  The finish work is much more interesting, at least in my book.

That being said, this week consisted of more demo and more plumbing.  Michael is almost done with the plumbing, which is amazing.  

He demo'd out the water heater closet {loss of blue wood paneling is always a good thing in my book} to make way for the pantry.

Before: 

After: 

And he took down the rest of the wall next to the kitchen.

Before: 

After:

It looks to me like the kitchen was open to the rest of the house once upon a time and the previous owner closed it off, probably for heating purposes before they got the updated furnace.  To make the rooms feel more open to each other, Michael cut the wall that will be over the pantry and fridge.  It's pretty cool.  I like that it's open without being one giant room.  We hemmed and hawed a bit about opening it up, but I'm really pleased with the result.

So, the reno marches on.  I called and arranged for a huge dumpster to be delivered in a couple of weeks to get rid of the debris before the rains really hit us.  We'll feed our friends and family pizza in exchange for hard manual labor and destruction.  It will be fun!  

The kids are doing great at staying out of the mess.  We normally keep a mesh fence up to keep them from going where they shouldn't.  Caden gladly collects bits of leftover building materials to use on "his" house, which he will build with Daddy at some point.

I haven't sewed as much this week.  Since I'm trying to get the kids out of the house all day on Sundays I now spend evenings doing chores in between making Home Depot runs (4 this week!).  Don't worry.  The staff there doesn't know me by name yet.  I give it another week.  I'm just glad they are so close to home.

This coming week is a big push to get the electrical done and to have the structural inspection so we can pour the concrete for the piers and get the load-bearing wall down.  We are running a little bit behind schedule but hope to make some time up in the next couple of weeks.  We'll see!


Kitchen Piers and Broken Pipes

by Rachel Blackburn in ,


My husband is a saint.  Let me just say that now.  

He has spent this week crawling around under the house, digging with a shovel and crowbar in rock-hard dirt under what will be the ends of the beam we are putting in.  That is not the nicest smelling place in this house.

Oh, and it didn't smell all that great because while Michael was crawling around under the house he discovered there was a rusted-out pipe down there leaking water.  Good times.

Michael repaired the pipe in record time and is now back to digging.  The weight of the amount of roof that this one beam will have to carry demands that we put in additional concrete pads under the ends of the beam - aka "piers".  The columns will sit in that and hold the weight of the old roof plus the new addition.

So, here's where things are at:

Michael and I have an agreement.  While he is doing this part {which I can't really help with anyways - tight space}, I am working on Em's princess costume and some Christmas presents.  That way when we get to the point where I can help I'll be ahead on those and have the time.  

This week will be finishing up the piers and hopefully starting in on plumbing!