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.

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After: 

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

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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!


Well, That's One Way To Remove Wallpaper...

by Rachel Blackburn in ,


The kitchen reno is rolling along.  We took the time this week to create a calendar of events and anticipate the kitchen will be done {except for the finishing touches that always take way longer than they should and are not essential for the kitchen to function} a week before Thanksgiving.  

Now that I've put that out there, we have to stick to it, right?  

This week was plumbing {new kitchen sink sewer and vent pipe} and demo {half my kitchen disappeared}.

We have moved from layers of wallpaper to layers of linoleum.  On the bright side, that fuzzy half-painted-on wallpaper in the living room is gone.  

Before:

After:

Hello, new dining room!

The wall next to the kitchen cabinets will come out too, eventually.  We are trying to keep our sink and dishwasher for as long as possible during the renovation.

The "beams" turned out to be cleverly stained 1x8's.  That made them pretty simple to remove: hit them hard and they will fall down.

The old linoleum was super stylish:

And for kicks, here's a shot of the new plumbing:

The walls that made up the kitchen were cobbled together and kind of crazy.  It made us think that the kitchen had been renovated once, albeit many years ago.  There were strange things like insulation in the wall between the kitchen and the living room, etc.

At any rate, the walls are gone and we couldn't be more excited about how open the living room is feeling! This coming week we will finish demo-ing out the water heater closet and some shelves in the garage that are presently covering up where the water heater will move to, plus tackle the rest of the plumbing.