Water Heater, Floors and Electrical

by Rachel Blackburn in ,


Yeesh.  I got behind a week on posts.  It's been slightly crazy lately.

The good news is the renovation marches on.  Michael moved the water heater, which was a project and a half.  It involved a lot more crawling around under the house than he thought it would.

Where the water heater was: 

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Michael framed that in.  The left side will hold the fridge, the right side will be the pantry.

Where the water heater is:

Good times.

Now Michael is doing electrical and flooring.  Flooring - YAY!  That means we are officially into the land of cosmetic renovation!  That means we are getting closer to done!  That means we may have a functioning kitchen by Thanksgiving!  I would do cartwheels if I could.

Here's where things are at with the rest of the renovation:

Hopefully more to come next week.  The floors and electrical will likely take all of this week and part of next week.  But then we can do drywall and paint and start putting cabinets in.  Hooray!


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!