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I was feeling guilty about neglecting this blog, and then I realized that what I thought were the last 4 months had actually only been 2 months. Amy practically had to get out a calendar to convince me.  Enough of the cliche “Sorry for not updating my blog more” and onto the details.

I got a long weekend over the 4th and my dad made the drive out from Utah to help me with some projects.  He’s quite the workhorse, and it was nice to have him here to help kick me in the butt and get cracking on some dreaded projects.

The first thing we did was rip up the linoleum and the sub floor in the kitchen and the butler pantry to expose the original hardwoods.  The wood underneath was in pretty bad shape, so I ordered some inexpensive vinyl plank dark cork flooring.  It was only about $2/sq. ft., but it’s special order so I probably wont get it until late next week.  We are opting for something cheap because we expect to remodel the kitchen in the next couple of years, so we don’t want to waste our money putting in anything pricey.  Also, our refrigerator is enjoying a vacation in the family room while we wait for it to arrive.

 

After that little chore, we started painting the front of the house.  The painter did not include the original first floor windows and sills, or the sills on the porch in the scope of work, so we have do to that ourselves.  We got the porch repainted, including the two large windows there, as well as two windows on the side of the house and a tiny start on the large bay window.  That all took two solid days of work for two people.  I definitely underestimated the time requirement on that one.

 

In addition to those projects, we installed sod in the backyard, put in blinds in a few of the upstairs windows, hung curtain rods, filled 4 dumpsters full of weeds and demonic tree branches, oh, and we also unpacked. Did I mention that?

 

No wonder I’m so tired.

Oh, and last but not least, the one piece of decor that we managed to get up in the house so far. Amy found this super cool fabric bird mobile at the Horsehoe craft market on mothers day. Don’t let the name fool you, this is a wicked awesome hig end hand made market with all sorts of amazing stuff. The artist has an etsy store too, elevated scraps.


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Due to my general laziness, you get a double update tonight!

First album

In the first set, the interior painting of the first floor was finished, and the original hardwood floors where sanded down.  The decks also got installed along with the railings, and it was awesome to hang out on them.

The floors under the laminate in the living and dining rooms were interesting.  They had three different species of wood, two varieties of oak around the perimeter in a nice decorative pattern, and a cheap pine in the center.  I guess they used to do this to save money, assuming there would always be a rug in the center of the room to hide the cheaper pine.  There are a couple photos of the stain samples we were offered: A natural wood one with almost no color, a medium brown and an antique brown.  We chose the antique brown, which you can see in the second album.

Second Album

In this update you can see the finished floors downstairs, and see all the hard work paying off painting the upstairs.  The exterior paint is really coming along as well, and the house is starting to look fantastic.  There was a problem with the texture on one of the family room walls, and you can see where it all had to be scraped off.  They will fix and repaint it, this week.  The carpet also goes in this week, as well as the final cleanup and inspection!  The only thing we might not get to is painting the master bedroom. The vaulted ceilings will slow that down a bit.

 

WE ARE MOVING INTO THE HOUSE IN 13 DAYS!


House Remodel Update 18
Back of the house with decks and railings up
Back of the house with decks and railings up
A functional deck!
A functional deck!
View looking downtown from the deck.
View looking downtown from the deck.
Master bedroom flooring installed
Master bedroom flooring installed
More master bedroom flooring
More master bedroom flooring
Master closet flooring matches the rest of the room
Master closet flooring matches the rest of the room
Vanity installed
Vanity installed
Toilet installed
Toilet installed
Playroom painted
Playroom painted
Old laminate removed from living room, original floors sanded
Old laminate removed from living room, original floors sanded
Stairwell painted
Stairwell painted
Mason excited about the house
Mason excited about the house
Floor finishing options (we went with the bottom one)
Floor finishing options (we went with the bottom one)
Another angle of samles (we picked the one on the right)
Another angle of samles (we picked the one on the right)
Dining room sanded down
Dining room sanded down
1st floor bedroom sanded
1st floor bedroom sanded
Family room partially sanded
Family room partially sanded
Kichen painted
Kichen painted
Butler pantry painted
Butler pantry painted
Family room painted
Family room painted
1st floor bathroom painted
1st floor bathroom painted
Living room painted
Living room painted
Dining room painted (you can see all the colors from here)
Dining room painted (you can see all the colors from here)
Detail of sanded dining room floor
Detail of sanded dining room floor

House Remodel Update 19
Front of house almost completely painted
Front of house almost completely painted
Front and side of house almost completely painted
Front and side of house almost completely painted
Side of house almost completely painted
Side of house almost completely painted
Back of house almost completely painted
Back of house almost completely painted
Another shot of the back of the house
Another shot of the back of the house
Temporary/permanent stairs for the backdoor
Temporary/permanent stairs for the backdoor
Detail of tuck pointing on porch
Detail of tuck pointing on porch
Playroom with flooring and finished paint
Playroom with flooring and finished paint
Laundry room, a little anyway
Laundry room, a little anyway
Bathroom painted
Bathroom painted
View of porch
View of porch
O fence, we hardly knew ye
O fence, we hardly knew ye
More of the old fence
More of the old fence
Hot girl in my future bedroom
Hot girl in my future bedroom
Upstairs hallway painted
Upstairs hallway painted
Bad wall to be fixed and repainted
Bad wall to be fixed and repainted
Kids in the family room on the finished floors
Kids in the family room on the finished floors
1st floor linen closet
1st floor linen closet
Font of house close up
Font of house close up


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The exterior paint has been making slow, on again-off again progress as much as the weather will permit, and today the painters moved inside to start painting the first floor.  We opted to paint the second floor ourselves, and last weekend Amy and I did a bunch of trim caulking and painting.  My lovely moms and our friend Tom came over to help as well, and we managed to get the kids rooms (mostly) painted, and a lot of headway on the trim.

Outside there has also been some progress on the tuck pointing.  The porch was in pretty bad shape before, and it’s nice to see it shaping up.  Eventually we will have the whole house fixed, but we are just starting with the front porch and eastern wall.  The tuck pointer tried to match the original grout color, which was surprisingly light and… pinkish.  I think it will look good after it sees a season of weathering though.

The master bedroom doors finally came in, and I am very excited about how they look.  I think letting the light into the hallway from the bedroom was a good idea. I can’t wait to see it all come together with the paint and flooring!

The tile work in the bathroom is all done now as well, and it’s looking pretty nice. By the end of the week I am hoping the bathroom will be all done.

I thought we were going to get to move in around mid-April, but now it’s looking more like the end of April/early May.  Oh well, I have survived this long, whats another week or two?

House Remodel Update 17
Do not fear the caulk man
Do not fear the caulk man
Another gratuitous door shot
Another gratuitous door shot
Bathroom Tile!
Bathroom Tile!
Laundry room light fixture
Laundry room light fixture
The dining room, all painted white
The dining room, all painted white
A dark shot of the newly trimmed out window
A dark shot of the newly trimmed out window
Trim around the backdoor
Trim around the backdoor
Trim on another window, another dark shot
Trim on another window, another dark shot
Baseboard in the family room
Baseboard in the family room
Baseboard with the original vent
Baseboard with the original vent
Upstairs hallways with master bedroom door installed
Upstairs hallways with master bedroom door installed
Madeleine's room with paint
Madeleine’s room with paint
Masons room with paint
Masons room with paint
Shower with tile installed and cleaned up
Shower with tile installed and cleaned up
Shower tile detail
Shower tile detail
Backside of the bathroom vanity and the toilet in the box
Backside of the bathroom vanity and the toilet in the box
Detail of the master bedroom door
Detail of the master bedroom door
Couch piece for the playroom
Couch piece for the playroom
Brown selections for the living, dining and front stairwell room
Brown selections for the living, dining and front stairwell room
Paint selection for family room and kitchen
Paint selection for family room and kitchen
Updated exterior shot of the house
Updated exterior shot of the house
North face of the house
North face of the house
Rear angle of house
Rear angle of house
Western face of house
Western face of house
Porch detail showing some paint and tuck pointing
Porch detail showing some paint and tuck pointing
Front of porch showing paint and tuck pointing
Front of porch showing paint and tuck pointing
East face of house
East face of house


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Just a quick update here.  The finished stucco is complete on the house, and the tuck pointing of the porch is underway.  Inside, the bathroom tile has started and the trim and baseboard on the first floor is underway.

House Remodel Update 16
Drywall all cleaned up in the stairwell
Drywall all cleaned up in the stairwell
Original door reused for the coat closet
Original door reused for the coat closet
Closet, again, with original door
Closet, again, with original door
Drywall wrapped doorway between the kitchen and family room
Drywall wrapped doorway between the kitchen and family room
Drywall over the cement in the rear stairwell
Drywall over the cement in the rear stairwell
Carpet samples! We picked 'cashmere', 2nd row, 5th over
Carpet samples! We picked ‘cashmere’, 2nd row, 5th over
Finish stucco!
Finish stucco!


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We are now officially past the 2/3 mark, which means that we have less than two months until we get to move back in! Here is a quick list of all the things that have changed since I last updated:

  • Exterior trim for new construction mostly painted
  • Texture for all new drywall done (new upstairs, matching downstairs)
  • New kitchen window installed
  • Top rails for stairwell installed
  • Carpet removed from family room (floors look in good shape!)
  • Tile done in laundry room
  • All but two of the new doors installed

And of course… pics or it didn’t happen:

House Remodel Update 15
Front of house with painted trim
Front of house with painted trim
Front and side of house with painted trim
Front and side of house with painted trim
Kitchen with new window
Kitchen with new window
Family room with carpet removed and texture
Family room with carpet removed and texture
Living and dinings room with new ceilings
Living and dinings room with new ceilings
Wooden rail on banister
Wooden rail on banister
Tile in laundry room
Tile in laundry room
Madeleines room with closet doors
Madeleines room with closet doors
Detail of the top of the railing
Detail of the top of the railing
Door to the bathroom
Door to the bathroom
Master closet shelf
Master closet shelf
Playroom with most of the paper off the windows
Playroom with most of the paper off the windows
Door to Madeleines room
Door to Madeleines room
Detail of painted tails
Detail of painted tails
Wide view of house with painted trim
Wide view of house with painted trim
Side of house with painted trim
Side of house with painted trim
Back of house with painted trim
Back of house with painted trim
South side of house with painted trim
South side of house with painted trim
Wide view of post apocalyptic back yard
Wide view of post apocalyptic back yard
Detail of post apocalyptic back yard
Detail of post apocalyptic back yard


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The visible progress is really slowing down in this update.  The smoothing out of the rough walls upstairs is hard to see in photos, but it looks great.  The windows up there are all taped off so they can spray the texture on the walls and the tub is installed. The base coat for the stucco looks the same, but it actually was completely ripped off and redone, at the insistence of my contractor.  I think the super cold temperatures had something to do with it.

Downstairs the drywall has been installed for the ceilings and the rear stairwell.  The back door was also replaced, so now it opens and swings the correct direction.  The other big thing is the roof, the shingles have all been installed!

House Remodel Update 14
House with shingles
House with shingles
Side of house with shingles
Side of house with shingles
Rear of house with shingles and stucco base
Rear of house with shingles and stucco base
Southern angle of the back of the house
Southern angle of the back of the house
Living room with drywall ceilings
Living room with drywall ceilings
Dining room with drywall ceilings
Dining room with drywall ceilings
Rear stairwell drywalled, correct door installed
Rear stairwell drywalled, correct door installed
Rear stairwell
Rear stairwell
Rear stairwell
Rear stairwell
Upstairs bathtub
Upstairs bathtub
Windows covered in prep for texturing
Windows covered in prep for texturing


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This week was drywall week, and the inside of the house changed dramatically.  Unfortunately, with the walls sealed off it becomes increasingly hard to photograph, so I just took a few interior photos to give the general idea of how things look.

Outside the house, the trim is all installed, and the walls are all ready for stucco. Unfortunately we are heading into a bad winter storm, so the stucco will have to wait until we have some consistently warmer temperatures.  The corbels and barge rafters were also installed so things are really looking nice outside.

House Remodel Update 13
Front of house with trim
Front of house with trim
NE Corner of house with trim
NE Corner of house with trim
North side of house with trim
North side of house with trim
Posts wrapped and installed corbel
Posts wrapped and installed corbel
Master bath w/drywall
Master bath w/drywall
Closet w/drywall
Closet w/drywall
Office nook w/drywall
Office nook w/drywall
Master bedroom w/drywall
Master bedroom w/drywall
Hallway w/drywall
Hallway w/drywall
Bay window in playroom w/drywall
Bay window in playroom w/drywall
Masons bedroom w/drywall
Masons bedroom w/drywall
Stairwell landing w/drywall
Stairwell landing w/drywall
Looking up at stairwell w/drywall
Looking up at stairwell w/drywall
Back of house with trim, angled
Back of house with trim, angled
Back of house with trim
Back of house with trim
South side of house with trim
South side of house with trim


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I realize that I skipped a week, and that my math is probably off and we aren’t really on week 12, so I will let you do the math from now on, and just post updates numerically.  There has been a lot of progress since I last posted.  Our framing is complete (really complete), the stairs are done, the HVAC, electrical and plumbing are all roughed in to completion, network cable has been run, and much much more.  I have a whole bunch of stuff I want to share about this process and what has been going on, but I will split that into a couple of other posts so as not to bore/overwhelm you.

House Remodel Update 12
Looking down on the front stairwell through the laundry room wall
Looking down on the front stairwell through the laundry room wall
Looking straight down through the laundry room wall
Looking straight down through the laundry room wall
Looking up from the first landing on the stairs
Looking up from the first landing on the stairs
The framing for the front coat closet
The framing for the front coat closet
First stair landing with wrapping steps
First stair landing with wrapping steps
Rear stairwell
Rear stairwell
Rear stairwell
Rear stairwell
Kids in the basement by the new stairs
Kids in the basement by the new stairs
Back door installed (wrong door)
Back door installed (wrong door)
Rear of house with back door and kitchen window
Rear of house with back door and kitchen window
Scaffolding going up
Scaffolding going up
Front of house with scaffolding
Front of house with scaffolding
Windows installed in the rear stairwell
Windows installed in the rear stairwell
Basement egress window installed. So much light!
Basement egress window installed. So much light!
View of the backyard from the basement egress window
View of the backyard from the basement egress window
Kitchen window (wrong one)
Kitchen window (wrong one)
Framing to wall in the old door between the kids rooms
Framing to wall in the old door between the kids rooms
Shot of the support post in the wall
Shot of the support post in the wall
All windows installed in the playroom
All windows installed in the playroom
Windows installed in the office alcove
Windows installed in the office alcove
Rear of house with all windows installed and scaffolding
Rear of house with all windows installed and scaffolding


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This week they spent a lot of time working on the old roof over the porch.  They replaced the decking, and somehow (I’m almost afraid to ask) they got it pulled in so it’s flush with the brick wall.  I realize now I don’t have a good photo of it, but the porch was leaning out almost an inch and a half past the brick wall.  We weren’t sure if this was going to be possible, so I am excited that it worked out.

The electrical (mostly lighting) and plumbing rough-in work seems to be mostly done now.  They also have gotten started on the stairs, the landings are framed in for both the front and back stairwells.

House Remodel Week 11
Decking replaced on the porch roof
Decking replaced on the porch roof
Wide shot of the progress so far
Wide shot of the progress so far
The porch is now flush with the brick wall
The porch is now flush with the brick wall
Door to deck installed
Door to deck installed
Other deck door installed
Other deck door installed
Plumbing rough ins
Plumbing rough ins
Madeleine insisted on posing in the bathroom
Madeleine insisted on posing in the bathroom
Landing for the rear stairs installed
Landing for the rear stairs installed
Looking straight down into the basement stairwell
Looking straight down into the basement stairwell
Back of house with doors installed
Back of house with doors installed
First landing in the front stairwell
First landing in the front stairwell
Second landing in the front stairwell
Second landing in the front stairwell


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The framing is finally complete, at least the bulk of it. There are still a few doors and windows to install, but the bones of the house are in, and just in time for the snow!  Inside, a lot more electrical roughing in has been done, most of the outlets and switches look to have been run, and boxes for lighting fixtures have been installed in the playroom.

We ended up killing off the ceiling fan in the playroom as a center mounted fan at the peak of a vaulted ceiling would have looked awkward.  We eliminated the fans in the kids bedrooms as well, after remembering that the ceilings upstairs are 8 feet, not 10 like the first floor.  We debated doing an attic fan to help with cooling but were intimidated by the potential noise.  In the end we decided we are going to do a swamp cooler upstairs, but there is no cost benefit to doing it now, so we will wait until the summer when we need it, and save our pennies for other things that are more pressing.

House Remodel Week 10
Back of house with framing complete
Back of house with framing complete
Rear of house with framing complete
Rear of house with framing complete
Detail of porches and windows
Detail of porches and windows
Snow in the stairwell
Snow in the stairwell
Snow in the laundry room
Snow in the laundry room
Future office view
Future office view
Recessed lighting cans in the playroom
Recessed lighting cans in the playroom