Monthly Archives: February 2012

More demolition, more problems/discoveries!

The wall with the fake stained glass windows is down and now what to do with the electrical box that was hiding behind a piece of ugly fake wood paneling? The kitchen subfloor #1 is out and now the old plumbing for a possible old washing machine is being taken out. Plus, the damaged drywall is taken out where it was damaged under a window AC unit and we discover there has never been any insulation put in the exterior walls of the house. I made the mistake of researching this issue on the internet but will reserve judgment and public comment until the contractor weighs in on the matter.

First let’s check out the newly ripped out fake stained glass panel area with the ugly old wallpaper now really coming through.

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Here we are up close and personal with the wallpaper – how is there at the VERY least four different wallpapers in this small area?

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Here’s the electrical box hanging…

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And this is the ceiling after the awful ceiling tiles were removed. 

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What is it with Lucy?  She can eat anything!  Including the fake rocks from the formerly gas fireplace, and any sort of trash from a demo’d wall!Photobucket

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And the wall is gone…

The HVAC is officially installed, but they have to come back to put in the vent covers after the ceiling tiles are torn down. I did turn it on and it really does work! One hurdle down, 57 to go!

Now, before we get to the actual pictures of the room, here is one of the first plans I did for the newly combined kitchen/dining room.

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Things have changed a little bit but the idea is still the same. Things apparently always change when you go to meet with the kitchen guy at Home Depot and he tells you that some things can’t be done, the measurements are off, etc. We’ve got a new plan which is basically just like the old plan but the fridge is moved down a bit and the peninsula is a bit shorter. I still need to fine tune that plan in order to actually order the cabinets so for now, we are just working on demo and beams in the attic. I may tape out the cabinets so I can better envision what is going to happen, but having that wall down makes imagining the final room infinitely easier!

View from the dining room:

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View from the living room:

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And here’s the wallpaper I tore down in the hideous blue painted wallpaper/cheap 60s wood paneling/hideous blue sculpted carpet bedroom:

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Glad that’s gone!

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Duct work is already done?

Seriously!  Done by lunch?  How is that possible? 

They will get the unit installed outside Tuesday and there will be heat in there finally!  They do have to come back after we tear the ceiling tiles down and either put up new sheetrock or repair what is underneath the tiles to put in the vent covers but that shouldn’t take long.

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And they all pretty much look like that.

It did just dawn on me that since they put that stuff on the outside, repairing the sheetrock under the tiles may not be an option at this point and we may just have to replace all of it.  We will see.

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One task completed (well…)

The electricians did arrive yesterday a.m. with a 60% chance of rain but they worked pretty much all day – mostly inside but even got some of the outside stuff done.  The rain wasn’t so bad for the most part – just one downpour.  They came back this a.m. to finish and did just that – supposedly.  The building inspector showed up around 11:30 and gave us the all clear.  The electricians finished up and left.  I suppose this looks better than that jumbled mess that was in the cabinet.

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The power company cut the electricity back on at some point this afternoon and I went over there to make sure it was on after suffering through some horrible quality control survey call about the power company. The power was on but there is no power in the back room. I called and left a message for someone to come check on that Monday morning as the heating and air guys are coming first thing Monday to start installing the duct work!

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Whaddaya mean the electrical is not up to code?

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Really? All of those wires sticking out everywhere isn’t normal? And you’re no longer allowed to put this stuff in the kitchen cabinets?

(I was expecting this – I mean, this house looks like someone built an entire house from scratch by just shopping at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and junk yards for materials.)

So now I have “learned” (but really was expecting this) that when you call an electrician to get cut-off switches put in the attic and outside for the central heating & air that needs to come in, plus upgrade the “box”, you run the risk of getting the dreaded inspector from the county involved. Now, I want to be safe and do prefer not to die in a house fire, but if memory serves me correctly from my mom’s addition, the home inspector never returns phone calls in a timely manner and never shows up when he says he is going to. So what does that mean? That means that we have now added time onto this project where we all get to sit around and do sudoku puzzles on the iPad while sitting on the ground in a cold house waiting on the inspector to mosey on over after he’s finished farting around to say whether or not we can proceed. Maybe I am speaking too soon and will gladly admit I am wrong if I am proved to be so. Here’s hoping!

The attic stairs are installed, roughly.

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I’m still waiting on estimates (in writing) from electricians but have had two over there to look around.

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The paperwork is done and I now own this house, so now what?

Here’s hoping this wasn’t a mistake! To say that this house needs a lot of work is an understatement. The first house I bought on Madison was billed as a “handyman special”. This should be billed as “a contractor’s wet dream and ticket to college for said contractor’s first child unless the new homeowner is a contractor or handy or into arson and in those cases said homeowner’s child’s college is this house.” I don’t have a child so I might be okay here. Let’s get on with the “before” pictures.

First, the exterior front. The porch has “settled” and is very uneven. It will have to be repaired. Those awnings are awful and will be removed. Then, the roof will be extended over the porch so I will have somewhere to sit and drink after all of this work is done. The siding is aluminum and can be painted – well, it will be painted once I decide on a color.

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Here’s the gate at the end of the driveway – the paint is faded but the little old lady that lived here must have had some artistic flair. Check out the moon, stars and there is a sun but you can barely make it out.

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Here is a side view of the house from the carport-like structure in the driveway:

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You can see that the porch needs some work.

I didn’t get a picture of the sad gate on the other side of the house, but it is being held together by one nail and some scotch tape I think and will need to be replaced ASAP.

The front yard is in great shape so little to no work there. Just a tree that needs to be taken out before I run into it and lose my rear view mirror when backing out of the driveway.

The back yard is in great shape, too. It could use some more bushes for privacy, though. The fence is some rigged-up cattle fencing so a new fence will have to be put up eventually.

Here’s the back of the house:

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Here’s a close-up shot of that shack which is actually a deck with a roof and lattice for walls. I’m really not sure why the deck has walls and a roof but this will be turned into a regular deck at some point.  Best guess is that they missed having a screened porch after turning it into a den so this was how they chose to get it back?

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There is a shed out back for storage – and Lucy is checking it out.

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Now let’s head inside. Pinch your nose because it smells really bad – a little musty-dusty-mothbally scent that nearly knocks you of your feet when you open the front door. Hopefully that will all go away with the carpet when we get to that point. First, here is the living room, the first picture is of the area with the picture window, then the fireplace, then the view into the dining room and added on room that used to be a screened porch:

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The dining room is just a square box with a doorway to the kitchen and doorway to the – let’s just call that room that used to be a screened porch a den for now – den. But, oh, the saloon doors!

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And OMG the kitchen is so awful. I really hope the people that sold this house to me do not read this.

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Thanks for leaving me your dirty cup – not to mention the stuff in the fridge.

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Here’s the den:

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And more saloon doors to the laundry closet:
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Now on to the bathroom!

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It is so tiny but I think I have a plan that will work. It does involve a small bathtub that I found at Home Depot – online only of course.

The lavender bedroom:

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And the wood paneling plus blue paint-over-wallpaper bedroom:

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I have been working on plans for the kitchen and dining room but before we can do anything, the heating and air guys have to come do what they do since there is no central heating and air in this place. Wait – no, the electrician has to come first to do some upgrades just so the heating and air can be installed, THEN heating and air, THEN the real work begins.  Wait – I forgot – the heating and air guy said he wants attic stairs so FIRST attic stairs PLUS tearing out ugly ceiling tiles, THEN electrician, THEN heating and air, THEN more work.  Whew.

We did pull up some carpet and there are hardwood floors underneath all of that awful stinky sculpted carpet so that is a big bonus!!!

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