Monthly Archives: April 2012

Glass block has been installed in the bathroom!

Of course it’s not where I told him to put it – it is exactly where he said he wanted to put it but I said to put it higher up so that even with the shower curtain closed, the top of the window would show and put out natural light into the rest of the bathroom.  He put it exactly where he wanted to anyway.  Who is in charge here?  I am glad he wasn’t there when I discovered this because he would have been subjected to a barrage of comments I would be willing to bet he has never heard, even considering he works construction.

Here are pictures of the window:

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The kitchen cabinets will be installed next week and I think Mom and I will try to paint some, too. I hope we can knock out the bedrooms but I will settle for even just one and the rest of the kitchen/dining room! I don’t think that we can even try the living room until the cabinets are out of there. Dammit.

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I found a squatter!

To be fair, I don’t think he/she was a willing squatter.

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Bird vs. Window:

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Lucy spots the bird:

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Lucy vs. Bird or “showdown at the canine corral”:

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About this time, the bird finally figured out that I had opened a window – just a different one so the bird didn’t peck me – and flew out of it.

Now back to business! Yesterday, Mom and I painted the kitchen – well the parts that won’t be covered by cabinets so it looks shoddy but it’s really not.

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It’s not much but it’s something!

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Progress on floors…

First, the heating and air guys came back to put in the vent covers and stuff – they came yesterday and apparently got into some sort of a tiff with DB or he got in a tiff with them and they left. I’m not sure. What I am sure about, though, is that there are vent covers up today and there are also giant gaping holes around the vents and I’m not happy about that at all. I won’t post pictures, although I have taken them, since I will assume that they will be fixed, but I will have to have a conversation about this in the very near future.

And don’t get me started on the countertops.  I never believe anyone when they say “I have called her every day for two weeks and emailed her every day and she just won’t return my calls or emails.”  Unless they owe you money, they’ll call back.  Especially when you are trying to buy something from them.

Enough bitching.  I’ll go fix a drink and take a deep breath and be back…

So the big news this week is the sanding.

Here are some floor pictures and they are looking great:

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It looks like I can pick any stain I want since you can barely tell the difference between the old and new floors – the big question is which one?

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More progress on the siding and floors!

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The last of the porch floor rubble has been put into buckets.

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The hardwood floors are “done” in that they have all been put down. Next step, sanding!

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And the light in the living room has been moved and the other one has been taken out so that they line up with the windows instead of willy-nilly across the ceiling.

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Siding is underway!

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Little by little…

The floors are still going in – due to the unevenness of the dining/kitchen floors, more had to be replaced so now we’ve run out and have to buy more – BUT we bought all of the hardwoods at the first lumber yard at the ridiculously (probably mistaken) cheap prices so now have to either wait a week and pay more from that place, or buy them right now and pay more from the other lumber yard. See how “pay more” is the repetitive phrase here?

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My tub came in!

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And I got Alan’s yard guys to take out two trees in the front yard – the tree that was halfway in the driveway that I told DB I needed to get rid of since I fully expected to hit it and rip off my rear view mirror in the near future and he replied with, “Oh, yeah, that one? I already hit it.” Then the other one I had them take out was in the front yard near the street and had about a 10 foot section that had nearly been knocked down by the wind storm the other night, but it was still hanging on by a thread, just waiting to fall and stab someone through the head so I figured it would be good to get that one out now. I inquired about cutting down some others, mainly the one outside the kitchen window, but that one apparently will require a crane and billions of dollars to remove. Well, maybe not billions, but I figure once DB and the crew are gone, I can get estimates from a bunch of people.

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Here’s a close up of the guy in the tree:

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He said the tree was rotten and hollow from about 50-60 feet and on up – he put his arm in the holes to prove it to me.

DB put up about three little pieces of the vinyl siding today so we could see it and I will get pictures of that and the porch progress Sunday afternoon. The kitchen cabinets are in and at the store just waiting to be installed!

Here’s my niece mugging for the camera in front of the boxes of siding:

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Porch construction continues…

Plus a little progress on the floors inside.  Let’s take a look at the porch first:

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The damaged floor in the bigger bedroom has been taken up:

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And prepping for the hall floor is in progress:

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My mom and my brother believe that the board in the roof of the porch means that someone – not me – is planning on putting the fan dead center in the ceiling of the porch, which obviously wouldn’t make sense because the seating area is to the right, centered underneath the big window. Why would you put the fan to the left of the seating area?

Update: That was the plan but it has been fixed – problem avoided.

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The porch construction has begun!

Now it’s starting to look like something! Almost.

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I believe we have a problem in the bathroom but I was told to just wait – that’s what I’m always told when I say there is a problem that we need to fix or do something different to avoid a problem. Since I’m always right, this ends up with either my backing down and accepting the washer and dryer in the exact wrong place – I have been told I said to put them in the “short corner” – actually, I asked how tall the “short corner” was since if the short corner is tall enough to accept them, the tall corner is definitely tall enough for a stackable washer and dryer.  The short corner was measured and is about 74 inches tall, meaning the tall corner is probably 80 inches tall, so the 36 inch tall w/d set will fit in either corner.  But the 38-inch tall set will only fit in the tall corner.  Most of them are 38 inches or taller.  It is hard to find a set that is 36 inches tall, each.  Now I can only buy one random Maytag washer and dryer.  They just have to last long enough for me to get tired of this place and leave and then someone else can move the w/d connections around in the closet.

Anyway, here’s the bathroom now:

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Here’s the floor at the front door:

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And here’s the progress on the kitchen floor:

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My sister-in-law said today, “They’ll be finished by Christmas, right?” Does it look THAT hopeless???

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The front porch demo is done… plus one attempt at sanding the floors is done

The front porch concrete demo is complete.

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The floor in the hall has been torn out, along with the shelf that was a built-in feature in the hall. The heater vent is out, the heater, I believe, is gone, too.

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I couldn’t get to the bathroom to take a picture of the new drywall but I tried:

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I managed to forget to take a picture of the floor that has been torn up at the front door including part of the entry closet, but did take a picture of the dining/kitchen area where portions of the boards have been removed to blend in better when we extend the hardwood into the kitchen.

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Now there is of course a thunderstorm going on so who knows if the siding will show up tomorrow or if anything will get done but we will see!

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Guess what went missing today?????

THAT NASTY CARPET!!!  And the hardwood floors look really good!  There are a few bad spots that will need to be replaced plus extend them into the kitchen, but they look even better than I thought they did when I peeked at them before!  NOW we are getting somewhere!

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Front bedroom:

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Back bedroom – just one spot where the window AC unit leaked:

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The little entry wall that was removed:

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Oh yeah, the old front door was removed so we could put up an energy efficient door that also opens the opposite way since the little wall was taken out – there’s the old one in the kitchen:

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And they wrapped the house in preparation for the vinyl siding which should be here later this week:

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The bathroom is coming along, too:

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