“Before”

Almost finished!

With the exception of the kitchen – still have a problem with the installation of the dishwasher but hopefully that will be fixed soon!  Plus, the logs are installed but the – I’m not sure what you call it – deflector, maybe? – still has to be put in so that the mantel doesn’t get so hot.   All in all, though, I am almost there.  Now to move the rest of my stuff in!  Since I am almost all done (deadline Christmas, which means the second week of January), I tried to take some pictures to compare to the original pictures and here they are:

Front of the house – no need to repost the “old” picture since it is the masthead…:

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Side of the front of the house:

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Bathroom – after extending it about 3 feet because it was beyond claustrophobic before:

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The living room – there are a couple of angles here and the Christmas tree did force me to move around what is normally in the “picture window” but hey, it’s Christmas! I made a couple of comments about getting a 3 or 4 foot tree and my sister-in-law went crazy about my not-even-here-yet Charlie Brown Christmas tree so I just got a big one. 🙂

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Ack – wrong angle!

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Fireplace:

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Kitchen:

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Removing the wall between the dining room and kitchen really opened everything up!

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The den/office:

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All of the saloon doors are gone!

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That chair will be painted and have a seat eventually…

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New Roof!!!!!

I think it took one day!  One Day!  And I saved $1500!  ONE DAY and MINUS MONEY.  It’s just freaking amazing.  And don’t ask my brother about the problems with his house that were caused by the same person.  I told him to make a list and he promptly made one verbally with lots of hand gestures.

Anyway, here is a picture –

I hope to get a better picture up once Photobucket quits screwing around and gets back to business – I can’t get a decent picture up until then!  But I will say that the roof looks great.  All of the extra stuff they had to do to make up for the crappy other stuff didn’t cost that much more and now it looks good.

 

 

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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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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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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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There was a slight lull early in the week but we are back up and running again!

F moved this week so there was a halt in construction or at least a major slow down for a day or so.  I did make it by there to take a picture after the first tearing off the aluminum siding day.

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Now all of the siding is gone – here’s a picture from today:

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Wow!

Inside the house, some more electrical improvements that you can’t see, and most of the drywall is up now. Some lights are up in the living room but still bare. Also all of the windows are in except for the bathroom which is still just sitting there gutted.

Note – these aren’t the greatest pictures. I didn’t take my camera down there and had to use my iPod camera, but they’ll do.

Here is the living room earlier this week – at least the ceiling:

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Here is the dining room into the back den:

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Here is the kitchen – also earlier this week:

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Before I post the picture of the kitchen from today, I have to say that I did receive a couple of calls today from F that I couldn’t answer but called him back and he says, “Now don’t freak out but…” This had to do with putting up drywall in the kitchen without my specifications of the size and place of the doorway into the back den and with no cutout for the fridge to be inset a little bit. Freak out? Me?

Here is the dining room/kitchen with a little view of the doorway into the den:

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The new kitchen window:

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And the old window that has been closed in:

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Den and its new windows:

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New den windows and closed up hole where AC unit used to be:

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Laundry room/pantry:

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Whew! Hopefully tomorrow I will get some more information on the timeline for the projects. And write another check.

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Ugly awnings are down!

The awnings are gone! I think it makes a big difference but maybe I am just looking for a difference.

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The back room’s floor has hopefully been successfully leveled out in preparation for whatever floor I decide to put back there.

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There has been some progress on the front porch floor.

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Now, DB wanted to pour concrete on top of the existing floor that has cracked and looks awful. He says this would save money but the plan would have an end result of the concrete floor having a lip on top of the existing brick edging that I like, and the lip would be a couple of inches higher than the brick edging which I imagine would eventually result in my stepping up on the top step, toe hitting the concrete lip, falling over and breaking my front teeth out and then I would have to hunt DB down and break his front teeth. Not to mention the UPS guy, FedEx guy, friends and family members who would also trip over that and get hurt and sue me for their injuries.

DB swears it wouldn’t be that bad.

I had to put my foot down so now the concrete will be removed and replaced with something else – concrete again but dyed to a darker color? DB did talk to a guy about pea gravel with epoxy and I did some research online but can’t decide on anything.

Meanwhile, I still can’t manage to get the girl at Florence Carpet and Tile to return my phone call or finish my cabinet plan/quote/etc. and really can’t figure out what is going on with that. If I don’t hear from her Monday, I’ll call and stop by and post a link to their website here to see if that drums up a response.

The entrance cubby hole is now gone. I am thinking I will replace the front door and make the new one open the opposite way – towards the closet – so that when you walk into the house, you walk right in and don’t have to deal with the door hitting the furniture.

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More demolition, more discoveries!

Now there’s some old termite damage in a little wall that we had discussed taking out before – the wall at the front door – it did seem uncomfortable that you walk into the house into that tiny cubby – if you want a foyer, do a foyer, not some sad, tiny excuse for a foyer, so maybe this has worked out for the best?  I don’t know – we’ll rule on that later. Either way, more walls have come down. So here are the updated pictures:

Bedroom 2 – bad sheetrock gone, good sheetrock put in to replace it:

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Bedroom 1 – bad sheetrock gone, good sheetrock put in to replace it – plus the closet has lost its awful paneling.

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And yet another kind of wallpaper!

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Let’s go back to the front room/living room/entry way:

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All of the walls are gone plus the ceiling!  I did decide to do away with the little wall, move the supporting beam up into the attic, then just make this one room which does away with my sectioning off the picture window area as either an area for a daybed or an area for a couple of armchairs and a table, but I will just have to adapt.

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Back to the den/old porch/back room – here’s a view from the living room:

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Closer view of the closet:

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Now that they have removed the existing ceiling, we find out that we can raise the ceiling so taller people that may live here in the future could actually do their laundry without kneeling down! That’s a good thing!

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The old AC unit has been taken out and the hole has been patched up:

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I did decide to move the door to the laundry/pantry down and may be able to put the piano in that corner if this all works, which will be great, although with all the changes in the living room, I may have a spot there, but don’t let me get ahead of myself

A lot has been done, but I still can’t manage to decide on a kitchen cabinet door.  Or a kitchen floor.  Or a backsplash.  And I haven’t even talked to the contractor about the bathroom.  Or the deck.  My head hurts.  Wait – what am I doing about the front porch?  Shut up.  I’m going to bed!

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We are hitting the point where I have no idea what’s going on.

I am literally losing sleep and when I do sleep I dream of cabinet choices, kitchen layouts and stabbing kitchen designers from various stores.  Well, maybe that last part was a little exaggerated, but still…

Here are the latest pictures:

Kayleigh says hey!

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There actually is insulation in the former porch/now den walls – surprise, surprise!

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There’s now drywall in the closet and the ceilings!

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And this is what happens when you have a window AC unit that leaks into your walls for 492 years.

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Gross!

And I really don’t know why we have removed all of this drywall from this wall:

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Kayleigh and I biked/walked down there today with Lucy who marked her territory 9 times – NINE times – which is a phrase from Ferris Bueller, right? But Lucy really did – I was impressed. And irritated. But she’s still cute.

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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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