Dining room

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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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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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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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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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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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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