Exterior

More progress on the kitchen and I painted the front door…

NF did run into a few problems with the cabinets – mostly stemming from the fact that the company sent us the wrong piece for one thing and didn’t send some of the slide-out shelves for the pantry, then we needed one more piece of crown molding to finish up so all of that has been ordered/re-ordered and he can finish up then. He may have also left the crayon that you use to fill in the nail holes in the molding in his truck and it may have melted so he may have had to order another one of those, too. AND his assistant may have screwed up putting the drawer pull on the trashcan drawer so that door may have been re-ordered, too. But once all of that comes in, it will be finished! It looks great!

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The front door has two coats of paint on it so far and I know it needs at least one more, if not two. However, it is NOT the color of the paint swatch that is on my ring of paint swatches. I picked a dark red and this was looking really pink. After the second coat, I still think it looks a little pink up close, but hopefully after I finish it off with another coat or two, it will look like the right color!

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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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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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Bathroom demo is done and there is a bathtub on the front porch!

Of course Jennifer couldn’t wait to call me to tell me that there is a bathtub on the front porch since I took a picture of her toilet in her front yard back during her bathroom renovation!

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And the bathroom still looks tiny even without the fixtures – well, the toilet is still in there, just for Kayleigh…

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Primer has been sprayed in some rooms which makes them look like, well, rooms.

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Kitchen picture below – the window facing the front has been walled in and we are just waiting on the final cabinet plan to replace the window with the bigger one:

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And the pantry/laundry closet is coming along – the floor wasn’t exactly sturdy so that is being fixed. Kayleigh is convinced this is bad – that someone is going to crawl into the house through the closet and murder someone. She swears she went to see The Lorax yesterday but I’m thinking it was a horror movie.  Just in case, I’m going to tell F to watch his back.

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