Living 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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Backsplash! Plus furniture and bathroom progress!

Remember this?

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Sometimes I have to go back and look at the old pictures just to make sure I am making progress!

Here is the kitchen today – no grout yet, but the backsplash is up!  I LOVE it!

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My sofa and chair are back from the upholsterer:

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I couldn’t take pictures of the bathroom because the painters were in there but the NG took down the molding that was there that I didn’t like and put up more and it looks really good. The cabinet doors are also up and painted. I will get some pictures soon!

Here’s the niece’s action video with the couch:

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No updates for a while but we are getting there.

Last week, I went to the tile store where they have my leftover countertop and gave them the dimensions to cut and polish the piece for the hearth of the fireplace.  I got a call back that it was one inch shorter than the depth I requested.  Crap.  I went back and remeasured – that one inch was extra so the shorter width will be fine!  Whew!  That piece should be ready next week.

The guys started on the backsplash Friday – well, they did the wiring for the undercabinet lighting, anyway, and cut out the drywall back there to (I am assuming) (1) install the wires and (2) because it was so lumpy and crappy looking they needed a flat surface so the tile would lay flat. Not sure what OF was planning to do with that lumpy mess of shit, but hey, I’m sure he would have rigged up something shitty that would have worked. I am also not sure how OF was planning on installing any of the undercounter lighting since the new guys have had to remove all of the insulation that I had put in the entire house, but saved it to replace it, I suppose.

The painter is coming back in the a.m. to tell me how much paint and primer I need to get for the bathroom. He will get that knocked out in a couple of days, maybe three, I hope, and then they can install the toilet and vanity! I am trying to decide on a color for the bathroom and put up a couple of shades from some samples but haven’t decided and forgot to take a picture.

I did take a picture of the fireplace – I want to go with a color other than white for the mantel – these are both gray, but one is a lot darker. I’m just going to have to wait until the hearth and tile are in to make a decision, I think.

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I put the guest bed together this weekend. The instructions from Ikea made a sad face on the cartoon trying to put it together by himself and a happy face when he/it had a friend. I did it by myself so suck it, Ikea! Again, no picture – not yet!

P.S.  Guess who is skipping town?  It’s not me!

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More bathroom progress and a nice surprise!

I called the new guys today to tell them that there was a problem with one of the tiles in the bathroom. Before I did that, though, I made Jennifer come over and look at the tile to make sure I wasn’t being ridiculous. Nope, she agreed, that would be the ONLY thing I would see when I went into the bathroom, and now that she knows it’s there, she would always see it, too. So, since I can’t have my friends coming over and staring at my wacky tile, I called. No problem, they’ll fix it. Will they charge me by the hour to fix their screw up like other people? Nope.

So, not only did they fix the tile, I also asked about the vanity and toilet. Since I got an open vanity, they think Mr. White needs to paint before it is installed. I agree but what about when the floor guys come? Doesn’t it need to be moved? They agreed. And, he adds, “They’re over there right now.” So today after work I expected to see beadboard up and the vanity and toilet at least sitting in the bathroom. I had already asked my sister-in-law about hiring the s-nephew this weekend to help me get the old toilet out, moving around the stuff that is on the floors and getting the paper up that is protecting the sanded floors, as well as vacuuming or sweeping. She said he would love to! Then I did go down the street after work and that’s when I found my surprise!

The s-nephew is out of a job because the new guys cleaned up everything! I may still sweep or take the vacuum down there, just so the floor guys have one less thing to do before they start.

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P.S.  Somebody please clean the lens of my camera!  It is filthy and no matter what I do – spots!  Ugh!

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Someone’s vacation week is coming to an end – let’s review what we’ve accomplished…

What have we accomplished while DB was on vacation? We’ve painted the entire house, less some touch ups that need to be done. “We’ve” meaning Alan has put up 4 ceiling fans and two light fixtures on his birthday, no less, so kudos to my brother. And if you’re wondering if I paid him anything, I did buy the niece $60 worth of shorts for the summer so we are counting that as payment. We all win. Oh, also kudos to the s-nephew who was an awesome helper today – aside from his constant practical jokes, he was a trooper and didn’t complain unlike the nephew who would have bitched the entire day about having to do work. Plus, kudos to the s-niece who helped paint today.  I’m a-scared to tell the niece that all the painting is done since she threatened her grandmaw with violence if we didn’t let her paint.  Sorry!

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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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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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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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