Repairs

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.

Categories: "Before", Ceilings, Den, Dining room, Electrical, Exterior, Kitchen, Living room, Repairs, Uncategorized, Walls, Windows | 1 Comment

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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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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Whaddaya mean the electrical is not up to code?

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Really? All of those wires sticking out everywhere isn’t normal? And you’re no longer allowed to put this stuff in the kitchen cabinets?

(I was expecting this – I mean, this house looks like someone built an entire house from scratch by just shopping at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and junk yards for materials.)

So now I have “learned” (but really was expecting this) that when you call an electrician to get cut-off switches put in the attic and outside for the central heating & air that needs to come in, plus upgrade the “box”, you run the risk of getting the dreaded inspector from the county involved. Now, I want to be safe and do prefer not to die in a house fire, but if memory serves me correctly from my mom’s addition, the home inspector never returns phone calls in a timely manner and never shows up when he says he is going to. So what does that mean? That means that we have now added time onto this project where we all get to sit around and do sudoku puzzles on the iPad while sitting on the ground in a cold house waiting on the inspector to mosey on over after he’s finished farting around to say whether or not we can proceed. Maybe I am speaking too soon and will gladly admit I am wrong if I am proved to be so. Here’s hoping!

The attic stairs are installed, roughly.

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I’m still waiting on estimates (in writing) from electricians but have had two over there to look around.

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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!!!

Categories: "Before", Bathroom, Bedroom 1, Bedroom 2, Ceilings, Deck, Den, Dining room, Exterior, Floors, Kitchen, Living room, Repairs, Storage building | 1 Comment

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