After the past Easter weekend with the family and some staged frolicking with my wife, it was back to business on the house this week. Monday was completely shot due to elimination hockey where my beloved San Jose Sharks came out victorious and moved on to the next round in the playoffs…WOO-HOO!!!
So it was back to work Tuesday night where I needed to get insulation on the walls if I plan to keep to the schedule. After a few hours of post-work work, insulation is all up. 80% of the strips needed to be cut because none of the studs were equally placed…errrrr! A couple more days of some final clean-up and hopefully sheetrock goes up next week.
Just a short post ago, things were dire and I was close to the edge. But just as soon as I was down, now I’m on top of the world ma! Things are looking up thanks to two great finds yesterday, just sitting on the side of the road with a “free” sign on them. The first find is a really cool 50s or 60s stationary rocking chair. You think its just a chair, but then you sit down and realize it rocks too!!! I am super excited to restore this once the house stuff is completed. Tons of potential! Check it out…
This second find is just as equally as impressive. A bucket full of vintage white porcelain pull knobs. There’s got to be over 200 here. The stems and screws are brass and even have a patina to them….awesome!!! Now I have a renewed energy and back to hitting it hard tonight…booya!!!
As promised,here’s how things are progressing via some photos of these past few weeks…
Then we took advantage of the wall being torn down and are in the process of installing windows…
Left side of house - before (view from driveway)
Front (side view with new windows...installation still in-progress)
Front - new windows (with my sexy Dana, not available at Lowes)
Inaugural opening...of our first new window
ok, back to work…
Demolition is either 80% or 100% done. So now its time to go shopping! The walls separating the living room, kitchen, laundry room and breakfast nook have all been removed and now we have a nice open floor plan.
Walls knocked down...
Our plans for this weekend include three new low E, Argon windows across the south part of the house, and a nice 8 foot wide French door in lieu of a small window and door.
Back to it,
-Dana & Jerry
While searching for renovation blogs, I stumbled upon an interesting website that we share one thing in common… PINK! Well, more like peach. The website, Save The Pink Bathrooms http://savethepinkbathrooms.com/ is dedicated to saving 1960s pink/colored bathrooms. I can really appreciate what they are doing, but the only thing saving our current pink-peach bathroom is lack of money to update it.
Notice the industrial-sized butt-gasket holder...WOW!!!
The dark times are starting to turn. Its official, the last green wall is now gone. Yesterday marked our first week of home ownership and we are on pace to, well…not sure what we are on pace to do, but we are really blowing it out of the water. Eight hour work days followed by a solid 3-4 hour work on the house every day can really get things done in a hurry.
Here’s a look of the before & after of the final green wall…
Today’s plaster removal ended with the slow, deliberate removal of a plaster-covered brick stack. The entire wall will be eventually removed and be an open archway. We’ll clean up the stack and leave it exposed for a splash of color.
Back to work, then more renovation.
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-Jerry & Dana