Monday, November 28, 2011

It's CRUNCH Time people, CRUNCH time!!!

So,  this weekend we did a lot of painting.....and painting....and more painting!  We are about 1/2 done with the painting of the interior of the house.  We're one month away from our finish deadline, and let's just say it's a little nerve wracking.  There is still so much to do!  The things PJ and I and Les (Pj's dad) are working on (in this order) are:
1) Garage Roof
2) Master Bathroom Tile (floor and shower)
3) Painting the whole interior of the house
4) Refinish 2nd floor hardwood floors
5) Install 1st floor hardwood floors
6) Finish back porch railings

The things that our contractor and sub contractors are working on are:
1) Pouring concrete on the back porch
2) Finishing the side porch and stairs off the kitchen
3) Mud and tape drywall in kitchen and master bath
4) Finish electrical wiring
5) Rebuild treads and risers on stairs to attic and stairs to basement
6) Build and install custom front door.
7) Refurbish all the windows and build 7 new wood windows
8) Build and install custom kitchen cabinets and countertops
9) Insulate Insulate Insulate 

I think that's everything!!!

Wish us luck! 

Friday, November 25, 2011

New stuff!

It felt a little like Christmas when I saw the big UPS trailer driving down the road!   Our new floors came on Wednesday, and I couldn't be happier.   :)   We bought American Black Walnut Walnut from   Our flooring is an Reclaimed Old Growth sourced from urban forestry.   It is random width and random length.   I am very excited to install it and see the finished product.    On a side note, Elmwood was great to work with.   Shipping was fast, and they were very helpful as I was doing research to decide what to buy (and the floors were a steal, one of the cheapest we considered).

Acclimating in the parlors for a couple of weeks
If there would be one thing that would make unloading 2000 lbs of hardwood flooring any more difficult, it would be working around a freshly poured front sidewalk.   But hey, that's just how we do things sometimes!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Starting to feel like a job site!

Its been a busy few days!

A lot of stuff happening at the house.  The concrete crew has been there all week getting ready for new sidewalks and another new porch on the back of the house.
Cutting out a piece of driveway that was crushed by the painting lift

Back Porch will get the same "cap" that the front one has

Frame for new side porch, and a landing pad for the stairs

New sidewalk

New sidewalk

More side porch views
Meanwhile, Bob has been working inside on getting drywall hung in the kitchen

Almost every sheet has a hole cut into it for lights or speakers. I'm sure that helped make it easier!

We also uncovered some cool stuff
A small piece of newspaper, dated 1955

Switch plate cover dated from 1903

The original brick color of our house
We've also done a bit of painting
Upstairs guest bath

Parting Shot
In the middle of all of the work, this kid is just relaxing in a dirty bathtub!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Things are happening!

The butler's staircase got its first coat of stain (well, stain and poly):

We finally got rid of the ugly neo angle arch:

And we found some cool old pocket door hardware inside the walls:

These are pretty big, maybe 6"-7" inches across

Our porch got some foundation plaster, and looks great:

We also got some shingles for our garage delivered:

Friday, November 11, 2011

De-roofing the garage....

So, while I'm enjoying myself in 75 degree fall weather in Savannah, Georgia (I'm attending a professional conference this week) my dearest husband and his oh so gracious father, Les,  are stripping the garage of all the old shingles...and getting it prepped for a new roof.  Here are some progress pics...

The porch is poured.

Here are some pics (courtesy of Ms. Jessica Hollon) of our freshly poured porch!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Stair progress and new concrete for the front porch

So this week the rebar and footings were put in place so that the front porch could have new concrete poured over the old crumbly are some pics:

Also, here's a picture of the progress with the Butler's stairs off of the kitchen: