We have been feverishly making plans and are pleased to say that work on the major renovations has commenced.
yuuussssssssss, yusssssssssssss, yussssssssssssssssss.
Prepare for a super long, but amazing, catch up post!
Since then changes and more changes have been made. The latest version:
Of course this will probably change another 10 times between now and completion. My latest version features the addition of a TV and fireplace next to the clawfoot tub and a walk-in curbless shower. 😉
We were very busy getting the last several weeks getting our final estimates and signing paperwork with our lender. If you are a local interested in home improvement funding, including special loans for energy efficiency look into neighborhood Energy Connection (NEC)
We have signed a contract with the same roofer that we used at our last house to give us a brand new roof and gutters. However, it remains to be seen whether or not they will be able to complete it before spring 🙁
The Official Short List of the Many Things We Need to Get Done Sort of Soonish:
- Demo lower back porch, remove exterior stair case, new footing, and new frame for back porch, new deck
We aren’t messing around with this. Our GC, Verus Builders
, is doing this for us. In fact, they have already started even with the brutally cold temps.
The old porch was completely removed. The holes for footings were dug, inspected, and then filled. Posts went up after they cured, and the upper sleeping porch was raised up about several inches!
Now an elephant could jump on this porch and it wouldn’t budge a cm.
It always gets worse before it gets better…at least that is what I keep telling myself. I never understood how some people love demo. I would much rather be building something then taking something apart. We started doing this ourselves and it was really slow going…really slow…Even just removing all the furniture out before starting the demo was an ordeal
We originally moved all the upstairs living room furniture in by using the back exterior staircase.
Luckily this time we didn’t have to do that since we had a great, wide staircase just waiting to be opened up for furniture to fit down. 🙂
Adrian posted some photos on the FB page which seemed to draw up a lot of questions and amazement.
It was actually pretty easy to cut and pull up that floor (Adrian did it in just a couple hours while I was at work). We save most of it to use for flooring patches later on.
It is so amazing having this staircase open. It already feels like a brand new house.
We started the official demo by pulling out the cabinets and appliances from the kitchen.
Some of the cabinets will be saved and used in the basement. The sink base was in terrible shape, warped and stained by years of water damage, so we didn’t save it.
Adrian disconnected the sink drain, and the most foul smell ever escaped from that drain. OH MY GOD, TERRIBLE. We plugged the drain immediately, but I am not sure it helped. I am still nauseous just thinking about it. yikes.
If the smell from the drain wasn’t enough, I accidentally turned the gas on for about 10 sec on while moving a cabinet. I hate the smell of natural gas, doesn’t everyone? I am happy to report that we are alive and well and did not get blown up.
All the rubbish (I love the word rubbish. I want to be British just so i can call my trash rubbish) is going through the sleeping porch and down the exterior staircase into the dumpster.
Several arguments arose over the best way to remove the trim without damaging it which led to us giving in and paying our contractor to finish the job. You win some, you lose some. In the end it was the best decision for us. This is where we left it before the contractors swooped in:
Now the upstairs currently looks like this:
Still some demo left to do. That bathroom for one, and essentially the entire floor in the kitchen and bathroom.
To be done by Verus. The new layout calls for changing lots of the doorways to make it function as a single-family-home. They will start framing tomorrow. Unfortunately, some major structure issues were uncovered and the framing will be a little more involved than we originally thought it would be. Several LVLs (big ass joist things) need to be added to distribute the load of the room properly.
Check this out:
Yes. That is the original pitch of the roof, and that is where the back dormer was very improperly added on to. It could have been worse, but it will be an added cost to make sure everything is fixed up properly. It will be like magic seeing all those LVLs in place.
Tim, our electrician, (Tim Kunkel Electric, LLC) came by already and turned off the power upstairs so we have been working by the light of a work lamp powered with a really long extension cord. Good times. He has been working on switching out electrical from 2 services (one for each unit for the duplex) to 1 service. This meant upgrading the panels and bring in the electrical company to change the feed outside. The upstairs will have all new and up to code electrical. This is a real big job especially when running into stuff this is:
That my friends is a great example of how to NOT wire something.
Again, none of which we are doing ourselves. completely new plumbing will go to a clawfoot tub, walk-in shower, vanity sink, and laundry hookups. The plumber also needs to correct several code issues regarding the main stack and venting. This is also another big job.
A combo of closed-cell polyurethane spray foam and cellulose, done by contractors.
- Drywall, drywall, and more drywall
The part of the project when it actually starts to get better rather than get worse. We will certainly be getting our own hands dirty with hanging all the drywall, but like we did for the kitchen we plan to hire out for the taping/mudding. I think we will rent a drywall lift this time.
Hanging trim and doors, patching the hardwood floor, tiling the new bathroom, building a railing for our new stairway, building closet organization systems, and lots of painting, of course. A million and 1 more projects.
In the mean time, the office, guest bedroom, living room, and basement are now all jam packed full of shit from upstairs. oh fun fun fun fun fun fun. Isn’t it exciting making plans?!