Well would ya look at this! I am writing an update on time. It’s a miracle. But it’s also going to be kind of a quick update. While there have been many things happening, they aren’t particularly photogenic. But they ARE exciting. Here we go!
Trim has been going up all fast and furious style. Brad is the king of the trim!
And they’ve been painting doors. It looks a little creepy in Dad’s shop right now. Like an army of doors is coming for us.
Mark the Magnificent has been putting up ceiling fans and carbon monoxide detectors, which is more exciting than it should be.
Aaron and I spent the weekend putting up all the towel bars, toilet paper holders, etc. Talk about instant gratification!
Mom and Dad got the teal cabinet put back together and I love it. Like, you guys. How adorable is it?! I spent a LOT of time cleaning up the hinges and levers or whatever they’re called, and it all looks so good put together!
Aaron and I also got just about all the outlet and light switch covers put back on, plus we got floor transitions put down in the places we needed them. We also cleaned and painted the feet for the clawfoot tub AGAIN but I think we finally have it right this time. We’ll hopefully be installing the tub soon! Brad has been doing paint touch-ups, among other things. Our refrigerator is supposed to be delivered today, and the drawer fronts for the bathroom vanities will be reinstalled as well (we ended up with flat fronts, when we wanted 5-panel fronts. Communication breakdown at some point, but Helmuth is making it all better). People, we just might be able to actually live here this month. Who knew!? AAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! 🙂
Send us all the happy packing and moving and decorating love you have!
Not a ton to update this week, so rather than blah-dee-blah typing away, I will give you a little photo slideshow to show some of the progress being made. Click on a photo to make it larger and see the whole slideshow with captions.
Siding is DONE!
The dormers are just so precious.
Stain on the floors upstairs!
Stain on the floors upstairs!
Stain on the floors upstairs!
Aaron spent some time cleaning up the overgrowth of bushes along the driveway.
We can actually see our house!
Okay, there are still plenty of trees blocking the way. But we can see the house better.
Hard at work in the hi-ho
View from the South
Gorgeous sky at sunset
Gorgeous sky at sunet
We cleared out a couple bushes to make the driveway to the garage more accessible, and it opened up the view of the house from the West even more.
They’ve been sanding away on the floors downstairs
The wind on Saturday took the old barn down completely.
This cool pulley/trolley thing was in the barn. So cool looking.
Our porch material got delivered yesterday! It has to acclimate for at least a week before install can begin.
It’s Cumaru tongue + groove porch floor. Can’t wait to see it on the porch!
You know, these blog posts are the only way I really know how far we are into this project. Whenever I try to think back to when we started, I can’t remember. I can’t remember a time when we weren’t working on the house every waking moment. But I can think back to my last blog post title to recall exactly how far we’ve come in a relatively short period of time. For a refresher of where we started, look at the Week 1 Update, then look here, here, here, and here to get fully caught up.
So if you recall, this time last week, they were getting footings dug. Well, they have since got the footings poured, and the block was delivered. Which means they’re going to start putting this foundation together today (hopefully). And hopefully they can make some good progress before the rain hits. The block is the first step to getting the porch, addition, and garage framed up. Then we’ll really be able to start seeing what our house is going to look like! 🙂
On the inside of the house, we spent a lot of quality time pulling down lath, the wooden slats nailed up to the studs behind the plaster. So while getting the plaster down and out of the house over the last couple weeks was a huge deal, getting the lath down off of every wall was even huger. Why? Because on all exterior walls, as well as the upstairs ceiling, there was blown in insulation behind the lath. This is some crazy stuff. Imagine pulling down a wall or ceiling and have tons of fluffy white stuffing fall on you. Wait, that makes it sound not bad. It’s bad. Luckily we had some more amazing helpers this weekend (who will probably forever avoid our calls now), so we managed to get all the lath and insulation down. We do still have some major insulation clean-up to do, as it was too windy yesterday to chuck it out the window into a truck. So our downstairs kind of looks…insane. Flat out insane. Full of insulation.
So, in the big picture of projects, we’ve got a pretty huge one nearly knocked out. Cleaning up the house to get ready for next steps should only take one million years, so we’re sitting pretty. Ha. But in the world of this blog post, it’s pretty slim pickins. I guess every week can’t be full of a dozen different completed projects…. if only!! Some pictures of our week of fun are below…
Ready for laying block
Block out and ready to go
Block block block
This will be the addition.
This. Is. Lath.
We had a pretty cute helper for a few minutes on Saturday morning. He enjoyed taking the little round wooden pieces that fell out of the holes (you can see them behind him here) and pushing them through the open holes.
The walls are see through!
The Dream Team again, this time including Allison. Oh, and Katie would’ve been part of the dream team, but I forgot to a get a picture while she was there…
Sooooooooooo much lath on the floor
When the plaster, lath, and insulation are down, it’s just studs left.
We had to push all the insulation downstairs for easier removal. PILES EVERYWHERE.
This Old House magazine created what they’re calling an Idea House this year, and it’s amazing. While I don’t see our finished product looking quite like this (or at all like this, frankly), I love it. I love the Craftsman style, the bright colors, the rustic and welcoming design. It’s amazing! Some pretty and fun inspiration for you all today.