Our attempt at refinishing the windows

Brian and I decided that while it was worthwile to replace all the original, original windows in the house (those from 1934) we decided to take a shot at refinishing the windows that were added in the sunporch addition that was done sometime in the 1950s.

The windows are basically in good shape, solid wood, and they all work well- they just need to be reglazed and painted. We got through 6 out of the 8 double hung windows in one weekend.

Brian scraping out the frames so we could paint them:

One of the patients pre-surgery:

The operating room:

Unfortunately since the sun was bright that weekend, everywhere where we laid a piece of window the grass died underneath. We'll post some after pics when we get the last coat of paint up.

Just for fun, the back garden and Dixie:


Paint and Tile! Take 1...

We were going to do all of the painting before the cabinets/counters/carpet was installed, but of course, it didn't work out that way...

First off we have the Barbie pink kitchen. Honestly, we just LOVE pink!

Haha!!!! Kidding, kidding! But, you wouldn't believe the number of people that thought we really were going with a pink kitchen. This Pepto on the walls is the primer for the red that will soon go up. The kitchen will be the same red that the dining room is currently painted. The paint will be Behr Cranberry Whip.

The cabinets are UltraCraft Vision, Venezia in Buttermilk with Caramel Patina. Just in case you were interested. ;)

We have tile now!! The ceramic in the kitchen, this is as good as it gets because this is pre-grout. I'll try and snag another picture of the finished product soon.

Looking down the almost completely patched and painted stairwell:

The basement/workshop (can't wait until the slash workshop goes away!!!) painted in Behr Swiss Coffee:

The TV wall and wet bar area will be a deep maroon color, this awful bruise color on the wall is the primer for the maroon:

The ceramic tile in the mudroom and basement bath, once again, pre grout:

The mudroom, pre painting (icky, huh?!?):

The basement bathroom, the room will be painted in Behr Spiced Pumpkin, going with the primer theme, this is the primer for the pumpkin colored paint:

Yes, this is the bathroom we have to use everyday (still) and there is a funny story involving the picture above. Notice how there is a hole in the floor? Well, there should be a toilet there. The contractors removed it without warning us on a random Thursday... when we called to let them know they had removed our ONLY toilet, they were totally flabbergasted- they hadn't thought of that! D'Uh... So, we packed up the girls and headed to the Westin for the night- the bill is going to the contractors.

And finally we have the master bath- travertine tile and sage green paint:

The tile for the tub surround isn't done yet- but we're close!


Long time no post

Sorry guys, it's been almost 2 months! Between work, grad school, travel and renovation mishaps we let the time get away from us. Really, most of the time was spent on plumbing and electrical rough ins, waiting for permits and framing. We'll catch up on some of the old pics and then add some of the newest work- the drywall (YAY!). As you can tell, we're really, really behind on the schedule- our original timeline had us finished on May 19th, now we've been quoted July 24th. We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best!!

First up, the dirt piles are gone!!! The place smells much better now that the pit is closed up. Here are some shots of the basement with a concrete floor and framing.

Here's a good one- can you believe that they framed a wall across a window?!? At first we laughed, and then we made them fix it. Turns out that the crew was following the drawings exactly- it just so happens that the measurements were wrong. This has since been fixed. :) BTW- this is the back wall of the basement bathroom, right behind the toilet. The fix was to bump the wall back some so that there is a shelf behind the toilet.
Next up- demolish the upstairs bathroom:

Hi kitchen! This is looking through the bathroom floor into the kitchen.

In the midst of demolishing the bathroom, they nicked a pipe and caused a leak. A bucket was placed under the leak. Brian and I went away for 4 days... and no-one came to empty the bucket (as they were supposed to), so we had a nasty, drippy mess in the kitchen. Nice.

So this brings us to tonight and almost-finished-roughed-in-drywall!

Basement bath (I have to note that we've been using this for weeks sans drywall- only framing and concrete!):

Wetbar and entryway to the mud room (ignore the toilet, I'm not sure why that's there...):

Rest of the basement, TV wall, stairs:

Moving on up! This is the new wall that separates the living room into the living room and a foyer and the new built out areas around the fireplace:

Movin' up some more! The upstairs bath:

Finally for what is now an extremely long post! We have been inundated with cabinetry!!! Last night we moved everything around in the dining room to accommodate our cabinet delivery today... boy, oh, boy... we had no CLUE what we were getting or we would have cleared more! It took them over an hour to bring it all in and arrange it!


Motocross in the basement and shiny metal in the closet

Long time no post! We went through a little spell where not much was done, so there were really no updates. But, last week kicked into high gear and we have some info to add!

We'll start in the basement. The reason I say motocross in the basement is that there are currently little piles of dirt and trenches from where they jackhammered and dug- hence, it looks like a little motocross course. First, the asbestos abatement guys came in and ripped up most of our tile floor.

Then they cut an outline in the concrete and used a jackhammer to remove a good portion of our basement floor. The purpose of all of this was to expose the water main so that our plumbing stack from the upper floors can be relocated. They were going a little blindly, and had to dig for a couple of days to find the water main, but eventually it was located. But... that's the reason for all the funny cuts and the massive amount of exposed dirt.

Day 1, looking for the water main:

Above is the plumbing stack that has to be moved about 4 feet to the right so it's not in the middle of the space.

Day 2, water main found and cleanup has begun!

Um... when I said clean up has begun I didn't actually mean that the dirt was placed back in the holes or anything... I just meant that they swept and put all the dirt into neat little piles. We still have a pit in the basement.

Also in the basement- they began building the custom home theater wall. This is the wall that will hold our hypothetical (as in, we still haven't purchased it even though it's picked out) TV.

Up to the kitchen- the wall separating the kitchen from the living room has largely been removed, and there are some temporary braces (go figure, it's a load bearing wall!) in place to shore it up until they can build what they need to.

Hey! You can even see our massive dumpster through the front door in this pic! It's a honker and I totally though the guy was going to drop it on my neighbor's Caddy when he delivered it last week. Every once in a while Brian and I peer inside, which involves some climbing since the walls are 6 ft- very much in disregard to the large hazard stickers on the side of the "container." To date we have noticed that in addition to concrete and building supplies, we've had a lot of carpet padding, lamps and children's play houses to throw away... Kinda interesting since we have no carpet or children that we're aware of... ; )

Finally, some not-so-interesting-but-part-of-the-process pictures of the duct work for the HVAC system.

The feed on the left side of the fireplace in the living room and the hole in the floor immediately below that goes into the basement.

What used to be one of Brian's closets in the guest bedroom, but since the return also has to come through here, I think we're going to just drywall over the opening- removing the door and mouldings. This is the same feed from the living room picture.

Oh my goodness! We have VENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is really, really exciting!! Okay, so they can't follow their own outlines and they took some chunks out of the ceiling along the way, but still- we have vents! Supposedly the system will be finished and working this week! YAY!

Up this week is to replace the plumbing (going from galvanized to copper), move the plumbing stack and close up the basement floor, remove the radiators and the pipes associated with them, finish up the HVAC system, and I'm sure keep plugging away with the walls... We gave them leave to rip out the bathroom too, if needed- eek!!! We'll keep you all updated. : )