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November 2, 2006

Bathroom Remodel - Week 1

Last Thursday we had gutted the bathroom. This was a job we were NOT looking forward to. Save the worst for last ~ know what I mean?
So anyway Thursday, Brian had someone over so he could haul what we gutted off to the dump. We ended up having over 1900 lbs of stuff between the bathroom and some stuff in the yard. Today makes a week working on the bathroom. Here is what we have done:
1) Gutted the bathroom
2) Moved the tub to replace the rotted floor.
3) Added some floor joists to handle the new sub floor, which we laid down.
4) Added a new plywood wall behind the tub area
5) Added a concrete backer board to the floor area in front of the tub
6) Widened the doorway into the "tub room"
7) Installed the lights in the tub room
8) Replumbed the tub to handle a new faucet and for the first time a shower
9) Installed a tub surround
10) Built a wall to go around the tub and support the tub surround.
11) Added sheetrock to that wall and the one behind it
12) Added insulation on the walls in the first part of the bathroom
13) Almost have the ceiling completely prepped for raising it one foot. It will slant down now instead of be flat across. The slant is to gain 1 foot of ceiling space. It makes a huge difference.
14) Almost have completed the adding of insulation to the tub room.

What we have left:
1) Install sheetrock in all areas which need it.
2) Finish raising tub room ceiling
3) Finish insulating bathroom (small places which we haven’t got yet)
4) Connect the wall of tub room to the roof (yes the builder did NOT do this!) This will be done by building a small triangular 2 x 4 frame to extend from wall to ceiling. We have all the lumber cut, just need to put together.
5) Add shiplap siding to triangular 2 x 4 frame on exterior wall to get rid of the junk board that was used. (See photo)
6) Float sheetrock
7) Paint all walls
8) Install new flooring
9) Paint and add molding
10) Install new light for main bathroom area (which we still have yet to get)
11) Hang new mirror (after we buy one)
12) Hang new door and paint it
13) Rebuild sink cabinet (should be able to do mostly with boards we have around here)
14) Add a new upper cabinet
15) Move tub water lines to new spot

And now a couple of photos...not the greatest but you can get the idea.....

This is from the "tub room" looking into the main bathroom area. The entry way used to be so narrow and made the tub room look more long and narrow and an obvious add on. By moving those two posts over almost flush with where the shiplap siding wall is gave between 6-12 inches or so of more room. Making it much roomier in the tub room and tying the two rooms together much better.

You just never know what you will discover when you start tearing down walls in a previously owned home. This area looks directly in the back of our closet, but because that used to be the exterior wall of the house (they didn’t even take it down when he added our bedroom on) you can still see the back of the shiplap siding. This area was built up for a window, so evidently before the bedroom add-on, the bathroom had a window in it, something we didn’t know. I almost decided to leave it open and put shelves on it, but since its such a narrow space in the bathroom I was afraid things would get knocked off too much so I am just going to cover it and let someone else have the pleasure of discovering it later in the future. =)

Here you can see the junk board I was referring too. It says "Stafford" on it. Not sure what it was, but looks to be some kind of sign. Anyway just a shameful job he did of adding the tub room. You see above the window it should attach or join in some fashion to the ceiling...however it does not. That is the area Brian will build the triangular piece to actually ATTACH the wall to the roof. Sheesh....You can see I have the lights hung that I did up in this post. I just need to scrub that wall down and then paint it.

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November 6, 2006

A New Floor

As of today the utility room is now 67% complete. We have all four walls painted now,the paneling hung and painted for the one wall, the new light fixture was installed, ceiling floated and painted, and the new floor was laid down today.
All we have left is to lay the thresholds, make/paint/install the molding and baseboards, add hardware and put the two cabinet doors back in place, put up the door leading to the bedroom and kitchen, then do some light painting and we are through!

These "stick-on" tiles were on clearence at Lowe's. They are a good quality and they were cheap. The door in the photo used to be where the kitchen door entrance was. But since we replaced that was an interior door, we used this door to replace the back door which was actually an interior door. Besides this door, the one with the three panels of glass, used to be the original back door.

These upper small cabinets had a new coat of bright white paint and some new handles.

Here is the door that leads into our bedroom. It will be replaced.
We picked up this $5.00 can of opps paint from Ace. The utility room used to be a porch before the previous owner walled it in. So it slopes downward. Also you can see the original wall siding. I rather like the look so I chose to expose it rather than cover it over.

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November 15, 2006

Paint and Porch Columns

We replaced both porch columns with a solid 6 x 6 instead of boards nailed together to make a hollow box. The bottoms of the columns were rotting out, but the left column was the worst off. The cost of replacing the columns was nothing, since we had gotten the 6 x 6's from the shipyard years ago. The 6 x 6's were rough cut so Brian took a drill sander to smooth them just enough for painting. Here are some photos of the switching out process.

You can see the worst off column sitting on the ground since he changed that one out first. The new column stands there waiting to be put in place. It was strange to see the porch with one column missing. Rather scary too since one mistake and the front of the porch could have fallen in.

I'm much happier now knowing the porch will not just fall in on itself now since we have solid wood up there. And everything went smooth with no problems. You can also see from these photos what the house colors were.

The exterior of the house is now in the process of getting a fresh coat of paint. We have one side and the front nearly finished. We chose an off-white color called ‘Ocean Mist’ and the trim color is called ‘Cinnamon Stone’. It definitely stands out now.

We have everything painted on the front of the house, except the front part of the porch that extends outward, which is still brilliant white at the moment.

The whole house was brilliant white and sky blue for trim as the previous photos showed. Blech! We never liked it but never got around to changing it till now. The off white is a warmer shade than the brilliant white and the trim color adds to the warmth. We also painted the front side of the door the same color as the trim….Cinnamon Stone. We haven’t decided which color porch paint we will use. We are trying to avoid white or battleship grey. Perhaps a charcoal would be better…or a grayish green? Choices…choices…..
So anyway we would have been finished with the house had it not been for the bad weather that was coming through the area. That and we got some sort of stomach flu. But the sun is shining again so back to work it will be. Once we finish painting the house we will be 38% finished with the exterior things.

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November 22, 2006

Its Official

We just met with the real estate company today! The agent is coming by Friday to take photos and then we will get the sign to put in the yard. The house listing should be in the system by Saturday if all goes well.
I found a domain and gave the house its own little listing on the web thanks goes to a fellow houseblogger for the idea! You can find it below. I'll be adding to it so its a work in progress....isn’t everything??
Jetting out to town so must make it quick. Ta for now!


Cleaned and Packed and Cleaned and Packed

In light of the house being placed up for sale, we went through and did a through scrubbing and packing up all the extra clutter. There is more to be done, but we have the majority finished.
I took a photo of the kitchen today, pretty much clutter free and clean as a whistle. The photo shows pretty much the ending result of a 4 year project which began like this:

Before Remodel
This was taken while the previous tenants still occupied the place.

After Remodel
And now……

It’s nice to be putting the finishing touches instead of the beginning ones!

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November 28, 2006

House for Sale

For Sale Sign
Our house is officially for sale! We got the sign, gave the key, got a copy of the listing agreement papers. The MLS listing will happen *hopefully* soon. She said she had a few changes to make before she could post it. We have to hurry and get some vital things done, like get the cabinet finished, and get the doors up. Finish the bathroom, ect. Not to mention replace a few boards. All things we have been trying to get to before we listed but just werent able to. So now its doubly vital.Well thats the update. Have much to get done....after lunch hehe.

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