Category Archives: House

Step, By Step, By Step

We woke to the time flashing on the alarm clock – a dead give away that the power went out for a period of time.  After brewing a fresh pot of coffee and sipping on it as we gazed blankly at the rim of the cup, we opened up our laptops and realized that the internet was out as well.  AHHHH THE HORROR!!!

In my own feeble way to somehow magically wish the internet connection back on, I continuously hit the refresh button.  This did not work. It did however, encourage Jason to make yet another attempt to persuade me to get an iphone:

 “You know….if we had iphones you could be working on the blog right now”

I must admit – it is getting harder and harder to say no.

So while the cable company worked at restoring power, we began working to restore order to our home.  Divide and conquer was our tactic; Jason outside, JBear and I inside.  Given the sweltering weather, I didn’t object.

In my mind, if I worked fast enough I could get the entire house back in order before the day was done; apparently this day was one filled with disappointments because that didn’t happen.  But looking at it now, I will look at this as a series of small victories and move forward.

I started with what was once JBear’s playroom, converted into a holding area during renovations, and now into our dining room.  Prepare yourselves, this isn’t pretty (yet).

As you can tell, this is one of the rooms on the first floor that we have yet to remodel. It still is sporting a beautiful drop ceiling and baseboard heaters that do not work. Renovation plans for this area are constantly changing; as usual we keep changing our minds. So for now, we both agreed that it should get get a good cleaning and become our dining room.

Toys were relocated one step at a time to JBear’s room. Do you know that you burn 544 calories by walking up and down stairs for an hour.  I ended up loosing count as to how many trips I made up and down those stairs. But, from my calculations of calories burnt, I did use this as a way to validate having Chinese takeout for dinner so I’m not complaining (that much). 😉 

Magically, a few of the toys that I took to JBear’s room kept finding their way back downstairs.  After a quick discussion with JBear we were able to contain the toys to his room and move forward with the room make-over.

We still have a TV and train table to relocate but I consider this progress. Sitting at the dinner table, talking about superhero’s and fireworks…..well I must say our Chinese takeout never tasted so good.

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Go with the flow

Converting an apartment house into a home involves so much more than knocking down some walls.  You have to re-evaluate the whole layout of the house to ensure that there is a logical flow from one room to the next; both inside and outside of the house. 

For our home, leaving the doorway for the upstairs apartment looked awkward.  So we thought: demo the side porch? Why not?

Before:

After demo:

Maybe one day we’ll build a wrap around porch but that is wishful thinking for a future post.  For now, all we need is some new siding, tear out that sidewalk and add some more hasta to the flowerbed. More “After” pictures to come.


Our new roof: Leak free

We originally decided to shingle our roof due to a little leak we noticed during our renovations.  In an attempt to keep our new ceilings water free we took the plunge and hired a roofer and thought we dodged a bullet on the whole leaking roof  issue. 

That was until the first set of severe thunderstorms hit, leaving us with the “Chicken Little incident“. After some unexpected renovations and the completion of the roof we moved forward with the upstairs renovations.  And then the second set severe storms hit leading to the “NOT AGAIN!!!!” incident. 

So rather than post pics about our new roof, I thought it best to hold off until we got some more rain and take that baby on a third test run.  So far we are leak free – HALLELUIAH!!!

Given all the trouble we had, I must admit I do love the new shingles. I never realized how a new roof can change the look of the house. And yes, I took pictures for all to enjoy (of course 🙂 ):

Before:

After:


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