Friday, October 13, 2017

This week's Progress . . .

We got quite a bit of work done this week despite both of us having a cold.  Kelly got the old tub out of the Scary Bathroom and we could see that there were mice living in that area.  Now all the mouse housings are shoveled away and the area has been shop vac-ed thoroughly.  The boards are down to keep new mice from coming up through the hole in the floor.


We have determined that the entire bathroom floor is going to have to come up completely and be replaced with marine-grade 3/4" plywood.


We have now officially broken through the drywall to two rooms.  This is a view from the guest bathroom into the guest room/my office.


Had to cover the toilet hole as the smell was getting bad, especially now that the bathroom is open to the guest room.


Sometimes I wonder what people were thinking when they built this place!!  Drywall over plywood???  Whaaaat?


Kelly also got a lot done.  Everything was covered with plastic first.


And then over the past two days, two of the walls in the his bedroom (the master bedroom) got finished.



Cleaning out the spiders and snakes!!


Tomorrow is going to be sunny so we are going to start work on the studio and storage room buildings!!  Pretty exciting stuff around here!!  We are also calling the guy that is going to help with the plumbing and we are hoping to get him out here next week so the plumbing can start going in!!  Hopefully hot water by Halloween!!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Concrete Day!!

Last night when I went to bed I knew that this morning was the long awaited concrete pouring day!! It was kinda like the grown-up version of waiting for Santa Claus!!  Click on the video and see the process!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

All the Quilt Shows are Done for the Year . . .

and maybe forever so FINALLY it is time to really get down and get dirty working on the house.

Over the past couple of weeks we have had a darling young man come and excavate the ground and prepare the area for a concrete slab.  He is going to pour the concrete Saturday and then on Monday we get to start building my studio and a storage area for all of Kelly's stuff.



As you can see the Studio (which can also be used as a garage) will stick out and will cover the bedroom window from the street noise and will make a cute little area for a secluded patio area.

Here is the shed we are going to be building ~


And when we get done with it it is supposed to look like this ~


We are going to put a metal roof on instead of shingles and is actually going to be two spaces under the same roof because we can only build one building no larger than 200 sq. feet (without a $1,400.00 permit) and the size of this building is 24" x 12".  So, my studio will be about 18 feet by 12 feet (don't tell anyone that is a bit more than 200 feet) and Kelly's storage space will be about 9 feet by 12 feet.

So, this week we are going to be removing drywall from the master bedroom and getting all my stuff out of there so Kelly can set up his room how he wants it.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Kelly is On His Way . . .

so these past few days I have been getting all the drywall out of the bedroom that is going to be mine so Kelly can get his stuff in the bedroom that is going to be his when he gets here.

I feel pretty good about how much I got done  - all the walls except a 1/2 wall in the closet that was just one too many.




I got a special treat when I pulled the drywall off the wall that was once the outside wall of the original house.  Instead of ripping the original ship lap off before drywalling, they left it on and it will be gorgeous when I get all the nails out and get it sanded down and probably whitewashed so it retains it's old look ~


I got most of the furniture out of Kelly's room and into mine but the day is getting late and I am getting tired, so the rest of the things in Kelly's room will have to be moved when we empty the U-Haul on Friday!!


Look how fun that old wall is going to be!!




Tomorrow morning at 5:30 I am headed up to Coos Bay (about 45 minutes north of Bandon) to get on the Greyhound bus to Bend so I can drive the last day of the move with Kel.  It is the wiggliest part and it will be nice for him after 2 full days of driving a 20 foot U-Haul with his truck towed behind!!  He measured it and it is over 50 feet long!!  Yikes!!

See you next week!!  
We have some fun stuff going on!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

And Another Wall Bites the Dust!!

I have decided that I am a one-wall-a-day kinda gal!!  The hard work is taking down the drywall and the insulation, but the time-consuming work is the cleanup after the drywall is down.

This is the kind of icky stuff you run into behind those walls, especially in an old house that has been empty for the most part of 8 years.




Now this wall and window is ready for the window guy to come out tomorrow morning and measure so they can give me an estimate on Friday.  I already found out that I am not going to be able to afford the bee-you-tee-full wood clad windows from Monday's post but I am hoping we can still afford the three single hung windows next to each other.




This wall had a nasty wall heater in it.  In order to remove it, I turned off the electricity at the breaker box which is something I ALWAYS do when working with ANYTHING electrical in a house, but especially with an appliance like a wall heater.


Once out, it looks pretty good.  I will leave the old Romax wiring until all the drywall through the house is down and the new electrical wiring is in place.




I also got all the trim off around the window so the window guy can get an exact measurement of the rough opening for the new windows.

And then yesterday evening before it got dark, I got a rack up and a lot of the fabric that was in plastic bags (all over the floor in this room) all on the shelves.  Gave me more working room this morning.


And finally, this is something one needs to be careful of when fixing up an old house.  Falling and getting boo-boo on some part of your body.  I was lucky - I fell backwards off the step stool but there were a couple of boxes to land on instead of going all the way down to the floor!!

Ouch!!

Until next time!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Finally, a Bit of Work Done Today . . .

I have been so preoccupied with all of the quilt shows I have been vendoring this past 2 months and preparing for the Portland Quilt Expo the end of this month, I have not gotten much of anything done on the house.

So, today, I decided to take the morning and get some work done.


Even though I am going to eventually have a studio in a separate building in the back of the house, this room is the one that I am going to be using to store the fabric until that building gets completed.  It is also eventually going to be my office and the guest bedroom. 


I got the whole one wall down this morning and everything cleaned up so I can now set up some shelves to put the fabric while I open up and clean up the rest of the room.




I am going down to the local window guy this afternoon and have them come out to measure this window and give me a bid to replace it.  As you can see, right now it is a casement window and is very boring so this is what I would like to replace it with ~

Image from the Internet

It's quite a wide window (72") for that little room so I am not sure if 2 hung windows or 3 hung windows will look the best.

This is where the old drywall was planted when I was done with it inside!!



Annie was making sure that I positioned it correctly.  Thanks, Annie!!


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ah, the Hippy Dippy Do 60's . . .

I have known for a long time that the bullet holes in the windows was letting in the outside humidity in buckets full but I had no idea how much!!

Last week I was talking to my new neighbor and he has a little house across the street that is about 1/2 the size of my house.  I was complaining about getting into a wet nightgown and into wet sheets and he said he had a large dehumidifier and he emptied the water reservoir a couple of times a day.

Now, I had purchased a small table top dehumidifier several weeks ago but it did not seem to do much so I broke down and got a 50 pint dehumidifier ~


Well, it works great!!  The first day I had to empty the reservoir 2 times!!  That is 100 pints of water!!  Yikes!!  One pint equals 2 cups!!  That is a lot of water!!

I set it to 45% humidity and now I can get into a drier nightgown and dry sheets!!  Hallelujah!!

So, I have been trying to decide what to do about the wet air coming into the windows through the bullet holes and I came up with a solution.  When I first got here, I hung a shirt in the kitchen window, mainly to keep the cold air from coming in ~


You might remember this from a previous post.  Well, I am happy to say, I now have bright flowers and hearts covering the holes in the windows all through the house!!





Now, we'll see if the dehumidifier has to work less and produces less water.  I do take the water outside and water the lawn in the front yard!!  Ya know, it is best to recycle!!

This week's Progress . . .

We got quite a bit of work done this week despite both of us having a cold.  Kelly got the old tub out of the Scary Bathroom and we could s...