This weekend marks the final weekend before the flooring deadline. We need to be completely done with painting/construction by this Thursday!
This week had a lot of other events too… Collin’s birthday and graduation party was last Friday, Valerie and family came to visit, the Penguins won the Stanley Cup, and I got a minor sunburn on Sunday watchin’ the Buccos trounce the Detroit Tigers.
The counter tops are in, this is just set in place, the dishwasher and sink need to be installed.
Ron and I set up the range hood microwave, I’ve still gotta finish running power to it tonight when I get back to the house.
The old hardwood was so uneven we had to get sub-floor for the slate laminate to go down.
The kitchen only needed patches made for sub-floor.
Mike, Ron and I laid the tile down starting at the front door.
Here’s proof that at least the back of my sister Valerie’s head visited from Georgia.
We had to special order this tile, and of course, because of the odd shape, had to order more to finish a spot in the kitchen, to be continued…
Here’s how it looks before the edges are finished.
Seamless out to the front hallway, I think it looks snazzy.
The shower is installed. Here are the faucet and spout.
We acquired this super nice giant rain shower head.
It’s like our own personal instant monsoon season.
Ron and I installed the bathroom sink.
The girls put a coat of stain on the wood on the bannister. Only one more to go, with a little bit more detail painting on the newel post.
The pantry built-in is now painted to match the trim, the doors are off and drying.
It’s coming down to the wire now. We’re almost done and ready to move in. We’re hoping soon.
The Carpet deadline looms in mere days now. We’ll scramble to finish the odds and ends this week. Next weekend, there should be pictures of a completed interior for you.
Its been a long road, but here we are, sprinting all the way.
Carpet has been scheduled. The deadline for all other projects is now Thursday June 18th.
Mom and Dad came down and helped on Saturday! They were in town for Collin’s graduation. Congrats Collin! Also, Jessie and Dad had a birthday this weekend! Jess was Saturday and Dad was Sunday! HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
In preparation for the water in the bathroom being turned on. Ron attaches the fixtures to the tub.
Here is the device to activate water flow in the shower area.
Finally! We have a real toilet, one that flushes and everything! Also, if you notice there’s a cool classic chessboard ceramic floor!
We received this nice glass door from Karin and Robin, we’ll repaint and embellish it later.
Mike, Ron, Sandy, Amy, and Jess started to paint the kitchen cabinets and trim around the house.
Jess is a true visionary with color, nobody believed that her colors would work out, except me of course.
Here’s the hallway trim, still need to finish the front of that electrical junction.
Here are the kitchen cabinets after painting.
Here are the cabinets and shelf over the range.
Mom and Dad came to help! Here Dad tries to figure out how this place got to be such a mess!
A master at work, he must have experience with sawdust.
Mom worked on the windows while dad swept floors.
I think I need to take lessons from Mom on how to clean windows. When she got done with this one, it looked like the glass was gone.
Sandy finished the final sanding and cleaning of the railing so that it can be stained and painted where it needs it.
My closet has doors! I still have to put the handles and catches on tonight.
I put up the tracks for the movable shelves in the living room.
Jess refinished the blades of the fan for the guest room.
We don’t have any more brass in the house. So I am refinishing this chandelier.
Here are all the little individual accent pieces.
I rewired all of the sockets for safety. Here it is with the new gray powder coat looking finish.
Jess has been saving this crystal chandelier in her Dad’s garage for years. After about 3 hours of love and cleaning. Here it is.
This thing looks great and now graces our front foyer as the first sparkly thing you see, unless Jess answers the door.
Last Saturday, Ron and I prepped the front of the house for major surgery. We installed new windows and basically tore the front of the house off and rebuilt it.
Sunday, I went to visit Mom and Dad, while Sandy, Rachel and Jessica stayed here and painted!
All week small projects were done… Then, on Saturday, I was by myself and got a lot done.
Sunday we hit the place hard again….
For those of you who don’t recall, here is our front window. Its old, painted shut… who knows how long its been since it was open…
We opened the window, somehow without breaking it! … we also found out how long it had been since it was opened…
…June 29th 1952 was close to the last time this window worked. I found a bunch of newspapers that were used as insulation before the window was sealed. They were too crumbly to really unfold, much as I tried. Apparently though, a horse called Whimsical Mood had won some sort of honors at the races.
When our next door neighbor Andrea was outside, she said ‘woah, you really did mean a giant hole would be in the house…’ I then challenged her to a fight for doubting me.
We started to build out the framework for the bay.
Ron yelled out angles and lengths, and Uncle Mike answered with the noises of a miter saw…
Drywalled! Check it out! It increases the perceived size of the living room, and makes it much breezier and brighter.
Yeah, but what’s it look like on the Outside?
Here’s the street view with the old window.
Here’s a closeup of the old window, with the proposed angles mocked up with bits of scrap on the porch.
Of course, that old siding was in the way.
You could probably drive a jeep through the hole we cut in the house
Outside trim installation.
Close up of the trim going in…
I put some waterproofing primer on the outside.
We took the good siding that we removed for the bay and used it to fix the bad siding. It’ll be ready for paint this summer.
Mom and Dad gave us a new motion sensor activated porch light.
Here’s a close up of the new light, man that siding is gross.
Rachel, Sandy, and Jessie painted the floor of the 3rd level.
The girls did a fantastic job of painting the floor.
The third floor is DONE!
Jessie painted the master bedroom, its a very calming color.
Here’s another angle of the master bedroom with color.
Saturday I spent the day by myself…
I finished a lot of wiring…
We got these cool chrome sconces for beside the bathroom mirror.
I got the fan and the recessed light over the shower to work.
I built and installed this new Hunter fan for the master bedroom. Go GREEN with energy saver bulbs! (They finally make them in the 4500k color range so they look incandescent, instead of blue)
This is why I spent the day by myself. Ron said he had a job to do that day. At the end of the day I got to see what he had done. He built this whole deck and stairway in one day.
We got the hole in the dining room patched.
A little mud smooths the edges nicely.
This is where the radiator was, it had been neglected for many many years. Ron is trying to feather out the plaster so it looks nice.
Jess painted the insides of the closets.
Here, Ron gives the chimney a final touch on plaster.
Mike came over and wired the new wall sockets around the house.
Jessie got a bird feeder to take care of the neighborhood avian friends.
Jess also got a cool hanging basket for the front porch
It’s starting to feel like the life is returning to a neglected hollow shell of a home.
This weekend was very busy even without the house project. Jessica and I worked a charity event to work to raise money for the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. It was Totally Awesome 80s Bash part II, tiring, but a great time overall. Jess came home with jewelry, so it must have been a success.
As far as the house goes, on Saturday morning, Ron and I made a journey to the landfill to properly dispose of construction debris. Still several more loads to go, but a little better.
We tried to charge the furnace boiler and baseboard radiators for the first time, the front zone where we found the broken L pipe went first. It held pressure. So we left it overnight to see if there were any leaks.
Sunday morning, the front zone held pressure all night. So we tried for the back zone…
We found a huge leak under the kitchen floor, in the crawlspace, It was too narrow to crawl any farther, so we had to cut the kitchen floor out.
This pipe had blown the soldered joint right out. Why are these not insulated? We’ll have to do that before we close the hole back up.
This pipe was above the kitchen ceiling, found it when dirty water (shown in background) began cascading down the kitchen wall.
This leak was in the floor of the purple room, spraying more water into the kitchen ceiling and that bedroom floor.
At this point I also learned that the old natural gas line framework in the house was electrified. I got a pretty good arc from touching the gas line and the water lines with a screwdriver shaft.
This was the heater in the guest room, it was nice enough to break above the floor in this section.
Same heater different section of pipe.
Here’s another under the floor of the guest room.
So much for saving the hardwood.
Every time we found a leak the system had to be quickly purged of its pressure so it didn’t ruin the house. We had to pull the plugs out of this 1.5 inch pipe in the basement. Ron and I got pretty wet.
Not everything was doom and gloom though, here’s Miranda helping to prep these walls for primer, in the master bedroom.
Since I have a staggering lack of pictures this week from the busy-ness and the chaos, here’s a picture of shadow escaping from the deck, she figured out how to open the latched gate.