Wednesday, November 7, 2012

We Got Wall

Wiring takes time.  I found that out in week four.  Turns out that dry wall also takes time.  A whole week's worth of time - - and compact car sized dehumidifiers and big fans that make noise in the middle of the night and which make the plastic doors crinkle relentlessly All. Night. Long.  And then there's the dust.  Lots of dust.  Copious amounts of dust.  Haboob size clouds of white powdery dust. Insidious minuscule fragments of chalky hell that get on the bottom of every shoe in the house leaving ghostly footprints all over the place.

Much to my delight, on day three of dry walling they put up additional plastic over all the doors windows in kitchen-new.  This did help to control the Haboob slightly, but it effectively eliminated our "short-cut" through the kitchen.  Therefore, for the past week and a little we have been forced to go outside to get to whatever level of the house you are not in.  This was similar to week 1, so while we had had to do it before, it wasn't any more fun than it was before either.  Luckily, we've had some dandy weather, so there were only one or two wet nights when having to go outside fell in to the "this sucks" category.

I've been told that this is the worst week of remodeling when you are still living your house.  It's the middle of the project, the bloom is 100% off the rose called "exciting new project", you're tired of trying to be creative while making meals in a microwave, the non-stop pounding and hammering and sawing and sanding are on your very last frayed nerve. And now everything is covered in white dust.  Hip Hip Hurrah.  It's a damn dance party in week 6!!!

Ghostly looking railings being protected by plastic.

View from the top of the hallway stairs - - No more raw wood, just lots and lots of white walls.  Oh and many little blue plastic boxes that only hint at the snake's nest of wire behind the pretty white walls.

I think that the actual window will look much better than the large plywood they've got going here now. 

The ceiling required two solid days of work.  The dry wall went up after the ceiling was leveled .  Then the dry wall was partially taken down when foreman Luke and Dan felt it wasn't "level enough."  Since you can get a really good view of the kitchen ceiling from a horizontal view point from the top of the hallway stairs - it's critical that they get it "right" and as far as I can tell - - we now have the most level of all level ceilings!

The blending of the new drywall with the "old" walls that didn't really have to come down for the remodel. 

The stove nook looks more nook-y now that it's got a ceiling above it.   Lots of action behind that wall - electrical and gas and the vents from the very complex hot water radiant heating system - - 

Will get some photos of the remainder of week 6 tomorrow and Friday.  The walls are being primed, the mortar will get put down over the sub floor and the kitchen will be ready to receive all the pretty parts that come next.  Cabinets are on time for delivery next week and our new window is being delivered on Monday!  Week 7 is going to be VERY exciting!!

The last decision looming in the not too distant future is paint color.  This one may not be pretty as George the Elder and I are in two entirely different camps on this.  Oh, and those camps are located in two different states.  May the best man win (that'd be me) hahahah.


Molly D said...

I am thinking that despite a trip to Vegas to drown his sorrows at the black jack table, George has lost enough vote-offs this month. In either case, be gentle.

Brian said...


I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could e-mail me?