The greening and updating of a charming Hillcrest cottage. If you want to see the project from the beginning to the newest post, you'll have to scroll to the bottom of the page and work your way up because the newest posts are at the top.
Well, it's been a long month since the last time I posted anything. I have lots of pictures that I'll get around to putting up soon. The cabinets are mostly in, with a little tweaking to do. The countertop and appliances are supposed to be here this week. I won't be able to have any appliances installed though, until the electrician comes back to put in all the outlets and the rest of the light fixtures. I'm sooooo ready to have a sink again! And the thought of actually being able to wash clothes – in the house! What a luxury!
The siding has gone up on the new addition this week and soon it will have the first coat of paint on it. It's really beginning to look like a house again instead of a construction site.
I totally forgot to tell you about my new Pella (Pella Windows and Doors - Home) Energy Star windows! They're great! They went in last Friday to replace the two windows in the front of the house. One in the Living Room that faces the front porch. The other one in my bedroom that faces the front of the house. So far, the thing that I like the best is that I can open the top half and get fresh air without giving the dogs a chance to make their escape. And they actually work without having to hold them up with a stick! And they're not totally broken like the one in my room! Once I learn how, I'm sure I'll also love that I can tilt them in to clean them, but for now, they're WAY cleaner than the old ones!
So I didn't get the pictures up. Sorry. So sue me. My life has been a little discombobulated lately, to put it mildly.
The siding is going back up on the front of the house in preparation for getting the painting finished up on the 3 sides that show outside the fence. The posts that were supposedly holding up the front porch were actually hollow. No wonder they were leaning in! After 86 years, they were getting tired! They've been replaced with 6 x 6 pressure treated posts that will be boxed in with new mission style posts, eventually.
The backer board for the tile went down and the tile on the floor has started....but the tile guy was called away, so I'm on hold for today. What's down looks really good, though. And it should all be grouted and finished by the weekend.
I've started painting the chairs that I think I'm going to use in the kitchen. They each need another coat. Then there's the other two chairs that will replace them in the dining room. They will need to be painted too....
So the next pictures will be coming soon. As soon as I can catch my breath and feel caught up. At least a little. This having my house in total disarray stuff is starting to take it's toll...
This was a busy week! Besides the exciting installation of the insulation (never thought I'd say THAT! Insulation installation is exciting?? I think I need a life!), the sheetrock is all up and taped now. Just a few coats of mud and it'll be ready to paint! As soon as the sheetrock is ready we can put the tile in. They're also going to be working on finishing up the rest of the outside of the house in the next couple of weeks. It'll be so nice to come home to a house that looks "almost" finished, instead of "in progress". It's all beginning to come together very well. By this time next week, I might have new posts on the front of the house, or maybe even the final paint color on the siding!
My two faucets and my small bar/veggie sink came in this week too. I got good deals on all of them from eBay
I think one of the hardest parts of not having a kitchen is not being able to wash things. The sink in the bathroom is way too small and I can't really bend over and wash things in the tub very well. Other than that, and not being able to cook, it's not too bad. The dogs are used to the alternate way to the back door. My mom is used to us having to tromp through her bedroom to get outside every morning. She just rolls over and goes back to sleep.
Now that the insulation is in, I don't have to worry about trying to air condition all of Hillcrest anymore. There were so many big gaps and holes everywhere, it almost seemed like I might as well be living in a tent. In fact, a tent would probably have fewer holes! But not anymore. Now it's more like living in an ice chest, with solid foam walls! And they're made out of soybeans!
Yesterday I got a delivery date of Sept. 23rd for my cabinets!
I've been taking some pictures of the walls with the sheetrock going up. I'll try to get them posted this weekend.
Today was an exciting day. The Biofoam insulation was started in the kitchen! It's so cool watching it expand and fill in all the little cracks and holes in my walls. I know we won't be cold this winter! I think they'll finish up tomorrow, filling in the walls all the way around the whole house....then the sheet rock will start!
Progress marches on!!!
Here are pictures to get caught up through today....from the way my phone box used to look, the old knob and tube wiring, and the old, inefficient, huge heat and air unit, to the gizmo that sealed my ducts, the new Energy Star unit, the installation of the new air return, the Energy Star Pella windows, the beautiful beaded board ceiling, and the amazing Biofoam insulation....whew! That's alot!
Well, where were we? Now we've got all the plumbing in and inspected, all the electricity in and inspected, the framing has had it's inspection, the heat and air is in and inspected, the ducts have been cleaned and sealed, and the cabinets have been ordered.
I've ordered both faucets and the bar/veggie sink. The other sink comes with the countertop, but I have to pay for the holes to put them in....kind of like the donut is free, but you have to pay for the donut holes!
The beadboard ceiling is in and it looks wonderful!
Well, it rained the last couple of days, on and off, but it's stayed pretty cool. The shingles are mostly on as of today, and the electricity looks to be mostly in.....still have the plumbing to go in this week, then we can get inspections! It's beginning to look like a real room.
Finally got an appointment set with the cable company to take down the overhead wire. About time.
Tomorrow the new heat and air unit will be installed along with the duct cleaning and sealing. I'm really looking forward to getting that under my belt. Hopefully, it means we won't be freezing again this winter, and my bills won't be more than my income.
I plan to take more pictures tomorrow and get them loaded soon....things don't look much different than the last ones, though. You'll have to look closer to see the finer details that are going in....