Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The View From Inside

Nate had a hard time pausing long enough to take this second round of photos, but of course we're glad he did! Someday we'll pair each of these mid-point photos with their coresponding "before" and "after", but for now, let's just enjoy all the STUFF that's been hauled out of our house! No one is more excited for the clean slate than Nate the engineer!

The front foyer

View from the living room, through to the kitchen

View from the play room into the dining room & foyer

The kitchen & dining room

The basement steps, which will eventually be moved to the outside wall on the left

Temporary red supports, on loan from a house-moving company

Drain tile has been laid around the perimeter of the entire basement

Going upstairs, where all 4 bedrooms are and will remain

Was a study and will become a bathroom

Looking from front to back, in second floor hallway

Who knew my husband could be so organized?!

The light-colored wood patch by the orange ladder covers the chimney hole

I thank God for keeping Nate safe while on this steep roof last weekend

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Demo Days are (nearly) over

Today was a big day on Center Avenue. The dumpster was filled for the sixth time and demolition is mostly complete. There are some silly storage platforms in the attic and a chimney that still need to come down, but other than that, we're entering the rebuilding stage. Next up: shore up the main floor by replacing footings and support columns in the basement. Nate has hired a house-moving-company to temporarily hold things up while our concrete contractor pours the new footings. Shortly after, drain tile will be laid around the perimeter of the basement and the foundation/basement walls will be smoothed and beautified.

The windows will be ordered by the end of the week and we also need to pick an insulation contractor. We still haven't made a decision on siding, but we're leaning towards major restoration of the current cedar siding. Whatever the siding material, we're thinking a grey exterior with white trim. Something like this photo from Apartment Therapy, but with a stained wood door instead of orange. Although I kind of like the thought of a fun front door - orange, yellow or green?

Another tour of our progress!

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