Archive for the 'rehab' Category

Siding has begun! (BH#51)

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

The siding is finally going up!!! After having its old broken cement shingles ripped off, the house has been sitting here like this for weeks: Sheets of tar paper slowly peeling off like skin after a bad sunburn. The sad sunburn of neglect. So I’m betting the neighbors were glad to see this: They got […]

Little basement jewel (BH #50)

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Making one thing pretty at a time. I refinished that basement door! I used citristrip, an environmentally-friendly stripper that works really well, especially on water-based paints. Glopped it on and the paint bubbled right up after ten minutes or so. It was super easy to scrape off. After all the remaining goop was washed off and the […]

Purtification (BH #49)

Friday, November 10th, 2017

First semi-finished wall surface is (almost) in place! Before: After: Since the inspector can see the inside of this wall from the other side, I went ahead and covered up the outside with some 1/2″ insulation and beadboard. It’s amazing what a visual difference a finished looking surface makes, even when it’s not yet finished […]

Bathroom framing done (Beach house #48)

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

The plumber visited today! Just to make his materials list, but… it means we’re getting close to the finish line! The bathroom framing is all done. I mean, it had ALREADY been done…. until we decided to flip around the back bathroom at the last minute. This is what it looked like before: The TV […]

Color coordination (Beach house #47)

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

If I’m picking out tile, the end is in sight! The bathroom has been framed and the plumber’s going to let us know when he can come out next week. Time to prepare for when he’s gone! Dreaming of the day when the bathrooms are ready to be tiled, I went to my local tile/flooring wholesale […]

Bathrooms taking shape (Beach house #46)

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

First to put down the subfloors: I had to install blocking between the rafters in order to erect the wall between the bathrooms. I also had to remove the now-obsolete attic stairs and replace the joist that they had interrupted – that was not a fun morning. But it got done. I was using the cement boards […]

And now for something completely different (Beach house #45)

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

With the back porch pretty much ready for the siders, it was time to move inside and get things ready for the trades to be able to come in! First, the plumbers. Let’s get those bathrooms ready! Here’s the original bathroom. Pay no attention to the toilet: it’s not actually attached to anything. And the […]

The porch that never ends (Beach house #44)

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Side wall of back porch finished: Check. (except for removing the doggie door, which will have to come later). Back wall of back porch finished: Check. No caveats. Yay! Other side wall of back porch… well, damn. That there wall is definitely not framed to code. No way, no how. The whole thing had to […]

One more wall finished (Beach house #43)

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Once the ceiling panels were gone, swapping out the plates & rotted studs didn’t take that long. The sheathing did, though. I used reclaimed exterior-grade plywood from Second Chance and it was heavy. 1″ might not seem like that much, but a full 8′ sheet of 1″ plywood is pretty much impossible for me to lift. I […]

Beach house #42 – Arsonist squirrels

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Once the posts were replaced, all I had to do was remove the moldy sheathing and the studs that had rot problems. But before I could tackle replacing the base and top plates, I had to remove the ceiling panels. First step, take down light fixture. Hmmmmm. The porch light had been connected to the ceiling by […]