Archive for the 'rehab' Category

Beach house #10 – progress

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

We can’t do anything structural to the house until the sill plates have been changed out (can’t build a strong wall on a crumbling foundation after all). So I’ve been casting about for other projects to do so I’m not just spinning my wheels, and I’ve started on the bedroom closets. I’m terrible at remembering […]

Beach house #9 – looking forward

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Good news – I got my building permit! It’s a big relief. I’ve never gone through the process before. But I was in and out in under an hour and they had an answer for me within a few business days. Easy! (Good thing, too, since we had to start demo already). Here’s the original […]

Beach house #8 – when it rains, it pours

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

So remember how there were termites in the walls? …. yeah. Turns out there were termites in the sill plate, as well. Just the, you know, foundation of the house. You know how they fix that? They jack the house up in the air. Seriously. If we didn’t think this rehab project was getting real earlier? It […]

Beach house #7 – in which we learn an alternate approach to gravity

Friday, July 21st, 2017

I am really kicking myself now that I didn’t get better pictures, but below are some of the reasons I was glad that we did end up opening all the walls. Check out some of the crazy framing I found inside. There was no solid corner stud there. It was a conglomeration of little 6″ […]

Beach house #6a – Gutting: the aftermath.

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Man, there was a lot of junk to get rid of after the house was gutted. Way, way more than I’d thought. The girls had fun loading Dumpster #1 – at least the first day. (Yes, dumpster #1. We filled it and had to ask for another. Who would have thought that a house with […]

Beach house #6 – Gutted

Monday, July 17th, 2017

So I left the house like this: and came back to it like this: Quite a shocking change, but also? Really exciting. I love doing things from scratch. I was going to be able to craft this house from its basic skeleton through to completion. Possibilities opened up where there hadn’t been possibilities before – all […]

Beach house #5 – Guess we can’t keep that bathroom after all. Or that room. Or that one.

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Well, so much for the bathroom. Sigh. This is how bad the termites were in the bedroom/bathroom wall I discovered via the closet: Once they took off the drywall, the wall crumbled to pieces. See the door header on the right of that picture above? That’s a hole right through to the other room. And that […]

Beach house #4 – Uh-oh.

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

I was waiting on guys to come rip out the subfloor/tub in the bathroom for me and I decided to tackle the hallway closet. It was a very strange thing; the door didn’t fit, it looked like it’d been sort of roughly framed-in as an afterthought and never re-trimmed, it was full of shelves made of […]

Beach house #3 – Bath

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Josh and I started work right away – I was there screwing in some solar exterior lights less than an hour after signing the papers. Job #1: get a working bathroom in. With a bathroom we can wash up, shower, tackle all the other, nastier chores that we’d be getting into later on. We didn’t think […]

Beach house #2 – It ain’t so bad… right?

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

“Before” pictures from the listing and our various walkthroughs: Entrance. Windows look out onto water. Hardwood floors can be refinished. Newish coat closet; panelling can be painted over and it will look fine. Maybe the front door could be refinished to look retro-chic instead of just dated. I toss around the idea of putting stained glass […]