Archive for the 'rehab' Category

New hardwoods (Beach House #64)

Friday, February 16th, 2018

I love putting down new finish flooring. It’s not difficult (usually) and it makes a big difference, fast. Of course in this house there had to be problems here making it suck way worse than it ever should, but even so this was a pretty rewarding phase of the project once I figured out how to […]

Real walls! (Beach house #63)

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

The drywall is pretty much done, except for the back bathroom (which is waiting for one final electrician visit to move a junction box). The house is starting to look like a house, and it’s soooooo refreshing. I’m starting to feel like there will be an end to this some day. Living room: Entry to […]

It’s starting to look like a house! (BH #62)

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Josh got me drywallers for Christmas. I am soooo ready for this project to be over – such a huge feeling of relief washed over me when we decided that I wouldn’t have to do the drywall myself. This’ll save me at least a month of labor, I imagine, and I probably wouldn’t do it as well […]

Warm winter coat (BH #61)

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Sorry for the hiatus in posts! I just haven’t been doing anything interesting in the house. Turns out it takes a long time to get all the details of insulation done – did you know you have to caulk between every top plate and bottom plate? Every double stud? Around every window? Plug every single […]

Repairs set in stone (BH #60)

Friday, January 5th, 2018

I did a bit more repair work outside while I could and patched up a couple more odds and ends. I repaired the worst of the crack in the stones against the front porch, which involved digging out a lot of dirt and resetting a lot more loose stones than I’d thought. And then I […]

Concrete (BH #59)

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

On a day that wasn’t 12 degrees (in fact it was a miraculous 65! Thanks, global warming!) I finally got all the concrete poured on the outside. Our busted up old cracked disintegrating half-sidewalk (it fell 13 feet short of the driveway and 10 feet short of the mailbox) was jackhammered away before I even arrived. Before: […]

Winter (BH #58)

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Winter is here, and we finished the preparations just in time. This is a shot of approximately 30% of the insulation I had to buy for this project: I’ve been working feverishly at the insulation in the hopes of getting it finished before leaving on vacation. I got close, but not as close as I’d […]

Dressed up for Christmas (BH #57)

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Josh suggested back in October that I tart up the house for Christmas, run some lights out there, etc. I dismissed the idea, partly because I was hoping we wouldn’t be working in there long enough to make the Christmas lights worth putting up and then taking down again (HA, so much for that), and partly because… well, […]

All but one (BH #56)

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Guess what we got this past week? Electricity! Well, sort of. There’s only one outlet actually connected. And no lights yet. Those get put in after drywall. But still – the grunt work is done. And plumbing! Hooray for toilet flanges! Just like with the electrical, the stuff has only been “roughed in” which means that none […]

Outside… so close! (BH #55)

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Oooh boy! I’ve been waiting for this post for EVER!!! While the inside of the house is still a skeleton with its guts hanging out, the outside looks…. so much closer to finished! I still have to replace the old fence, stain the deck and finish its trim and handrail, pour a new cement walkway and resurface […]