Where We're At...

The house is coming along nicely. We’re being told next week the sheetrock is going up. Can’t wait to see walls again!!!!

In the meantime, here’s a visual update of our progress.

Dining room window is in. And it’s the right size!
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Kitchen window is in - the only window smaller than the original since it’s going over the sink. window in and trimmed

Almost all windows are in and trimmed. (basement and downstairs bathroom still to be done)
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Insulation has started. In fact, they’re farther along than expected.

closet and bathroom insulation

living room:
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dining room:
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kitchen: insulation

Main bedroom:
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Electric is done. And all high hats are in.
main bedroom high hats

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There’s a sub-panel on the second floor that sits behind the door in the teensy tiny room:
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Plumbing is done. And washer hook-up is in.
laundry on off switches

Central Air is in place and the low-hanging duct has been framed.
Val's room-utility closet and wall for duct

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It’s time to choose tiles and lock in our decision on the wood flooring. Yikes!

Lesson Of The Day - No Decision Is Ever Final Until It's Final

Cases in point:

#1: Sig Other and I spend hours and hours at the kitchen cabinet place and come up with a plan. Turns out the measurements are slightly off. Now, we have to rethink things a bit.

#2: LC and I go over where the vents should be for the air conditioning. I do my research and we come to a decision as to where to put them in the walls. The house thinks otherwise and the only choice is to put the vents in the floor.

#3: LC goes over where the high hats will be in the kitchen. The plumbing disagrees and the pipes block those places in the ceiling.

#4: For a short and glorious while we think we’re gonna get a second nice closet upstairs. But the air conditioning unit decides to hog all that space for itself.

#5: Excited about all the windows in the mudroom, we plan to put a specific large round table in there. Then we buy our washer and dryer which say, “no way” to sharing that much space.

#6. We decide the one thing we won’t do is put a window in a shower. We now have a window in our downstairs shower.

‘Nuff said.

More Windows Are In And, Oops, A Mistake

The Good News: The windows in the sunroom are all in, and there should
be even more light than before.


After (a little more window, a little less wood)…
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A full side: the middle window is now bigger than the other two...Photo on 12-21-13 at 11.29 AM #4

The Not-So-Good News: the wrong size double hung window was put
in the dining room, as you can see by the board beneath it. Will take
some time before it’s taken out and the right size window is put in.

And Now The Great News: there will be no excruciatingly long work stoppage over
these holidays! Yay!


Our Favorite Windows

Me to LC when we hired him - “We absolutely love the two leaded glass windows and no matter what, we definitely want to keep them.”

Well, it turns out we can keep them. Just not as windows.

So I’ve been researching my options and have come up with a few things we can do that might be nice.

Hung inside the window:


On the wall:

Turned into a shelf:
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Used as a glass door for a cabinet:
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Over a doorway:
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A Window Of Opportunity

There’s a window next to the fireplace that’s set back. While it brings in great light, we want to make the most of the area around it.

We’ve decided it would make a perfect window seat with a space for storage underneath. Hey, if I can’t get all the closets I need, at least maybe I can get a drawer.

Here’s an example of what we’re thinking:

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We're Making Progress

Windows are going in…

And the chimney for the oil heat has come down...

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…making more room in the kitchen

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after chimney arrow


Bye-Bye Budget, Hello Andersen Windows

7:30 am meeting with LC. I drag myself out of bed and over to the house, eyes drooping, fractured foot throbbing, and head cursing out Sig Other who managed to get out of this. Luckily, I have MVP Mom at my side. It isn’t long before the real battle of keeping the charming wood window moldings begins….and ends with one precious window trimming broken on the floor, unable to come off in one piece.

I meekly raise the white flag and agree - we can get rid of the charming window interior wooden frames that have been with the house since the early 1900’s because I have no choice but to believe they truly can’t be saved in a financially prudent way.

My heart is heavy. I vow to win the next battle: The Battle of Keeping the charming wood Doorways.

Oh, and that pesky thing called a budget which I’m in charge of? It’s day three and I blew it up with one decision: Out with the Replacement windows plan. In with the complete windows plan. A decision that received Sig Other’s 100% support.

Now I have to save some big bucks elsewhere in the budget…Dear Sig Other - those Toto toilets you’ve been wanting? Prepare to lose them.

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