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May 21, 2012

Slideshow: A Second Wall Comes Down

(Hover over the slideshow and you will see arrows to scroll forward and backwards)

First, I have to say a very big thank you to my cousin.  Cousin, if you are reading: THANK YOU!  We couldn’t have done it without you!

We’ve wanted to take down the wall between the living room and the office since we first looked at the house.  We knew it would be difficult because this used to be the exterior wall of the home and made of concrete block.  Opening up the wall would require a beam. We needed to have professional help; that help happened to be my cousin.  He volunteered his time to help us out, and we couldn’t have done it without him.  As you can see in the slideshow, he did a great deal of the work.  And before we even started taking down the wall he had already been at work in our yard cutting down dead trees!

The indent in the left side of the wall in the picture below used to be a door to a porch.  At some point the porch was enclosed and turned into part of the house.  They turned the old doorway to the porch into a bookcase on the office side and opened up an old window into the current doorway (we found evidence of the window when taking the wall down.)

After pictures coming soon!

Check out the other wall we took down.

May 20, 2012

Yard Map

Now that we are working in the yard I thought this map would be good for reference:

 

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March 17, 2012

Kitchen: Before, In Progress, and Future Plans

The original kitchen:

Our first project for the house was taking down the wall between the kitchen and the living room.  We knew from the moment we first saw the house that it would be a huge improvement to the flow of the house.  You can see in the floorplan how that wall completely cuts the two rooms off from each other.

So within the first 24 hours we owned the house we took hammers to the wall.  We knew it was not a load bearing wall because the rafters run parallel to the wall, therefore not holding any of the second floor’s weight.  (Please excuse the quality of the below images, they are actually screen shots from a video.)

The first sign of light in the living room was so exciting.  (Please excuse the quality of the below image, it is actually a screen shot from a video.)

It was much more difficult to take down the wall than we thought it would be because the walls are made out of cement board and not drywall.  You can see the layers of boards below, as well as a nice drawing we found.

We were so excited when all of the cement board was finally off of both sides of the wall.  It took all day and most of the night.

Taking the wall down obviously made a gap in the ceiling, walls, and floor.  The ceiling and walls will get repaired as soon as we are done cutting into the ceilings for can lights we are installing, I will explain more about them later.  The floor currently is patched with hard wood we found in the attic.  It is not the permanent fix, but it works for now.

The following pictures were taken after we moved in.  The original stove and fridge were outdated so we replaced them.  The stove is new, and the old one went away when this one was delivered. The fridge is a hand me down from my wonderful mother in law.  It is very large so we needed to take out the cabinets that were above the old fridge, as well as the pantry cabinet.  Getting rid of the pantry cabinet has made a little issue over space, but we have plans for that!  I will tell you more in a future post.

We have also taken down the old ceiling fan and swag light fixture.  We are using the lamp in the corner until the can lights are finished being installed.

More pictures to come as projects get done!

Our future plans for the kitchen are:
  • new cabinets
  • add a peninsula with eating area
  • new counter tops
  • move fridge down and have full size cabinet on either side of the stove
  • “build in” fridge
  • add a backsplash
  • new hardwood floors to match living room
  • new window treatments

March 12, 2012

House Facts

Our house was built in 1947.  It was a farm house and now sits on a little over an acre.  Originally it was built as a ranch, but a previous owner converted the attic to the master suite by raising the roof on that side of the house.

This house is definitely a fixer upper, mainly because it was rented out previous to us, and it wasn’t very well taken care of.  The house is approximately 1,500 sq ft, it has three bedrooms and two full baths.  You can see the floorplan here.  The laundry is in the unfinished basement.  We have a detached two car garage.  The garage has an extension off the back of it about the length of three cars.

Next posts will be of each room, before and in progress pictures and descriptions.

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