Friday, April 24, 2015

House Update 4.24.15

We were able to put in two good work days this week!

Bit by bit we are chipping away the old to make way for the new.

We finally have somebody lined up for drywall, even though he won't be able to start until around June. There should be plenty to keep us busy in the meantime, however.

Most of  the interior walls are torn down, and we managed to get the kitchen completely gutted.

Mark's dad came to help both days, so we were really able to make some progress.

Taking down the cabinets

Ripping up linoleum

By the end of the second day, the kitchen was cleared. Some of the cabinets we will keep to hang in the garage/workshop. Most everything else wasn't in good enough shape to be of use.

Oops, did I break something?
Meanwhile, I was taking down the remaining walls in the guest bath. The mirrors were glued to the wallboard, so there was no saving them.

We spent a greater part of today working outside, mainly clearing away three small fenced areas. It seemed like a pretty straightforward task - until we started, that is. These little fences have evidently been there for several years, with trees growing all in them - some of which with the fence embedded in them. 

It was a major pain in the ass (and hands, and wrists, etc.), but after a couple of hours it was all cleared out and ready to be mowed.

Ready for the dump

... yet again. At least the riding mower was working today.

This is a view from the east end of the property, looking at the chicken coops and a decrepit outbuilding I can't decide is worth keeping.

This is a huge patch of wild black raspberries growing on the hillside. It's still fairly easy to get to, so we should have plenty to gather here in a month or two.

 Unfortunately the pasture is just going to have to get away from us for now, as it's gotten too tall for the mower to handle.

I walked through it (with mom and dad's dog Fen) and was really pleased with how nice it is. Full of grasses and legumes, perfect for fattening beef calves and sheep.

I wish we had something eating it this year, but we're just going to have to be patient. 

It feels pretty good that we have accomplished this much, even though there is still SO MUCH left to do.

I know I always finish with the same view, but it is such a lovely one.

It's off to bed for me - this girl is quite tired and sore. Until next time.....


  1. Oh how lovely your new place is! It's just beautiful!

  2. Wow, you guys are making some serious progress on the house! I think that property looks like a little slice of heaven on earth each time I see it. :)