Thursday, August 4, 2016

House Update 8.4.16

Our flooring is in!

Even though it's a few shades darker than we were originally going for, it is going to look amazing!

While giving the flooring time to acclimate, Mark and his dad began to tackle the shower surrounds.

Nothin' fancy, but it'll do the job.

The guest bath was easy enough.

But when they went to start on the master bath, they discovered it's a mismatched set.



So we will have to remedy that situation.

Then there are the issues with the new registers.....

...... Mark was tied up with Junior Ranger Camp the day the heating and cooling guys came to install the new system, so he wasn't there to oversee their work.

That is unfortunate, because they left some gaping holes where they installed a couple of the registers, and one of them is too close to where the wood stove will be.

So that will have to be remedied before the floors can go down. 

This is frustrating work, let me tell you.

Most days I just want to pull my hair out.

So I just destroy things instead.

This old rotten doghouse was a good victim.

I also started taking down one of the old chicken coops, but that's going to require bigger tools and more muscle than I can muster on my own.

The plywood house is all warped and rotten, but the other one is made of sturdier lumber, and should be salvageable.

With a different roof, of course
The flimsy runs with the rusty chicken wire have to go, but they are going to be a serious pain.

Even though we didn't get to start on the floors like we wanted to, we did haul off another load of crap, so that's always good.

One other thing we worked on today was buying more vents for the foundation, and marking where they will go.

Just another of those little million-and-a-half things that need to be done around here.

 Like this gaping hole under our driveway, for instance.
But we are still inching our way closer to moving day.

I was looking at the creek today, thinking about how much my birds are going to love it.

I think about it a lot when I am changing out their pool water three times a day.

As always, I close my post with a shot of our iconic tree.

Hopefully it doesn't die of old age before we move in.


  1. I've discovered that there is always something with a house, whether you want to remodel it or not. When we bought our house a year ago, it looked great. Now we are realizing they slapped stuff together to make it look good enough to sell but the materials they used will not last. UGH

    1. It's sad how commonplace that is, these days. Even when hiring people to do a job, it seems that hardly anybody feels the need to do GOOD job, or even clean up after themselves. Just about everything we've hired out, we've had to either fix things they left undone or clean up the mess they left. In every case we've had to call them to come back and re-do things. They don't even seem to care that they didn't do a good job in the first place. I know there have to be people out there that take pride in their work, but they must be very few and far between.

  2. The floors are so pretty! I agree with April that there is ALWAYS something with a house. We are trying to fix our old one up to sell and just fired our contractor. It took us forever to find a good one.. or so we thought, but he lost his damn mind after the second job and was calling me at midnight, acting bizarre, and not doing what he said he was going to do. So, back to square one and silly us thought we'd have it listed by now. Nope! Double-payments on everything must continue. I remind myself that it WILL work out and I know it will for you and your family, too. You guys are doing a great job though and you will be so happy when it is done. It truly is a beautiful piece of land. Thank you for keeping us updated! <3

    1. Ugh, I know how stressful that must be for you guys. I just don't understand why the standards for contracting work are so low. :( I'll look forward to hearing about your new lace though! :)