Friday, September 17, 2010

We Have Windows!

I spared no cost in replacing the circa 1963 single pane windows throughout the house. The low e Argon-filled Pinnacle windows from Windsor are state-of-the-art and turned out to match the house perfectly in color. This is the newly installed kitchen slider.

Ben tore out the old laundry room window....

...and set it's replacement in place. All of the windows had to be custom made, of course.

Kenny and Ben "conferring" (i.e. shooting the...) outside the kitchen window. I think Ben was waiting for the wasps that he found in the wall to disband. That's his excuse anyway.

My office window going in, to replace the original metal slider.

The first dumpster is looking full!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Progress can be ugly and not gratifying...

The kitchen looks like patchwork, which is appropriate for a quilter... trying to look at the bright side and not be anxious!

The door leading into the back hall was moved to become a door from the garage to the backhall, opening the pantry/laundry room.

This door leads into the den and will be replaced with a set of groovey saloon doors I scooped up on eBay a few years ago.

This is the door into the backhall from the garage that was moved from the kitchen. Such a great call!

From the kitchen looking into the will-be pantry/laundry room. The wooden cabinet in the foreground is the only one we could salvage from the original kitchen. The idea is to make it into a laundry sink.Hookups for the washer and dryer.

Getting there!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Week #3

Ben replaced the rotted beams, above and below. Now William and Robert are running the electricity, including low voltage.

And here's the new beam on the other side of the kitchen.

The cabinet layout is drawn on the floor, with details for William noted on the walls.

I'm going to put a new flat screen right above the period Nutone.

How do you get a wall sconce wired? Holes in the drywall.

My temporary kitchen light. Lovely!

James waterproofed the back patio.

Evidently there was a third post on the back patio originally, between the two that are there now. Upon its discovery we toyed with the idea of adding a third post. Nope, wouldn't match. Or an outlet.
Then I thought how about low lighting, much like landscape lighting. Kenny called William out who agreed it's a good idea, doable, and we could in fact run three of them between the existing posts. What a great opportunity!

It's to the point that I don't see the current state of the kitchen. All I see are those lovely new cabinets, the lighting, the glassy countertops, the cork floor...

Friday, August 27, 2010

Kitchen layout

This isn't fine-tuned. An appliance garage-like opeong will be counter height to the left of the ovens for charging phones, stowing mail. etc. To hide the necessary stuff!
below the TV is the the existing Nutone whole house system. Old and new LOL!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

End of Week#2

I moved in such as it was the 19th. The moon watch begins.

The new beam is gorgeous!

Oh, and well, water travels down hill, so since the butterfly roof tips down from the fireplace Kenny winced and suggested we take a peek at the wall on the other side of the kitchen to see if the beam was okay. NOT!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Week #2

The mortar in the patio has deteriorated and has sunk, contributing to the water issue in the crawl space. So up came the rock on the patio, and the mortar down to the sound concrete.

Yup, there was a leak in the sink or dishwasher at one point.

Flooring by the back ktichen door.

A temporary wall holding up the ceiling and roof while Ben and Luke replace the rotted beam on the fireplace side of the kitchen.

Aha! Original kitchen flooring!