[Day 28 begins] Holy crap! The car fits in the garage! (We got a dumpster and cleaned out all the junk)
Not sure these cabinets were a good idea. There's enough clearance in front of the car to walk through, but it'd be pretty tight if you were carrying in groceries or whatever.
If you couldn't tell, I'm really happy about this car parked in the garage situation. We even have a remote-control garage-door opener!
The master bath project is progressing -- unfortunately, this means I need to scrape the popcorn off the ceiling in there. I didn't take many photos today. [Day 28 ends]
[Day 30 begins] More progress has been made on the master bath. The electrical has been fixed to run inside the new wall.
I scraped all the popcorn off the ceiling in here, too, so that the new part of the ceiling will match.
I hate scraping ceilings. :(
Meanwhile Laura built more cabinets. These are in addition to the two big ones we already have built in the living room. [Day 30 ends]
[Day 38 begins] We're moving in tomorrow whether we like it or not. We preemptively moved the computers. Priorities, people! Nick came down from Omaha to help us out, since we're so far behind.
The bathroom is looking a little better, the wall has been capped.
And some concrete is down in the living room where the entryway tile used to be.
New concrete being laid. This would later cause us a lot of problems when trying to move in.
We borrowed this saw from Amy and Kevin, who are also putting a wood floor in their new home. It has a laser!
We got a chalk line and used the computer to plan out the floors in the bedroom. Nick very impressed with Jared's meager programming skills; Jared very impressed with chalk line technology.
Some of our floors need to be cleaned up because of the putty drippings and whatever. After scraping, you can see some of the splotches left behind.
We primed the new kitchen walls and ceiling.
Jared had a particularly poor idea for smoothing out the air pockets in the 6mm poly underlay. We eventually figured out a much better way.
Another poor attempt to even out the floor.
Irritated with the floor, we put in some new screens to replace the ripped ones. The ladder in the front yard ended up staying there for most of the day.
Washer and dryer in the garage until we get the utility room tiled.
We wanted to work on the floors in the kitchen, so we left the fridge out here for now. But this is way too useful to leave unplugged.
We painted the kitchen a very light grey color.
To think, we were looking at studs here once.
It's a nice, blue smoke!
In case you want to go blind getting a midnight snack... [Day 38 ends]
[Day 39 begins] The concrete has set a bit, but fresh concrete is all along the edge.
All our stuff is here now. We have no floors yet, so we left everything in the garage. Apparently a gravitational anomaly is affecting our fridge.
One apartment fits into our garage. We picked up some spare boxes from a liquor store, honest!
Oh noes, we've had the house for a month and already we have to tunnel through all our stuff.
This'll be a good place for Nick to sleep.
We finished the poly underlay in the blue room, time to put down the foam underlay.
We had to cut the door frames around closets, etc., so that the wood and everything can fit underneath nicely. And by we, I mean Nick.
You can't really tell, but it's pretty much totally awesome. He glued together three stir-sticks from our painting supplies to get the proper height. :)
More poly shots!
Nick cuts more of the door frames. I think there were 20 cuts in all. He was very blurry by the end.
Look carefully and you can see that Echo has climbed up the box spring (which was standing against the wall) and made it a new kitty bed.
Jared begins laying the foam underlay.
Nick reads the instructions and tells Jared that it goes blue-side up.
It seems to go together pretty well, but it takes a lot of work to get it cut right and keep the air out from under it.
Thanks to Nick's cutting, the underlay goes under the door frames easily.
And we're able to finish off the closet pretty nicely. [Day 39 ends]
[Day 40 begins] This is how far I got in the orange room last night on the underlay. I ran out of black duct tape and switched to silver. Yey, dollar store!
Laura's been working on the cabinets, and has painted the living room. We moved this stuff out to the living room so we could start working on the kitchen floor, which Nick insisted be installed before the cabinets and appliances.
The paint job turned out to be pretty nice. Even Nick, who hates the rest of our colors, likes it.
Laura also painted the dining room. It's a light blue color that goes well with the kitchen and living room.
Here's the painted living room. We're probably going to have to do something about that hallway, it really turned out to be an ugly color.
More living room painting.
We got all the underlay ready in the kitchen. The water pipe joints are a little leaky which is no good for the wood floors, so we had to put down some catch pans for now.
More prepped kitchen for floors.
We're staying in the house now. It's sort of like camping in your own house.
This is our dining room. We unearthed the microwave to elevate ourselves to dorm-level cooking.
Here's the first of the flooring. Starting in the kitchen had a number of advantages. Screwups (which turned out to be numerous) would probably be covered by cabinets; appliances and cabinets could be installed once we were finished, and the kitchen wall happened to work out (according to Jared's program --- oh lawdy!)
The flooring looks pretty damn nice.
Keep it coming!
A few more rows.
The leaky joints caused us some pain. Jared hacked together a solution that held for the required 20 minutes.
Nick is an expert saw-man. Those fingers are still attached, despite the picture.
What did I tell you? Expert saw man. This was one of the first more complicated cuts.
Finishing in the kitchen was pretty exciting.
Another shot of the finished product.
And the refrigerator corner, again.
Echo makes a lovely horse-like pitter-patter across the floor.
Spurious cat picture.
The entryway board was another complicated one. We're going to have tile in the next room over, so eventually we may need to shorten up that door.
I think Nick and Laura are working on assembling the feet for the cabinets here.
Echo really, really likes the new floor. (Actually she just lays like this all the time.)
We moved some of the stuff back into the kitchen. Nick X'd out the light-sockets to protect the cat from the bare wires.
More kitchen shots.
The line is where the refrigerator will go. We were trying to just roughly lay out where everything fits together. [Day 40 ends]
[Day 41 begins] The kitchen is coming along, thanks to a lot of hard work by Nick and our contractors.
Basically the same shot.
Here's a bit of a wider angle. We're not planning on having any other wall-cabinets other than the three you see. Laura picked out a nice fridge that fits snugly in the corner.
Another wide-ish shot.
Echo spent most of the day supervising from atop the dishwasher. I think she likes the soft, blanket-like top.
The sink-side is going to need some more work.
We finished a lot more underlay in the dining room, in preparation to floor it.
And earlier today, Nick and I hauled all this wood over to the oven. This was a lot easier thanks to the hand truck that Laura picked up last night, but it was still a huge pain.
The flooring is progressing around the corner. This cut took three tries, but we were able to save most of the wood. We'll get better. By some miracle, the dining room wall is flush and we still seem to be square with our lines.
We're following this stair-step pattern across for whatever reason. These boards are pretty easy to lay in, either in front or behind, it seems. We got tired about here and decided to celebrate the new year with copious booze. [Day 41 ends]
]Day 42 begins] Echo found a good place to sleep, away from all the action.
We're pushing forth on the flooring.
After yet another trip to Home Depot to pick up some proper clamps and a good straightedge, the board-ripping is going much more smoothly.
We got a good chunk done today. We could have gone further, but had to address a problem with the floor.
The house is disturbingly dusty from all the construction. We've literally gone through three air filters in three days.
But after we get this cleaned up, it should look pretty nice.
The kitchen is taking longer than we expected.
We spent a good half of the day preparing the living room for its flooring. Step one was scraping off all the putty and mud from the walls that had dripped onto it. Step two was chiseling out the drywall along the bottom so that the floor has somewhere to expand.
The floor next to where the entryway tile used to be was very uneven and had been coming up to meet the tile. We put some compound on it to smooth out the unevenness to a tolerable level. This is after our first attempt had set.
Laura installed a bunch of our new electrical sockets in the now-painted living room while Nick worked on some new lighting.
Light switches that are screwed in and have a face plate? How novel!
Nick's enjoying his new location. I think we have moved his couch every night so far.
Nick started on a second round of floor patch, filling in a few rough spots.
The patch had to be expanded a bit. Pricey ($20 per pail, and we needed two of them), but this stuff is pretty easy to work with and seems to make a nice, tight connection to the concrete once it dries.
After a long night of work, I finished preparing the living room area with both underlays, except for the entryway where the patch is still drying.
To give you an idea of how dusty the place is, above you're looking at freshly laid underlay. Compare its color to the underlay below, which has been exposed to the house for two days at the time of this picture.
We're probably about half-way finished in the dining room, but the interior wall is going to be very complicated because of having to split the floor and rejoin it on the other side. I hope we can keep everything straight!
The sink cabinet is installed and so are the ones by the oven. Once the rest are ready, we'll have to see about getting some countertops and a sink. [Day 42 ends]