8.02.2011

On the agenda...

renovation
Thursday is move in day! All of the trim is painted, the mudroom is gutted, and the 1st clear coat is on the floors. Phew! Our goal was to finish Phase I and move in within two weeks of closing. It looks like that's going to happen. We still have to put a second clear coat on the floors, install a gas line for our stove, and finish the downstairs bathroom (that an overzealous Abbey "accidentally" gutted last week). Our plan is to clean everything up and live in the house before we make any further changes...a 'house whisperer' situation, if you will. Phase I is all about stripping the farmhouse back and taking out materials that are either rotten, hideous, useless, or beyond repair. Speaking of rotten and beyond repair, here are some not-so-impressive photos of the gutted mudroom. The original clapboard under the moldy paneling was a happy find. The cinderblock wall is part of the fireplace in the living room. See our box spring? Yeah...it doesn't fit up the stairs. Somehow my evil plan to buy a platform bed worked out. Here's the one I'm in love with (SO not in the cards right now). Immediately below is a look at the former Harry Potter closet.

renovationand here's a look at the filthy back door and fabulous pedestal sink I found on craigslist for $20. Score!

renovationhere's a super dark image of the other side of the mudroom. The old stove, freezer, sink, and lone hollow core door are all headed to our local home recycling place.

renovationOur agenda today includes a second clear coat and some work on the exterior. Wooo hoooo!

9 comments:

Amanda said...

you guys are making some amazing headway! Good for you...

Anonymous said...

Those case study beds are SO awesome!

tinyparticlesoflight@blogspot.com said...

Whoa! Renovation isn't for sissies!
I love checking in on your progress.

xo
Cortnie

sécia said...

Amazing work. Good to hear you're on schedule. Love that bed!

♥ sécia
www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

Julie said...

So exciting! I'm sure the work will all be worth it!

Amy said...

Wowee is my reaction, that is quite an undertacking. Quick question...are you really allowed to move into your house with the interior so exposed? Here in Boston after we did a gut renovation we weren't able to move in until we had not only the general building inspector, but the plumbing inspector and an electrical inspector all give their sign off. Granted we stripped the house down to the exterior brick walls and then had to rebuild it all, but I'm just wondering if things are somehow different there.
Amy
PS Sorry for the extra long post, just curious

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

:) Thanks, everybody! We're having so much fun pulling everything together. Amy, I'm honestly not sure what the rules are around here. It's very rural, so we haven't had anyone poking around yet. The only rooms we've gutted are the mudroom and a 1/2 bath on the first floor. The bathroom will be done before we move in this week and the mudroom will be closed off while we're finishing it up next week (we have a front entrance, so we'll use that in the meantime to be safe). Your project sounds incredible! :)
x, Abbey

Amy said...

Hi Abbey,
Thanks for answering my question, and I look forward to your progress reports.:)

pinkshirtsandcarwrecks said...

our box spring didn't fit up our stairs either! after two weeks of "camping" with the mattress on the floor a split box spring saved us!

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