Last week, we didn’t have an update on the contractors progress – rather, we busied ourselves with projects that gave some instant gratification – but between then and now, a lot has changed. There were a handful of days where all work came to a grinding halt due to a prior job on their plates taking precedence (it was unexpected on our end, and I’ll admit that our hearts dropped knowing it was going to be that many more days tacked onto our completion date), and the drywall patching has taken a bit longer than even our head contractor, Mike, could have predicted.
But – did you catch that? Drywall!
Rooms and dividers and half-walls have all been patched back into place. Closets have back walls, arches have clean, smooth edges and – despite the horrid mess of tumbleweeds, mud and plastic sheeting all over our floors – we’re in the home stretch! Here’s where we last left off:
And now… ceilings! All is right again. After tearing them down to hoist the second floor back up, we finally (finally!) have a clean, smooth sheet of drywall over our heads – for the first time since July. While we visually lost a few inches in height, our main area feels larger, lighter and brighter than ever. There are no words to describe the happiness this brought into our home; not a one. Upon seeing it for the first time (once Scott came home from work and I walked downstairs), we were, literally, speechless.
The nook room opening has been smoothed out, and as we mentioned before, the new, larger doorway has allowed a whole new light source to shine into the living room. We’ve been discussing our plans for this room – we go back and forth constantly – but right now, we’re leaning towards the Music Room (in addition to the Kitty-Sun-Soaking-Room, naturally). Imagine this: built in record storage, a slide out drawer for our turntable and an ooshy, cushy chair under the window. Ooh, and definitely a rug that’ll feel like slippers.
So, about that arch. Remember, we had our doubts? (Despite our whole point of giving a nod towards the original architecture, we were still scared!) We’d walk back and forth, between the foyer and the living room. We’d literally tap our index finger on our chin – you know, very quizzical like – and go, hmmm. After it was roughly shaped in, we decided to stick with our initial instincts and run with it, and now? We can’t imagine not having it here.
Up the stairs, our knee wall supports have been hidden away by sheets of drywall, but not so high that it obstructs the view (and light!) from our hall window.
Looking towards the knee wall from the studio, you’ll see our soon-to-be storage room on the left (for paints, shipping supplies and – get this – a whole table to wrap packages on), and on the right, the second floor landing. Because we ripped up the carpet (well, there and up the entire stairway), we’ll eventually need to patch in the floor to match the rest of the hardwood. This area has seen quite a bit of action since move in day, don’t you think?
Now that all the drywall has been set in place, mudded and prepped for sanding, I’ve been sequestered to the front half of the studio. Because the majority of my time is spent painting your pets, we couldn’t risk having that fine dust settle into my work area, so after discussing options with Mike, we thought, well, hell! Let’s just Bubble Girl me. So far, so good. (I am used to small spaces, after all!)
And last but not least, the laundry room! With the drywall in place and all our hook-ups ready to go, it’s looking like we’ll be shopping for a washer and dryer sooner rather than later – although in reality, it’ll likely be a gently used set until we can save up for something shiny and new. But – laundry! A whole room!
Mike and his crew will start sanding this week, and after how far we’ve come – we’re nervous. The renovation dust has been unlike anything we’ve seen thus far, but from hearsay, we know this’ll take the cake. (I mean, right?) We’ve been waiting so impatiently for this day to come, and now that it’s here, we don’t know what to expect.
We’re excited. We’re anxious.
But most importantly, we’re counting down the days until we can walk – for the first time, ever – in our home without shoes.