Hello, 2016! How have you been? What have we missed? Can we talk about Making a Murderer? (We devoured 10 hours in just a handful of days, yowza.) Even so, we kicked it into high gear these last couple of weeks – a little bit here, a lot bit there – but first, let’s wrap up the demolition talk! Week 4 made all the difference, with the most drastic change taking place in the bedroom. Let’s step inside:
When we first laid out our bedroom plans, we were confident in our decision to remove the poorly placed chimney. Eliminating this stack of bricks would give us room for a closet and a larger bed, but we quickly found out that the chimney was still being used to vent our first floor furnace and water heaters. Ouch. (It was an unexpected twist, but we have to say, we’re a bit shocked that was our only surprise!)
We panicked (my specialty), and we debated keeping it right where it was. We talked about somehow shuffling the entire room around, adding shelves to the left, moving the closet to our (now) window wall, and generally just trying to make it work. Every scenario made us unhappy, and so bit the bullet, re-routed the vents and purchased new water heaters. Although none of that makes for a satisfying Before & After story, it was the best decision for our house – especially after realizing that our old water heaters were way past their due date. Our HVAC contractor corrected a few other kinks along the way, and our home is much healthier for it! So, three cheers for proper venting and energy efficient water heaters! Hip, hip!
With the chimney issues resolved, our GC was able to take down the chimney once and for all. It took one day to remove the bricks (and plaster and peeling wallpaper!) and an additional two days to patch in the drywall and hardwood floor. Worth it. From now-you-see-it to now-you-don’t:
The bricks from the chimney were in poor shape, but we asked our GC if he could salvage as much as he could. They’re piled in the backyard for now, so we’ll see if they stand up through the winter. If we notice any deterioration, we’ll haul them into the garage, but – oh please, oh please – let’s hope it doesn’t come to that!
And although we’ve already shared the new view our windows bring in, they look so much prettier with the drywall repaired! They’re still in line for hunky trim, and we’ve yet to remove the teensy bits of remaining baseboards, but it’s already a hundred times better. No, a million. Below, where we started, to where we stand:
The drywall work in all three rooms has been patched, sanded and primed, so from here on out, it’s up to us to complete the look! To start, we’ll be shifting back and forth between the bath and bedroom, with an emphasis on getting the second floor bathroom to a functional point. At the same time, we’re itching to get working on the closet (more on that very soon!) and anxious to move out of the guest room. But we’ve also been hard at work on tiling the bathroom, and we’re crossing all our fingers that the wall tile will get here this week!
(Okay, but seriously, who wants to talk about MAM?)