Welcome back everyone! This week I’ll be talking about the double D’s…calm yourself fellas, I’m not talking about boobs, I mean demolition and drywall!
First we commenced with tearing up the floors! Last week I left off with having torn down the ceilings and pulled up the laminate floor in the dining room. (I’ll be linking to all previous posts at the end of this one.)
Now Charles got to tear up the old hardwood in the kitchen and lay down U-Lay plywood floors. I took the kids out of the house for this so pictures are a bit fewer and farther between, my apologies.
Ta da!!! These still eventually need to be screwed down even more, but we’ll be waiting till a weekend when we can both tackle it together since it’s a very long, arduous, and noisy process that can’t be done while the kids nap lol.
At some point Charles also completely tore down the side wall, and filled in all the cracks with expanding foam. Because they had just built over the exterior wall there was a ton of gaps that was causing drafts to get into the house; hence why that side of the house was always so much colder!! Our heating bill should, thankfully, be a bit easier on our wallet now!
Next up was the drywall! This part I also got to help with although I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as the demolition hehe. Lifting heavy sheets up to the ceiling, placing them, and screwing them isn’t exactly my forte! Charles did most of the heavy lifting and holding, but we did have a prop that I would set in place once the sheet got lifted up, to hold the drywall while Charles screwed it in place. It took a while for us to get in the swing of things but once we did it wasn’t all that bad.
This is our prop!
First sheet up!
Boom! Here you can also see some of that expanding foam I was talking about; it created some nifty stalactites hahaha.
After the dining room came the kitchen; that room was definitely harder as the ceiling was about 2 feet higher than the dining room! Luckily to start, at least, we had our friend Skyler, the electrician, who offered to help us out while he was wiring our kitchen!
Now for a few other random things…we’ll start with our air conditioner! It’s now gone and patched up! Sadly, Charles didn’t get any photos of the process, but after much effort to bring the thing out gently Charles got frustrated and just shoved it and it crashed to the yard below outside hahaha. (“This is Sparta!!!” anyone??). He then patched up the hole, stuffed some insulation into it, and covered it with drywall.
Next is the chimney…ah our chimney. We had/have big dreams for this….being that in our attic and downstairs the brick is exposed, we had hoped if we removed the drywall covering it we would be left with a beautiful brick chimney we could clean up and paint, just like our attic. Disappointment. They actually covered it with plaster before they drywalled it!!! No clue why they painted lines on half of it…
We then hoped we could break the plaster off but, disappointment there too, as this chunk missing is after like…10 blows from a hammer lol.
So, back up plan! We still really, really want this to be a neat architectural detail in our kitchen; I refuse to just paint over it and have this dumb wall jut! Thus we have been looking into various tile and stone, and actually found some really nice stacked stone tile that we can apply over it by Norstone. Basically, you just apply your mortar and stick the stones to it, stacked on top of each other. We’re not 100% certain if this is the exact route we will take but it’s definitely the look we are going for! We love their white rock panels.
Photo courtesy of Norstone USA
Of course that is an added expense that’s not in the budget so it will have to wait till a later date but eventually we will get around to it, and we will share all the deets with you when we do! For now we get to stare at an ugly, half painted faux brick chimney hahahhaa.
Now share with me your pity stories, what major inconveniences have you encountered with old houses? I’d love to hear all about them!! Next week I will be back to share with you our mud/taping adventures and maybe even some paint on our walls ;) Working on that this weekend!!