Friday, May 30, 2008
Let this be a lesson to me. So, in the next phase (backyard) we are having a time frame written into the contract. Because preparing for someone to come and then realizing they are not going to can be really aggravating. Especially if you don't want to live in a sawdust filled house with spackling as your artwork. To each his own, yes?
This weekend I get to play with a tiller to rip up the "grass" in my backyard and begin to demo the planters. Hopefully it will not take forever to do since we only have one good day of weather ahead of us (Saturday is suppose to rain).
The good news is that we can go to Home Depot and get lots of toys. My credit card gave me a $150 gift card to Home Depot as part of my rewards. Ah, they know me too well. OK, I got to choose the store. I also have a buy one get one shrub free coupon so maybe I can actual turn our front yard into a landscaped haven instead of a place for neighborhood punks to toss their Cheetos bags and Pepsi bottles. Oh, and recently someone "hid" a bike pump in the ivy wall in the front. Nice try losers. We totally found it and . . . we gently put it on the street for someone to pick it up. We're so bad ass.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
That said, it is a bad feeling knowing that this (like many projects) will have many months to go before I see the "final" completion. For the fireplace that means the wood floor surrounding it. While the previous design had the base surrounded in tile, we will be adding wood floor to the sides and laying a marble slab in the front. I may try to do the wood fill-in myself. Well, I will try it. If I mess up, we can always call in the professionals.
We moved the dressers upstairs and they look great! I would post pictures, but it would show an embarrassing mess of a situation. See, the dressers were really really heavy. In fact, they each weighed 132lbs. Hauling those puppies up a flight of stairs was not an easy task. After the first one I had to take a break as my arm muscles were actually shaking. Once they were in our room, I simply slid over the plastic bins to put them in their place. Now, we have a lot of stuff in our room. What's new, right? Maybe by tonight I will have the energy to transfer my clothes into the new dresser and make our room actually presentable.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
On another note, our stained glass design had to be re-done due to the reshaping of the door taking away some of the space. We finalized our design and should have it in about 2 weeks. That will be amazing. Especially since the fireplace will ("should") be done at that point also. Then, the backyard is all we need to focus on for the summer. Maybe by the time August rolls around we can enjoy the fruits of our labor. Um, literally, we are growing some cantaloupe right now.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Organizing and arranging our stuff? Well, that's another matter. . .
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Exciting, isn't it? I still have to paint the back of the door and clean up the front, so I will post new pictures once that has been done.
The house is back to being a construction zone and the special corner of the house is fantastically cluttered once again. There are oodles of posts and beams which will magically form into a fantastic fireplace. And, by magic, I mean handiwork. The zone:
The tiles have been removed from the fireplace, leaving us with this:
The main problem here is that we will have to uproot the plywood base to fill in the floor and install the marble slab. Yup, marble baby. We originally were going to do regular tile, then I saw a nice granite slab, then . . .marble. Hey, why not? Oh, because it is really expensive? Good, reason. But I waaaannnntttt it. So, we're getting it! Yipee! This project seems like it is taking forever, so maybe if I order the marble now, I will have it by the time we are ready to start a fire in November.
At a dog adoption event:
Ben: That dog is really cute, but I am not sure were are ready for all that.
Dan: Yeah, and it'll probably scratch our new wood floors.
Ben: Totally, we'll just give them a donation.
A typical day:
Dan: Where is the measuring tape?
Ben: In the Lowe's bag.
Dan: Which one, there are like a thousand around here?
Ben: Oh, um, no idea.
An average morning:
Ben: What are you wearing?
Ben: I haven't seen that in a while.
Dan: Yeah, well, all my other clothes had sawdust on them.
Regarding anything in the house:
Ben: I hate this stove.
Ben: I can't wait to get rid of it.
Dan: I know. I want to blow it up right now.
Ben: I don't want to unpack our stuff.
Dan: Yeah, let's just blow it up.
Ben: These cabinets suck, I can't wait to smash them down.
Dan: I thought we were going to donate them.
Ben: Yeah, I guess. But, I still want to smash them.
OK. you get the idea.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
It will be about 16 X 12 feet and will give us new space to hang out and an area to arrange some sort of storage. OK, so maybe it won't look exactly like the one above (given the fact that it is a picture of a mansion with rolling lawns) but you get the idea.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Since are already getting two of these:
This way, we can use it in a bedroom later on! I am going to wait until we get the floors, walls, and wiring done in the living room before we embark on this - but I like to have a detailed plan for how everything will happen. I am better at the planning than the doing. ..
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Also, I have a serious hankering to buy one of those air powered nailers. I can think or about 8 projects I would use it for. Must. Have. It. Oh, and along with that I will take a table saw. . . and maybe a router. Where would I store this table saw? No idea. Perhaps I could use it to build a garage with a workshop on top. That would be really amazing.
The time has come to empty the guest bathroom of all our stored objects and litter craigslist with ads. So, this weekend we will embark on organizing the house as well as re-arranging the furniture and maybe tackling some of the backyard. Before we can demo the brick planters we need to till the yard and remove the weeded grass stuff. This way, when the dirt starts to tumble out of the planters, it will just mesh with the dirt in the yard and we can use it to level out the space. It turns out we can rent a pretty powerful tiller from our local tool rental place for about $80 bucks for a 24 hour period. While the inside of the house will be re-assembled, the outside will be smashed to bits. Ahh. . .projects.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Ideally, I would like to have yard done in the next 8 weeks. Which gives me a deadline of July 15th. We'll see if this actually happens.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
So, you can see why we want to change it's appearance. Granted this picture was from the day we moved in so our stuff it piled on top - but you get the idea. Oddly shaped fireplace + pink tile = ugly. We (well, Marco) are going to frame it out and add shelves on the sides to look like this:
Add a nice mantle, some new tile and a granite slab and we are in business! Oh, and I can FINALLY hang up the mirror I picked up in Baltimore - which seems like ages ago. delightful.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Friday night we picked up our new grill (Dan's birthday present) and our new front door. I have discovered a love for Zipcars and rented a Honda Element for a few hours. The grill box was enormous and fitting that and the door in the car took some serious effort. When we finally got home after about 3 hours, we were faced with the daunting task of unloading the car. Carrying a 300 pound box = not easy. So, we rolled it. Yup, we rolled it on the grass, threw a tarp over it and called it a day. Anyway, it matched the two extra large boxes holding our patio furniture which were also covered in tarps. We finally dropped the Zipcar off at 10:30pm and headed home with our Wendy's burgers.
Saturday we put the furniture and grill together, and cleaned up some of the yard, creating what looked like a furniture storage center. Boxes and parts of patio chairs littered the yard for the majority of the morning as we simultaneously entertained contractor visits for estimates on the work we want to do in the backyard. But, the end result was great and we certainly felt good sipping Mojitos at our new table. It's like we added a whole new room to the house. Although the aesthetics of the yard are not great yet, it will be spectacular when we are done and I cannot wait!
Sunday we painted the guest room, assembled the daybed, went back to Lowe's to get all the stuff we forgot (and couldn't fit in the car) on Friday night, and looked at some puppies. Dan really wants a dog and it seems we may end up with a new backyard and a puppy to destroy it. We'll see. They are pretty cute. I'm not sure Nina and Dylan will like it though.
So, here are some pictures:
Until next time. . .