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Yes, that’s right, I said MOVERS! TOMORROW MORNING! We’ve been packing up our place all day and have it almost finished. Don’t get too excited though, we’re not going to be living at Casa Dos Gatos just yet, just moving our stuff in. First we need running water, or, more to the point, a drain to the sewer.

EcoClean is coming Wednesday to pipe-burst our sewer lateral so the plumber, Kris Aaskov, can terminate our drain which will, in turn, facilitate the flushing of toilets! Wish us luck on the move, we’ll need it. We hired these guys:

2GUYS

2 GUY'S AND ENY SIZE TRUCK!!!

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Floored!

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Wayne was a huge help with the pine flooring! Thanks Wayne!

Well, the floors are done. Almost. Between my dad, my friend Wayne and Reeve’s brother Jay, and the use of Ben’s tools, we managed to put down our pine flooring in the kitchen, pantry, half-bath and Sadie’s room! This, you’ll recall, is the pine that came in 16-foot lengths that we somehow hauled from Turner, Maine on a 10-foot Home Depot flatbed rental.

We initially bought a lot of ash for Sadie’s room, but after seeing the pine go down elsewhere, and given that the rest of the house has old pine floors, we opted for the same in her room. The ash we can maybe use on the sleep loft.

This week, all of the floors in the house were sanded. Last night and tonight, Reeve has been finishing the floors with Osmo Polyx-Oil. It’s a German hard wax in a liquid form that creates a warm matte finish without coating the floors in shiny plastic like traditional polyurethane. It is also VOC-free which we like. At $200/gallon, it’s not cheap, but from what we’ve read, it is the best.

So far Reeve has done two coats on the upstairs floors and one coat downstairs. The movers come tomorrow at 8a.m. and we’ll need to relegate our stuff to one half of the downstairs so we can do a second coat tomorrow night, then move everything over to that half and do a second coat there.

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Reeve finishing the kitchen floor: She's an Osmo Girl!

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Painting ourselves into a corner. We had to exit out the window!

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The Bitter End!

When you ask a new homeowner how it’s going after his first 4 months of ownership, you probably expect to hear details about what it’s like to live there day-to-day and maybe a few distant reminiscences of the gory move-in details. Us? We’re still dealing with moving out of our rental and getting a coat of primer on the new walls. Here is the schedule as it stands.

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I’ve had to go back in time to give you a sneak peek of the pine floors that will be covering the kitchen/dining area. Nick’s Dad, Luke, flew out from Minnesota two weekends ago on a special mission to help Nick lay down the locally-milled pine flooring we procured on our previous adventure.

This flooring is covering what you may recall was just dirt several weeks ago! No sooner were we admiring the newly laid floors than we had to cover them up with heavy-duty paper so that the drywallers wouldn’t scuff them up while doing their work. We haven’t seen our beautiful floors since these photos were taken.

New pine floors in the former porch!

New pine floors in the former porch!

Looking back towards the kitchen area.

Kitchen floors, almost complete

Kitchen floors, almost complete

Luke, at the beginning of the project, as the realization of what he’s gotten himself into sinks in.

Luke

Luke

Luke flew out here from Minnesota on his own dime, and put in two straight 14-hour days of labor. He’s also helped us out a lot on this project in other ways. In addition, we’ve received other, unexpected help from other relatives near and far, and we can’t thank you enough!

Oh, also, I added a new Page to the blog layout. Check out Progress, Room by Room in the tabs. So far I’ve only added kitchen photos, but I plan on doing something similar for each room in the house so you can really see how the renovation has progressed. But it’s late now, and considering that this is going to be a really stressful week, I think I’m going to do some relaxing yoga poses and then get ready for bed. We move on Saturday!

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Day 116: Dry-Wallapalooza!

Upstairs bathroom (tub is not purple, it has a protective liner.

Upstairs bathroom (tub is not purple, it has a protective liner).

The drywall installation was the single biggest change in the renovation, and it was bittersweet. On the one hand, the inside of our house finally looked like the inside of a house! Smooth, new walls and no more foam or barn-board sheathing. On the other hand, we suddenly felt boxed in: no longer could we see the whole house from wherever we stood. Now that we’ve lived with it for a week though, we’ve normalized and feel comfortable passing through the rooms and halls. It seems to strike the right balance between lofty and cozy.

One more news item from today: we move in on Halloween!

Upstairs hallway.
Upstairs hallway. From top of stairs toward Sadie’s room.
Walk-in closet off master bedroom.

Walk-in closet off master bedroom.

Master bedroom.

Master bedroom.

Stairway.

Stairway.

Living room. Note the freshly sanded beams!

Living room. Note the freshly sanded beams!

Kitchen looking through dining room from front door.

Kitchen looking through dining room from front door. Note the yet-to-be-installed bedroom deck door leaning sideways against the back wall.

Kitchen through dining room.

Kitchen through dining room.

Sadie's room toward hallway/laundry area.

Sadie's room toward hallway/laundry area.

Dining room (previously the porch).

Dining room (previously the porch) looking from kitchen.

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From master bedroom toward sleep loft.

From master bedroom toward sleep loft.

Here are the insulation photos we promised. It was odd to see the dirty black walls of exterior sheathing turn a bright clean green-blue. The spray foam used is a sucrose-based closed-cell variety which adds strength to the walls and has an R-value of 6/inch. A lot of the original envelope walls were only framed with 3-inch studs so this foam was the only way to get to R18 without furring out all of the exterior walls, a process that would have been costly and would have robbed square footage from the house. Our insulation applicator (who is also our floor finisher) sources his foam from North Carolina. I believe it is made by NCFI and is called InsulStar.

The insulation over-spray was a bit of a problem as it had to be scraped off the wood detail (by Luke and me) before the drywallers could do their thing. This included the downstairs ceiling beams and the upstairs rafters. Below are more pics and here is a bonus video of the bathroom framing and insulation.

Upstairs bathroom. Window will be above tub.

Upstairs bathroom. Window will be above tub.

Sadie's room. Closet framing to left.

Sadie's room. Closet framing to left.

Sadie's ceiling.

Sadie's ceiling.

The "Grand Stairway."

The "Grand Stairway."

Kitchen before window installation.

Living room before "Christmas Window" installation. See foam overspray on rafters..

Kitchen wall before over-sink window installation.

Kitchen wall before over-sink window installation.

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We’ve gotten so caught up in our stories lately that we’ve forgotten to give you the cold, hard, photographic proof of the progress on the renovation. I was just going through our iPhoto library and discovered dozens of photos we haven’t been keeping you up to date on. Three major phases are complete, and the next three posts will show them all: framing, insulation, and drywall.

First, the framing. According to the date stamp on these photos, this phase was complete as of September 30.

Kitchen with pantry and half bath

Kitchen with pantry and half bath

The framed out kitchen, with the pantry in the foreground and the half-bath behind it.

Stairs and wall

Stairs and wall

The living room, with new stairs and new framing for wall.

Living/dining/kitchen

Living/dining/kitchen

View from bottom of stairs into office and kitchen.

Bathroom

Bathroom

Future site of our full upstairs bathroom.

Our bedroom

Our bedroom

This is the master bedroom. The framing for the wall only goes up to the height of where the ceiling used to be to give the finished room a loft-like, open and airy feel.

Walk-in closet

Walk-in closet

Our bedroom closet will go here, a nice walk-in sized closet where the house’s only, tiny bathroom used to be.

Sleep loft

Sleep loft

Framing for the sleep loft that will be above the bathroom, where the attic used to be.

Found!

Found!

Some old sheet music we found in the basement. When we move the piano in,  I’ll learn how to play it!

Floor grate in hall

Floor grate in hall

Our pretty, original floor grate in the upstairs hall.

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