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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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This house project is really stressing me out, so much so that I went in for my first acupuncture session today. I must say, I left feeling very relaxed. Let’s hope that carries through the week.

Last Friday (Day 89) left us with the framing for our downstairs half-bath and pantry, right off the kitchen. It was really exciting to see this completed, as it really gives you a sense of what the kitchen/pantry will feel like.

Future half bath and pantry area

Future half bath and pantry area

Sorry for the camera-phone photos. They’re not as sharp as I’d like them to be.

The other major framing was done in our room (also as of last Friday, Day 89.) Unfortunately, due to a miscommunication between Ben and the carpenter, the wall frame was built all the way up to the trusses, instead of only going as high as the opposite wall. We’re going to have a bit of an open loft feel in the house, in that the master bedroom will have a wall that does not reach all the way up to the cathedral ceiling, but rather ends at about 7 feet tall. We figure that will allow more heat and light to circulate, keeping the house more comfortable. It may also mean slightly less privacy, but hey, we’re a family–who needs privacy? (kidding!) And anyway, I don’t think we’d find much of it in this tiny house anyway….

Too high bedroom wall framing

Too high bedroom wall framing

I’m sorry if this isn’t clear. I’m too tired to make more sense of it, but maybe Nick will clarify for you, or take some better pictures tomorrow. I’m off to watch the latest Project Runway episode before passing out.

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We’re finally starting to see some progress on the house. The carpenters have started framing out new walls and taking down old ones. Walking into the house and smelling new wood, rather than cat pee, was a treat.. Here are some photos as of the end of last week.

We now have an official Pollard Builders sign outside the soon-to-be dining room.

Ben's company sign

Ben's company sign

Some serious power tools are taking up residence in the office.

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That framing you see is the temporary wall that held up our house while the carpenters installed the laminated veneer lumber (LVL) beam. Because we took down a load-bearing wall between the kitchen and dining room, we needed the LVL to keep the whole house from collapsing. If you recall, this wall used to be an exterior wall, complete with two exterior windows that we removed and saved.

View of old porch/new dining room

View of old porch/new dining room

Here’s a close-up of the LVL.

LVL close-up

LVL close-up

Looking up while standing in the kitchen, you can see the flooring for Sadie’s room, and the plank that is currently the only way to get to her room.

Sadie's room, above kitchen

Sadie's room, above kitchen

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Moving through the house, the living room looks pretty much the same as it did three weeks ago.

Living room (as seen from "office")

Living room (as seen from "office")

We’re upstairs now. Our future bathroom is at present nothing more than a repository for old lumber.

Future bathroom, former 3rd bedroom

Future bathroom, former 3rd bedroom

The attic space above the future bathroom. Those old attic floorboards will be taken down and used for Sadie’s floor.

Attic

Attic

The old beadboard floor is now gone from Sadie’s room.

Sadie's room (view from future bathroom site)

Sadie's room (view from future bathroom site)

That’s the kitchen you can see there down below.

Sadie's bedroom

Sadie's bedroom

And finally, back downstairs, a close-up of the oriented strand board we’re using as a sort of “shelf” for the new insulation we’ll be adding to the floors in the kitchen and dining room. So P1050599

So that’s where we’re at as of last Friday. Tomorrow we’ll post more progress photos. Stay tuned!

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