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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 82: The New Wall

Our commenter, Sarah from Seattle (not to be confused with Sarah from Portland, OR, our other faithful reader), was right: We must have nerves of steel to be able to stand seeing the entire front wall of house torn down. Either that, or we’re just crazy to be doing this rehab project in the first place.

But honestly, the wall looks good. Solidly built, with level, square framing in place for the new windows. The plywood covering the window openings is a bit disconcerting, though. If the house were in a sketchier neighborhood, I’d be concerned that we were at risk for vandalism, but I think we’re safe, at least for the weekend. Here’s what the wall looks like from the inside:

The porch

The porch

My friend Carol and her son Henry came by to check things out with us, and Sadie wasted no time in showing Henry her room. Even though, of course, she has no idea that it will soon be her room. But I thought it was a good sign that she already seems to feel comfortable in her space–an auspicious beginning, of sorts. Let’s hope.

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I must say though, every time I go to look at the house, I’m surprised all over again by how small it is. In our floor plans and in my mind’s eye, it always seems so much bigger. After living in apartments for so long, I don’t know why I suddenly seem to think I need tons of space just because we’ll be living in a house. But I do believe the house might actually be smaller than our current apartment. We’re going to have to do a lot of downsizing, I think, to squeeze our little family in there.

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In a previous post, I talked about the faux brick asphalt siding that’s hiding out under our vinyl siding. Well, now we get to see more of it. The whole front wall of our house–to the right of the front door–is coming down, and it starts with the vinyl siding.

Why would we tear down the entire front wall of our house? Well, when we took down the drywall in the porch/soon-to-be-dining room, we discovered that the wood underneath the drywall and around the windows was rotten. The only way to fix it was to take down the entire wall and start over–new framing, new windows, new everything.

Had we not ripped out the many old layers of drywall covering the rotting wood, we might never have known about our disintegrating front wall, and might have lived there for several happy years blissfully ignorant of our deteriorating exterior. But once we knew, we had to do something about it. Chuck, the new lead carpenter who ripped down the old wood today and nailed up new framing and temporary plywood, said our rotting wood was about as bad as he’s ever seen.

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View from LR to Kitchen via Dining Room.

View from LR to Kitchen via Dining Room.

This is a milestone. A floor! Something to walk on! No more balancing on floor joists, no more dirt floor. And just look how nice and level! This subfloor will be our only floor for a while until we can afford hardwood. We will paint it white, screws and all, and live with it, because we have to. At least it’s non-toxic OSB (oriented strand board) and not plywood.

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