Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring is here

I know, you may not believe that Spring is here after the snow we had this weekend.  But I do believe it is here.  Why, you ask?  Well, just take a look.  You'll see why.

Tulips are my favorite...these are special ones from Holland MI

 This tree always looks so pretty in the spring

 Nice view to see out our sunroom windows

See, I told you Spring is here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

SSiW - Part 9 - 1st floor has Heat!

 All of the ductwork has been installed for heat on the 1st floor and basement.  Still a couple holes in the floor for the air returns.  The parts are on order and expected to be in next week.  Crazy to think that in less that 3 weeks we have central air and gas heat throughout our house.  It's supposed to cool off tonight so we'll have a true test of the furnace.  It will be nice to get the house cleaned up and back to normal (until we start another project).  I think Poppy and Sophie will be happiest when it is all done.  They are not happy when the contractors are here. Poppy growls (yes, our cat growls) when they pull in the drive way.  Sophie hides under our bed.
New vent in dining room (next to the photo screen my Dad made me)

Hole in foyer floor until the return cover arrives. 
Don't worry, we have a chair over it now so we don't fall in.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

SSiW - Part 8 - Goodbye Radiators

All of the radiators were removed today.  I thought I'd be more attached to them.  But I love the space I am gaining now that they are gone.

I'm glad we didn't have to carry the radiators down the stairs.  I know the guys carrying them down the stairs were not enjoying it either, but they are getting paid to do it.

Once this is all done, looks like we have some patchwork to do.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

SSiW - Part 7 - Boiler (not as in Boilermaker) and Breaker Box

The big old boiler has been removed.  Not sure how many men and how much sweat it took to get it up the basement stairs, but apparently there were enough of both.  The new furnace has been set in place and connections have begun.

A bigger and better breaker box was also installed.  We had to get a bigger one in order to support the new AC and furnace.

Since the boiler was removed, we don't have any heat downstairs. Luckily the weather has begun to get warmer, as evidenced by my tulips that are springing up (can't wait for them to bloom).  Since we have the furnace upstairs installed and working (quite well I must add), we turned up that heat in hopes that it would warm up the downstairs - even though we know that heat rises.  It's still didn't warm up the downstairs and caused us to wake up in a warm sweat.  Never thought I'd be sweating at 71 degrees, but when we are used to a 63 degree bedroom, you begin to get used to it.  We were concerned that our downstairs temp would drop significantly overnight but it only dropped 2 degrees. Good thing we installed those new windows last summer.  Seems our renovation plan is coming together.

Tonight, the thermostat will be set a bit cooler so we get a good nights sleep.  I have to be awake and alert for all of those basketball games tomorrow.  Hope everyone has a great St Patty's Day.  I'll be enjoying mine at a bar with some good friends and basketball.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wood Floor Photos - Foyer and Dining

Ok, finally able to upload photos.  Here are the wood floors we uncovered.



Poppy's last stand...she wants to keep the carpet!

Dining Room - Before

Dining Room - After

Sophie laying on the last bit of carpet, just so happens to be in the sunshine - perfect

It appears the cats think we need some rugs.

SSiW - Part 6 - Quick Update

We've had a lot happen since I last wrote, but I'm having issues uploading photos.  I'm still having issues so this post will be photo-free.

Our 2nd floor now has all ductwork, vents and air returns in place.  AC and furnace is hooked up and working.  Well, I haven't actually tested the AC but I can confirm the furnace works.  We had our first night of gas heat last night.

Last night was also our last night of boiler/radiator heat.  Today the plan is to have the electrical box replaced and the boiler removed.  Big Day.  Hopefully the weather reports are accurate and it's going to be a bit warmer the rest of the week because we won't have heat downstairs until Friday.

Regarding our carpet removal project, all carpet is gone from the first floor.  Other than a few small repairs, we just need to designate the days that we plan to refinish these floors to their former glory.

Other news of the week:  It's March Madness!  Time to get those brackets filled out.  4 games tonight with the official games starting on Thursday.  In honor, I'm taking Thursday and Friday off to give them my full attention.

Hope to have photos available soon!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

SSiW - Part 5 - Vents, Vents and More Vents

Tuesday we arrived at home to find our bedroom ceilings filled with shiny new vents.  Duct work and vent installation is officially underway!

Master bedroom vent
Closet ceiling cut through to prepare for air return installation

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SSiW - Part 4 - Maybe Size Does Matter & X Marks the Spot

Monday was a big day.  Central air installation was underway.  The two exterior units were installed; one for upstairs and one for downstairs.  We knew they were going to be installed on the east side of the house, which was ideal because it's the easiest way to hide them.  After seeing the size of them, I'm even happier they are in this location.  I've never seen residential units this large.

Indoors they began marking where the vents will be located.  There are a couple that we don't agree with so we will have those discussions to find a better location.  They aren't aware of our future renovation plans.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Living Room Carpet Removal

Friday I came home from work to find that Greg had removed the carpet from the living room. He uncovered hard wood floors underneath.  The quality isn't quite as good as what we found upstairs but we think we can make them look good. It will require some repair before they are sanded and stained.  Next -  remove the carpet from the foyer and dining room, in the midst of central air installation.

More updates regarding the central air coming soon.  Stay tuned.....

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Surviving Summer in Washington - Part 3

Let me introduce you to Vincent, (aka Greg).  Sunday we tore down the drop ceiling in the basement to prep for the contractors to begin installing ductwork for the AC and heat.  In the midst of tearing down what the former owner Leo installed quite soundly, a board hit Greg's ear and cut it in multiple places.

February 9, 2009 - I blogged about having our basement 99% complete.  I think we have to re-adjust that number now that we have torn down the drop ceiling.  What will we do with the ceiling once the ductwork is installed?  Not sure.  We'll just wait and see how much space it takes up and how it looks.  All I know is that I'm looking forward to working on it this summer in a cool house.