Sunday, October 20, 2013

Splish Splash (we were not taking a bath)

Saturday morning we woke up to find water on part of the kitchen counter.  It had rained Friday night so we thought maybe the window had leaked but the window was dry.  We looked up to a crack in the ceiling.  Greg investigated the hall bath upstairs to find a leak in the bathroom sink.  We didn't have it in our plans to fix a sink on Saturday so we put it out of order.  Luckily we have other bathrooms to use.

Sunday morning we woke up to more water on the kitchen counter.  We had not used the sink.  Was it the toilet?   Greg cut into the kitchen ceiling to find some soggy plaster and lath.  He couldn't find a leak or crack in the pipes.  Could the toilet be leaking elsewhere?  Greg went upstairs and pulled up the toilet.  He found rusted out areas near the seal.  Two leaks leading to one big mess in the kitchen ceiling.

The bathroom needs a renovation but it is not in the foreseeable future.  Greg's goal: fix the sink and toilet at minimal cost and time to get us through until the renovation happens.  

Right before kick off of the Colts vs. Broncos game, the toilet was no longer leaking and the sink was on its way to being fixed.  The sink will have to wait until a day the Colts aren't playing.

Go Colts!

 Kitchen ceiling 

Bathroom after the toilet and sink were removed 

The lovely wallpaper behind the bathroom sink

Monday, October 14, 2013

Power Studs

What's are Power Studs, you ask?

Greg has spent the last two weekends working on the sunroom renovation.  It's a lot of work doing all of this on his own.  I'm amazed how much he has accomplished.  He has installed studs on all four walls so he can eventually hang drywall.  He has also installed wiring through the studs to support new electrical outlets, ceiling fan, outdoor light and two pendant lights.  Hence, we have Power Studs.

 The studs are up!

 Greg working on the exterior light

 Quinn cheering on his Dad!

 The lights work!

Who are Power Studs?

These are my Power Studs!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Countertops, Cabinet and Brickwork Too

We updated our kitchen countertops.  Creamy laminate was updated with black and grey solid surface.  It looks really nice with our black appliances.  We also replaced the cream sink with a dark grey sink.  The real bonus of the new countertop was more countertop space.  We had a gap from when we moved the washer and dryer to the basement so we could install a dishwasher.  We had a cabinet built to fill in the gap which allowed us to extend the countertop the full length of the wall.  Some day we will find the time to install a backsplash.

We also had some brickwork done so the sunroom renovation can continue.  We were fortunate enough to have some extra brick that matches our house.  The brick is a really unique brown color with orange mortar.  A local mason removed the screen door and laid brick in the same pattern found under our other sunroom windows.  Next we will get a window ordered to fill in the gap.



Thursday, August 8, 2013

Q in Review - Year One

On the 2nd day of each month, we took a photo of Quinn in his bedroom rocking chair. 
Oh my, how he has grown.

Happy Birthday Mighty Quinn!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Just Another Hole in the Wall

Part of the sunroom remodel involves relocating HVAC ducts and vents.  This change will help with the future basement re-remodel so we can install a door between the basement living and storage area.

At the far end of the basement you can see where the HVAC duct is currently at.  It wraps through a doorway.

 Here is the hole that Greg and his dad labored through Friday afternoon.  Nothing quite like making a hole a poured concrete wall.

Quinn gives his approval of the hole!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sunroom Floor Joists

Since the stairs were removed from the sunroom, new floor joists are required so a new floor can be installed.  The joists aren't complete yet, but they have been started.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

No More Stairs

I got home from work last Wednesday to see this.

 This was my view from the living room.

 This is looking down through the sunroom floor joists, down into the basement.

This is the view in the basement.  The white diagonal line shows where the stairs once were.  This area will become extra storage.

Greg and my dad had a busy afternoon of demo.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Demo Continues into the Sunroom

This is what our sunroom looked like when I left for work last Tuesday.

When I came home from work, this is what I saw.

Greg and his dad had another busy day.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Let the Demo Begin

When I left for work last Monday,
our basement looked like this.

When I came home that evening, it looked like this.

This was day one of removing cat dander from the basement. 
Greg and his dad had a busy day of carpet and paneling removal.

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Every fall when we talk about home projects for the following year, we say 'next summer we will work on landscaping'.  Summer comes and goes and the landscaping isn't touched.  Mother Nature thought she'd take the reins this year.  

In between our house and our neighbors, one of our trees died.  Greg began cutting it down last week.   Still a little more to go.

While Greg worked on the tree, I began planting our geraniums in our new owl planters.  

Quinn bounced and enjoyed the warm spring air.

Two days later we had some really strong winds and lost a branch out of a different tree.  Luckily it didn't hit the house but it did take out the tree next to it.

 Greg has been busy cleaning up the limbs.  Still more to do.  Nothing like Mother Nature taking control and making things happen.  Hopefully she's a little nicer about it next time.  But I'll always remember, it could have been worse.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

New Roof

We were in desperate need of a new roof.  Seemed anytime the breeze blew, another shingle fell to the ground.  We already had a leak in one of the bedrooms so now was the time to get it replaced.

We had a metal roof installed.  They call the color 'red' but it's more of a rusty orange.  

Now we can rest more leaks.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

1+1+1+1+1+1 = Lots of Home Renovations

Today marks the 6th year of us owning our 1920's home.  It has come a long way.  In terms of tenants it has gone through a few changes and additions.  Started with Greg and Sam.  Shortly after Smalls joined.  About 6 months after that I moved in.  Next to join were Poppy and Sophie.  And of course the latest and greatest - Quinn.  The house has gone through just as many changes.  Here's a snapshot of changes we have made.                                         
 Drive by photo - before Greg took the plunge and made an offer.

 We bought a house with a beauty shop!

 No more beauty shop!

 Front Entrance when we moved in.
 Front entrance with a pop of orange!

 Tearing out the carpet on the stairs.

 A return to the original wood stairs.

 Goodbye radiators.

 Refinished hardwood floors

Can't wait for Spring to get here and our house look like this again!

The latest front stoop use - photo backdrop for family photos.

Not sure many renovations will happen to the house this year.  Quinn will keep us busy!