Thursday, December 9, 2010
Today it was only Johnny and I working. We spent a lot of the day talking through plans for the next few weeks. To be honest besides for planning, we do more small jobs around the house. I spent way too long putting a ceiling fan in the master bedroom. I have no clue why it took so long to install it.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
So today wasn't the best day I have ever had. Josh and I spent about an hour waiting at Lowes to pick up a door I had special ordered. I have no idea what took them so long to bring it up to the front, but it was pretty annoying.
Anyway, besides for that it was a pretty good day. I bought a new mailbox and installed it today, as well as found a place that had oak crown molding in stock. I picked some up, and it will be stained tomorrow (its going on top of the cabinets).
Parke spent the day cleaning up and sanding the new front and back doors. They are going to look great, a huge improvement over the old doors!
My painter spent the day priming, mostly the window trim.
It was just a day of small jobs that needed to be done.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
First, I want to say that I'm sorry that it has been so, so long since I have written a blog post. Work on the house has been very hectic and I have been putting in very long hours this past week. Therefore I am just now getting around to writing a new post.
Again I'm sorry that it has taken me so long to update this blog. But a ton of work has been done, and everything is starting to come together to form a house.
As you can see from this photo, a lot of work has been done. The whole house has been landscaped, which makes a huge difference in how it looks. Also the front lights have been put up. The river pebbles have been put down for the parking, giving the exterior an almost finished look.
I am putting a new front and back door in (actually bought them today). Once that is done, a front awning will be built, the mailbox will be put in, a small fence will be put on the right of the house, and finally the front landing will be painted. Then the exterior of the house will be done! Here are some pictures of the exterior:
The inside of the house has changed a lot! The main difference is that the cabinets are installed and stained, though the window trim is up and the ceilings are painted as well. Johnny and I spent two very long days getting the cabinets installed. Once in place they looked great and really made it look like a kitchen. The next day was spent staining all day long (once I got the right mixtures of stain to get the color I wanted). The cabinets looked great. Today my painter put a coat of poly on them and really made them stand out.
Besides for the cabinets, I also bought my appliances. I got range and microwave that are both convection cookers as well, and a dishwasher. All three are stainless steel. I only bought them this early because I got a great deal on them.
Johnny also got the trim up for all the windows, which looks great! Here are some photos, and please note that the cabinets look way way better in person (the flash made some of them look weird):
Again I'm sorry that it has taken me so long to update this blog. But a ton of work has been done, and everything is starting to come together to form a house.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Well I am back from a great Thanksgiving break and started working some more on the house. It was Darren (my painter), Josh, and me working today. Darren put second coats on some of the ceilings, especially the closet, while Josh worked on organizing the house. We put some plastic down on the back porch and moved most of the supplies back there (things like doors). This opened up the inside of the house and gave much more room for movement. Josh then spent the afternoon cleaning up the house, especially the floor.
I also went the paid for the cabinets today. Hopefully tomorrow when we pick them up we can begin staining them and seeing what they will look like. Im excited to see the house continue to come together.
Tuesday was a day of random things. Since tomorrow I am heading home for Thanksgiving, not too much work was done. Most of the ceilings were painted and the more small drywall work was done. The house (inside and outside) was also cleaned up and readied for more work. The interior trim was delivered today as well. Today was a day of getting prepared for more work after Thanksgiving.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Today a lot of work got done today! As you can see the shutters were finally put up and painted, and the exterior doors were given their first coat of paint. A second coat of paint was also put on the downspouts, and the rest of the trim was touched up.
Also, the back deck was finished today. Johnny and I had to put up the rest of the railing, with most of our time spent with the railing for the stairs. But we got it done and even cleaned it off afterwards. Three photos of it are shown below.
Josh and Parke did more drywall work. I am having to fix some of the things my drywall guys did, and make sure it is completely right. This is mainly just leveling out areas of the wall, which Parke and Josh are actually enjoying (to a point). Im really excited about it looking like a real house.
On Friday Johnny and I worked on the railing of the deck and the stairs. Cutting and putting up the balusters with a 4 inch spacing (thats what code requires) takes up most of a good day. Johnny and I spent all day on the deck, at the end of the day it was getting close to done. Parke worked inside doing some small drywall work. Some walls needed some small work.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Today was the most tiring day I have had in a very long time. Johnny and I spent the entire day working on the back deck. We finished putting up the joists and then laid all the decking. It was a long process that involved moving around a large amount of 2x6's, but it looks amazing now. The difference it makes to the backyard is incredible! Tomorrow we will put up the railing and stairs, then it will be finished.
While Johnny and I worked on the deck, Parke and Josh worked on the drywall inside. Most of the house didn't need new drywall or patching, but still needed to be sanded flat. Josh and Parke did that all day long. I'm sure it was not fun work, but they were inside in the heat.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The weather today was much much better than it was yesterday. It still wasn't warm, but at least it wasn't windy and rainy. Anyway, today much of the deck was built, specifically all the 4x4 posts were put in place and the holes filled with concrete. Once the concrete set up enough, we started on some of the joists. Tomorrow we will finish putting the joists in place and then start laying down the deck. Hopefully the entire deck will be finished on Friday!
Also, my drywall work will be finished this evening. My guys are there right now sanding and skimming the walls, so in a few hours it should be completed.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Today was a pretty terrible day to be working outside. It was cold, rainy, and very windy pretty much all day long. But Johnny, Parke, and I spent the day starting the framework for the back deck. I'm sorry I didn't take any photos of it, but I wanted to keep my camera dry. So I will take some photos tomorrow of how the deck is going, I'm excited so far.
While we worked outside, my drywall guys continued to work inside. I finally got the gas company to come out and turn on the gas, so its nice and warm inside. The drywall should be done tomorrow!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Today was a pretty relaxed day for a Monday. My drywall guys were continuing their work and getting the first coat of mud up on some of the patches. They worked on that all day while I worked from home, getting ready for the week.
This week is going to focus mostly on installing the large back deck. This will take all of the week if not more to get it up, but it will look great when up. Also I will be preparing to have the hardwood floors refinished and then the kitchen cabinets stained and installed. It is going to be a busy next two weeks.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Today my painter Darren did the first coat of the trim. It really made the house look way better. I'm really excited to see what the house will be like once the doors are painted and the shutters are up.
I did small stuff around the house for the most of the day, mostly cleaning up on the inside to get ready for the drywall guys to get started; I also went over everything that I wanted to them to do. There is drywall patching, some places that need new sheets, and areas that just need to be skimmed.
Today was a good day where a lot of work got done. To the right is a great photo of Johnny talking to his wife, enjoy.
In the morning Johnny and I went to Home Depot to pick up drywall materials. My drywall guys started working as soon as we got back. While they were working inside, my painter was outside putting a second coat on the trim. The exterior of the house is really starting to come together.
After the drywall materials were unloaded, Johnny and I spent the day beginning the back deck. The rest of the morning was us discussing the deck plans and figuring out how much materials we need. After that we went back to Home Depot and bought all the materials for the frame. (It was a ton of wood, and the truck could barely handle that much weight.) So to say the least we spent a good hour loading and unloading all the wood.
While we were working on the deck plans, the drywall guys hung most of the drywall. Photos below show what has been done so far. Note that this is just the rough work, a lot more has to be done before it will look good.
Today was apparently Veteran's Day. Somehow I had no idea. Anyway, so my painter asked the day off to spend with his family, which seemed totally fine with me. A large amount of his family was/is in the military, so it is an important holiday for him.
Parke did work, so I had him at the house sanding the walls. Many of the walls don't need any drywall work, but they have some raised areas that need to be sanded down. He spent all day sanding; I'm sure he loved me.
While he worked at the house, I went home and ordered some door knobs. I went to Home Depot first and looked at the styles before ordering some online. Door knobs are way, way too expensive. It also took too long to figure out which ones I needed. But I finally got the order in. I also spent some time adding up the dimensions for the trim and getting that ready for ordering.
Finally, I met with my designer Angela at the house and went over a few things such as what trim to use and types of door knobs.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Today the second coat of paint was sprayed onto the brick. It now looks great with very good coverage. Tomorrow the trim will get at least one coat of paint.
While my painter worked on the outside, Parke worked inside pulling more staples out of the hardwood floors. He worked on the most of the day and finished the day by mowing the yard.
The main thing that I worked on today was getting all the dimensions for baseboard and casing trim. I also put the large screws into the exterior door frames. I used eight screws for each door for security purposes. The large screws will keep the door frame from ever being knocked in. I also spent the day talking to several men about doing drywall work.
Today I got the first coat on the brick; it totally transformed the house. Tomorrow a second coat will be put on and it will look even better! After that the trim will be done in a nice brown color and it will look like a real house again.
Besides for the painting, a lot of other things happened at the house as well. I had insulation guys come out and put insulation in both the attic and the crawl space. I was amazed that the price difference between hiring them and doing it myself was very small.
While they did that, Parke spent the day pulling staples out of the hardwood floors. Josh has done some of this before, but there are hundreds of small staples throughout the house. Parke will most likely being doing more of the same thing tomorrow. Johnny was also working with the hardwood floors, replacing pieces that have been too badly damaged to repair. The main area he put in pieces was where the wall between the kitchen and living room had been.
The day was very busy for me, I was talking with the painter and the insulation guys as well as running to Home Depot. I also drove down to the Cool Springs area and went to Cox Interiors, where I believe I found the interior trim I will be using.
On Friday I was hopping to get started on painting the exterior of the house, but there was light rain and fairly heavy winds. So the painting was postponed until Monday. I actually went down to Atlanta to visit my sister, and spent the morning and early afternoon shopping there. I found a kitchen faucet and a large amount of lights (both interior and exterior) for a very discounted price. While I was in Atlanta, Johnny was working at the house. He spent the day in the bathroom working on the shower. He installed the copper for the new faucet as well as an alcove for the shampoo bottles to go in. The shower head that is shown in the picture is not the one that will be in there when the house is completed, it is the old head.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Thursday it finally stopped raining long enough for the wood filler and caulk to be put up and dry. The trim was sanded more and is now most of the way ready to be painted. Josh worked on the inside getting all the rooms cleaned up and ready for drywall guys to come in and work. So he moved all the tools and supplies into one corner of the living room that doesnt need any drywall work done. Shown to the left is the trim after being sanded and caulked. Also shown is the a corner piece of the trim that had to be replaced because of rot. And finally is a photo of how nice and green the grass has become.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Today we finished up using the power washer. The only thing left from yesterday was the fence, which took Josh and I about half the day to do. While Josh mainly did that, Parke sanded the exterior trim to prepare it for being painted. I helped with that a little as well.
Johnny filled in some holes in the trim with wood filler and also started caulking. But it started raining too hard and so he had to stop. We ended up going to Home Depot (of course) to get some very heavy duty screws. We are driving these screws in the door jams of the two exterior doors and into the studs on both sides of the doors. The purpose for this is to prevent the door frame from being kicked in. With eight 4 inch screws in each frame, it is very securely attached to the studs of the house. This combined with heavy duty dead bolts will make the doors very hard to get through.
We also went to Lowes to pick up the french doors I had to special order. For some reason they couldnt find one of them, so after waiting around for about 45 minutes we finally were told that I hadn't arrived yet. It was very very frustrating. I also hope to take some photos tomorrow of what everything looks like now, especially the back yard now that the fence is clean. It mostly depends if it stops raining by then...
While I was in Knoxville, Johnny and Parke went to Home Depot and rented a power washer. Josh and Parke spent the day switching off using it to wash the brick, exterior trim, cinder blocks, walkway, and the front landing. This was done after a small ditch was dug around the whole house (just a few inches deep and wide). They dug it so that when the house is painted, it will be evenly painted all the way to the ground. Once it is completely painted, the ditch will be filled back in and the paint will cover all the way to the ground.
Once the exterior trim was finished being power washed, whoever wasn't using the power washer started scraping the trim. Although it had been scraped once, it needed to be scraped again once the power washer had loosened more paint.
Johnny worked mostly inside, well besides for the beginning of the day where he prepared the house for being pressure washed. He put up hardie backer (concrete board) in the shower and helped Josh and Parke whenever they needed it.
Monday it was just Parke and I working. The day was mostly about scraping the exterior brick. Since I am planning on painting the brick, I need to get the surface of the brick as clean as possible. I am planning on power washing the whole house, but before that I need to scrape some of the bricks. Because of the age of the brick, there was some mineral buildups and other things on the brick that I doubt the power washer could get off. So Parke and I scraped the whole house clean.
My painter also came by and we talked about getting the outside painted. Hopefully that will happen later this week depending on the weather.
I also spent some time planning out Tuesday. I have to go back to Knoxville to vote (still need to transfer my residency to Nashville). So I tried to plan out everything that would happen the next day.
Sorry for being so far behind on my posts, I have been having major computer problems. But I have finally gotten them all worked out and can get back on schedule.
Friday was a pretty relaxed day where Johnny and I mainly worked on the exterior trim of the house. There were several pieces that were rotten or out of place. We removed several pieces and replaced the rotten pieces. It doesnt really sound like much more than thirty minutes of work, but in reality it took most of the day. Working up on a ladder, plus having to remove the gutters, takes a while.
Johnny and I also installed the bathroom fan/light. We went ahead and installed it so when Dave came later in the day he could wire it up. Dave also finished up the house, the only electrical work is finishing out the house with new outlets and switches. He will come back and do that when most of the other work on the house is done.
Finally, I had a drywall guy come out and look at the house. I showed him everything I wanted done and he said he would get back to me with a price.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Today a ton of work got done. The brick repair guys came this morning and finished around lunch time. They worked way faster than I thought they would. Shown here is the kitchen window, which was resized. They filled in brick here, around the window that was in the shower, and above the crawl space door. They also added new mortar to anywhere that bricks were loose.
While they worked on that, Johnny and I worked inside. I started the day by putting in fiberglass insulation into the holes we riped in the walls, giving special attention to the bathroom. Working with fiberglass is terrible by the way. It gets everywhere and makes you very itchy, even with long sleeves on.
Johnny finished up the plumbing in the crawl space, which included fixing an old pipe that had come loose during our work. After that we both worked on putting down the kitchen floor as well as the closet floor. Besides for photos showing all of this, I am also posting one of how the green and big the grass has gotten. I will mow it as soon as it stops raining.
Wednesday was a day with many different things going on. In the morning Josh and Parke were finishing up sanding the ceilings (it is finally done), while I sent emails and made some phone calls. I also met a drywall guy over at the house and talked through everything I wanted done. He will get back to me soon with a price. After Josh and Parke finished sanding, they loaded up the truck with trash -- specifically old windows and pieces of wood -- and made several trips to the local dump. I also spent some time on Home Depot.com looking at bathroom mirrors, lighting, and trim.
Dave, the electrician, also worked on Wednesday and finished up everything that needed to be done before drywall work was done. This work included putting in boxes for smoke detectors in the hall and both bedrooms. The hallway box is shown below. Also shown are the scraped and sanded doors, which are ready to be touched up, primed, and painted.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Today was mainly about scraping and sanding. The focus for the interior of the house is to get everything ready for drywall repair. So, doors were removed then scraped and sanded. The door jams were given the same treatment. Outlet covers, door knobs, and hinges came off and were thrown away. Even the ceiling continued to be scraped and sanded, hopefully that will be done tomorrow. Other small projects like removing the shelves from the closets were also seen to. Working today was Josh, Parke, and me.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Shown here is a picture of the new kitchen window. The old window was too low, it went past the counter weight. So this new window was picked to be higher and to make space for wall cabinets. Although both of these photos are of things not done today, I thought you would like to see them anyway...
This morning started out really well. Johnny was working on getting the exterior ready for some brick repair, aka removing bolts and other strange things that were on the house. While he did that, I finished making my to do lists and even ordering them by what needs to be done next. For some reason that seems to take way longer than it seems like it would.
I also had to take my dog (Lucy) to get her stitches removed. I just adopted her about two weeks ago and had her spade. So it was time to get her stitches taken out. Well it turns out Lucy gets car sick, or is just super nervous about being in the car. Either way after coming home from the vet, I spent a large part of the early afternoon cleaning dog vomit out of my car. Not how I had hoped to spend my afternoon...
My window guy came by later in the afternoon to fix a small problem with one of the windows Johnny and I put in. It wasn't serious, just a spring in one of the latches was broken. Johnny also started working on installing the kitchen floor.
Sorry for another day with no pictures. I promise to have some very soon for you to look at. Friday was a day that I spent most of it organizing and planning while Johnny worked at the house.
In the morning Johnny and I went to Home Depot to buy more supplies, after talking over the next few steps at the house. The main things we bought were for the shower window and for replacing the crawl space door frame. When I bought the house, there was a nice window in the shower. It was really weird looking, not to mention a great place for water to seep into. So I'm replacing part of the window with glass block and tiling over the rest. Johnny spent most of Friday resizing and then fitting the opening to be the perfect size for the glass block.
After Home Depot, I spent the day trying to get organized for the rest of the remodeling. I worked up new lists and the like for what still needs to be done. Monday will mostly be me finishing those lists and getting them in the right order.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday was a day that I really didn't get anything done. One of my good friend's grandfather died and the funeral was yesterday. Since it was in the afternoon, I did not do much work on the house personally. But going to see my friend and his family was much more important than working another day on the house.
While I was away, Johnny and Josh did get some work done. Josh spent a while down in the crawl space installing a vapor barrier, which means he was just unrolling a massive piece of black plastic. He was also helping Johnny whenever Johnny needed help.
Johnny worked on installing the kitchen window. Since the new window was a smaller window, he had to build a new frame to put the window in. After he finished building up the frame and installing the window, he started removing the window from the bathroom. That window is being replaced by glass block.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
It seems to be that I am getting in a habit of being late in putting up posts and in putting photos with them. Anyway, yesterday Parke and I were the only ones working. We spent a while cleaning out the crawl space. I did some of that with him and then switched to getting up the remaining kitchen floor. This was only the edges that had be chiseled out. That seemed to take a very long time to do. While I was doing that, Parke was continuing to clean all the random junk and piles of cinder blocks that were in crawl space. The reason for him even bothering was so we can put down a vapor barrier. When we finally finished, we took a load of trash to the dump and the day was over.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Today was a day of mostly cleaning up. The day started out by sanding the rest of the ceiling in the master bedroom while Parke and Josh scraped the ceiling in the second bedroom. My friend Garrett also joined for the day and helped us do random stuff.
After I finished sanding, we started cleaning up the rest of the house. All materials and tools were brought into the master bedroom and organized. Then all the trash (there was a lot) was collected. We will take it all to the dump tomorrow. Josh and I also finished ripping up the old floor in the kitchen (well almost, a few small pieces are left).
Now the house is cleared out and ready for more work to be done. Oh and I also have a good amount of grass!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Hey, sorry for another day without any photos. Today nothing big really happened. Josh and I just spent the whole day cleaning up the two bedrooms. Well, we spent the morning doing that, and also finished scraping the cleaning in the master bedroom, starting sanding it, pulling up staples from the hardwood floors, and also taking some nails out of some hardwood flooring pieces that had been ripped up. And yes, that was a long sentence. Tomorrow is much of the same. I am trying to get the two bedrooms most of the way prepared. The house has also gotten messy and filled with trash/tools again. So the next two days will be continuing to clean up so that more work on the house will be easier.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
So Friday was a pretty simple day. Parke and Josh are still not working (they start back on Monday). Johnny and I spent the day putting in more windows. It actually takes way longer to get the old windows out than it does to put the new ones in. The old brick molding is very hard to rip out. We got all the windows in but one. The last one that needs to be done is the kitchen window which is being resized. Soon the rest of the exterior work can be done.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Today we got in windows! After picking them up, Johnny and I spent a large part of the day installing two windows. The first one took a very long time. First we had to go to Home Depot to get molding and such for the window. Then we had to work out exactly how to install these specific windows. The second window went very quickly and they both look great.
While we were there, Dave was doing electrical work. He has been spending a lot of his time in the attic and the crawl space. I am very glad that I'm not doing what he is...
Tomorrow will just be more windows.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Hey so I have been in Knoxville for Monday and Tuesday, so I haven't written a blog. I did actually do some work on Monday at my parents house, just organizing and sending emails. I know it sounds like a ton of fun...
Well today, Dave the electrician was at the house. I spent some of the day going through everything on the house that needed to be done for the electrical work.
I also went to Home Depot (I know a big surprise) and bought the under cabinet lighting. Dave needed to know what sort of electrical hookup he needed to do for that lighting.
I didnt have Josh, Parke, or Johnny today. Josh is sick, and hopefully will get better soon. I think he is feeling much better than he was, just still weak. Parke was doing music stuff all day long and so he couldn't work either. Finally Johnny was driving the truck for the greenhouse today. He drives a delivery truck for this random greenhouse every now and then.
Tomorrow should be a great day that a lot gets done.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday was a day of running to Home Depot and Lowes. I feel like I spend as much time at Home Depot as the employees. But its nice to know where almost everything there is. Johnny and I started the day by going to Home Depot and getting a few more plumbing odds and ends and some 2x4's. It seems like 2x4's just randomly get disappear.
Later I also ran to Lowes to look at some lights and to try to find a water shut-off valve for fridge ice maker. (Home Depot didn't have it). They didn't have one either and the other sizes that they had were not the style that I prefer to use. So I went back to Home Depot and bought one and bought a step down to go from 3/8 to `1/4 in.
While I was out running around, Johnny was hard at work. Above is the water heater installed -- although he did that Thursday. He ran copper and pvc to where the kitchen sink will be, as well as hooked up the drain to the washer. The pvc has a loop in it that holds air and allows the water to always drain properly.
Josh got back from being in Knoxville for the week (and now Parke is gone for a few days). He worked in the afternoon scraping the ceiling and moving the water sprinkler. Its still hard to see, but the grass is coming in very well!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Hey sorry, so no photos today. This morning I went and bought some windows. Hopefully I will be getting them in next week. After that I went to Home Depot and a flooring place with my interior designer. We made some decisions, especially about the tile for the house.
Most of the rest of the day I spent trying to update my excel sheet for budgeting and ended up just fighting with my computer. It kept shutting off me every now and then just because it felt like it. I finally managed to get it working right, but it took up a good amount of the afternoon.
At the house Johnny had been installing the drain for the kitchen sink and putting in the new water heater. While he did that, Parke cleaned out the house. A lot of junk and scrapes were building up in the house, and it was about time to get rid of most of it. I will have a photo of Johnny's work tomorrow. And maybe see if I have any of the tile I will be using.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Hey sorry there are no pictures today. Today was a day that I spent a lot of it at Home Depot and Lowes. I ordered some doors from Lowes and looked at lighting for the house at both. For some reason going to either ends up taking a pretty long amount of time. I also got the plastic for the vapor barrier in the crawlspace (it weighted way more than I thought it would).
Besides for that, I finalized everything for the windows. Tomorrow morning I am going to sign some papers and get my order in. Hopefully I will have them in the next week, two at the max. I should have ordered them earlier, but I can't change that now.
Johnny spent the day ripping up part of the kitchen floor (some of it was rotten underneath where the sink was) and working more with the plumbing. It was a day that stuff got done, but it didnt really seem like it.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Today was a good day of running around and shopping. Parke drove me around everywhere since my car was getting fixed for the third and hopefully last time.
First, we went to Southeastern Salvage and bought these 12 glass blocks shown here. These are going in the bathroom where the window (that is in the shower) is now. It will look really cool with glass block and will not have to worry about water leaking into the walls and such from the window.
After that Parke and I went to look at more tile, faucets, and hardware. I am narrowing down the options of what I will be using, so hopefully by the end of this week I will have most of those decisions.
After taking lunch, I worked some on budgeting stuff. Yea its not very fun... We then went back to the house and Johnny was there. He only worked a half day today, but he managed to finish getting the floor down in the bathroom and several other small things. We then ran to Home Depot to pick up more fittings and PVC that Johnny needed for plumbing.
The grass is already starting to come in! You can see a little bit of green in the photo below, but soon there should be a nice green yard to show off.