If my house was being renovated in Canada, maybe Mike Holmes would come to the rescue. That being said, we’ve fallen pretty far behind. I think this weekend is going to have to be a serious catchup weekend. I did some work Monday and Tuesday. Monday I finished the shower framing and Tuesday I prepped the master bedroom ceiling for the dry wall guys. Its amazing how many staples they put in to keep that tiled ceiling up.
I think the plan this weekend is to finish prepping everything for the drywall guys and possibly do some work on the brick…which just keeps getting pushed back.
My cabinets are being held in the warehouse and I need to get down there to see them at some point so that I feel OK paying the other 50% of the money.
My trash guy couldn’t get everything. Its amazing how much stuff has come out of this house so far. Hopefully the bulk of the trash is done for a while. I’m sure the drywall guys will make a mess but atleast you can walk through the garage now.
Hopefully we will make enough progress this weekend that I can post some pictures of actual accomplishments… Haha.
Did nothing on the house this weekend. I took off Friday and met my trash guy at the house first thing in the AM. We managed to get almost everything out. The only stuff that remained was the old kitchen sink cabinet, the bathtub, and the huge rusty metal locker from the basement. Hopefully freeing the garage up will give the drywall guy somewhere to stock material. I know my Dad went over to the house for a bit on Saturday and did some cleaning up and my electricians were supposed to have finished up on Sunday…although that remains to be seen because I haven’t been by the house yet.
I spent the weekend in Blacksburg seeing some fraternity brothers and pretending I am still in college. Played golf at the Pete Dye River Course on Saturday for the second time…and it was awesome.
Look at that form… haha
That little dot over the houses is the ball. So much power Kyle.
More pictures of the course here:
Hopefully when I swing by the house after work I will be pleasantly surprised that the electricians have finished. We shall see. This weekend is gonna have to be a big one to catch up in time for drywall.
Its nice to finally be thinking about some finishes. I’m trying to decide on what type of tile to use in the shower and on the face of the whirlpool tub base. Below are a couple pictures I saved of things I liked…not necessarily the colors but more the size/shape of the tile.
This is glass subway tile. Its apparently very expensive. I like the lines on it though and it looks cool with the white grout as a contrast. Hopefully theres a less expensive product that is similar in design. I think the one site I found it on it was close to $16 s.f.
Not a fan of the white, but since I have a ceiling shower head planned, this gave me an idea of what it’d look like to have the ceiling tiled. Subway tile again.
My Dad and I trashed out the house last night. The garage is incredibly full now. I’m having my trash guy Scott pick it up in the morning on Friday since I am now off. We were able to get the old kitchen sink/cabinet combo out as well as a bunch of stuff from the basement.
On Sunday I ran all my Cat5 and Coax to the various rooms and yesterday got trim plates and connectors. I am going to mount a piece of plywood on the chimney in the basement to have all of my low voltage stuff in one central location. Since the cable line will come in the back of the house this makes the most sense. I will try and mount the router, coax splitter, and cable modem on this board. All thats really left with the a/v rough-in stuff is to run speaker wire and mount the ceiling speakers.
Spent about an hour over at the house last night. Stood around for a while trying to figure out what I was going to do…that doesn’t usually lead to productivity.
The plumber finally came by yesterday and got rid of the ancient and what I believed to be unsafe gas line in the kitchen. He also re centered my overhead shower head so that it falls in the middle of my center drain.
I ended up marking where my coax/cat5 runs would be to the bedrooms and putting holes in the joists with my new right angle drill. Hooray for new tools. Haha. I still need to figure out speaker locations for the in ceiling speakers and drill holes for their wires.
Wiring at the knee wall. 4-gang box for all my switches…
Sunday I took up the rest of the tile in the foyer/vestibule/whatever you want to call it. I am still trying to decide what type of flooring to put here.
Wires hanging in the kitchen for recessed lights. Also wiring for 2 pendant lights over the future island. Speaking of which, its now the 10th…in about a week the cabinets are supposed to be in.
A couple holes in the floor of the chase for coax, cat5, and speaker wire.
Holes in living room joists for coax and cat5 to go to the master bedroom.
I think I am going to level the bathroom ceiling with my Dad tonight. Hopefully have some Resurrections too… Haha.
More to come..
Well after being tipped off that my stained glass front door was original to the house and possibly worth some money I went to check out a place called “Second Chance” over behind the stadium. (http://www.secondchanceinc.org/)
They have 4 warehouses of stuff…which was pretty overwhelming. I managed to breeze through all 4 in the 20 or so minutes I had before they closed for the day. The warehouses were just filled with awesome stuff. Some stuff which I hate to say made it into trash bags during demo. It was ridiculous some of the pieces they were selling, stuff that I had no idea anyone would pay any money for. The downside is they won’t buy everything, so I can’t just show up with the stuff I do have left. They did however give me an email address I can send pictures to of things I have and they will tell me if they would be interested in buying any of it. I hope to at least get some money for the door because at this point every little bit helps.
They literally had everything you could think of that’d come out of an old house. I probably could spend a couple hours just wandering around. Maybe try and go back over there Saturday since they have hours then.
Tons of end tables. Some were pretty beat up, but might be cool to refinish one or two for the living room.
The one warehouse was filled with misc. cabinets and millwork. I even watched a lady buy an entire kitchen. I really hope it actually fits in whatever size space she thinks shes putting it in, otherwise that’ll be a pretty expensive mistake. I’m not sure what the return policy is at a second hand store. Haha.
I thought these lockers were awesome. They wanted $250. I think they would look really cool in my garage…probably even left as is.
Racks and racks of doors…this was just one warehouse too. They had tons of doors in all the warehouses. I’m thinking of trying to find a replacement for my kitchen door here. I’d hope that there are some other doors of similar size that are in a bit better shape that I could strip and hang in place. Theres gotta be something that closes easier then the one I have now.
Tons of framed pictures all for under $10.
Couch that I thought was pretty cool. There was a whole living room set that looked straight out of 80′s Germany that I really liked but there was a mother and 2 little kids hanging out on it so pictures would have been a little weird.
A door similar to mine…but the stained glass is way less detailed…$850.
Old air registers…I probably have thrown a few out…and have 3 or 4 still in the house in waaaay better shape…$30…who would have thought?
Old balusters. Since we just demo’d the stairs I know there are a few of these in the garage. Again mine are in the same or better shape. $235??? Wow.
This one really flipped me out. Rosettes for $5/10 a piece. I can’t tell you how many of these I have thrown out. I think theres probably 8 or 10 of them left from the window trim we just took off.
I will probably try and get some stuff done at the house tonight. I still need to run COAX to the bedrooms. I bought a huge reel of it the other day and just didn’t have a chance to mess with it this past weekend.