BARN - PROGRESS UPDATE

So we have finally made some progress on the Barn, which we are turning into Chris' workshop. The Barn itself is pretty beat. Needs a new floor, new electric, insulation, a door to the carport, etc, etc. 

But so far we have Architect Plans to open up the space, a Contractor pending on Final Budget and Timeline and then hopefully we get a barn soon... real soon. (Because Chris needs it ASAP). 

Chris has been hard at work ripping up old floor boards and cutting down walls, making sure to carefully save all this awesome really old reclaimed wood. His plan is to open up the space so it is 1 large room, instead of 3, close off the carport section with a garage door, lay a concrete floor and GET TO WORK! Should be easy enough right? 

My job is just to get that Poison Ivy down before the Contractors start... Good times.

More Memory Lane Trips: March/April 2018

May 2018 Progress Report

(not much to show here...)

JUNE 2018 Update

Getting somewhere...

Bill from Byrne Design in Chester is the Best!

Bill from Byrne Design in Chester is the Best!

Architect Handwriting is just so cool....

Architect Handwriting is just so cool....

This old Green Barn Light is going on the Front Porch

This old Green Barn Light is going on the Front Porch

JULY 2018 Update

(AS PER CHRIS' BLOOD, SWEAT & BEERS)

AND HERE IS CHRIS' PERSONAL VIDEO TOUR IF YOU WANT MORE TECHNICAL DETAILS.

FLOORS MAKETH THE HOME

The one "Transformation" that everyone loved the most (so far) are the Floors. They really cleaned up nice and make everything cleaner and brighter and happier. 

Here are some Before Shots of the Carpets on 1st and 2nd Floors. We knew that the original wide plank hardwood was under there, we just didn't know the condition. Some areas were stained, some were painted, some were patched. But NO MATTER WHAT the carpet was going. 

Ok so we rented a dumpster, ripped up the carpets and the gazillion staples using this nifty plier tool. Then cut and rolled away the linoleum in the kitchen. This is what was underneath. Not bad. not great. There were layers of horsehair rug pads and then underneath a weird plasticy decorative rug thingy... that crumpled up. One Floor guy told us it was probably asbestos... this was after we ripped up like 3 of them and carted to the dumpster... 

Oh Well...Good times. 

Chris and I wanted to see if we could keep the original color of the floors. No Stain. We figured these floors are from 1863... so they should look like that. I mean thats the reason we got the house. It is super cool and authentic and original. It has wear and tear as it should being over 100 years old... We didn't want brand new floors. That would look weird. Like how people paint their Split Levels Tuscan Yellow and put up lots of wine themed decor... @pleasehatethesethings 

One minus - the larger spaces in between the boards... can't wait to get the vacuum hose attachment out for that cleaning.

We had to wait to see if there was intense damage that needed to be covered up. But lucky us there were some patches but nothing crazy. So we went with no stain and the protective finish. 

And now for the BIG REVEAL

(don't mind Chris' jingle jangle keys in the background) 

FAKE IS NEVER A GOOD THING- PART 1

FAKE... SUCH A BAD WORD. AND FOR VERY GOOD REASON. 

OK SO WE NOW BRING YOU TO OUR DINING ROOM. WHERE THE CHIMNEY AND THE ATTACHED WALLS ARE COVERED IN FAKE BRICK.

OR SO WE THOUGHT.

CHRIS WAS SURE THAT THE "FAKE BRICK" WERE JUST PANELS THAT COULD EASILY BE REMOVED LIKE THE FAKE WOOD PANELING. BUT NO.  OH NO. 

FAKE BRICK ACTUALLY MEANS REAL BRICK, BUT JUST THE THIN FACING. THE PREVIOUS OWNER USED ACTUAL MORTAR TO ATTACH THE BRICK TO THE PLASTER WALLS AND THE CHIMNEY. 

GOOD TIMES. 

SO WHAT WE THOUGHT WOULD BE A QUICK DEMO TURNED INTO MESSY PLASTER DEMO, NEW SHEET ROCK & SOON TO BE NEW BASEBOARDS. 

 

 

 

 

HE TRIED...

WE DECIDED TO LEAVE THE CHIMNEY WITH THE FAKE BRICK ON IT AND JUST PAINT IT WHITE SINCE IT WAS WAY TOO HARD TO GET OFF THE CINDER BLOCK UNDERNEATH. I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE INTO THIS HOUSE AT SOME POINT. AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING THE CHIMNEY WASN'T IN THE BUDGET. 

CHRIS TOOK THE PLASTER & LATHE DOWN ON EITHER SIDE OF THE CHIMNEY TO PREP FOR THE SHEETROCK. WE HAD PROFESSIONALS PUT UP THE SHEETROCK AND SKIM COAT SINCE WE HAD TO DO A FEW MORE WALLS UPSTAIRS. 

DURING THE RENO A FEW FAKE BRICKS POPPED OFF WHICH WE WISELY HOARDED. CHRIS GLUED THEM BACK IN PLACE WITH QUICK SET EPOXY & I GOT TO CLEANING THE DECADES OF GROSSNESS & PLASTER DUST SO WE COULD PAINT.

brick after.JPG
 

THIS IS WHERE WE LANDED. SOME PEOPLE SAID DO A 2ND COAT ON THE CHIMNEY.

SOME PEOPE SAID DON'T.  I CHOSE TO SAY GOOD ENOUGH...

WE HAVE TO INSTALL BASEBOARD ONCE I FIND THE STYLE/SIZE THAT MATCHES THE EXISTING ONES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROOM. DON'T WORRY I HAVE LOTS OF BOOKLETS TO SORT THROUGH FROM KUIKEN BROTHERS. ALSO WE HAVE TO CAULK WHERE THE BRICK MEETS THE WALL SINCE ITS A BIT JAGGED. NOTHING YOU CAN DO THERE. 

SOME OUTLET COVERS AND THIS ROOM IS ON ITS WAY. 

STAY TUNED FOR FULL REVEAL ONCE WE GET A TABLE IN THERE.

 

HOUSE RENO- WHERE IT STARTED

Ok so before we jump into all the progress we made in the past few weeks, lets start at the beginning. Here are some before pics of the house during our 1st viewing. This is so you too can tell us that we are nutz and join in on the "THIS IS A LOT OF WORK" train. Never too late for that!!!

So you saw the front of the house. Super cute right? Home was built in 1873, has a lot of original charm on the exterior like the porches and original windows. Great piece of property off a main road so safer for Evie and the dogs. I took a creeper video the rainy day I drove past it back in the Fall so you can get a lay of the land. Look at this cute Historic Sign!

But then you go inside. And you see the 60s... or 70s... What's that saying about insides matching your outsides? or vice versa? or is that just about bad people? Well it kinda applies here. 

Please enjoy your walk through our Memory Lane... 

Don't worry. Check out our next post for progress shots that will make you stop holding your breath...