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) 

HOUSE UPDATE: KITCHEN BEFORE/MIDDLE/ALMOST THERE

Diving into the details a bit, I figured we would start with the Kitchen. Our house needs a bit (a lot) of work since it hasn't been touched really since the 60s/70s so we decided to do things in phases. The Kitchen is strangely but happily large for an old home like this. Everyone ends up in the kitchen so I will take a larger kitchen over a cozier Living Room.

Everyone who has ever demo'd or remodeled told us to wait. To live in the space a bit to get a feel for it. Then you know what works, what doesn't, how you use the space. So you can really remodel to fit your lifestyle and be happy about it with NO REGRETS...That's what we are doing. We are going to facelift the kitchen and revisit with a full remodel down the road. I keep saying 5 year plan. But who knows right? It could be 1 year... or never. Either way it will be cleaner. That's the goal. 

KITCHEN AT TIME OF CLOSING

THIS GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF EACH WALL. IT'S A ROUGH 360.  WALLPAPER, CURTAINS, ETC.

We are lucky because we the layout is pretty simple. Lots of cabinet space & 2 giant double pantries. The cabinets are dated but they are perfect to paint. I found a dishwasher (which we need to install as there wasn't one) and an electric oven (bummer but such is life) on Craigslist for $150. Just need a serious deep clean as does everything else in this house. 

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We refinished the floors with the rest of the house. Chris is going to build us an island. A few more cosmetic updates and the kitchen is perfectly fine. Allowing us time to feel it out and spend the big bucks on getting the barn up and running for Chris' workshop. Priority #2 after the main house being clean and safe for Evie... 1 year olds tend to find all the bad stuff and immediately put it in their mouths, forget about the dogs...

ENOUGH ALREADY, lets see some pictures, videos, blood, sweat, tears... 

KITCHEN WALLPAPER MEMORY REEL

THESE 4 BEAUTIES COVERED THESE PLASTER WALLS AT SOME POINT IN THIS KITCHEN'S LIFE.  I WONDER WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?

REMOVED WALLPAPER, SKIM COATED (THANKS TO MY FATHER IN LAW) & PAINTED A MINT GREEN (THAT TOOK ME A FEW TRIES TO GET RIGHT)

SOME SUPER FUN PHOTOS THROUGH THE TRANSITION. FEEL THE PAIN & THE JOY...

AND HERE WE ARE... APRIL 15TH. OUR VERY GENEROUS FATHER IN LAW GAVE US THE FRIDGE (SINCE THE OWNER TOOK HERS WITH HER). WE HAVE TO INSTALL THE DISHWASHER & HOOD. CALLING THE ELECTRICIAN TOMORROW. TOUCHUPS, POTENTIALLY PAINTING THE COUNTERTOP WITH ONE OF THOSE KITS. CHRIS IS BUILDING THE ISLAND (ON HIS LIST...) AND SO ON. I MEAN THE REST IS THE FUN STUFF. THE EASY STUFF. THE DECORATING. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THAT... 

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