Disclaimer: we aren't professionals

Thanks for reading our silly little blog! As the disclaimer says, we aren't professionals in either blogging or house stuff, but we try. This is mostly to let our friends and family know what we've destroyed so far in the house. We post irregularly and usually forget to take pictures, so thanks for your patience, and please feel free to comment with your thoughts and suggestions!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Picture Updates

This post is mainly to showcase photos of various progress updates on the house. The next post will be over the installation of the new Maytag dishwasher.

This is the slide out, dual trash can module that we found at the orange store. It was priced reasonably and the construction quality was surprisingly impressive.

I didn't realize that we had not added a shot of the microwave in place, but here it is hooked up to the vent line that routes to the roof (awesome functionality that I already used when I fired up the crud-covered burners on the range for the first time).

Almost ready for the range to go in.

This is a shot of the range in place, as well as several of the drawer slides in place with their fronts on. The range was such a tight fit, but it made it with some extra coaxing. I still need to finish putting the cabinet hardware on.

The tall cabinet's door front finally finished dry and was mounted in place.

Here is a shot of our cabinet drawer hardware. This is a wider handle for hanging dish towels. The normal sliding drawers get 3" pulls.

Here is the dishwasher in place. Sorry for the mess in the picture above it. My next post will be a more in-depth look at the installation process for this dishwasher.

And finally, some of the upper cabinets doors on with hardware! Thanks for being patient with my posting lately... I will try to keep these rolling and get in a habit of posting.

Bathroom Kitty Door

The master bathroom has been out of operation since we bought the house, but our small tear down to assess the wiring and plumbing has left the room completely off limits until I can finish the kitchen and get started on that work. In the mean time, we are using the 2nd bathroom (which will mainly be a bathroom for parties and I suppose it will work as a guest bath, but it is all the way down the hall, past the kitchen and into the living room). It is a fairly small bathroom and would work better as a half bath, but to keep the house as a 3BR2BA, we will eventually get around to ripping out the cast iron tub and replacing it with a shower pan and glass sliding doors similar to the wonderful bathroom my dad just finished with his add-on. In the mean time, we are pushing to make it livable until we can get the master bath knocked out.

The backup bathroom has a fairly spacious little closet (although the fact that there are two doors in that little space is a bit crowded), but the closet did not have any shelves. It only had several pieces of door molding to hold the shelves in place. We needed somewhere to store cleaning supplies, towels, and most importantly, Hula's food, litter box and water. The next picture shows the bottom of the closet. I apologize for not taking a before photo of the upper section of the closet.

We decided to go with wire shelving because it was fairly inexpensive, came pre-painted, is fairly versatile and it was properly sized for the closet. I took the time to remove the door molding, patch the holes and depressions with drywall mud and paint the closet. The crappy tile job on the floor will have to wait until we get to the bathroom renovation.

The next shot shows the complete wire shelving. I believe this was the ClosetMaid brand. I ended up with 24" for the bottom area, 18" spacing for the next two, a 12" spacing for the top one and then plenty of room above that one for blankets, pillows, etc.

We also wanted a way for Hula to get into the closet for food and other kitty business, so we decided to cut a small square hole in the door and frame it. We will be replacing interior doors over the next few years and we will probably replace the bathroom closet door before we get ready to sell, but for now this seems like a really good solution. The dog can't get to her food, the litter box gets camouflaged and the smell shouldn't be a factor now.

Annie started by drilling holes at the corners of her square, using a jigsaw to cut out the square and framing the square with poplar and quarter round. I think she used a construction adhesive to secure the framing pieces, but I came in behind her and nailed them together with finish nails. The followings shots show the progression of the door.

The trim turned out very well even though the door is already in poor shape. Hula seems to like the improvement and hopefully it serves her well for the next couple of years.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

No pictures, but progress

Hi everyone,

There are a whole bunch of pictures sitting on Chris' camera, of the continued tiling of the kitchen, the range sitting in its proper place, and just general progress in general. Unfortunately, I don't have access to them. =(

But here's a bullet point list of what we've done recently:

  • Used the paint sprayer to start painting the cabinet doors
  • Continued filling in the tile and grouting in the main kitchen area - haven't started the breakfast area yet
  • Moved all of my kitchen/living room stuff from my apartment to Chris' house, plus lots of boxes just stacked in a bedroom
  • Moved Hula and my parakeets to the house. I miss cuddling with her =(
  • Shaved Jezza (or buzzed, but still she's a patchy, funny-looking dog now)
  • Cut a cat door (aka big hole) in the bathroom closet door so we can give Hula litter box and food access in there. Trimmed it with quarter round and a thin piece of poplar so there's a ledge she steps into.
  • Started looking in earnest for living room rugs so we can start setting up a nice living room, now that most of the appliances are out of it (except for the new dishwasher)
  • Killed all of the vegetables, it seems. I think the beans are still going though.