Welcoming the ADD

So while the upstairs is getting ready for carpet, the one thing I wanted to try and start was installing the trim. I want to get the ceiling trim up before the install, and wait till after the carpet is in to do the baseboards. So yesterday I thought, “well it’s too cold to cut and rip trim pieces in the garage, and I don’t want to get the upstairs dusty again just after painting…” So I figured I should bring trim in from the garage and take it to the basement. I mean it’s dirty down there already, so what the heck.

Well, the problem is that my home project ADD kicked in pretty hard the first few boards I took downstairs because I couldn’t ignore the hanging ductwork that will eventually be a baller laundry chute just hanging there staring at me. Mocking me.

“Finish me” it said. “You won’t do it” it laughed.

Shut up you stupid laundry chute. Shut. Up.

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So 4 hours later, I ran out of nails and was defeated once again.

Until we meet again, sir chute… Well played.

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Attic Redesign

Here’s the upstairs attic conversion I put together in Sketchup. I’ll have my office and music room on the one side, and a living space/bedroom on the other.

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We hope to eventually create some built-in shelves and cubbies for the bed and might even make it all as one piece. One thing I really want are those wall sconces on each side of the bed. We’ve already got the awesome chair from the 70′s in the florida room, just waiting to have a home.

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On the other side of the staircase I’ll have my office/home studio. I can’t wait to finally have a space to work in and write music again. I’ll try to keep it as organized as possible… we’ll see how that goes. I might build shadow boxes for the guitars cause the drywall up there is pretty shoddy. You can see nasty seams even after spending a ton of time trying to even them out. Oh yeah, ordered a massive “fuf” from amazon. It’s basically a big bean bag, but filled with memory foam or something like that. Can’t wait to relax in that beast.

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Home Depot came the other day to measure for carpet, and we should have it installed in the next few weeks! We decided on Disco: Sandcastle. It’s a cheap in-stock carpet. Hopefully it’ll work out and I can disagree with that one 1 star review… Here’s hoping!

 

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Painted, ready for trim

Got another coat of paint on the walls and I’m calling that done, and two more coats on the handrail and window trim.

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Just a quick post to let you know I’m still alive.

We are heading to Home Depot at some point this week to take a look at carpet samples. I’d like to get some cheap in-sock stuff. Anyone have opinions on bottom line carpet?

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Upstairs update!

Making some great progress upstairs in the last few weeks. We created a deadline for his weekend because we are getting ready for both my bachelor party, and Lydia’s bachelorette party. I’m heading to Tionesta to have a camp weekend and Lydia is having her’s here at the house, so we wanted to get the upstairs at least habitable for the amount of people coming and potentially staying over.

This turned out to be a great motivator, as we’ve been pretty lazy about working on the house for the last few months. OK, really lazy and lots of months.

We’ve actually been in for a year now, and still have things left over from our initial push that are just sitting in limbo. Like the kitchen kick plates, and the sill plate in the bathroom. or the laundry chute. or the bathroom vanity cabinet. you get it, haha

Either way though, I’m really happy because the upstairs is actually ready for this weekend! It took a lot longer than anticipated to do the ceiling in shiplap, but I love the way it turned out. What really took the most time, was whitewashing every board individually before installing it. We did this so that the natural gaps in the wood would show whitewashed wood through instead of the natural yellow of the hemlock. By the way, having access to Amish wood is badass. I feel like I talk about it too much, but it really is awesome. Can’t beat the prices.

Here’s some progress pictures of the space:

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IMG_5836.JPGGotta get another coat of paint on, carpet down, and trim up, and I’ll have my office and music studio back!!!!!! Booyah!

 

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Work Weekend in Tionesta

My uncle has been building a cabin up in Tionesta, PA (which is near the Allegheny National Forest) …

… near his brothers place, and I’ve been up a few times to help him out during the build. A few weeks ago we went up for the weekend and spent some time digging ditches for electrical and drainage, and some other odds and ends. Here’s a video I put together:

Upstairs update: handrail pt. 1

The awesome weather over the last week or so has put me back in gear with home projects. We started caulking all the trim, put in the garbage disposal, and started the biggest project: getting the upstairs done.

A few things about the upstairs. First off, it was very unsafe. During the demo of the house, I was upstairs at one point and just about fell into the dining room. The floorboards up there were really just tongue and groove flooring set on top the floor joists, so we put another subfloor down over top the existing floor to strengthen everything up.

I also expanded the attic space access area by about two feet so we could either put a chair there or my drumset once the office/studio area is complete.

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The biggest update though is the stairway and hand rail. I was able to grab some really awesome old French doors off of craigslist for a cool 40 bucks a while back and had this idea of using them as inserts for the railing. The length turned out to be perfect. I also grabbed some rough cut hemlock from the Amish on the cheap and have been air drying it for this project.

Here’s where I’m at with it right now:

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You might have noticed one of the desks I worked on over the winter in the background. Here’s that bad boy:

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And here’s the other one I have set up in the dining room as my office until we get this project complete:

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They are made of live edge cherry slabs that I sanded and clear coated and the legs are 1″x3″ steel tubing that I welded into trapezoids.

Any finishing ideas for the bare wood sections of handrail?

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It’s been one year!

So today, it’s been exactly one year since we closed on the house. That afternoon around this time we came into an outdated home that smelled like pee, and started ripping out those ammonia drenched carpets right away. From there we have really come a long way and have been working on little projects ever since. I haven’t kept up with this blog in the last few months since we officially moved in, but we’ve kept busy believe me.

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It’s pretty awesome how much you can get done in one year, and also how fast a year can actually go by. It really hasn’t felt all that long, but looking back I guess it makes sense.

Hope everyone else’s projects are moving along, talk to you all soon!

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Master bathroom update

As promised, I wanted to post an update for our master bathroom. Looking back at where we started, I’m not ashamed to say that I’m proud of our bathroom.

Originally, we had two bedrooms where the master bedroom and bathroom are now. We moved the existing wall, installed a support beam, closed off the hall doorway and put in a pocket door to the bathroom to conserve as much space as possible.

Losing that little bedroom was more than worth it. We now have a larger master bedroom and this:

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Turning around to see the mirror and vanity:

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And the other side of that wall, there’s a built-in closet:

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Originally, I took some photos without the wide angle lens and it was kind of difficult to understand the space. It’s not a huge bathroom by any stretch, but the shower more than makes up for it.

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It’s 4′ x 6′ and honestly a great place to start the day. We designed the bathroom to be handicap accessible, so there’s no lip on the shower and the vanity accommodates a wheelchair as well. Later on down the road, if we decide to rent the house to either a tenant or as a summer rental, we knew we wanted everything to be as accessible as possible. It also makes for a very comfortable space.

Here’s Lydia’s drum stool that fits nice under the vanity:

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And a few more details:

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Of course, the list of things we still need to do:
Replace the tile in the shower nook to sit flush with the sill.
Install the partition wall cap
Caulk the trim and shower corners
Put the door in for the laundry chute
Stain/clear the closet
…and try to keep it as clean as it is in these photos. Yeah right.

Thanks for looking!

Oh hello, it’s been a while…

Well since we’ve moved in, I have to tell you, laziness has set in. Coupled with a lack of personal motivation, the negative-whatever-degree weather and short daylight, our daily grind hasn’t been afforded with much productivity. BUT, we have been enjoying ourselves and this awesome winter at the lake. Ice-golf, 6-wheeler riding and being pulled by quads on the ice with skis has all been pretty awesome. And I turned 30 in December. And we got engaged. So I guess it hasn’t been all that lazy, now has it!?!

I was reminded today by my brother and another wordpresser that wordpress does still exist, and that it’s pretty awesome, and that I’ve been away from it for quite a while. Anyway, I never really posted any updates about the house other than the kitchen so I thought I’d share our bedroom today.

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That’s looking into the bedroom from the living room. You can see we hung a few pictures on the wall. We ended up framing some of the cool things we found that fell out of the ceiling when we were tearing everything out. Like this old ass snickers bar and a comic from the 50′s.

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And here’s what our room looks like so far:

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We still have a few things to take care of, like some proper night stands and staining/clearing the built-ins. But then again, I’ve herd there’s always something to do, so my new m.o. is to stop dwelling on what we haven’t done yet and focus on being happy with everything we’ve accomplished so far.

While in the mood to brag, the next post will be about the bathroom. In the meantime here’s a quick look at what we’ve got going on:

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See you all soon!

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We’ve moved in!

We’re excited to report that we’ve moved in. The inspection and appraisal went great – passed with flying colors and the rest of the funds were released. We paid off our contractor Ed, and started moving boxes in from Lydia’s place. We have crap everywhere, which kind of made the nice empty space look pretty hectic. But we were able to get the kitchen in working order and started to put some other of our stuff away. We’re really loving our new space and it’s working for us really well so far. Here’s an updated view of the kitchen:

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We painted one of the mirrors we had this neat green color:

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20131023-164328.jpgWe’re trying to take a break this week from doing much of anything, but we spend some time at nights putting more stuff away. Might not hear from me for a bit, I’m going to try and enjoy this break in action for a little while. Once my bug hits, we’ll start our upstairs project. Here’s what we have planned:

-Make a custom half wall at the top of the stairs. (french doors are invloved… it’ll make sense once it’s done.)

-Put down a new subfloor over the existing flooring. Right now it’s just hardwood floors right on top of the joists. Very unsafe with the hardwood spanning and butting against each other between floor joists.

-New flooring. We’re going to do vinyl that mimics dark hardwood. This new stuff really looks like hardwood and feels like hardwood laminate to me. It’s also guaranteed for life so that’s nice.

-Get my office space set up. I picked up two live edge Cherry slabs that I’m planning on making into a desk.

Of course my wheels are spinning, but I wanna enjoy where we are right now for just a bit longer :)

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