Wednesday, 10 August 2016

A place to lay our heads

We decided before we even took possession of the house that we were going to be demolishing pretty much everything. We intend to take every room back to the studs so that we can re-do the electrical, improve the insulation, and move some of the plumbing.

We also decided that this was going to be a monstrously large project and since we are not millionaires, we wouldn't bother finishing every single space before moving in.

The only room that we both agreed needed to be 100% completed was the master bedroom. We wanted at least one space that we could escape to, knowing that we would never, ever, ever, ever, EVER have to go back and re-do or "finish" something in it.

This gives us a pretty tall order to fill before moving in since we are not leaving our bedroom to look boring.

Here's where we started:

Back section of master bedroom.

Friday, 5 August 2016

A spark of new in front of the old - Mailbox Revealed!

We last left off with a completed mailbox. Now it was time to figure out how to mount it out front. 

We already had a post from the old mailbox and since this was ultimately going to be a temporary (albeit long-term temporary) solution, I saw no reason why we couldn't just re-use that. 

We decided to re-use the post from the old mailbox. 

First thing, we needed to make sure that our new mailbox would fit properly and that we wouldn't have any issues mounting it. We attempted a dry fit and discovered that the length of the arm that it would sit on needed to be cut down. 

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

In the midst of chaos, there are easier projects to do

We are currently in the middle of taking down all of the plaster.

I'm sure I just made a lot of old house purists gasp in shock and horror but the simple fact is that I hate the stuff. First, we need to take it all down so that we can re-do all of the electrical and better insulate the house. Second, I know that the point of it is to have that "imperfect" character, but I hate walls that aren't smooth. I hate seeing little bumps and waves. That is not my idea of a nice looking wall/ceiling.

Dining Room. This is the first wall I did. Took FOREVER.
I've since gotten into a stride with removing plaster. 

Plus there is great comfort in the fact that if, down the road, we need to change something else it will be a bajillion times easier with drywall than it would be with plaster.