History of a Home

Mr. Wonderful has made amazing progress on the remodel project the last couple of days.  When I got home from work last night I walked in to discover that he had single handedly pulled the old fireplace out of the wall and was in the midst of sealing up the spot where it had been!  Today Thing 1 and some friends stopped by and helped us haul the fireplace outside!  The reason it’s been removed – well one of them is that we will build the master bath where the fireplace was occupying wall space.  It also leaked cold air like you would not believe! T ought to save us a tank of propane right there!

Today marks a real land mark in our project.  We are FINALLY working on what will be our bedroom!  No, I really won’t miss having our bed in the middle of the living room floor when our room is done!  Mr. Wonderful got the floor leveled up and installed sub-flooring.  He then began studding out the wall that will separate the staircase from the bedroom.  The previous owner had done a lot of work to the house with little regard for where load bearing walls should be.  Mr. Wonderful has had to spend a great deal of time propping up the second story and trying to get things level again.  The wall he’s building will help to hold the second story floor in a level position.  I don’t know about you, but I’m rather partial to level floors!

Throughout this remodel project it’s been a series of moving stacks of stuff from point A to point B, then to point C and back to point A again over and over again.  I guess that’s the price you pay when you are working on a house and trying to live in it at the same time.  In one of the recent migrations of piles of stuff I ran across a book with the history of our little rural area in it.  It includes this photo of the original house built around 1875 or so.  The bay window on the left side of the photo still exists and will be in our new bedroom.  The windows look out to the south.  The covered porch has been replaced with an enclosed two story patio.  An addition was built on to the north side of the original structure some time in the late 1980’s.

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I’ll have an update to the remodel saga in photos very soon!

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