Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Roofing Continues


Our roof is enormous.

It is very hard work.

We both can't wait until it is done!

I can't believe how much I've done on the roof, not as much as Michael of course, but I'm pretty proud of myself :) I'm also very proud of Michael, he's doing an awesome job :) We are also very glad and lucky that there has been no rain since we tore off the roof, and it looks like there won't be any until Saturday!

Here are some photos of my bravery, and Michael working hard. (Yes that is me on the ridge of the roof!)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Progress Update

Michael has ripped all of the shingles, and some of the old sheathing off of the roof. It looks like we have almost perfect roofing weather for the next 10 days, but we are still anxious to get it done as soon as possible. It's hard though when it get's up to almost 90 degrees during the day. I'm hoping to help as much as I can this weekend - I'm already more comfortable up on the roof after my second time up there on Wednesday.

Last night we ordered our bathroom tiles which was exciting, but took an annoyingly long time. It probably wouldn't have seemed so bad if we weren't so tired. But the order is in, and we should have them in 7 to 10 days, which is probably well before we'll actually be ready to put them in. I've attached a photo of the tiles we chose, we love them - although I'm not sure the photo does them justice, they are 1" hex and should really suit the style we're going for, and the black is glossy. We've also decided to do a tall beadboard on the walls, paint the outside of the clawfoot tub black, and do a 2" border of black square tiles. We think it will look great!


Monday, May 21, 2007


It's the end of our second day in the house, and we are TIRED!

Yesterday we tore out the carpet to find beautiful hardwood, which was very exciting :) Then we painted our temporary bedroom, cleaned the floor and enjoyed hanging out in the house.

Today I worked a half day, and Michael ran to Lowe's and got everything we need to do the roof. It took several trips, but it's all in the yard now. We also got our giant dumpster delivered, and the water was finally turned on!

It doesn't seem like we've made too much progress, but at least it's a start. I managed to get up on the roof today, but it's going to take awhile before I'm comfortable up there. Michael and I are devising a winch system to get all the materials on the roof, as the shingles are very very heavy.

I'm posting a few pics from our first day, including one of my mom who was helping us out with the painting, and Michael examining the bizarre gate to nowhere, and the crazy remnants of the carpet in the dining room, our beautiful front door, and the poor cat who decided to stay at the house until today.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Totally Sweet New Appliances!

We had a big time at Best Buy last night.

We weren't sure when we got there that we were going to buy last night - and had only planned on getting a fridge and stove for now, but we left the proud owners of a full set of LG kitchen appliances. We can't wait to get them, they should be delivered next Wednesday. I had no idea that you could bargain with big stores like Best Buy, but we got an excellent deal, and we LOVE the appliances. I'm sure now one else will be as excited, but here are some stock photos so you can share our excitement. We especially like the fancy blue interior of the range :)

We move in on Sunday, so we should have some actual photos of the house then!


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Our Plan of Attack

We've started arranging for the utilities to be hooked up.

We take possession on Sunday, and the plan is to spend as much of Sunday as we have cleaning and then painting the bedroom we are going to occupy initially.

Today we decided on our budget for our initial draw on our construction loan, and chose appliances! We had debated whether or not we should order appliances before we are ready to actually do the kitchen, but ended up choosing most of the appliances and will probably just get the fridge and stove for now. We are in love with the French-door style fridges, and that will be our big splurge. We are getting an Amana from A.J. Madison's, which seems to be a great online store - so far, we haven't ordered yet :)

Wish us luck on getting in, and our crazy plan of doing immediate demo on the bathroom - here's hoping our friends are okay with our plan of utilizing their facilities for the next little while!

No new pics today, but don't worry, there will be plenty soon!

One of our big goals is to work on ONE project at a time, but that being said, I think the first week will be a little haphazard. We will be ordering things and getting settled a bit. But the first three things on the agenda are: check the foundations (really hoping my dad doesn't think it needs too much work!); new roof - shingles already chosen; gut and begin work on the one and only bathroom!; order appliances. Oh wait, that's four things!

But of course nothing can happen until I give our friendly banker a call in the morning to arrange the funding!

good night and and keep your fingers crossed for a smooth move!


Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Our New to us Old House!

We bought this house in a small Kentucky town last week. We have lots of plans for it!

The estimated age is about 80 years, but we're hoping to do some research and find out more.

We take possession in less than two weeks, and will get straight to work. Our first two projects are putting on a new roof and carefully examining the foundation (even though the inspector gave it a pass) and maybe shoring it up.

We're hoping to post our progress regularly.

Sandy & Michael