Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Exciting Discovery & Back in the House

So we are finally officially back in the house, and it feels really good to come home at the end of the day.

There is no longer a single piece of old plumbing in the house, everything is new and working great. Here are a few pictures of the now 95% complete bathroom:

The saddest thing about the whole redoing the bathroom for the second time was having to rip up half of the new tile floor which means we no longer have warm tiles :( But at least it's all back together.

On a happier note, while Michael was taking down some non-original paneling in the living room he discovered that the doors into our dining room (which is currently being used as a living room) were originally pocket doors! We were very excited, and Michael has already managed to get them working again and they look great.

Here is a photo of the living room before...

And after (this is where the mantel used to be! It's waiting to go back though, don't worry.):

And the dining room doors before:

And after:

And here are some general pics of the pocket doors.

Finally, here's our (future) dining room & kitchen, looking very messy but more like a real home at least :)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Quick Update

I have not been feeling much like taking pictures of the house...and for some reason I feel bad about posting without I haven't been posting.

But here's a quick recap of the last 2 months.

November 4th or so, we moved in. Exciting, yay!

I lose almost all motivation to work on the house other than some organizing and cleaning, and barely any of that either!

We decide we can't afford to redo the kitchen, so we focus on insulating and drywalling the living room and spare room.

Around December 10th or so our toilet decided to explode (not literally of course). We are very sad. The plumber who comes to see if the drain is plugged tells us his best suggestion is to MOVE THE BATHROOM. Ridiculous. Apparently the one pipe we didn't replace because it was buried under the ground has worn out and most likely partially collapsed. Michael and I simultaneously wonder if the house is actually becoming a money pit.

We move back in with my parents. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.

Michael has a plan that seems like it will not cost a bazillion dollars and will not take forever. I am optimistic that we will be able to move back in before the end of January. Unfortunately the plan involves ripping up half of our beautiful tile, and therefore the remainder of the warm tile system that was working, but we do have 2 extra boxes of tile, so hopefully we will be okay.

So now I just need to get back to actually helping with the house and hopefully I will be back to taking pictures and making progress soon!

And because I feel bad posting without pictures, here is a photo of my adorable niece: