We’ve Got a Hole! Hooray!

Looks like we won’t have to take apart the chimney after all. Although it does indeed exist on the roof as well as the second floor bedroom, it was actually taken out in the kitchen! I wont count our lucky stars because who knows what surprises await us, but for now, this is definitely in the plus column.

Another plus? this was kind of fun (smashing things up almost always is) and took just a few minutes from start to finish.… Read the rest

Demolition Talk

To save some money (the estimates for demolition were all over 1k) Sergey and I plan to do much of the demo work ourselves. Here’s the plan, which will probably take about a month to complete (and since it will take 4 to 6 weeks for french doors to arrive once ordered – the timing works), and should –hopefully–be all done by our 1 June start date:

1) Check to see if there is an old chimney concealed behind kitchen drywall.… Read the rest

Phase II Renovation Start Date

Well we’ve finally done it – we made a decision on contractors – the plural here is the key part. The short story is: it’s complicated – we will be working with several different outfits: a builder for structural stuff, an electrician for a heavy up, and a firm to do the rest of the actual kitchen. We have penciled in 1 June as the start date!

The long story is that its too expensive for us to hire one-stop-shop pro.… Read the rest

How To: Built-In Shelves (part II)

We have made quite a bit of progress on our built in shelving unit this weekend. The first word that comes to mind to describe is HUGE! I mean we knew the dimensions (obviously) before starting but to see it in person, is really awe inspiring. Anyway, back to the actual progress report.

We are following directions from This Old House on how to make built in shelves, and so far with very good results.… Read the rest