Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Extended Weekend

Over the Holiday/Extended weekend we spent two days working on the house. It was nice to work two days in a row on it.

Sunday we began by mowing the lawn and whacking down weeds. Dad began chopping down one of the trees in the front yard and some other smaller trees and shrubs around the property. After that we spent most of the time inside. George and Dad finished replacing the main support beam under the floor. Once that was completed we move onto a vertical beam that needed replaced.  By 9 in the evening we had the new beam in...it was kinda scary to jack the house up and hear all the creaks and squeaks the made.

On Sunday we removed all the old damaged boards from the cinder block foundation to right above the front windows. We replaced it with new special treated wood and put in our new door. George's parents came down as well but there wasn't a lot for them to do so they basically just sat around, it was still nice to see them but we felt bad as they wanted to really help us and work.

We have the front right corner (if your looking at the house from the front) to jack up as well as replacing the foundation boards, then we're onto tying up the rafters in the back end of the house. Once we do that I think we're ripping up the entire old wood floor, replacing some cross flooring joists then putting down new sub flooring.  I hope we can have this done in another few weeks.  

We still haven't heard back from any of the people we called about digging our foundation for the new extension...frustrating. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Movin' Right Along...

Well it's been a few weeks since my last post and spring's in full bloom.

As of late we've been focusing on the outer appearance of the house, mainly the yard. We've mowed, whacked, weeded, seeded and what have you. The yard is looking okay but nowhere near what I want it to be. It's gonna be a lengthy process!!!

We've also jacked up the house 3 inched, replaced the main support beam that runs the length of the house with a nice new beam and are starting to replace the side joists.

We've also staked out the new addition which will allow for us to have a bigger master bedroom, a walkin closet and a master bath.

We're also in the process of sourcing vendors to dig the new crawl space and hope to get that under way in the next 3 weeks. Until then we're focusing on the inner layout of the house, moving walls, adding closets...basically anything inside we can do until we tear down the back end of the house.

In other news I've recently caught myself watching HGTV with George a little too much. I'm now rethinking the color palette and tile choices of the bathrooms as well as the siding color. This weekend it's going to be rainy here in Indy so we plan on revisiting the various home improvement stores to rethink our bathrooms.

Well that about does it . . .stay tuned for more jaunty updates!