We haven’t seen our builders since Monday (we knew we might not). It seems all three built-ins will be ready early next week so I think they are waiting until they have a bunch of things to do. I’ve noticed they really like to be busy.

Yesterday and today I finally got some color on to some walls. Chris and I had decided that it would be best to paint between the barn boards of the old family room wall, so that’s how I started. Then when I rolled on the paint, it turned out it covered pretty well, so that may not have been necessary.

At first I was a bit doubtful about my choice of Whisper Yellow. Even though it’s a fairly mild buttery color, compared to what was there before (kind of a cream/tan/not quite yellow) it looked very yellow. However, once the whole wall was Whisper Yellow it looked very nice. I’m glad, because we bought five gallons of Whisper Yellow all at once to do the family room (2 coats, large room). It was pricey and non-returnable, so it will be Whisper Yellow.

I put the first coat on the old wall yesterday and the second coat today. Also today, I put a first coat on the end wall of the family room where a built-in will go. Only some of the paint will actually show so I didn’t have to paint anywhere near as much as I did, but I was kind of on a roll (literally as well as figuratively) and Chris wasn’t around to stop me. I’m sure for the second coat I’ll only do where the built-in won’t cover.

I left space at the top for my brother (hopefully) to cut in. Everything looks pretty good, although it’s discouraging to think about how much more remains!

Happy Veteran’s Day to any veterans reading this!


Tuesday, 10/25 – Hardwood Floors, This and That

Today two men came to put the hardwood floors in the new rooms. In the family room they need to join up with the existing hardwood floor . Luckily, this is running lengthwise so they can just run new pieces alongside the current floor. They’ll stain the new floor to match the old and refinish all of it together; hopefully it will look like the floor has always been that way.

We ran into a problem, though. Apparently the current floor wasn’t all that straight (or rather, the wall wasn’t). From one end of the house to the other, there’s a two inch difference in the width we’re covering so they need to do something funky with the flooring. If we were building a brand new house, I imagine that everything would be “just so,” with all lines straight. But we’re adding on to a late 1970s house that has either changed shape a bit (I have since the 70s, too) or maybe wasn’t built all that well to begin with, and we have to work with what we have.

One option was to put a wedge piece in what will be the middle of the family room. Then on the other side, everything would look orderly. We decided against that. We will continue to have parallel lines down the family room. Once it gets to the other side (the long back side of the house), the floor guys will do what they need to do to fit the difference. That side of the house will be broken up a bit. At the garage door end, there’ll be a built-in over the hardwood. After that there are baseboard heaters down to the sliding doors to the outside; a puzzle table will be along that wall in the family room as well. Then there’s a built-in to separate the dining room from the family room, and baseboard heaters in the dining room all along that wall. Hopefully a weird little wedge somewhere won’t be noticeable in all of that! If it is, at least it’s not in the middle of the family room.

By the end of today, one board more than half of the back room was done. The sewing room (exterior size 10′ by 14′) wasn’t touched. I’m interested to see if they can power through the rest of the back room tomorrow and do the sewing room, too. I’m guessing no, especially since they’ll need to deal with the aforementioned wedge situation.

Jamie was working on his list of little things that need to be done. Chris asked him about the new screen/storm doors; those will be installed at the end so there’s the least likelihood of them being damaged by any other work.

It seems like the scheduling we hoped would work out for sanding and coating the hardwood floors isn’t going to work out, and the alternate schedule suggested wasn’t good at all. I’m hoping my 2nd plan will work out…

Tune in tomorrow!

Another Sneak Peek

Apologies for not getting the day-to-day updates in here. At the moment, my big push (beyond ferrying the kids places and doing whatever needs to be done for the house project) is working on a quilt that’s due on 10/14.

But I thought I’d stop in and give you a few interior pictures. Following is a picture of the back area from what will be some added-on family room space looking toward the dining room at the end. This was when the bay window was still there; it’s gone now with a plastic wall in the same place, but my pictures aren’t in the right place to show you. Someone in a hazmat suit is actually doing the insulation even as I type, and the wiring and housing for the electrical plugs and lights is done as well the plumbing for the baseboard heating.

Day 19, DR at end

From the dining room end looking down at the family room add-on. The end there will have some built-ins; I met with the designer this morning to discuss those. It’s exciting to be able to design all this rather than just making do with whatever came with the house. Again, that bay window is out of there now and a lot more has been done with this space.

Following are a few pictures of the sewing room. It’s not a huge room (the exterior is10′ X 15′) but for a dedicated sewing room it’s huge and I think the tall ceiling makes it seem more spacious. This room has changed now also; the door has been cut through, it’s wired for plugs and lighting, and we no longer have a pipe in that space!

Day 18 Sewing Room, looking at front window

Day 18 Sewing Room, side of house

I do intend to go back and systematically detail the project day by day, but until that happens, the occasional sneak peek will have to do! Life is a bit crazy here but we’re thrilled at how quickly things are moving along. The builders are estimating they’ll be done around the first week of November. Even if it takes a bit longer than that, we only started on August 22, so it’s going very well.