Week 33 (sigh)
Well the good news is there has been huge progress since the last time I posted something...(nearly 3 months ago)! And oh yeah -- in the interim we sold the little condo we had been busy fixing up (and living in Chaos there, while Megachaos continued at the House). The not-so-good news - we closed October 8 on the condo, moved out, moved our boxes back into the House, and promises of a functioning kitchen and living room are still just that. Life behind the plastic curtain continues. But...we're getting there, right?
Over the last couple weeks, we've converted our laundry room into a kitchenette, of sorts, and our guest bedroom into the temporary living/dining room. Our bedroom, thankfully, is largely intact.
|Our "kitchen". Great remodel huh?|
|And oh yeah -- it's still REALLY noisy -- I spend the time at home with earplugs covered by Bose headphones...|
So -- a long time ago someone asked me if I could post some house plans or something so they could better visualize what we are actually doing. It's not perfect, but this may provide some insight for those interested:
|Pre-final house renovation plans|
A Few Scenes of the Emerging Downstairs Renovations
Below is a shot of Michael working on the first primer coat for the clay walls in the living room. It's a very labor-intensive process requiring primer, 2 hand-troweled coats, and a final smoothing. It was especially lengthy because we had the original ceiling moved and built a raised ceiling to bring light and space to the room -- the ceiling is now 20 feet high. The new addition -- office and dance floor, overlooks the living room now. We removed a wooden herringbone ceiling (which was beautiful...but dark) -- added windows, a raised ceiling/roof, and left the original vegas that supported the ceiling.
|Clay - and the kiva fireplace grew!|
|Our granite countertops -- view of the clay living room walls and fireplace through new kitchen opening|
|Ed christens the countertops with a celebratory gin and tonic (with prickly pear shrub -- thanks Charles!)|
And From the New Addition Upstairs
|Views from upstairs into the living room|
And the Nearly Finished Upstairs Addition
|Looking across the dance floor from the office|
And from the dance floor west to the office. Eventually there will be stairs coming up where the ladder is.