Sunday, April 24, 2011

Week 3 - Subcontractors

This was apparently the week of the subcontractor because a ton of electrical and plumbing work got done.

First of all, the old boiler was removed. Good thing the weather has been warm(ish) or those guys would be mighty sad all working with no heat.

The Mr. finally got his day of fun in the back hoe tearing out bushes and moving dirt around.

So now we finally see the front of the house in all it's glory. Ick. The Swiss Chalet roof thingie has got to go.

The ugly bushes were might entrenched so we're looking forward to the landscaper getting this all smoothed out and seeded.

Here's the electricians. I've never met them, so let's just call them Sparky 1 and Sparky 2.

The new stud wall between the kitchen and living room with nice electrical. There will be a little space above the wall followed by cabinets with glass on both sides to let the light through.

Sub floor is down in the living room and dining room. Makes a nice smooth surface for the hardwood to come.

I think these next pictures only a contractor would love because really it is just open framing with fresh pipes and wires.

Well, the new tub is in. I can see and appreciate that.

All you hard core DIY folks out there can bigify this if you want to admire the nice new plumbing and electrical. This is the half bath looking through the wall to the full bath.

The "busy" wall on the kitchen. A work of art. Re-plumbed and wired for oven, sink, dishwasher, refrigerator and washer / dryer.

At the far end of the kitchen. the walls have all been moved around.

Primarily, the wall dividing the kitchen from the spare bedroom was pushed back to make a little dining area.

Same area from the family room side with door leading into the half garage / storage area and new wall and door to the spare bedroom on the left.

New entry into the family room. The doorway was moved some feet to the right and the corner on the left will be a closet to house stackable washer and dryer.

Which brings us (finally) to the point where the Mr. will be spending his days in the barn building cabinets. Right now, all he has are blanks which look to me like big pieces of wood cut into squares but I am confident that from these will emerge glorious custom cabinets.

The Mr. is down to a 5 day work week (well, almost). Still checking on things on the weekends and now that the cabinet work has started he'll be into spray varnish, let dry, spray varnish, let dry cycles. Hopefully the let dry cycles will be filled with industrious activities about the estate.

Mango Momma


  1. Holy Gwalk A Moley... they gutted that thingy like a stuffie!!! Where is all the white stuffs and the squeaker????

  2. What a huge undertaking this is and it's coming along GREAT! We can't wait to see the custom cabinets!

  3. I can't believe how fast they're working (and how tidy everything is!) Nice looking copper pipes, and beautiful electrical artwork!! Lookin' good, Mr.!!

  4. The Master must be in his element. I can't believe how much gets done, so quickly. We have never had a house that went through renovations although I class myself a renovator after cleaning and keeping a tidy house when we had five kids living home ha ha. Take care all and Happy Easter. No worries, love Carol.

  5. Unbelievable! We are so impressed by the amount of work that has been done in such a short time!!! Wowzers! Keep the posts coming - love to see the progress!

  6. Dang, I'm thinking the crews must be having sleepovers to get all that done so quickly! Did you tell them Ty from Extreme makeovers was running the show? ;) Tremendous progress!

    Waggin at ya,

  7. You guys and gals really know how to relax!! :)

  8. Me tinks lots of progress being made for sure!

    'dose Sparky dudes look like 'dey up to sometings-

    Me tinks 'dey eat peanutty butters on 'da job-

    Oh wait, hu hu's - me does 'dat-

    Anakin Man

  9. What a gift you're giving to whomever buys this house...they can see the renovation step by step....

    Custom made cabinets...oh, those will be fabulous!!

    You have to pop down and check out the bomb shelter...we're terriers...we're curious...



  10. What Frankie said. The Mango Master is a glutton for work, it appears. Bet the Foster House is going to be the highest quality house in its neighborhood by the time you're finished. Abby could help with the excavation; she lives to dig.

    Jed & Abby

  11. Did they remember to stick a piece of pipe through the wall for an outside hose connection? Because having a hose outside is important. Check with Pee Wee to be sure.

    I have Dan doing crap-tons of landscaping stuff around here, between the leaving of tree removal dude and the arrival of tree planting dude. It's chaotic.

  12. Wow! A whole ton has been done - great job!! I hate to disappoint you, but I would wager that "drying time" = "LazyBoy time" . Let's hope not ;)

  13. Can we hire the Mr. when he's done with this? Our downstairs is trashed after this flood, and we're thinking about removing the bottom 6 inches of drywall and replacing it with stuff that doesn't soak up water like a sponge (you know, so when it floods again, we don't have to spend $1,000 on fan rental). Oh, and we need our floor down there ripped up and something flood-proof put in. ;-)

    (Kidding. I'm thinking about flying my Dad out to help me with the floor - he's super handy and I'm not... I think flying my Dad out would be cheaper than hiring someone, and we'd get to spend lots of quality father-daughter time...)

    -Dr. Liz

  14. Only 3 weeks and already so much accomplished! I sit and type in awe! Also, you have a couple of very handsome Sparkys there - the one on the right in red especially!

    Can't wait to see what the kitchen/livingroom wall looks like. My imagination is failing me, but having seen your brown-to-purple transformation at home, I am sure it will be wonderful.