Yeah, I missed a week. Had the flu. Nasty business and still not cured, but at least I don't have a fever and am able to function.
But enough about me, how's the house?
The front is done and it looks stunning. Here's before and after.
New siding, doors, windows, roof, and the Swiss Chalet cap has been integrated into the front to give it a cleaner look.
Out back, the new soffits are up, along with the cozy house wrap.
I ran into Helper Bob working on the soffits on the side. Pretty smug look on Helper Bob's face, eh? That's because he was on the phone when I walked up (trying to explain to his ten year old son why they couldn't get a dog right now - boo hoo).
Whilst talking to Helper Bob about the pros and cons of one dog, two dogs, no dogs, small dogs, big dogs, etc., I heard some alarming smashing sounds coming from inside.
Helper Bob was nonplussed, but I had to go in and see.
Well, that's one way to remove a toilet.
The Mr. put up plastic between the family room and utility area to keep the heat in until the blue board is up. There was nary a whiff of oil odor which was a great relief.
The nasty brick wall between the living room and kitchen has been removed and packed into the dumpster.
You can see that the new wall is all framed in. Just high enough to hide kitchen cabinets and provide outlets, but low enough to give the house an open feel and allow sunshine and summer breezes to be shared between the rooms.
Cutting the bricks along the chimney was painstaking. The goal was to have a smooth surface to butt the wall up against and still preserve the mantels (upper and lower).
The winter has been kind. Some cold days, but this week promises to be in the fifties (at least for the first half) which will keep the snow away and allow for more progress on the exterior.
Should be getting the rough electric and plumbing done this week as well. Moving right along.