August 28, 2010

Remodeling Update #1

We're semi-slowly but surely shifting the house around to accommodate the movement of...practically everything in the house (quite the mental picture). A thank ye much to Mrs. Candler for helping Mom out the first day we began this endeavor!

The girls have officially moved upstairs, and their old room looks somewhat empty as of a few days ago, yet it's being filled with stuff from the living room/dining room...

That's what it looked like the evening they moved up in life. And it's been an interesting time, all this moving...which, as a result, makes us feel like we truly are moving, even though we aren't. :) Prayers would be appreciated for calmed nerves, especially seeing as they have to deal with this agressive action-seeker for an oldest son.

The dining room became an dininglesser room this evening. Imagine all the furniture gone save the table and chairs...and you got its current state.

(this doesn't include the delving of the cove, cleaning out all the insulation in the attic, setting up the girls' new bed, turning the spare 'oom into a temporary attic, and dealing with a lot of...stuff)

So, praise the Lord for progress and the future generations that, Lord willing, will fill this sucker to the brim - the remodeled state of the house, that is.

Y'all have a wonderful evening...

via the iPhone

August 11, 2010

We're Remodeling!

Again!  *grin*

The first round of major renovations our family/friends accomplished began a long time ago with the den...and the former boy's room...and Mom and Dad's room...then around ten years ago with our kitchen, downstairs bathroom, and porch.  The latter three took around 2 years, then we moved onto the upstairs, which we completely gutted, rearranged, added rooms, and made livable compared to its previous state.  The upstairs took around 3-4 years, and we're still finishing up little things here and there...trim or whatnot.

Now, with our recent accidental waterfalls in the attic that poured into the living room below it, we're remodeling the living room and dining room!  This is only phase 1...phase 2 shall be addressed in another post.

For posterity's sake, here's the "before" pictures...the after ones are a few months away from posting.  Naturally, pictures will be forthcoming of the progress...

Our current setup is above...the plan is to take out that wall with the big doorway along with the 45* angle wall (relative to the main part) beside it.  Since it's a supporting wall we'll have to address what exactly we're doing along the way.  Windows are going out as well and new ones are on the way.  All the walls are lathe and plaster without insulation, so out the walls are going, leaving bare 2x4's to be insulated and drywalled.  You can't see the ceiling (lathe and plaster) except the very corner towards the middle of the pic, but around 1/4 of it is damaged from water, so that'll be taken out and evaluated damage-wise, scrubbing off mold damage from the flood where necessary.  Carpet's being replace with...something...I think we're deciding either carpet or hardwood floors.

Here's the dining room.  What's being done in the living room with the walls/ceiling is being done in here as well, sans the mold aspect.  Replacing the lone window to the left.  The hutch built into the wall will be moved from the dining room into another room, freeing up that space.  The protruding section to the right of the hutch is a chimney to the right/cabinets along the left...we're taking that out.  Carpet's being replaced.

So yep, we're going to be busy.  Hoping to finish it all before winter!  :D

August 9, 2010

CA, the 3rd

Moving on to the weekend...the beach...and leaving...parting was such sad sorrow.  Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures during the reception, so your imagination will have to suffice with images of joy, fellowship, and a blessed time spent celebrating the wedding of Ben and Tiffany.

Now for Sunday afternoon...

visiting Jamba Juice once again! (albeit the ladies hadn't that pleasure yet)

WE'RE HERE!!!! the beach, that is

our faithful travel guide, photographer, and friend

Japan was just within range...!  the start of an oceanic baseball game

the boys are back in town...or at least the beach

a Nikon least it wasn't a Canon one!

now that Ben supports a family, he's had to change his diet


those in the background provided some jump-rope music, yet the song escapes my memory


after the beach, we went off to the wharf for dinner...yet a wait time provided for some outside entertainment!

Then Monday came, and we bid those in CA adieu...

And there's our California trip!  Hope y'all enjoyed it...