Sunday, February 20, 2011

Kitchen? Check!

Well, here it is, the top floor kitchen.
We painted the cabinets with a Dutch paint, which was kind of like trying to spread thick sticky greasy glue onto wood. The first time around we used it undiluted...and then unhappily watched gravity do it's thing until it looked like the whole surface was melting.
I think we've finally got a system down...and if it ever fully dries (and if we ever come down off our paint-fume high), it'll be hard as nails.
If it's good enough for ships, it's good enough for me.

Epic Cleaning

It's true, it's endless. But I have come to love the shop-vac.
We're cleaning up the top floor before adding another layer of sealer later this week...and Friday I start to move!
Oh...and yeah, all the fireplace bricks are now white....

The Back

Yes! The siding is done! Gutters, leaders, window trim...thank goodness.
Now, was that SO hard??

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Wait a second...

Is that MY house without plastic all over it? No way.
And ...where are the broken and splintering fence posts that held it up?
It may be possible that I was beginning to get used to having the crazy hobo house of the neighborhood.
Hey! What? And window trim?
Best Valentine's day ever.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

February 12th

I closed on the house one whole year ago, today.
Happy Anniversary little house! You can do it!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Someone's curious...

about all the activity going on in the house...

Monday, February 7, 2011

House Update: The Short Version

After this latest and most major leak we finally got a meeting with the contractor boss out at the house--ten days after the fact.
He did a very good job of feigning ignorance about the whole thing, there was lots of yelling at his employees, lots of shaking of his head back and forth...and although on some level it was satisfying to hear the GC get reamed, I have to say I don't completely buy it.
The outcome is that I have a new contact assigned to my job, a total battle-axe, but at least she has a lot more experience than the last gal and seems like she can actually get things done. Meanwhile the GC once again showed his utter confusion, and general lack of knowledge about anything even slightly construction-related.
It appears that they will indeed take responsibility for the damage done, but really, how could they not. For god sakes, there's no siding on the building! There were a lot of promises made as to the work to be done, let's just hope it's for real.

Today Todd and I prepped the top floor to be painted this that I can cram my home and work up there until the rest is done.
Meanwhile, ... here is a photo of the kitchen floor which warps just a little bit more every day...