6/26/10

Sheetrock

The sheetrock were delivered on Tuesday morning, it took them about four hours to carry all sheetrock up the stairs.



The sheetrock was up in a day, but no one told us that we needed an inspection for the sheetrock nails. So we wasted a day, Thursday, to schedule an inspection for the next day. We passed the inspection, and work was resumed yesterday. The guys taped up the seams and left for the day. They came today and mudded the seams then left early today again.








Dixie has been working on the rough electrical on the downstairs units this week. She's almost done according to Justin, then the two of them will finish the radiant floor heat installation. 

I made the purchase for our engineered wood floor on Wednesday. I don't know when they are getting here, but I am pretty excited for the shipment to arrive. Since we are getting floating type floor, we've decided to install the floor ourselves to save money. I just hope that it doesn't take us too long to install the floor. 


6/17/10

Hodge-podge

After nearly giving up on Craigslist it's came to my rescue again. earlier this week, I called the trash hauling company to get an estimate on how much it's going to cost to get rid of the last remaining piles of dirt and trash. They estimated $1300, mainly due to the contaminated soil and several tons of used bricks.
We've had this pile of bricks in our yard since the demo back in December last year. We had planned to them to be reused for the walk ways around the house. Well, now we are sick of looking at them, so it's time to say goodbye. I don't want to hold onto something that we may or may not use in the future. 

I posted an ad for free used bricks on Craigslist and within the hour, I overwhelmed by eager takers. After about the eighth email within the hour, I decided to take down the ad. So now, we are expecting four people to come on Saturday morning and haul away as much bricks as possible and save me some money on dumping fee. I didn't know there was such a high demand for used bricks. 

Justin took two weeks off last month to work on the radiant heating with Dixie. Installing the tubing that goes underneath the floor is very labor intensive and the job is still not done a month later, but at least the boiler is in and ready.

The Pex tubing carries hot water that circulates through out the floor to keep the house warm. Sorry downstairs tenants, this luxury is only for us, the homeowners...we can't afford to do it for the whole building.

Is this an art gallery installation? Oh, it's just part of an unfinished tubing.


Isn't this light cute? It was a cheapy at Home Depot. We are going to install motion sensors for this light outside the utility room and one outside the garage.

Receipts.

I would just like to share with you some pictures of our receipts from various purchases we've made since the start of the our renovation...we have spent over $13,000 on materials at Home Depot so far. 

These are miscellaneous receipts for other supplies. 

6/16/10

Going Green

It's been a while since my last post, so this is going to be a long one with lots of photos. After about a month of being on hiatus from the house, I am back to oversee the insulation installation this week. The insulation process was only supposed to take one day, for the upstairs unit. Unfortunately, our power outlet was not strong enough to support the insulation blower yesterday, so the guys had to come back for a second day to finish the job. If we had timed it better, the sheetrock would be going up this week too, but alas, that will have to wait until next week. We are so excited for this next step in the renovation project, because it means we'll finally be making purchases for the fun stuff!

A new railing makes the "hole" in the middle of the attic feel less dangerous.

I love our new skylight!

The new framing gives added support to the roof.

My project over the weekend, scraping off 50 year old linoleum off the kitchen/living room area.


I got tired of using the little scraper tool and switch to a linoleum scraper, that made it go so much faster.

It's not pretty, but that's going to be covered up by the new floor, so who cares?!

Ceiling insulation made out of recycled denim, better for the environment, and less harmful to the body. It costs about seventy cents more per square foot than fiberglass insulation, hope it's worth it. 

The denim insulation goes between the ceiling joists. 

For the walls, a sheeting was stapled to the joists first, then holes are cut in between the joists to blow in the insulation made out of recycled newspaper. 

Viola!

This is where we are today...