Join me as I renovate my 1881 farmhouse with much creativity and very little budget. (Often with humorous results). Oh and there may be random ramblings posted from time to time. It helps quiet the voices in my head. Well, that and the prescription the Dr. gave me...
I am so happy y'all!! My kitchen is beginning to resemble a room again instead of squatter's squallor.
Buh-bye meat locker and hello coziness as the insulation goes in to warm us up and help reduce the utility bill.
The hubbs hard at work.
The hubbs made a minor mistake when he placed the outlet box considering a cabinet will be in front of it. So it needs to be moved up for counter height use.
Hey look--a header over the window on a load bearing wall!. No more worrying about the 2nd floor crashing down.
Hello brand new shiny window with your low-E energy efficient double panes. Not only are you gonna save me money, you are short which allows me to have a whole run of cabinets with countertop in what was previously wasted space.
The new wall has been built for the sink, dishwasher and refrigerator area. The wall was out of plumb by 3 and 3/8 inches and the floor in the area was 2 inches off prior to the repair (see post for weeks 5/6). This wall was pre-built so it is square-maybe the only square thing in the entire house. When installed it was shimmed to be level and plumb. We now have a true surface on which to drywall and hang cabinets. And how cool is this? You can see an outline of the stairs on the plaster and lath boards. (which I highlighted in red). We are going to use some plywood and close off the old back porch door frame.
Budget constraints forced me to go with 6 inch recessed lights. I had originally wanted 4 inch LED's which I talked about HERE. However the cost would have been $339 for 8 recessed lights. Lowe's had a contractor special on 6 inch recessed lights, a case of 6 including trim kit and along with a package 6 of lights, I was out the door out the door for $88.19. The main light fixture has been ordered and will be here next week. I went with my original choice of Madison, except I found it for $122.58 (not counting my 5% discount) at ATG stores (which is a Lowe's subsidiary) instead of the $138.96 at Home Depot. Every little bit of savings counts at this point!
I know it doesn't look "pretty" yet but to me it is such a beautiful sight. If all goes well, we hope to begin drywall next weekend.