baybehs so that Gavin and I could make a big push forward on the house. Specifically the time had come (FINALLY!) to put up the walls. A giant boom truck came to the house and delivered over 200 boards of drywall -half of which was flown in through an upstairs window via a giant crane (!) so as to save the epic shlep of the boys carrying it all upstairs. I was mercifully kiddo-wrangling the day it arrived but I am told a great deal of man-power was spent carrying the downstairs boards in- they are heavy and awkward and yeah, I'm glad I was a good 30 miles away...
But once they were there the time had come to get them hung. And I had like, a bizillion little (big) projects that had been nagging at me since we closed on this monster that I wanted to dig into, and having a sitter for a whole week was like a gift from God.
We got So. Much. Done. The biggest impact was by far having those walls going up again- all that lovely white light filling up the place made us realize how dismal the gutted, brown-and-taupe of the exposed beams and insulation truly was. It's so much easier to be optimistic when things look clean and new! My uncles worked tirelessly as always and as always I don't have words for how grateful I am for them. (BTW, I recommend clicking on photos should you wish to biggify them...)
|Gavin and his new favorite toy: The Impact Gun|
|Everyone pitching in- my friend Zac even took the train in from |
Brooklyn to help- What a guy!
|Overcoming my fear of power-tools....|
|Ironing the Floor= Good Times!|
On the very last day of the week off (on) Gavin and I decided to stay late and begin tiling the shower. We had bought the subway tile a couple of weeks prior, and although we were intimidated, my Uncle A gave me a quick tutorial and off we were to the races. I won't say it wasn't hard (or that I didn't have to pull down the first two rows and re-do them after noticing they were leaning a bit hard to starboard so to speak...) but we got a good start on it and I really felt so damn proud.
|Harder than it looks...|
|Getting really late at night. Much swearing at the tile cutter...|
|Not bad for first timers! Still have a ways to go though...|
On the bad news side, doesn't look like it's possible to keep the old kitchen cabinets. We had to tear them out to repair the kitchen wall which was one of the last bastions of plaster (now gone!) and needed to be bumped out a bit to accommodate the plumbing waste pipe. Turns out the cabinets were kind of chintzy to begin with and many of them didn't fare so well during the tear out. So...Boo! More money we don't have! And...Yay! New cabinets! I have some truly lovely plans for that kitchen, y'all. But that's for another blog....Mwa ha ha ha!!!
Still crossing our fingers for a move-in date before Thanksgiving- what a thing to be thankful for! Updates a' plenty coming- things are moving fast-and-furious now!! But:
|Remember all that potential? Coming back into focus....ONWARD!|