Yes, we have an official moving date. Mid-October here we come!!
So, ready or not, we'll be moving! There is still a lot to do but we feel like we are making progress! Here's what still needs to be done:
- Hang the new front door (this week)
- New Siding on the house (starting this week!)
- Trim on the main floor (starting this week!)
- Paint all the trim (starting this week!)
- Install electrical outlets and lights (starting this week!)
- Finally get rid of the smell from the basement (this weekend!)
- Lay tile in the bathroom (starting this weekend!)
- Have the gravel for our drive delivered (end of September)
- Get the kitchen countertop installed (beginning of October)
- Paint (ongoing)
- Get our ducts cleaned and boot up our geothermal system (Mid October)
- Get one last coat of sealer on the floor (Mid October)
- Move in!! AHHHhhhh (Mid October)
Who knows if we'll get it all done or if we'll be barging in on my parents for a little while!... hoping we won't have to! Don't worry Mom!
So gearing up for the last leg of this reno race, it has been a busy couple of weeks. Luckily, I had some time off that I spent helping Steve preparing the outside of the house for siding and the inside of the house for trim. Which meant, windows!
Shims. That was my job! I was the shimmyer! Steve would prep the outside and I would help make sure the window was level and straight and secure. We had a pretty good system going after installing 10 windows together.
The main level windows were a cinch. Once we got the house wrap on, the window installation went pretty quickly.
Because there are a total of 5 windows more than 10 feet off the ground, we had to enlist the help of scaffolding. Dun Dun Dun....
In the picture below, we had finally gotten all the old siding off and had nailed down our foamboard and house wrap. We were ready for the window... or as I called it, my escape route. In that picture we were about 18 feet in the air.
I was still not quite comfortable with the scaffolding yet, as you can tell from my halfhearted smile. It also didn't help that we were combatting some unhappy little creatures after knocking down their homes:
Another challenging window to put in was the huge front window. (Hello view!)
From there, we moved up to the dormers on the roof. Remember those almost 100 degree days we had last week? Well this is what Steve and I were doing:
Hand on the hip and everything. Queen of scaffolding?
The window above the sliding glass door was the last one to go in. And now our house looks like this:
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