This was one heck of a day. We had a bunch of people out here working, and I was gone most of the day picking up paint, supplies, and hardware. I left and the place was a mess. Came back, and everything was painted and baseboards were put in! The ceiling is completely done. The walls and trim will get another coat once the entire remodel is done.
I’m really glad I went with a similar color to what we already had in these rooms. It looks beautiful next to the other two colors we’ve used downstairs, and I’m going to need a nice neutral color to balance out the colorful furniture I’m looking at getting for our living room!
We also got a new door put in the family room that we previously remodeled. Our back door was completely rotted through and you could barely open it anymore. This new one looks great. Still needs trim around the sides, but I’m so happy to be able to walk out this door again!
Day Five and Six
No one came out on Tuesday and Wednesday because they were working at the shop building our built-ins. Apparently, there was a little confusion as to what I was wanting because we had a series of text messages containing pictures of sketches that kept getting erased and redone until I was happy.
The original design is above, and the picture below is what it looked like after we made what felt like a dozen changes to it.
Not much happened on Thursday this week either. Our contractor brought an HVAC guy over to move our floor register from underneath the window to the other side of the room by the office. Its location under the window was going to interfere with furniture placement, so we had to move it somewhere out of the way.
The HVAC guy wasn’t the friendliest guy in the world, and he almost hit two of my chickens when he sped out of our driveway. On Friday, I figured out why he was so eager to get the heck out of our house…
On Friday morning, I got a text message from our contractor saying to call him as soon as I could. When he had measured the moisture level in our hardwoods earlier in the week, it wasn’t matching up with the level in our subfloor. We thought the wood just hadn’t acclimated yet, so we were giving it more time. Turns out, the moisture levels were out of wack because of what was hiding in our crawl space under the house.
You’ll need a little backstory here. A month ago, our house started smelling REALLY bad. Like stinky poo-bad. And our toilets weren’t flushing right. I had a plumber come out and he snaked his tool up to try to unclog what he thought was causing our toilets not to flush and allowing poo-gas to make its way back into the house. He got the water flowing again and we were all good. Or so we thought. The smell never really went away, but I was so consumed with everything else going on that I just tried to ignore it. (It’s amazing what you can get used to.)
Turns out, for at least the past month, our sewage has NOT been flowing into the septic tank as it’s supposed to. It’s been flowing directly into our crawl space. Our drain pipe broke and everything we’ve been flushing has just been pouring out underneath our house. I’ll spare you the picture-evidence of this catastrophe (which I have unfortunately seen), but trust me, it’s bad.
We had a plumber come out on Friday afternoon and he fixed the drain, but now we have to have someone come clean and dry out all the waste under the house, get rid of the mold, and install a new vapor barrier. I have no idea how much that is going to cost, but I’ll find out on Monday.
I don’t know if this is what home ownership is like for everyone, but I feel like we’ve been battling one thing after another with this house ever since we moved in a year and a half ago. I’m beginning to believe we may be destined to be renters if this keeps up too much longer.
Luckily, I did get one big thing to smile about on Friday – our built-in shelves and cabinets are mostly done. We still need shelves in the middle and cabinet doors, but this is what they are going to look like.
I am super pleased, and they look even better in person. I am going to have plenty of storage underneath the shelves for our blankets and linens. Can you believe there are NO closets in the downstairs portion of our house? No linen closet, no coat closet, nothing. It’s so weird. But I’ll be able to fit everything in these cabinets and still have plenty of space leftover. And I’m pretty sure it’ll take me years to fill all those shelves up with books!
It was definitely an eventful week. Of course, it would be the one that Cory is out of town for, so that was extra trying, but we made it through, crappy week and all. Pun intended.