Jun 3, 2008

Hardwood turning into remodel

Since baby Mia will have her immune system supressed, we decided to install hardwood floors so that we can get all the germs out and have a more easily maintainable surface. To do hardwood, we have to remove trim, so now we are getting new trim. We decided to tear out the center wall in our kitchen in order to create more space. The plan is to put an island in its place for more counterspace and room for stools. Tearing down the walls was a blast. I had a couple high school buddies over to help as well as Jeff and his son. Between Ellie, Jensen and Logan it could have been their full time job. They were hammering long after all traces of sheetrock were gone. They even hammered on a couple walls that were to stay. Oops. It was funny, and we are going to have the puddy out soon, so no harm.

The Good:

Mimi and I are not extremely passionate about interior decorating and things like that, so it has been extremely helpful that two of our friends have stepped in and are making decisions for us. They come plan, measure, suggest, sheme, shop, come to Home Depot with us, and even take home project to complete! It is like we have our own interior decorators. I also have a couple real close freinds that do pipe and framing. This has proven to be priceless. On top of this I have a couple friends drop by and jump right into whatever I am working on. No pricetag for this. Thank you!!!

The Challenging:

Total wall length that we have torn down is only 11' but we have had some challenges, mainly the fact that all possible utilites are in this small section of wall. It's just downright unfair. Here's the list of setbacks: Three power outlets, two light switches, a phone line,Three air ducts, two water pipes, a sewer pipe and a partridge in a pair tree. Also, the wall is a load bearing wall. Here is what we have done so far to solve problems. We set a post and beam to carry the weight from the ceiling. Water pipes have been rerouted, Power and lights will have to be figured out as well as phone line. Sewer pipe will need to be moved over a bit, but the real kicker is the air ducts. I just haven't figure out how to get around that one. Oh, and the hardwood flooring material was purchased today and we are ready to roll. the wood is supposed to "acclamate" for a week and then we will install. We chose Brazilian Redwood for downstairs, purpleheart for the small rectangle in front of the fireplace, and Santos Mahogany for the upstairs landing. We are going to do the stairs as well, but I have some more measuring to do.

Here is our first Youtube video of the demo-

9 comments:

anniewalkfam said...

can't wait to see it. and how fun to demolish! please call us for any help. JD is great at this stuff!

The Eggett Family said...

Holy Project!!! That sounds like ALOT of work. I'm sure it's going to be beautiful when it's done.

Michelle said...

This is Michelle Lay by the way. I just talked to Ernie's brother Stephen who owns a heating company and he said he would be more than happy to help you with your air ducts. Email me if you'd like his number. If you guys need anything we are here for you too.

Rebecca said...

It sure looks different without that wall! The phone line thing didn't even occur to me. It is crazy how much business was in that wall! I can't wait until it is all done, it is going to be so nice for you all to have a more open space and for baby Mia to keep healthy!

Sheri said...

I know how much Mimi wanted that wall taken out. I can't wait to see how it all turns out - Let us know if you need Rob to run over and help - he'd love to do whatever.

jayna said...

Wow- this is very impressive! Good luck!

Suz, Nathan & Kye said...

Holy Cow! It's going to look so nice! What a good idea to put an island there! Brilliant!Can't argue with more counter space! I hope everything goes well!

Bown Bloggity Blog said...

Can't wait to see it! John, love that you posted this at 11:59 pm- that's the only time I'd have to do this sort of thing.

Rachel said...

I know it's a crazy time to demolish and redecorate...but you are doing a FANTASTIC JOB. Everything is coming together and looking good. I can't wait to see it all done and see your happy little family enjoying your new space.