NEW YEAR – NEW HOUSE

The house exterior is almost finished

The house exterior is almost finished

Time has been flying by since I last gave an update on the house. I was hopeful back in the summer that we might be in the house by Christmas but that was just wishful thinking. I watch a lot of HGTV and I see houses completely gutted, renovated and decorated all within a few weeks time; which is not the reality for most people. Our original plan to move this house and do some renovations turned into what ended up being basically a new home build. And when you are your own project manager and don’t have a crew of tradespeople working every day in preparation for the big reveal, like on television, things move a lot slower than they do on a home renovation show. But after all these months things are really coming together and moving in to the new house doesn’t seem so far away.

There has been lots of activity at the house over the last few months, some visible and some not so obvious. The garage floor and porch concrete was poured, the septic system was installed, the gas lines are in and the siding and ledge stone around the front porch area is on. I’m very happy with how it all looks.

The stone looks great with the grey siding

The stone looks great with the grey siding

I was hopeful we could keep the original front door as I really loved it but we did end up having to replace it because it wasn’t very energy efficient. We are going to use the original door as an interior door though, so it won’t go to waste. I did not want to replace such a cool door with just anything and I managed to find the brand Trimlite, that has a line called Mid-Century Modern Designs which offers five vintage inspired door options. We opted for the diamond design which I will paint in the spring when it warms up.

the original front door

the original front door

The new door

The new door

Inside the house things are happening too. The electrical is roughed in, our radiant floor heating is running in the basement, framing is complete, the insulation is going in and vapour barrier is going on.

Insulation is going in

Insulation is going in

A steel beam was installed (with the help of a few good strong friends) on the main floor so we could open up the main living area between the kitchen, dining, living room and hallway. It’s hard to see here but there were walls separating the living room and dining room, now nicely opened up.

The main floor opened up

The main floor opened up

So I am happy with the recent progress and look forward to the drywall that will be going up next month. I am excited to see the drywall up because then it will really start to look like a home.

 

 

 

 

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