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Never ending house projects


 

The house is on the market (see listing).  Here is what it looks like when it's clean.

From the street

Front room

Kitchen

Family room

270 degree panorama of front room to family room

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 2

Main bathroom

Master bedroom

Master bathroom

Daylight basement

Downstairs bedroom

Downstairs bathroom

Downstairs bathroom

Backyard

Backyard

 


March 2009

The front porch project is underway, and is the last big hurdle before listing the house to sell.  We've also been cleaning closets, selling furniture, boxing winter gear and giving bags upon bags of clothes away in an effort to de-clutter the house. 

Front porch project

Days 1 and 2

Front porch project

Finished

Front porch project

Finished

 


January/February 2009

My Dad flew in and played the role of hard working foreman for a entryway/kitchen laminate floor project along with a master bathroom remodel. Elaine and I then did the main bathroom remodel.

Kitchen/entry way floor project

Before

Kitchen/entry way floor project

After

Master bathroom

During

Master bathroom

After

Main bathroom

During

Main bathroom

After

Downstairs bathroom

After

Downstairs bathroom

After

Downstairs bedroom

After

 


April - August 2008

Half bathroom into a full bath downstairs.  The walls will be extended, enclosing the area of missing tile, and a shower will be added.

And so it begins

Up go the walls

New shower plumbing

Shower base

Drywall is up!

Shower

Looking good

Painted "bedroom"

The shower door is in!

(meaning that we have a fully functional guest bathroom - so come on out for a visit!)

 


May 2006

Jake

"Pruning a tree"

 


December 27th, 2005

Back splash in the kitchen

Back splash

Spacing the tiles

Back splash

With grout

Back splash

Finished

 


August 2nd, 2005

Howard and Carol came down and put in glass block windows in the basement and a skylight in the kitchen.

Carol and Howard

Taking out the old basement window

Carol

Putting in the a glass block window

Skylight

Hole in the kitchen ceiling

Skylight

Hole in the kitchen ceiling

Howard

Cutting the drywall for the skylight hole

Skylight

Jake

Mudding the skylight drywall

Skylight finished

 


July 6th, 2005

The drains are flowing again!  Hallelujah!  A valuable lesson was learned in the process, which was - if you have a plumbing problem hire a plumber to fix it (not Roto-Rooter).  The plumber was able to clear the drain where the Roto-Rooter guy gave up (although he was glad to take my money).  Although it was a bummer to have to do dishes in the bathtub while Grandma Carol, Aunt Maribeth and Uncle Brian were in town, it sure is nice to have our kitchen sink back now.


July 2nd, 2005

Apparently the plumbing in our house didn't appreciate the addition of a garbage disposal.  Although we knew about the plumbing's predisposition for slowly draining, things have now totally backed up.  After snaking out the drains in the kitchen and laundry room to 25 feet (to no avail), we brought in the Roto-Rooter guy.  As an efficient professional, he was helpful (and expensive), but was also unable to get past the 25 foot barrier (breaking his machine in the process).  He seemed to think that the drain has "rusted shut", which means another project is born . . . ripping apart the drywall ceilings in our basement to expose, find, and replace the offending drain pipe connection(s).  Until this is fixed we do not have an operational kitchen sink, dishwasher or laundry washing machine.  Bummer.  All of this happened on the Saturday of the fourth of July weekend, with Grandma Carol, Aunt Maribeth, and Uncle Brian in town.  Again, bummer.

The only silver lining I've been able to come up with is that at least the bathrooms are unaffected by this drainage back up.  Obviously the offending drain pipe is "rusted shut" somewhere (25 feet or so) between the kitchen and the main drain of the house.  We are still able to go to the bathroom, take showers, and wash our dishes in the bathtub.  And as far as the upcoming project goes (starting on Tuesday),  at least I wont have to deal with backed up sewage as I'm replacing the clogged section of drain pipe.


June 20th, 2005

Kitchen with new counter tops

View 1

Kitchen with new counter tops

View 2

Kitchen with new counter tops

View 3

 


June 1st, 2005

Kitchen before remodel

View 1

Kitchen before remodel

View 2

Kitchen before remodel

View 3

Kitchen remodel during project

View 1

Kitchen remodel during project

View 2

Kitchen remodel during project

View 3

Kitchen remodel during porject

View 4

Kitchen remodel during porject

View 5

 


April 9th, 2005

We have been doing some leg work for a planned kitchen remodel.  Which counter top color do you like best?

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New kitchen design

View # 1

New kitchen design

View # 2

New cabinet color

Counter top option #1

Counter top option #2

 


October 10th, 2004

Two projects down (painting and French drains), one to go (jacking up the front porch).  The drainage project was as back breaking as anticipated (ugh).  225 feet of plastic lined, porous piped, gravel filled trench.  Howard and Carol helped out with that as well as putting in an oven, and painting/replacing the knobs and locks on our front doors (thanks again for the help).

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Front porch trench - hand dug

The right side of the concrete slab was sinking because of poor drainage.

Basement window - hand dug

Negative grade had water setting against the foundation. It would have eventually caused a leaky basement.

Jake and the trencher

God bless the trencher!

Jake trenching

God bless the trencher!

Carol

Helping with the drain pipe

Front porch

With plastic, pipe and gravel.

Basement window

Elaine laying pastic for the French drain.

Howard

Painting the front door

New oven/range

The counter tops, sink and cabinets will be a project for another time.

Front porch

Finished

Basement window

French drain finished

Back yard

Finished

Back yard

Finished

 


September 25th, 2004

We have officially started or house projects "to-do-list", hoping to have some of them done before the rain starts in earnest this fall.  Or list includes painting the exterior of the house, putting in French drains along the north (front) and west (side) sides of the house as well as both back yard retaining walls to fix poor drainage issues.  We also hope to jack up the roof covering the front porch (which is sagging because of poor drainage).

Anybody want to come out for a "working vacation" (a.k.a. back breaking labor - digging out the French drain pits)?  I didn't think so.

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Jake

Taping the house

Jake

Painting the house

Cooper

Trying to help paint the house

Jake

Painting the house

Jake

Painting the trim

Finished product*

*We will probably end up painting the front doors, any suggestions?

 


Thank you Howard, Carol, Maribeth, Margaret, Brian, Jeff and Mike for helping us move!  We couldn't have done it without you!

The house located in Northern Kentucky.  It is a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath ranch, with a 1 car garage, partially finished walkout basement, on a large lot (.9 acres), in need of updating.  It is about twice the size of our Vancouver house, which will be great for the room to grow into.  The house is about 10 minutes away from the airport for Elaine.

To view a quick 'walk through' video click here.

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Brian

Expressing his sentiments towards moving

Howard, Jeff and Maribeth

Unloading boxes

Margaret

Putting away bowls in the kitchen

Carol, Maribeth, Cooper and Elaine

Taking a break

Howard and Mike

Taking a break

 

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