Monday, September 27, 2010

closing and first week...

So bright and early Monday Sept 20th we left our house to drive 67 miles west and buy a house.  I know..we are crazy..We already OWN  a house. A nice two story, 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath house in a neighborhood.  That last word is the whole problem.  We don't want to live in a neighborhood.  And we certainly don't want to live in a neighborhood that is 67 miles from our daughters and grandkids.


Here is the house we bought.

The front ...

 the back...
 We had our final walk through at 8am and found out that the seller decided to leave anything that she didn't want to move.  That would include a couch, love seat, chair, ottoman, recliner, small table, bench, stool, fishing rod, complete basement full of boxes full of stuff (one that actually says SALE ITEMS!), a 4 cup coffee pot, and various pieces of rug and carpeting everywhere including the front and back porch. Thanks seller....


After closing we had to go pay the deposit for county water and electric. Some lunch at Arbys (I hope to have it every weekend) and then off to our daughters to pick up a mattress and box spring.  We finally got back to the house, unpacked the Jeep and the truck and called Marks Mobile Glass (remember? we had that broken back window). DD2, son-in-law and two kids came.  Our realtor came and picked up the couch, love seat, chair and ottoman... (THANK YOU SARA!) Then we wandered around the house and kind of made plans for Tuesday.

Tuesday -

We pulled the carpet and padding up from the living room, hallway and three bedrooms.  Hubby's sister and brother-in-law showed up around 11am and we took some time to show them around the house and talk about what we were going to do...

Then the fun began..

During the walk through we pulled up the living room carpet. We found hardwood underneath the southeast corner and subfloor under the  northwest corner.  hm... wonder why?  Well....here is why....

Apparently at one time someone decided it would be cool to put red clay tile down...then someone else decided to put down carpet but they needed to cover the tile so they GLUED and screwed sub floor OVER the tile.
awesome
then carpet over that..  What The H--- were they thinking?  So...my job?  Read the following very slowly and carefully.

1. use the drill to remove screws in sub floor
2. use crowbar to pry the sub floor up from the top the tile
3. use crowbar AND hammer to pry each tile up and throw it away
4. Kill hubby when he tells you the next day that he "just remembered" there is a kind of "tool" you can rent that will make it go faster.  Of course he tells you this AFTER all the tile in the living room is up.
5. Go the next day and rent the tool and remove all tile from hallway....
I don't have video or photo of me chopping up tile but I do have evidence that I did it... want to see?
Yea...so I hit my left index finger with the hammer...twice...it's not funny...but it doesn't hurt...although I might have told hubby it was a wee bit sore..thinking it would get me out of work... it didn't...
and I don't have any of those fingernails anymore....{sigh}

How about a little video of that jack hammer awesome tool?  Wow...it was so much louder in person. I made him wear ear plugs...

video 

Oh, we also removed 3 walls of heavy home made oak wainscoting that was horrible.  Here is a before showing our lovely wonderful lawn chair...one of 4 we have for seating...


And an after...

The wainscoting was all over that wall on the right.  And this is where we live.  Yes, I make the bed..it's the only little bit of sanity I have there.  And the seller left the TV...and the satellite was still working Sunday am when we left.

And our fancy dining room table...





So that pretty much ended Tuesday.  We were in bed by 8:30pm.  Asleep.

Wednesday.  Today, let's start demolition in the master bedroom.  Here is what it looked like
BEFORE -


DURING -

tucked back into the corner by the window is that brown dressing table.  This is a load bearing wall, so we can't remove it...but it was all covered in heavy oak and hickory and some kind of veneer..  now it's gone.





AFTER -






so Wednesday...Thursday...Friday...and Saturday we did more tearing down..  Afterwards this is what we have in the front yard...



Rich the trash hauler is coming this week to remove this...and another pile just like it a little further up the driveway..

Sunday am we were up bright and early and had breakfast at Denny's.. Hubby drove to Oklahoma for his job and I got home at 9:30am.

Oh...guess what else she left for us?

These....
This is just two of four and a momma cat.  We will feed them and hope they keep the mouse population down.  There is another yellow cat that hangs around the front and the seller came back and picked up a calico.  Oh..and there are three dogs that lay on the front walk...  we don't feed them.  We are hoping they go home.

See ya next week.
Nancy
























9 comments:

Tangos Treasures said...

Wow holy crap!! You are a demolition crew!! Nice!! Can't wait to see more!!

Laurie said...

WOW girl! You did A LOT of work last week. I have the feeling that this is going to turn into a beautiful new home for you - AWAY from the neighborhood. I'm so happy for you and your hubby! PS - Hope the doggies find their real home! That would be A LOT of new pets to care for!

Anne D said...

WOW you guys must be exhausted. I am tired after reading about it. Look forward to seeing more.

Jean said...

Well, comgrats on the "new" place! Just think, next year at this time (hopefully) you will be laughing about all the hard work you did and it will be totally worth it all! I hope your hand is feeling better!
When our kids were younger and we lived in Oregon, my folks bought a place somewhat similar to yours.... albeit smaller... only 1/4 of the size property wise... and it had a double wide on it. But, it had it's own pond... thus it was dubbed.... "The Pond Place". And a couple of ducks moved right in. Later one was known to be W.D. (ahem, Welfare Duck... cause she mouched off mom/dad) a lot!
I just skipped over to your blog from another one I read all the time. Guess I will have to keep up on how your doing... you have peeked my interest! Good Luck with all the hard work... I would help out.... darn, just to far away!

Marsha said...

Oh, what a week!! I bet you are just worn out??
I can't wait to see more...

Kristin said...

You and Daddy WERE hard at work, weren't you? Darn the luck that I was out of town, ha.

Sara Jeffrey said...

Impressive!!
I am excited I am going to be able to follow your progress!
So- did you get your picture with the "SOLD" sign??

Janell said...

Wonderful news that you will be closer to the family Nancy. I know how much you love those grandkids! I'll keep an eye on your progress-the size of the new sewing room is awesome.

Winona said...

I am loving this. I feel like I am sharing in the renovations without actually doing the work. LOL This is going to be lovely when you get done. Doing the work yourselves will be more meaningful. Love the kittens. How cute. I look forward to the next installment! Hope your finger is OK. Winona