Sunday, October 23, 2011

THE FENCE PROJECT

THE FENCE.

We began by getting estimates for fences from several different companies and found that most estimates were around $4000.00 Clearly out of our price range. We decided to buy the material ourselves and recruit the help of friends to help with putting the fence in. After our amazing friends agreed we purchased the fence plus materials and were ready to go. We set a date for the end of September and as the weekend approached it began looking like rain in the forecast. We made the decision the Friday before to call it off because it was supposed to pour. When we woke up Saturday it was Sunny and beautiful. Go figure. It was then moved to the following weekend (which proved to be perfect because two more guys could then help).


Kyle and Scott had put a fence in before, this should be easy right? Of course not. Half way through our backyard it becomes a swamp from all the recent rain. The auger hit every root and rock in the backyard making the mens' job more difficult. Tristan, Meg and I left for an afternoon lunch date hoping to return to a fully fenced yard. When we returned Meg and I were slightly shocked. The look on our faces gave us away. Kevin got upset and said I didn't realize how hard it ended up being for them. (He was right - take note, I never say that) At 10am I began to brew a big pot of coffee for the mens. When I offered a drink, they asked for beer. If the mens are asking for it, then beer it was. Two cases of beer, blood (No workmans comp Miller), sweat, mud, swamp and energy later- we had all the posts pretty much dug and settled! 




























I could not be more happy with the fence! Our friends are quite amazing. Some have kids, some work hard jobs and some want their weekends to relax but not our friends. They stepped up and helped all day. James Litwinowicz, Kyle Hill, Mike Montminy, Scott McClellan and Stephen Miller- We love you guys and could not ask for better kick ass friends!! 

The next week between Kevin, His Father, Kyle and myself the panels went up. Kevin finished off the gate and voila! The fence is complete! Now we can have doggy dates!!! A few more posts need to be cut but the fence is good to go!







We also decided we needed a new storm door for the front of the house. Kevin and our neighbor (who also kicks ass) put it in and I love it!! We realized like all old, settled houses- nothing is even! Future Spring project- new front door and jam. Then everything will be on track and perfect!!




























 To allow our oil to be the most efficient it can be, Kevin installed a digital thermostat that can be set to different times, days, etc. Slowly we are bringing this house into the modern age!





 We should buy stock in Lowes.

Next project: Upstairs Bathroom/Bedroom, Kitchen and Tile downstairs bathroom. 








Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Young and the Restless

It has been over two months since I last wrote on here about our home. Things have been going well and everything finally feels settled. There are still several projects to be done and future plans to be made; however, overall things are looking good. We took about a two month break on house and home projects so we wouldn't get burned out. (And neither would our bank account).


This summer I realized I sucks at keeping plants alive. My beautiful hanging baskets died, my greenery is dying and my potted plants are barely surviving. Next summer I need to learn more about landscaping and plants.

Our most recent project has been the interior doors. We were going to replace all doors and hardware but soon realized all doors and door jams were different sizes. To get pretty new doors would need to be cut down to fit, something we didn't want to get involved in doing. We instead decided to forgo the new doors by sanding and painting our existing ones. We then purchased all new, beautiful hardware.  

                        Old doors.



Check out the carpets...that was the sweet carpet all through our house...


Did I ever mention that the day we moved in I got pink eye? That was awesome. I felt so crappy but still kept going. What a trooper I am. (Either that or the fact that I am crazy)

New hardware:



Of course thoughout the process of the doors we had to make three trips out for things we forgot or didn't think about. We found out that the average person runs out three times when doing DIY projects. We took all the doors off the hinges. Removed all of the old hardware (hinges, screws, door knobs). We sanded all the doors and two coats of paint and some touch ups later... voila! 




The white doors really lighten up our home. We didn't do the upstairs because frankly I don't care what that looks like. I would rather have our downstairs looking good since that's what people will see. We also moved some furniture around and were able to make the living room a more open space. This worked out much better.




The kitchen is the next area to be started. Probably not til the Fall/Winter when it's cooler. The walls and wood paneling need to be painted. Megan is going to help with fabrics for the windows and doors. :)


 


 Another project to be done: Removing the metal parts of the radiator and make a new front.


Like this: We need to still remove the metal portion from the bathroom radiator. 


Also needed to be done downstairs: Bathroom tile, cabinet and electrical fixture. We have the tile but we need to get everything else, including time. I hate this tile and I have used EVERY product to attempt to clean. Crud cutter, Oxi clean, Tilex, Clorox, True Green and straight bleach. I think I unknowingly created toxic chemicals in the bathroom at one point.









Wednesday, May 11, 2011

All the small things


I have been very productive doing all of the little things recently that need to be done. Once all the small things are done I will feel better. I can then move onto the KITCHEN! 

Here is the front door threshold. Kev's Dad made it. The space was uneven so he had to make us a threshold. It turned out great!! I then grouted the edge and its finished!
BEFORE

AFTER


Here is the stair horse. The paint is drying and I need to clean the wall/top of steps.Overall not too bad!!
BEFORE
AFTER


AND Kev's Dad made a new radiator cover for me! Funny, these are the things I get excited for anymore.

BEFORE

 AFTER

Attempting to do some more yard work. I have not the slightest green thumb. Slowly learning. Next summer will be better. Promise. Here is the bed I ripped out a bunch of dead bushes with dead Ivy on them. I planted another flower pad. Don't know if it will grow since the other ones never did. Maybe I should buy some flowers to put over for now.





 Someone give me free outside plants/flowers!!


Once the tops of the steps gets a new baseboard things will be pretty much done. At some point this summer I will start the kitchen. I have enlisted Megan's help. I want her to make me fabric for my curtains in the kitchen.I am thinking 50s/retro/housewife maybe pink (not pepto pink) or seagreen. I also need to paint the kitchen. It will make such a big difference. Maybe even look into a new counter top depending on prices. 

Todd will also be coming over at some point to help with plumbing issues. A pipe down in the basement is dripping. We also need to figure out how to maintain our water softener.