|And because we aren't crazy enough, we are renovating the living room at the same time as the kitchen.|
|The "pink vagina room" (as my hubby not-so-affectionately called it) is no more!|
|Dan and Adam, being the amazing guys that they are, volunteered their time over the long weekend (who does that?!?) to help us complete the gutting. Bringing down the lath-and-plaster ceiling, strapping, and a layer of drywall was the worst part! (Don't worry, we compensated them for their time and efforts.)|
|We removed the original layers of floor (yes, there's our new water heater, pressure tank, sediment filter, and UV light - all installed by my super-handy hubby!)...|
|...as well as all the joists, most of the staircase, and the spray-foam insulation that was in the way. In doing so, we completely cut off all access to the second storey.|
|So for a week, we climbed the ladder on to the roof and entered our bedroom via the window. (Let me tell you: it's not all it's cracked up to be in the movies!)|
|Finally we got the new floor joists installed.|
|Once we got the sub-floor installed, we could use the ladder indoors. (And by dropping the floor, we've gained over 4" of ceiling height...pretty significant when the ceiling we started with, was a mere 6'11"--not up to code for our woodstove!)|
|We sister-ed new joists to the original beams from 1880, creating a sturdy, (and level!) surface to work with for the new ceiling. And finally, the walls got framed!|
For the past two weekends, cousin Derek came from Toronto to work on our heating and cooling system. (FYI: to our friends in the GTA, Derek's company is called DTB Heating Services....we highly recommend him.) Thanks to Derek, we now have central air, and brand new duct-work throughout the whole house!
Next week, my handy hubby will be ready to start the electrical work in the living room, and after that, it's time for insulation. (Eventually, I imagine we will get some brand new stairs too.) Over the past 6+ weeks, there were times when I thought I would never be able to make it through another day. Yet looking back, we have truly gotten a tremendous amount of work done!
And one day soon, we will have something that looks like this: