Sunday through Tuesday, we made some more progress on the house.
I removed the carpet from the stairs and the second level. I had the most difficulty with the carpeting on the bottom half of the stairs.
The pile of carpet and tack strips just kept growing.
Here are some pictures of the stairs and upper level, after the carpet was removed.
The next day, I tossed all the carpet and tack strips off of the back deck and into the junk pile. For some reason, I enjoyed this task the most. Getting the carpet out of the house, and gutting the basement, has rid the house of the yucky smell it once had.
My mother-in-law, Laura, did some more yard work on Sunday. She cut back the large apple tree that was growing parallel to the ground and toward the house. She also cut the tree that was growing up toward the kitchen window, and cleaned up the area along the left side of the house.
My husband, Alex, and father-in-law, Wayne, ripped out the rest of the basement, and I mean ALL of it. There was mold throughout the basement, and we wanted to start over with the basement anyway.
This is what it looked like on Sunday.
We’ll be getting someone out to haul it all away within a day or two.
On Sunday, we brought Wayne’s riding lawn mower, and he cut the prairie in the backyard.
Monday, I removed all of those silly plastic shades and all the dirty curtains and tossed them into the junk pile. I cleaned some of the windows.
Each window is actually a set of two windows, because there are storm windows on the outside. So, there is a build-up of bugs, dirt and cobwebs between the sets of windows. They also just need a good scrubbing, all over. They are difficult to clean well, because it’s hard to get all the areas on the inside of the windows. I can’t wait until we can replace all of them. I have to keep telling myself, “one step at a time.”
As I was cleaning the kitchen window, I started cleaning the tops of the kitchen cabinets. There was so much dirt!
Tuesday, I cleaned the master bathroom and sink area. I scrubbed every inch of it with a multi-surface cleaner with bleach, including all the walls. After that, I helped Laura finish up with cleaning the kitchen. It is now clean to the point where it is usable. We just need to get a temporary little range for the kitchen.
Building the new kitchen will be our first major project. So, we will only use this kitchen for a short while.
I also cleaned the master bedroom windows, started cleaning the living room windows, and soaked them down with bug spray. Laura worked on the thrilling task of getting the wallpaper off in the master bedroom.
Within the next few days, I will give an overview of our remodel plans. We will be working on the house while living in it. So, we won’t have flooring in places for a time, and we will have a constant work zone in the house. For my sanity, we may at least paint the sub-floor, and we will put a carpet or an area rug in our room.