A Wall Down, a Wall Up

Alex and I are enjoying working on the new kitchen together. I love learning new things, and he’s been teaching me as we go along. I learned all about the electrical and the plumbing as he worked on the new kitchen walls. For the window wall, we also replaced the insulation.

In preparation for building the framework for a new kitchen wall, Alex and Wayne (Laura helped a bit too, I think) took down the wall and closet that separated the kitchen from the bathroom and master bedroom. If you can remember the before pictures, it basically created a hallway to the master bedroom.

Then, Alex and Wayne built the frame for the new wall.

After all the wiring was done for this wall, Alex and I measured, cut and hung the sheetrock.

The next day, we started to put the joint compound on.

Now there’s a wall between the existing kitchen and the new kitchen. Here’s the other side of the wall. Below is our little eat-in kitchen area. Haha!

I’m not sure if anyone remembers the remodel plan, but the spot where the existing kitchen is will eventually become the master bathroom.

I’m using the existing kitchen while we work on the new one. We’re storing most of our belongings at my in-laws’ house while we work on the house, but I brought over a few essential kitchen items and set them up.

I’ve rearranged things in the kitchen since I took this picture, but you get the idea. I found those little curtains in a thrift store for less than $1.

I also put curtains up in the other main level windows.

I found a set of black curtains at a thrift store. I already had some navy blue curtains to use for two of the windows. Laura let us borrow some long black curtains for the tall, front window. All those black curtains sure do keep it cool in there.

I cleared out and cleaned the area by the front window and I set up a little table there. So, we have a little sitting area.

The rest of the living area is filled with another pile of junk.

We’ve finally made progress on the pile outside (we’ve taken several loads to the dump since I last posted an update)…

…but the pile inside continues to grow.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, we made our first, big kitchen purchase a couple of weeks ago. We bought new kitchen appliances. We got a slammin’ deal on these. We were only going to get a stove at first, but it was a better deal to get them all at once (the microwave is in the box to the left of the fridge).

We’re putting the stove in the temporary kitchen today, so that I can start cooking again. I used the crockpot a few times, but one can only handle so much slow cooker food. The rest of the appliances will stay in the basement for now, so they won’t be in the way or get damaged.

I’m glad that I can cook again. We’ve been either eating microwaveable food, or eating out, way too much.


The yard, the pool and Alex’s shop

Wayne and Laura helped us out a few times again this week. One day, Wayne worked on filling in the planter and the holes under the porch. Laura sprayed much-needed weed killer in several areas. She has warned us of some poison-ivy in a few spots in the side yard and backyard. She also trimmed some of the overgrown areas in the backyard, and cleaned up my little mailbox area. 🙂

Those piles throughout the yard are from Laura trimming some tree branches and vines.


We’ve been trying for weeks to get the pool water clean, pouring in every type of chemical, to no avail.

The pool changed to a lighter green color and didn’t stink as bad, but nothing else happened. Finally, Alex decided that we should just drain it and clean it out.

Luckily, there is a nice drainage easement that runs right behind the pool.

We just finished draining the pool this weekend. Sunday, Alex and I worked on cleaning it. Later that same day, Wayne helped Alex get the remaining sludge out.

 It was a pretty hot day, so it was rough. It sure will be nice to have it ready to use though.

We’re almost ready to begin filling the pool back up. There’s just the matter of getting the liner back into place.


Another thing we’ve been working on is setting up Alex’s shop, in the basement. We managed to move a 1,500 lbs lathe and a 4,000 lbs mill into the garage, with just the two of us. Honestly, the hardest part about getting the machines into the garage was backing the trailer into our driveway. Alex had to rent a truck and a large trailer to transport the machines. The road is narrow, which makes it difficult to back into the driveway.

Anyway, with a bit of planning and a lot of effort, we got the machines set up in the garage.

The mill is bigger than it looks in these pictures. It is pretty massive.

Now, Alex has a nice little machine shop in the basement.

  1. K2

    July 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    What is going in the space where the old kitchen currently is?

    1. Becca

      July 13, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      That will eventually become the master bathroom. Thanks for bringing to my attention the fact that I forgot that important info. 🙂 I guess I probably should have given a refresher on the remodel plan. It still might not make the most sense until we’re further along in the process.

      1. K2

        July 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

        oh, oh. Hand raised in air. How about a floor plan? I love seeing before and after floorplans in This Old House Magazine.

        1. Becca

          July 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

          I’m nudging my husband repeatedly to get him put the original floorplan in his architectural program, and then I’ll convert it to a jpeg. The “new” floorplan that I posted a while back in the remodel plan post, has actually been significantly altered since then. So, I may need to do an update remodel post soon. Your enthusiasm is much appreciated. 🙂

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