Steven and I are both very grateful for some time away from work for the holidays. We enjoyed a wonderful trip to Asheville with his parents for Christmas, then we got straight to work on the house on the 26th. Earlier this week, we met with the contractor who will be doing the exterior work (framing the exterior wall in the future dining room, plus windows and siding for the whole house). Also, our window supplier came to take measurements for all the windows. We should be getting the estimates for all of this by the middle of next week, then we will begin the process of obtaining a loan.
In preparation for the contractor's work, we had to demo the existing back porch (if you could even call it that, more like a walk-through really). The whole porch area you see below will be enclosed as the future dining room, and we'll have a double glass door leading to the back yard on the new exterior wall. The new wall will basically be a continuation from the wall you see on the left side of the photo. This porch was a later addition to the house, and there are some complications with the roof structure over the porch because of how the porch roof was just plopped right on top of the original house roof... We decided that this load-bearing, exterior wall job should be left to the pros!
|The back porch area will be enclosed for the future dining room|
|Ginny is pretty upset with us because this was her normal route to and from the yard.|
So while Steven was tearing up the porch outside, I was nice and warm indoors while moving everything out of our old kitchen and into the temporary one. We kept the refrigerator but tossed all of the old appliances, and we'll be making due without an oven and range until the new kitchen is ready. (All the more motivation to get to that point!)
Here is our old kitchen, a.k.a Hibachi Station, a.k.a The Pentagon... One of its many cons was that the only entry/exit was a 15" wide gap between the fridge and counter. I'm not at all sad to see it go.
|We had to remove a door and part of its casing to get the fridge to the new temp kitchen spot. I'm glad Steven was laughing, otherwise I would not have dared to take his picture at a time like this, haha!|
|Not bad at all for a temporary kitchen setup :) Washing dishes is going to be the tricky part though...|
On to the demolition!
|YAY, it's gone!!!|