Thursday, August 22, 2013

Kitchen Insulation

     After getting the all clear from the electrical and building inspector yesterday afternoon, I started working on insulating the walls in the kitchen. We went with Roxul ComfortBatt R-15 because of its fire/moisture/mildew/pest resistant properties. It also earns LEED points if you're into that kind of thing. This is a mineral fiber insulation made from molten rock that's been spun like cotton candy. The insulation is also a good sound buffer, which is needed since we've got a pretty busy road out front. I made a time lapse video while I worked last night - it went quickly once I got the hang of it!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Windows and Wiring

     The last couple of days have been a great leap forward with the kitchen! We hired out the job of running all the wiring for the kitchen. Our carpenters also came to install two windows (one in the entry and one in the living room) and a sliding door in the dining area. A new front door would have been installed this week too, but the manufacturer sent the wrong door to our dealer - BIG disappointment :( It will be a couple of weeks before the door arrives. This is what I'm dreaming of... one day:

Monday, August 12, 2013

Up On The [Front Porch] Roof

     Whew, I am feeling the burn after yesterday, but it certainly was a productive day for the front porch. In our last porch update, all the beadboard sheathing was in place and looking awesome. Since the beadboard is one inch thick, the roofing nails would have popped through if we placed the underlayment and shingles directly on the beadboard. To keep the roofing nails from showing through, we laid half-inch plywood over the beadboard and screwed it through to the rafters. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

FAQ: Have you seen "The Money Pit"?

     I'm taking a cue (Get it? FAQ... haha, sorry) from one of my favorite remodeling bloggers who wrote about a question she gets quite often. Great answer by the way, Brittney! It'll be finished when you say so.
     As soon as Steven and I shared our news about buying a house with the intention of renovating, so many people asked if we had seen "The Money Pit." Actually, people still ask that pretty often. The first time we watched this movie was back when we were apartment dwellers not even considering buying a house. I thought the movie was pretty funny, especially the scene where the bathtub falls through the floor of the second story. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Front Porch Surprise

     After a week of work in Itawamba County, Mississippi, I came home on Friday to find that the beadboard sheathing on the front porch roof was done!!! Steven had recruited a couple of our neighbors (thank you, thank you to Ryan and Craig!) to work on it during the week, and I had no clue whatsoever. Needless to say, I was thrilled and super impressed.