Monday, April 12, 2010

Big Big BIG Weekend

Chip and Laura have left us. Sniff, sniff. They are currently traveling with their fifth wheel in tow, accompanied by the John & Linda Holton and their motor home. They will be wreaking havoc in the western region for the next 3-4 weeks. Before they left on Friday, however, the Dream Team totally rallied, for which we are extremely grateful. What we have discovered in the process of this remodel is that the help of family and friends is an incredible gift. The little and big amounts of time that people have offered through this process has been extremely appreciated.

Laura and Linda tackled the blind installation, and looked pretty B.A. during the process.
Busha was busy cleaning the porch, an unending job, while Linda moved piles and lumber to the basement. We have an inspection coming up, for which we must have a clean, construction-free zone, meaning that there was much cleaning that needed to be done.
John & Chip tackled laying the Ikea laminate flooring in the hallway and office . They were masters by the end, though they wondered if there was a product for filling in gaps in laminate flooring, suggesting that their installation was under par. I will have you know that they did a fine job, and it looks great!
Brett would like to state, for the record, that though he looks very involved in this process, and like he's actually showing John & Chip a thing or two, this was the only time he touched the flooring. The camera lies!
Busha, as always, was beyond helpful this entire weekend. She works tirelessly, and runs circles around the average human...until 2pm at least:)
Then this is when things really started breaking down. The Martini Twins made a guest appearance, and Linda & Laura never were to return again. They were having way too much fun. Clearly, they were gearing up for their road trip.
The Sirens were spotted again, trying to lure the others into their trap. Brett was able to resist temptation...just barely.
This is a view of the kitchen, not to be confused with our toolshed/workshop, though we've been using it as such. Take note of the newly hung Ikea pendants! Anyway, this is how it looked on Thursday when we had the flurry of workers.
This is what it looked like when I got my hands on it on Saturday. I eagerly ripped up the paper, mopped the floors (oh, they are still beautiful!!!), and Busha was the master organizer/tool-mover.

This was one of Brett's big projects: replacing the siding on the side of our house. He did such a great job...almost too nice of a job. It looks way nicer than our other siding. He painted it to match the house on Saturday, though it seriously pained me to voluntarily add more pink. Ugh! When the time (and funds) comes to re-roof, then we will replace the pink. For now, we are stuck with our salmony-rose-peach-fleshy colored paint. Oh, joy.
All in all, this weekend was HUGE. Thinking back to Thursday we are extremely encouraged to know all that was accomplished. We just have to finish some minor electrical work in the main part of the house, hang a pendant and chandelier, get a city approval (minor, or not so minor detail), and move in. We will be living in the main part of the house for a while, because the master bed, bath, and office have taken a backseat. Having the laminate completed, though, enables us to put the remaining trim up in the hall and office, and while we're at it we can put it up in the master prior to carpet installation. The master bathroom is the least of our concerns at this point, and will probably be a project for the next few weeks.

Our house is looking great. Thank you, thank you to Chip, Laura & Busha for your incessant work. Thank you John & Linda for your incredible help on Friday, even though you were technically on vacation. Thank you Uncle Chuck for your mad skills. Thank you to everyone who has lent a hand to the fixing-up of our little home. We are truly blessed.

(anyone know why certain sections are underlined? I couldn't figure out how to remove it)

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