First we got a floor in one day. Hooray!
Then we discovered an issue related to the brick siding we were going to wrap all the way around the foundation. It wasn't going to work on the side and the back. We lost a day of work while our contractor and architect worked together to figure out the problem and a solution. There isn't enough space to build the brick on top of the footers like there was on the front. So the part of this whole story that matters is that we're contemplating using a brick veneer along the side and the back or instead using a piece of "water board" trim around the base of the entire foundation in lieu of the first two courses of siding. The water board trim would extend along the base of the porch (already planned) and onto the sun room too, so it would tie things together even more. I like the look of water board, but S isn't convinced. So we haven't yet decided which we'll do, which you know means we'll probably do water board. Unless it's more expensive, in which case we'll scrutinize our budget until our eyes bleed even more than they already are.
Floor one and two took two days and then we left for an extra long weekend (because it's a disaster in here and extra long escapes is the only way to manage this situation) to meet Little M's very first cousin, who arrived about three months ago, but made his debut in the States last week. M was curious about the "bay-bay," a word he apparently already knew from daycare. At one point he got cozy on the baby's blanket on the floor and made fake cry noises so his Nola would rub his back. He also tried out the baby's swing, but overall didn't seem to concerned by the little guy.
When we got home we had a roof.
And by the time I was finished unpacking, we had brick facing on the foundation.
Today the plumbers are moving the plumbing stack so that we can open up the kitchen wall to the new family room. Of course that means ripping out all the shelves in our linen closet in the basement bathroom - the only room that wasn't totally ruined by the floor. Of course they've also had to rip out the kitchen ceiling and a portion of the wall, which isn't supposed to come down for several more weeks at least. I think we'll be eating bananas for snack today.
But enough of all this writing and onto the good stuff, photos.
From the front right corner of the mud room looking through the eight foot wide entry closet and into the living room. The mud room is as big as our kitchen. That's what I call "worth the hassle."
From the back corner of the living room looking back toward the mudroom to the left and powder room and pantry to the right. Where the house is wrapped in blue right now will be totally open to the kitchen and dining room. I think adding a breakfast bar in the kitchen is going to make it feel so much bigger. Like bigger than the new mud room.
Just another angle looking out toward the mud room. 'Cause there's nothing I love more than shoes and coats not in the dining room.
Looking at the back corner of the addition. You can see the next side entry door leading to my beloved mud room at the very left. And those two ginormous window holes will be four double hung windows in the new living room. Helloooo neighbors.
Looking along the back of the addition and where it meets the existing house before the roof went up. Those two single windows will flank the bed in the master and the big hole with lumber and a ladder sticking out will be two double hung windows. There aren't any additional windows along the side because that's where my closet will be. It looks like a really wide expanse of nothing right now, but I think the overhang over the side entry door will even things out a bit.
Aside from the shed, which takes up the space where our patio used to be (the stones from which I was precariously perched upon while taking this crummy photo per my mom's request so she could visualize the yard), we'll still have all the yard that we regularly used. The addition takes up a portion of the driveway and the space in front of where the shed used to be, which was really just an area we walked through to get to this grassy area.
We're planning to rebuild the patio starting in front of the farthest of the two giant window holes, extending to in front of the shed and wrapping around the back to where the new and old house meet, which is where the stairs to the basement begin. The area in the back should be perfect for a table and chairs, should we ever rebuild our savings again or find a nice set on the street corner. Or happen to make a set disappear from S's parents' house. Kidding, Nola, kidding.
There's great progress and Little M's nursery is totally undisturbed and cozy for napping. This is the best entertainment money can buy for the little guy.
|Outfit chosen all by himself|
Any thoughts on the water board v. brick veneer? Any thoughts on how to break through that plastic sheeting in the kitchen? I'm hungry and bananas aren't gonna cut it.