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More with the Doing, Less with the writing (on this blog, anyway)

posted by / October 14, 2016

Hellooooooo!

So the summer came and went and not a lot got done around the house as Mr. J and I spent the time working, having fun, and jaunting off to Kentucky to my baby brother’s wedding. Now that my peeps are back, and the mad rush at work has slowed somewhat then picked up speed again, I have turned my attention back to my disassembled house and am getting busy.

*cracks knuckles* (but only virtually because eww)

Some pictures from Kentucky!

 

Kisses!! Love those. :D
Kisses!! Love those. 😀
The grounds were absolutely gorgeous. I, unexpectedly, fell in love with Kentucky
The grounds were absolutely gorgeous. I, unexpectedly, fell in love with Kentucky
My little brothers. Nickle Pickle (in the kilt) tied the knot!
My little brothers. Nickle Pickle (in the kilt) tied the knot!
It was a vintage travel theme - a story book wedding.
It was a vintage travel theme – a story book wedding.

I had been waiting on Mr. J to do some fancy, super cool, metal work to my spout that I had bought for the tub, which he finished up a couple of weeks ago and I installed! Interesting fact, Mr. J went to school to be a machinist, and has a milling machine! So I got to watch him cut metal and be all sexy. All the stuff that man can do, and knows, is just… wow. *fans self and swoons*

Mr J working the metal
Mr J working the metal
....Like a Boss
….Like a Boss
the spout - before
the spout – before
Seriously? Who does this
Seriously? Who does this
OoooOOooo... AaaaaAaaa...
OoooOOooo… AaaaaAaaa…
Look at these things of beauty!
Look at these things of beauty!

The spout, before Mr. J worked his magic (along with help from his friend Paul the Pilot – thanks Paul!), just had a copper pipe sticking out of the back. Which was a disaster waiting to happen should I have just tried to put that in the wall. First, there was nothing for support. So if someone pushed on it,  it was very likely that the copper pipe would be wiggled and pushed to the point of leaking… in my new wall, behind my new tiles… NOPE. I haven’t done all this work for something like that to happen. Also with the pipe just going 3 inches straight back into the wall, connecting it to a copper to pex  elbow was going to be messy, and not possible without cutting down the copper pipe anyway. Sorry if I’m starting to sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher…

SO, this had to happen – below are pictures of the spout welded onto a plate that has a proper elbow in the back. Cool, huh?

FIRST Install!
FIRST Install!
Nice and level and strong as hell!
Nice and level and strong as hell!
Look at that awesome connection! Wait a minute...
Look at that awesome connection! Wait a minute…
Needed to grind off a connection and redo it... Wasn't on properly
Needed to grind off a connection and redo it… Wasn’t on properly
tools
tools
Good times. Renovating - to love doing the same job at least 6 times
Good times. Renovating – to love doing the same job at least 6 times
Making that last cut...
Making that last cut…

And then Finally… VICTORY IS MINE!!

As well as a sweet ass spout.

But Wait there is MORE!

My Brother came to visit! I wish I had a picture of his face as he looked at the construction – he was not as excited as me about the progress. The look of “Uh, Bec…”, was pretty funny, even as he was being all supportive.

 

(My peeps did not want Uncle Trev to go – they miss all the Jr Macs like CRA-ZY)

As I type I have drywall in DA HOUUUUSE!!

Oh my god, could it be true? Could I really have walls again? *tears of joy*

Here is the progress to date. I could bore you with insulation pictures, but they aren’t very sexy – and I’ll save all my electrical adventures for another post (Shout out to Mike at MDT for being so amazeballs and helping me get my panel to code! You are the best!!) – but I have a sub-panel and stories of killer attic spiders to regale any one who wants to listen.

Also, Insulation is the worst.  Completely.

Mike at MDT (General Contractor and all around bad ass) also hooked me up with a drywall guy, because I really, really, really want my bathroom to look great and I don’t want to have the drywall look terrible. No one cares about what my ABS gluing looks like or the twists on my wires under the marettes- but lumpy drywall is not cool. So I’m spending the money on a pro.

As a do-it-yourself’er I have just enough information to be dangerous. And I am anxious with my baby, this reno of mine. For example, I read that one should NOT mud/polyfil the densshield – you should use a cement mortor – type S and then a mesh tape. This is so the boards get glued/fused together and you don’t get tiles cracking, as the house shifts and does the things houses do. In 2 year, I do not want broken tiles. So how do I broach this with the guy?

“Hey, I know I am totally not a professional… but this seems wrong to me.”  Do you feel as uncomfortable as I do? Ugh.

But I am hopeful! And look – pictures!

The Laundry Room - I can't see into the crawlspace any more!
The Laundry Room – I can’t see into the crawlspace any more!
Vapor barrier - and insulated. :) It has been a looooong road.
Vapor barrier – and insulated. 🙂 It has been a looooong road.
I get so happy looking in the bathroom - I clap like a seal
I get so happy looking in the bathroom – I clap like a seal
*SQUEEE!!* *clap-clap-clap*
*SQUEEE!!* *clap-clap-clap*
OH MAH GAWD!!
OH MAH GAWD!!
The Niches... I hope they turn out nicely! There is a story about these bad boys...
The Niches… I hope they turn out nicely! There is a story about these bad boys…

So here I am, with major progress in the bathroom and laundry room – soon the finishing, decorative, final vision fun start happening! The sexy stuff.

And I am aaalll about the sexy.

 

Renovated the blog!

posted by / February 3, 2016

And I hung up a fancy new logo to boot.

Of course I should be, oh I don’t know, getting the damn drywall out of my foyer. But this was fun! And way less dusty, and it only requires one set of hands.  What do you think of the new digs? I am totally going to have a shirt made – who wants one?

The Happy Homewrecker - and her runaway reno

In other news I have a toilet! A really wonderful gift from Mr J. (flowers? Pshaw! I say).  It’s a bit premature, as I am going to have to take it out to drywall and put the floor down, but we wanted to test it. See if it is a good flush. It passed with flying colours, or swirling canned stew (which was what we threw in to see what it could handle – nasty!). I love having a second toilet in the house… oh how I have missed it. The bathroom feels so close now, I can taste victory.

But the drywall hurdle remains…  I REALLY want to get it up this month, February, so that in March (*choirs of angels sing and a beam of celestial light hits the calendar*) my Mum comes for a visit. It’s possible we could do finishing work together! Oh yeah… then, giant bathroom party – with champagne, party food, and dancing. Big things should be celebrated, and I plan on celebrating this one.

Hell, I plan on celebrating the drywall getting up.

A Year of Renovating

posted by / December 28, 2015

I started this blog about renovating my house (and life) and then put it aside. As my partner (In-crime and sexy fun times) likes to tell me, with the time I spent writing, you could actually be doing some of the work, and pushing it (the renovation) forward.  Very true. But at the same time, there is value in reflection. It is important to celebrate your victories. And these are definitely victories – pushing it the next stage. It is a victory, after having to do, fix, redo, and one-more-time it to get it right. It’s slow as hell, but I am getting there.

I’m doing this around full time Mom duties,  starting/running my own business this year, and making grown-up time for me. Needless to say it’s busy around here. Priorities get juggled around. A lot.

This is the laundry room's humble origins. I'd already peeled up some of the partially stuck/torn 30 year old vinyl. The wee room in the back was a roughed in bathroom...with a toilet hole to nowhere. Um, yea.
This is the laundry room’s humble origins. I’d already peeled up some of the partially stuck/torn 30 year old vinyl. The wee room in the back was a roughed in bathroom…with a toilet hole to nowhere. Um, yea.

I started in the laundry room… but that had to change mid way through to a full on gutting of the upstairs main bathroom – not even the sub floor remained – thanks to a broken tub, black mould and rot.  Right down to the studs, baby! Which sounds a whole lot sexier than it actually was, particularly when whole lot of the structural integrity of the house had to be addressed. It was (and continues to be) exciting times.

Which has meant that the laundry room (a main part of the house, for a Mom of 4) has been left to languish as I work upstairs. I have come to realize that the laundry room is really fucking important.

There have been other projects too! Because, of course, other things pop up. It has been a multi-tasking exercise in extremes.

These projects include:

  • The hot water tank needed to be replaced.
  • The well pump went – had to get it fixed and then re-install it myself.
  • Sagging main floor, you say? How about about I fix the wall and put a proper header in the crawlspace. Ta-da!
  • Shelving and shoe (because shoes are important!) organization in my crawlspace
  • My work bench (also in my crawlspace) – LOVE this. Having a work bench is amazeballs.
  • Creating a waterproof space under my deck.
  • Moving the water tap from under the deck (where all the oogy spiders are!), and putting the water in a more accessible spot – AND adding a hot water tap! All outdoors approved!
  • Adding tie downs to my roof for fall gear (so I’m safe up there!)
  • finishing off painting the facia boards on the roof (thank you fall gear!)

So a few extra things have been done around here. I’ll talk more about those as I go – with pictures! 🙂

Let me give you a tour of where it all started… the laundry room! 1 year and 6 months and still going…

The laundry room, a good “starter reno”

posted by / January 28, 2015

2 weeks. Plenty of time, I thought. Oh my goodness, it is so laughable in hindsight. I’m sure anyone who has done any kind of renovation is laughing right along with (at?) me.

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More with the Doing, Less with the writing (on this blog, anyway)

Hellooooooo!

So the summer came and went and not a lot got done around the house as Mr. J and I spent the time working, having fun, and jaunting off to Kentucky to my baby brother’s wedding. Now that my peeps are back, and the mad rush at work has slowed somewhat then picked up speed again, I have turned my attention back to my disassembled house and am getting busy.

*cracks knuckles* (but only virtually because eww)

Some pictures from Kentucky!

 

Kisses!! Love those. :D
Kisses!! Love those. 😀
The grounds were absolutely gorgeous. I, unexpectedly, fell in love with Kentucky
The grounds were absolutely gorgeous. I, unexpectedly, fell in love with Kentucky
My little brothers. Nickle Pickle (in the kilt) tied the knot!
My little brothers. Nickle Pickle (in the kilt) tied the knot!
It was a vintage travel theme - a story book wedding.
It was a vintage travel theme – a story book wedding.

I had been waiting on Mr. J to do some fancy, super cool, metal work to my spout that I had bought for the tub, which he finished up a couple of weeks ago and I installed! Interesting fact, Mr. J went to school to be a machinist, and has a milling machine! So I got to watch him cut metal and be all sexy. All the stuff that man can do, and knows, is just… wow. *fans self and swoons*

Mr J working the metal
Mr J working the metal
....Like a Boss
….Like a Boss
the spout - before
the spout – before
Seriously? Who does this
Seriously? Who does this
OoooOOooo... AaaaaAaaa...
OoooOOooo… AaaaaAaaa…
Look at these things of beauty!
Look at these things of beauty!

The spout, before Mr. J worked his magic (along with help from his friend Paul the Pilot – thanks Paul!), just had a copper pipe sticking out of the back. Which was a disaster waiting to happen should I have just tried to put that in the wall. First, there was nothing for support. So if someone pushed on it,  it was very likely that the copper pipe would be wiggled and pushed to the point of leaking… in my new wall, behind my new tiles… NOPE. I haven’t done all this work for something like that to happen. Also with the pipe just going 3 inches straight back into the wall, connecting it to a copper to pex  elbow was going to be messy, and not possible without cutting down the copper pipe anyway. Sorry if I’m starting to sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher…

SO, this had to happen – below are pictures of the spout welded onto a plate that has a proper elbow in the back. Cool, huh?

FIRST Install!
FIRST Install!
Nice and level and strong as hell!
Nice and level and strong as hell!
Look at that awesome connection! Wait a minute...
Look at that awesome connection! Wait a minute…
Needed to grind off a connection and redo it... Wasn't on properly
Needed to grind off a connection and redo it… Wasn’t on properly
tools
tools
Good times. Renovating - to love doing the same job at least 6 times
Good times. Renovating – to love doing the same job at least 6 times
Making that last cut...
Making that last cut…

And then Finally… VICTORY IS MINE!!

As well as a sweet ass spout.

But Wait there is MORE!

My Brother came to visit! I wish I had a picture of his face as he looked at the construction – he was not as excited as me about the progress. The look of “Uh, Bec…”, was pretty funny, even as he was being all supportive.

 

(My peeps did not want Uncle Trev to go – they miss all the Jr Macs like CRA-ZY)

As I type I have drywall in DA HOUUUUSE!!

Oh my god, could it be true? Could I really have walls again? *tears of joy*

Here is the progress to date. I could bore you with insulation pictures, but they aren’t very sexy – and I’ll save all my electrical adventures for another post (Shout out to Mike at MDT for being so amazeballs and helping me get my panel to code! You are the best!!) – but I have a sub-panel and stories of killer attic spiders to regale any one who wants to listen.

Also, Insulation is the worst.  Completely.

Mike at MDT (General Contractor and all around bad ass) also hooked me up with a drywall guy, because I really, really, really want my bathroom to look great and I don’t want to have the drywall look terrible. No one cares about what my ABS gluing looks like or the twists on my wires under the marettes- but lumpy drywall is not cool. So I’m spending the money on a pro.

As a do-it-yourself’er I have just enough information to be dangerous. And I am anxious with my baby, this reno of mine. For example, I read that one should NOT mud/polyfil the densshield – you should use a cement mortor – type S and then a mesh tape. This is so the boards get glued/fused together and you don’t get tiles cracking, as the house shifts and does the things houses do. In 2 year, I do not want broken tiles. So how do I broach this with the guy?

“Hey, I know I am totally not a professional… but this seems wrong to me.”  Do you feel as uncomfortable as I do? Ugh.

But I am hopeful! And look – pictures!

The Laundry Room - I can't see into the crawlspace any more!
The Laundry Room – I can’t see into the crawlspace any more!
Vapor barrier - and insulated. :) It has been a looooong road.
Vapor barrier – and insulated. 🙂 It has been a looooong road.
I get so happy looking in the bathroom - I clap like a seal
I get so happy looking in the bathroom – I clap like a seal
*SQUEEE!!* *clap-clap-clap*
*SQUEEE!!* *clap-clap-clap*
OH MAH GAWD!!
OH MAH GAWD!!
The Niches... I hope they turn out nicely! There is a story about these bad boys...
The Niches… I hope they turn out nicely! There is a story about these bad boys…

So here I am, with major progress in the bathroom and laundry room – soon the finishing, decorative, final vision fun start happening! The sexy stuff.

And I am aaalll about the sexy.

 

4 Comments

4 thoughts on “More with the Doing, Less with the writing (on this blog, anyway)

    I am totally impressed with your professionalism on this major undertaking. Looking forward to our visit for Christmas. Keep up the great work and maybe we’ll move in. That should take a lot of pressure off you brothers. Love Dad

      Lol – wait to you see my plans for the shed! 😉

      I’m looking forward to your visit too – though I’ve got miles to go before it’s a fabulous fully finished bathroom!

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