Wednesday, March 13, 2013

More destruction!

More drywall has bit the dust...and made enough of it's own!

We are gutting all of the drywall out of the first floor.  The house had blown in *cringe* when we bought it.  Well, blown in can't get into cavities when someone puts a random block in between the studs.  Also, it stinks.  Literally.  And we never could quite get rid of the smell when we lived there.  It's just incredibly messy to get rid of, and not really something you can do when living in a place.  You'll see as I post pics!

I promise it didn't look like this when we lived here.

You'll see a shadow on the bottom of the drywall where the old baseboard was.  This was actually covered when we bought it, there was an additional layer of drywall on top of it and the baseboards were long gone.

This is the wallpaper that was there in the hall when we bought the house.  I had hoped never to see it again! But a little survived-until now!  Imagine a whole wall of it...

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A new Cottage!

Well, not really. We are starting to renovate our old house. Yup, our Old House. See, way back when we were 19 and 21, we bought our first house. We didn't sell it when we bought the Cottage, we decided to keep it and use it as a rental. Actually, when we bought the Cottage, we were supposed to use IT as a rental and live in the Old House, at least for a few years. THAT obviously didn't work!

I'll have to find old pics of the place for befores, they are pre-digital. However, here are a few in process pics.

Living Room:


Can you believe they filled an outlet box with drywall compound?!

I can't believe that the house never burned down.  A few years after we bought it, we had all new electric put in.  This was old knob and tube that was originally there.

This leads into an exterior chimney.  This was buried in the wall, with a little drywall in it.  When we bought the house, there was a gravity heater in the floor, that was hooked to the same chimney.  Yes, venting into a chimney with a hole that lead into the wall.  We used the gravity heater for about 2 years.  This WILL be fixed.