Floors are Sad
Last week’s renovation progress was good, just with the usual ups and downs. The main “down” was realizing that the floors in most of the first floor are not in good enough shape to keep. That was a real bummer for all of us. We do think we can salvage the front room with the fireplace and feature window, which is where most of the guests and visitors will go.
For a number of reasons, we went with the luxury vinyl plank option for the rest of the floors, since there’s no guarantee that there won’t be more shifting of floors, and we don’t want to break tile or mess up wood. We selected one that looks fairly rustic, and should complement the rest of the design for the space.
Yes, we did get the sagging area in two of the offices fixed up and leveled. Chris and his team did a great job, and both offices seem much less “bouncy” now. There were some concrete pieces left by the air conditioning guys that came in handy to shore up the beams.
Let There Be Light: Safely!
The other big improvement is that Cody brought in a team of electricians, who ran all sorts of modern and up-to-code wiring in the downstairs. We will be able to plug all sorts of things now, with no danger of overloading anything! The conduit is on the surface of the brick, which has added to the mix of old and new we’ve been building on. Some of us like the silver electrical lines and others don’t. There is an option of painting it a color that will blend in with the bricks, later. We’ll see how it grows on us.
Speaking of bricks, Easton and Randy are still chipping away at the exposed bricks and repairing any areas that need it. It’s looking a heck of a lot better now!
The Staircase Dilemma
We had to put some brain power into making decisions about the final big thing that needs doing, which is the remodeling of the addition that holds the bathroom off my office and the future interior stairway. Chris had to be pretty patient with me when I rejected his original plan rather strongly (it was going to make the stairs completely enclosed, cause the original window to look into a storage closet, and make the ceiling of the bathroom only six feet high). Luckily, we all got together and exchanged ideas, and now the plan is to move the back door two feet over, so the first run of stairs can end at seven feet rather than six. Then it will turn and enter into a light-filled foyer for the second floor entrance. The light from the upstairs windows will filter down and brighten the back of the house. Ta da!
Interior Design Joy
Meanwhile, we’ve been working on what will be in the offices. On a trip to Round Top, Texas, I found a comfy old chair with a bunch of grapes carved into it, which I am calling the Wine Throne (or Grape Throne), which will make a great “guest chair” (or dog chair when Vlassic is around) right by my electric stove. Chris and Kathleen have been looking for interesting objects, like wheels, plows, etc., to use as the base for her desk. I had found some cool old metal fencing, but at $999 for four small pieces, we had to pass that by! Luckily we saw some examples of bases that Chris can probably make himself, so we’re making progress. It’s fun to be creative, though!
I also ordered a beautifully rustic chandelier and some crystals to hang from it, and picked out some shiny tile for flooring in the stove area and bathroom, so I’m quite satisfied with the progress of my office. I even got a big rug, so I won’t have to look at the vinyl flooring so much every day.
While we were at it, Kathleen and I picked out exterior lighting, a vanity for the second bathroom, and some water faucets. We still have to figure out what we are doing for the “break room” sink and faucet, but we are lucky to already have a really good microwave and the refrigerator we could not fit in the Hermit Haus basement, plus cabinetry left from the Bobcat Lair renovation and granite as well. Yay, I think?
We are staying within our budget on all of this, miraculously, so that means the remodel is a success, at least so far. Let’s see what’s next!
At the rate the renovation is currently going, it actually should get done enough to move into pretty soon (meaning exterior repairs and the second floor will still need work), so Mandi and I can soon get back to fixing up the Hermit Haus to be a venue. It will be much more of a usable place with good flooring and modern electrical work.
Ooh, I want to share the tile I picked for my office, to go under the heater. Won’t it go well with the throne?Hermann says please like and share!