Friday, September 30, 2011

A Face Only A Mother Could Love

Consider me the mother and my home the face…because even when it’s in shambles, I’m head over heels in love with it! 

After receiving a lunchtime phone call from our contractor letting us know that the house would be completely demo'ed and cleaned up by the end of the day on Tuesday, the hubs and I were on pins and needles to see the progress that had been made.  We rushed to the house after work to see what kind of destructive state it was in after demo day part deux.

When we pulled up at our house, we saw two things: 1)  The hub’s friend Matt was taking his second truck load of plant debris out of our back yard.  (Over the past month we had created a beyond massive “where plants go to die” pile back there.  Just take a look at my “Welcome to the Jungle” post…and then picture all of that greenery laying in one giant pile.  Lucky for us, Matt is a landscaper, who graciously accepted our job of hauling all-things-green out of our yard and out of our sight); and 2)  A dumpster in our driveway that was filled to the brim.

We scrambled out of the car and said our hellos to Matt.  Then the three of us excitedly trekked (okay, Matt probably wasn’t that excited, but the hubs and I sure were) up our ugly asphalt walkway to the house.  I was beyond shocked when I opened the front door.  They had demo'ed pretty much everything that needed to go!  There were only three things left that still needed to be ripped out…the heinous kitchen backsplash (sorry to say Mom, but it's still there, for now) , the kitchen counter tops and part of the wall between the master bedroom and what was originally bedroom #3.

Here's a look at what we saw…

View from in the hallway back towards the front door.
View from the dining area towards the living room and kitchen areas (and the hubs talking to Matt).
View from the living room area towards the kitchen.
View into the kitchen...even the linoleum floor is ripped up!

Another view of the kitchen from the dining area.

View from the kitchen back towards the dining/living area.
View from the hallway through the kitchen into the dining area.
I am so in love with the fact that we can see our fireplace from the hallway now!

View from the master into the area where the main bath and a small master closet will be.

And again, from a different angle.

View from the master through the former, smaller master closet.  There will soon be a hallway through the middle of this wall leading to our two new master closets and master bath.

View from the hallway into bedroom #3, which is going to be converted into our master suite.
View from bedroom #3, towards the master.  These walls need to come down and be re-arranged to accommodate our new master suite.

View of the area in bedroom #3 that will be tiled for our new master bath.

With the walls opened up, we can really start to see our vision come to life.  Unfortunately, our contractor made it through the demo so quickly that Wednesday and Thursday there was no progress on the house.  This standstill is due to the town.  They approved our permits, but before they'd release them to us, they said we needed to bring in an engineer to okay our plans.  We found this out last Friday, so our contractor scrambled to get an engineer to our house ASAP.  The earliest appointment we could get with a pricey reputable engineer was today at 1pm.  The hubs and I are praying that our meeting with the engineer goes smoothly, that he gives us an approval letter on the spot, then we drive it to the municipal building on our way back to work, they'll give us our permits and work can resume on Monday!!  Wishful thinking?  I think so.  But hey, it doesn't hurt to send some positive vibes out there, right?!?!

Happy Friday everyone!

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