Wasn’t really feeling all that motivated today, but ended up pulling myself out of bed late morning and suiting up. I wanted to get a bit of progress on the first floor, and had in mind to clean up a few ceiling areas downstairs.
There’s a section of all in our dining room that juts out a bit. And it’s been a problematic area for a while now. Part of the demo I did a few weeks ago to this area involved removing the brick facade, so that we could get in and address the walls themselves.
After work, Liz and I had a small house night. While I was working upstairs clearing out the bathroom closet, she was downstairs doing demo in the dining room.
Previously, Bob had gotten a new wall set up in the dining room – replacing what used to be there with something newer and sturdier. He got most of the studs in, but there were a few remaining that Liz and I attended to today.
On getting home, I suited up to do a bit of demo. To clear some room for work that Bob’s got planned, I needed to finish up the cabinet demo from about two months ago.
Despite the late start, I did get a bit of house work in today. Removing the old cabinet next to the dining room fireplace has been on my to-do list for a while now. It’s not an urgent task just yet, but clears the way for some upcoming work in that area. It’s demo, but it’s “light” demo, and something I felt I could knock out (see what I did there) in an afternoon.
This is not exactly what you’d call a relaxing weekend. But we did get a great deal of work done. The days and weeks are going to be busy like this for a little while, as we race the oncoming cold.
One part of the ceiling was exposed, so I was able to see the joist directly. After putting in that first washer, I went to the other side of the room and picked up the joist down there, putting in another washer. Then I used the laser level to connect the dots, and put in more washers down the line.
Saturday was another big cleaning day for us. Originally, the plan was to tackle the whole first floor last weekend, but we ended up only getting though the kitchen. Today: the remainder of the first floor. Mostly.
We’ve had this day on the books for a while: on Saturday, Liz and I spent all day working on cleaning the first floor. More specifically: we meant to clean the entire first floor, but ended up spending all our time in our kitchen.
The sink, as it stands now, was moved to the dining room where it is currently fed via two garden hoses, coming up from the basement through the fireplace.
While I was standing there, I remembered one of my very, very early blog posts – a Chinese Dumpling Recipe I posted way back in 2002. I remembered listening to this same album while I was cooking then, and it struck me how much things had changed over the last 13 years.
This morning, around 4:45 AM, I woke up to the sound of water running. Which was weird, because we didn’t leave anything running when we went to sleep. As I started to wake up, it struck me that the sound was not just of water running, but of significant water running.
On Saturday, Bob came over to help us move out the very last, remaining item out of the kitchen: the sink. Right now, about 40% of the floor is torn up, with a bit of plywood down. And we needed to get this sink moved, before we continued with any more work.