The Day of Progress

May 31, 2010

framing, kitchen

Enough with the “uprooting, tearing down, destroying, and overthrowing”– it’s time to build and plant!!! Here are some photos of Day 15 of The Kitchen Renovation of All Time. 🙂

Tell me this is cool. THIS is cool, ladies and gentlemen! It’s my new Laundry Alcove! Oh, it may look like just a skeletal wall of lumber and nails, but I see my washer and dryer in here, happily chugging away, concealed behind lovely beige bi-fold doors. *undulations of ecstatic contentment* ahhhhhh Thanks for doing this, guys!

Laundry Closet Framing

Here we are, removing that lousy kitchen window, the bane of our existence here. I was practically dancing with glee to see it go!

Removing Window

Removing Old Window2

Even the hole in the wall is an improvement.

Removing Window3

The new window will be 60 inches by 48 inches, double the size of the old. AND it will have sliding panes, so I can open it. We are in the process of creating a rough opening for it– not an easy job. Old homes were built with lumber sizes that are no longer standard today. We have to make adjustments for these; the old beams are a true 6 inch by 6 inch, and old studs are a true 2 inch by 6 inch; who makes these anymore?! Everything is machine-planed now, so while lumber may be called a 2 x 4 or 2 x 6, it is actually 1.5 x 3.5 and 1.5 x 5.5. The discrepancies make for an, uh, exciting time. I think I finally figure out the dimensions for our new opening, but it will take some fanagaling… *sigh*

During a break, I wandered out to the garden. Ugh, it’s quite weedy. I haven’t done a thing to it since we planted the crops and repaired the fence, three/four weeks ago.

Weedy Garden

And we have electricity in the downstairs bathroom again! Yay!


The entire Dining Room has been wired! We intend on running wires up to the bedrooms in the next few weeks, too. Once this is completed, all the electric in the house will be completely modernized.

Things are starting to take shape! o/

My plans for this week are:

  • Work on the rough opening for the window
  • Run wiring to the bedroom above the Dining Room
  • Buy materials needed for the next work day
  • Talk to the town codes guy about running gas lines for direct vent gas heaters (more on this later)
  • Repair bad floor joists above and below the kitchen
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5 Responses to “The Day of Progress”

  1. Carole Says:

    I am exhausted just reading about all the work you’ve done!!! Can’t wait to see how things all take shape – I am terrible at visualizing things. 😛

  2. Janiss Says:

    Wait a minute – you had a kitchen window you couldn’t open?! Oy!! No wonder you were glad to get rid of it! I’m still amazed that you and your family are doing all this yourselves! The very thought of electrical wiring gives me a nervous twitch – and you’ve already wired the dining room! It sounds to me like everything is running on schedule.

  3. Secondary Roads Says:

    The project is looking good. The finished product will be well worth the toil and seat you are pouring into it.

  4. Mrs. Mecomber Says:

    You guys are SO encouraging!!!! Thanks! 😀

  5. Marg Says:

    Wow, you are making some progress. At least it looks to me like you are. Probably doesn’t to you. I am very envious of you to be able to do all that on your own. Looks like you are doing a super job.
    Take a break.
    Have a great day.