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Saturday, May 23, 2009

One Year in the House

The other day marked the one year anniversary of when we bought our house.

This past year has marked a lot of trails, victories, setbacks, learning, joy, exhaustion, satisfaction, fear, creativity, and confidence.

Here is a pretty comprehensive list of the things we've done since getting the house (original condition):
  1. Replaced the roof (before, during, after)
  2. Removed fake shutters, screen doors, house numbers (that banged my head), cheap hose reel, over-sized gutter (after)
  3. Replaced locks
  4. Repaired the foundation (before and after)
  5. Tore out a wall (before, during, after)
  6. Redid majority of the sheetrock
  7. Rerouted lighting/ducts
  8. Installed radiant barrier
  9. Added supports in rafters
  10. Created new washer/dryer area
  11. Installed new electrical service (old)
  12. Got new (safe) wiring to kitchen/bath
  13. Complete gut & remodel of the bathroom (before, during, after)
  14. Entirely new plumbing for all incoming lines
  15. Installed tankless water heater
  16. Refinished floors (before)
  17. Painted interior rooms
  18. Fixed all windows so that they are now double-hung
  19. Replaced, repaired, or added fascia boards around entire house
  20. Created support for sophet
  21. Removed all boards that were touching the ground (aka termite highway)
  22. Replaced back door
  23. Replaced door to garage
  24. Installed Crestview door kit (before, during, after)
  25. Painted entry doors (before, after)
  26. Replaced dozens of rotted/rotting siding boards
  27. Added new corners for add-on section
  28. Installed metal lathe and supports for skirting
  29. Created a garden
  30. Sanded entire house to bare wood
  31. Used 33 tubes of caulk to seal up the house
  32. Bondo'd cracks and divets
  33. Cut down 1 tree
  34. Trimmed all trees in backyard, including Ash (before, round 1, round 2)
  35. Cabled the ash tree
  36. Installed gutters & gutter screens
  37. Painted exterior (before, during, almost there, after)
  38. Removed scraggly bushes from front of house (before, after)
  39. Dug pit for grounding plate
  40. Undid jerry-rigged setup for fan in bedroom
  41. Added setup for fan in livingroom
  42. Created a bar between kitchen and livingroom
  43. Added GFCI circuits where needed
  44. Removed old waterheater closet
  45. Removed mercury lamp on corner
  46. All new exterior lighting
  47. Insulated plumbing
  48. Put up barriers in all rat-entry points
  49. Added piping to divert water away from the foundation (before)
  50. And fell through ceiling
I think 50 is enough for now. What I love though is how much we were able to get done while still traveling, working full-time, finding new eateries, playing in parks with the dog, brewing beers, seeing family, running, biking, watching BSG (hey, that's a huge time commitment), having friends over and!

But, I think really the best thing is to look where we were a year ago:

And then look where we are today:

Big thanks go out to all the friends, family and contractors that helped us.
  Greg, Debby, Hannah, and Regina
  Brian, Amy, Jeremy & Jess, Whitney, Rachel & Andrew, David, Kelly, Stephen, Pam & Don, Val & Paweena, Kasandra, Kristy, Heidi, Britney, and Danielle & Justin
  Bobby Platte, Bob Jahnke, ABC Handyman, Longhorn Roofing, Chango's Tree Service, Austin Gutter King, Mullen Electric, and all the illegals we unwittingly employed.

But most importantly to the Wife, for putting up with everything and being a good sport when things went wrong.


kelly said...

congrats guys!

Anonymous said...

Woot! --Rachel

Unknown said...

That was awesome to look back through those pictures and see how far you've come. It's an inspiration to me to start documenting what we are doing at Wynona's.