It’s been a couple of weeks since we posted…long enough that folks are literally stopping us on the street to ask why we haven’t posted any recent updates. But let me assure you that the lack of posts is more a reflection of general life busy-ness and less a reflection of what’s going on at the house. As a matter of fact, things have been clipping along over the last couple of weeks as we work toward “sealing up” the house to get ready for electrical work and sheet rock (you guys…we are almost ready for WALLS!).
So here’s a quick rundown of what’s been going on in the Off Center Revival…
I reported about a month ago that framing was nearly done. But it’s basically done done now.
We made a modification to the boys’ closets. The original plan was for each bedroom to have one smallish walk-in closet. But, since the boys’ bedrooms (and closets) are adjacent to each other, we decided it might be more functional (and a lot more FUN!) to open up the space between the closets and have one bigger (6 x 10-ish) walk-in closet instead of two smaller ones. This also has the super-cool added benefit of serving as a not-so-secret passageway between the Max’s room and the little boys’ room.
They’ve also finished framing the space for the bar that will be custom-built under the stairs, in the downstairs entry. I super-excited about this!
There’s also a lot of general framing on the walls and around windows to get ready for sheet rock.
All 3 interior pocket doors are installed. And the wheels are in motion for us to have three actual, functioning exterior doors very soon. The back and side doors have been ordered. We found someone to refinish the front doors and just heard today that they are almost done! All the door hardware is in and we are researching some different smart-lock systems…but that’s a post for another day.
Almost all the windows in the house start at or near the floor, which is really cool in most spaces. But don’t work very well in a kitchen or next to a tub. In the kitchen, they’ve framed in the windows to begin about 4 feet off the ground, to make room for countertops and backsplash. This will require some creativity on the exterior. Since there was no way we could find brick to match, bricking in the “old” window space wasn’t an option. But we think we’ll just have some decorative trim designed, installed, and painted to match the other exterior trim. In the bathroom, the space will mostly be filled with glass block.
There was some space around the upstairs bay window (in the master bedroom) that was framed in with no exterior sheathing. They’ve fixed that, so that’s one less hole in the house, and the trim is ready to go back on. They’ve also pulled off the roof over the back “bump-out” (kitchen and bathroom) and are ready to re-roof it as soon as the materials come in.
So what’s next?
- Install the front doors, side door, and windows.
- Putting the new roof on the back of the house.
- Repair floors
I still think we’re about 5 or 6 months out, but Joe thinks we’re 3 or 4. No matter which way you slice it, there’s a small – but very real – light at the end of the tunnel.