Things are movin’ and shakin’ in our home renovation! Everything has been right at or under budget (thank GOODNESS) and we’re getting really close to the fun/pretty stuff.
Week two progress report
I’ve been scraping popcorn ceilings so much that one night when I laid down in bed I actually felt like I was still scraping the ceiling and could hear the scraping noise. GEEZ. Our contractor/handyman, Issac, told David and I that we were doing an A+ job on the ceilings since we have barely any damage to the drywall. Heck yeah! So I guess my slow and steady work is worth it.
We’ve had a really tough time finding contractors that meet our crazy tight timelines. To summarize our situation: we have a repair escrow on the house and have 30 days to get the things on that list done and inspected. The repair escrow is in place because the mortgage company deemed our house ‘not fit to be lived in’ unless certain conditions were met. (lol) The escrow covers the costs of those particular repairs, which in our case are flooring, the garage door, and a few smaller things. We need to take a wall down (and ideally paint the ceiling) before putting in those new floors. And order/install a new garage door (which has a 3-4 week production time). All within 30 the day window. No pressure.
By some stroke of luck, we’ve found two contractors so far who can meet that timeline! This coming week (today actually!) we are scheduled to knock down the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and floors will be installed within the next couple of weeks.
Over the weekend we got my entire checklist finished in record speed thanks to my family being AMAZING. We got the wall prepped for removal by stripping it down to the studs. I got to live out my HGTV demo day dreams and sledgehammer a wall. Chip Gaines makes it look a lot easier than it is… Also, don’t kick the sheetrock. It hurts.
We got ALL of the flooring removed to the subfloor, cleaned all of the windows/doors, removed the grossest toilet seal ever, measured walls for paint, cleaned the bad pet stains on the sub flooring (in preparation to seal them), got more contractors scheduled, and made a huge shopping list (for super fun things like air filters, smoke alarms, and lightbulbs).
All in all, we have the house down to it’s bare bones and ready to start the things that make the biggest visual difference! Once the wall comes down today, we are going to get the sheetrock on the ceilings patched and prepped to start painting it. And after the ceilings, comes painting all. the. rooms. And cabinets.
I’m so excited to see the progress we make this week and cannot believe how much we’ve gotten done in 1 week and 2 days!