Project House: D-Day

So we bought a house!

My brother is joining the Navy, leaving June 11.  He owned a house just across town from us, substantially bigger than ours. He of course wants to sell it before he leaves.  He had remodeled the entire 2nd floor and did a beautiful job, including 3 large bedrooms, master bath, 3 walk-in closets and a potential 2nd floor laundry/closet. All that we have to do is flooring. The first floor remained……in need of work.  But the house has many perks; the yard is much bigger, there is a 3+ stall garage, a perfect tree for Gabriel’s treehouse that he has been asking for for a year, open staircase, 10-foot ceilings, 3 large bedrooms, it’s across the street from the city park, TWO bathrooms (we have only ever had ONE), an easy-sitting massive front porch, and the potential for a very, very large kitchen.  Hooray!

So we bought a house!

We are not newbies to house remodeling. As a kid, my family bought an acreage and remodeled a lot of the house along with cleaning up much of the land and buildings surrounding it.  Jeremiah and I’s current (first) house was an ongoing project for about 2 years, including new roof, windows, flooring, A/C, removal of walls, painting every room, tiling, tree removal, landscaping. The ‘new’ house will also be a project of new windows, completely new walls and 1st floor layout, re-routing the plumbing,new wiring, a new 1st floor bath and kitchen, a very large family room with attached dining room.  We also will be repairing the stucco exterior and painting the house and garage.  Treehouse, landscaping and painting the exterior will probably have to wait until next summer. 🙂  Jeremiah is done with school in 5 days. Guess what his summer ‘job’ is this year?! 😉  He’s quite the handyman and is looking forward to days of hanging drywall and mudding and coordinating contractors….I think 😉

G and L standing in their new walk-in closet

G and L standing in their new walk-in closet

One of the bedrooms

One of the bedrooms

So last Thursday Jeremiah bought a plethora of sledge hammers, pry bars, claw hammers and dust masks to add to our ever-growing tool collection.

Friday we closed on the new house. I love how banks give you a travel coffee mug in exchange for a mortgage. Seems like a pretty expensive mug to me!

Saturday was D-Day, as in Demolition Day with 3 great helpers.  Gabriel got to help on this day as the majority of the work included removing doors and some vintage trim that we are hoping to find a new home for.   The girls and I delivered lunch and dinner and ran errands.

Sunday was bust-up-the-plaster-day, with 5 great helpers. {Read: a dusty mess}  Sledge hammers and plaster dust is no place for kiddos, so all 3 of the kids and I delivered lunch and stayed out of the way. I did snap a shot when the dust had settled.

Plaster down in the old living room

Plaster down in the old living room

Monday was lathe-removal-day, with 5 great helpers. {Read: a dusty mess, and watch your step….}  Nana Sandy graciously offered to watch the kids so I could get a hand in on the demolition.  Got some pent-up aggression? Grab a hammer and come our way….  I was amused with the ‘tools’ being used. At one point they included a foot, a metal garden rake and long handled garden hoe (both worked great for ceilings), a 2×6, a sludge, a claw, a pry bar.

Ceilings are a b*tch...

Ceilings are a b*tch…

Lathe and plaster down and hauled away. Now to remove some walls!

Lathe and plaster down and hauled away. Now to remove some walls!

We filled 4 large dump trailers full of plaster, lathe, old ceiling fixtures, toilet, sink, countertops and whatever else. The house itself is solid as a rock and is going to be great for our family.  Stay tuned for more Project House updates!!!

-The {remodeling} Costellos

 

 

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