My dad has done carpentry work his entire life - his father taught him and the knowledge has been in our family for several generations. Let me just go ahead and say that he has been one of the most helpful people in this whole 'buying an old house' process. He's helping us redo our laundry room (if you can even call it that from what it was and how it functioned before.)
We demoed the room and he has already helped us reframe everything, even out the floor and add plywood, build stairs, and add 3 new large windows in. I want it to be gorgeous when it's done so I've got my eye on some flooring from Lumber Liquidators. I already purchased a rustic looking light fixture from Lowes.
He dropped the stairs off today and added them to the room (by added, I mean he put them where they will be going but hasn't fastened them in yet.) From here we're going to get a material list together to wire in the electrical, re-add plumbing, and get the washer and dryer box framed in. After that, it's pretty much all downhill! After all the annoying things, it's drywalling, painting, and then getting a brand new washer and dryer. It really can't come soon enough. I've been to the laundromat once. That's quite enough.
I was able to paint my oak bookcase and it looks FAB...or at least it will once I paint the rest of the room to actually MATCH the bookcase.
My loving paramore took the repurposed wood I whitewashed and added them to the bathroom closet last night so our towels finally have a home.
Everything is coming together and it's making me ridiculously happy!
My "New" House Blog
I've never purchased a house, haven't a clue what I'm up to, but I still plan on doing home improvement projects that reflect my personality and sense of design.
In keeping with my need for record-keeping, all of my achievements and mistakes will be broadcast here (preferably more achievements and less mistakes). Hopefully this will offer insight to those trying to do what I've gone through!
I came from a family that valued education. (For the record, getting a degree in design was not part of that "value in education" piece.) I pursued my degree anyway and now am pushing towards my dream of becoming a craftsperson, using the house I'm buying as a practice run!