Happy Monday – We have an installed island

Good morning & happy Monday!  Don’t you just love when you wake up on a Monday morning with a sense of accomplishment?  I do!  We haven’t make too much progress since November but that’s quickly changing!  Last week we had the gas line installed and we have heat now.  It’s so much easier to work when it’s not freezing cold!

Yesterday we were determined we’d work all day until we had our kitchen island installed.  Before we could install the cabinets in the island, we had to decrease the size of the island, due to the slab of granite we purchased.  Although we will still pretty much have the same length since we will be adding a movable butcher block on when end and a custom cabinet for trash on the other end.  The reduced length of the island is 16 feet.

Our first task was to cut down the island to the correct width of the bank of cabinets:

 

We cut both ends to the correct length and were ready to move on to mounting the cabinets.  We started with the first cabinet in the picture on the left.  This one took the longest, by far!  We put it in place, screwed it in and removed it because it wasn’t quite level.  Then we discovered our pony wall is off level on this end – over a 4 foot section, it’s about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch off.  But the rest of the pony wall is completely level.

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Brian nailing in the shortened wall

We decided to take a break and run to Lowe’s for more shims and to ask about the degree of level and how much we could be off.  After having a discussion with 3 people, we decided it should be okay.  And we made a call to our friend Mark Herron to ask his thoughts.  After that discussion, we decided to go back to installing the cabinets.

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Brian removed the nails from the sections of pony wall that were cut out so that we could reuse the wood

The second time around installing that first cabinet, was much easier, thankfully.  Next we wanted to confirm the width of the dishwasher, so we decided to partially open the yet unopened box and found the dishwasher to have some damage.  The damage had to have occurred at the factory or where the dishwasher was boxed/packed because it was under the styrofoam packing that was intact.  Not a real concern, because it came from Lowe’s and I’m sure they’ll work with us on getting this fixed.

 

After a quick google search confirmed the dishwasher rough-in should be 24 inches, we were ready to install the second cabinet.  After installing the first cabinet, the next three went in great!  Lots of shimming, but they are all level.

Our plan is to have all of the electrical outlets installed in the kitchen, have the drywall up on the back wall and all of the cabinets mounted on the back wall this week.  Once we get this done, we can have the granite installers come back to measure so that we can get our granite installed.  We had to shuffle a few things around because the granite has to come through our window before the new windows are installed.

I hope you have a great week!  Thanks for joining our journey!

Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to the Henderson City Commissioners!

Hello friends!  We’ve been a bit slow on our progress lately with our loft project, mostly due to being so very busy since the holidays and trying to get back into the groove of things.  We’ve also expanded and made some changes to our business, which has taken up quite a bit of time.  Thankfully we are moving along again now.

We were extremely happy to see this little post on Facebook this morning in the minutes from the City Commissioners’ meeting last night:

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This is really a big deal for us and for others in the city of Henderson, Kentucky.  Brad Staton, one of the City Commissioners commented on the post, “Thank you for taking on a project to help improve our Central Business District.  We are certainly headed in the right direction thanks to the hard work of people like you and your family.”  Thank you Brad Staton!  Also, a big shout out and thank you to Buzzy Newman, Ray Nix and Andrew Powell for all their help as well!

I’d also like to thank my wonderful husband, Brian.  Brian completed the application, spoke to city leaders about the wording in the moratorium and worked diligently to get this approval.  I don’t think Brian knew this was on their agenda last night because I’m sure if he knew, he would have been there to speak about it.

Brian – thank you very much for all you do!

Thanks for joining our journey!

Lisa

 

Ghost Post

Well, we haven’t posted much lately as we decided to take a short break between Thanksgiving and the New Year.  But, we are back at it now.  The plumbers are upstairs working as I type and we are planning on a rough in inspection tomorrow.

So, one night last week, Lisa and I were working in the front part of the loft when we heard what sounded like a group clomping up the stairs.  Our son, Matt, is the only other person with a key to the building so we thought maybe he’s bringing some friends up to show them the progress.  We kept expecting to see heads pop up, so when we didn’t, I ran over to the stairs to see what was happening.  As I got within a few feet of the stairs, it stopped.  We looked around to try and figure out what the noise could have been but we found nothing.  At this point, for some reason, I guess because we hadn’t been up to the 3rd floor for a while, Lisa asked, “so, did you miss us?”  We both heard a distinct, clear male voice say, “No”.  Now, we hear sounds and muted voices occasionally but never a clear intelligent response to a question.  That was a first.

I posted about the incident on my personal Facebook page and got a lot of concerned comments.  To be clear, Lisa and I have a lot of experience with this sort of thing, so we were not concerned.  But, to set our friends minds at ease, we had a friend set us up with his friend, who is a medium.  He came in two nights ago and basically just did a walk through.  Long story short, there are spirits in the building but nothing malicious.  He said they just seem to feel at home and they are okay with what we are doing.  That being said, we got some cool pics.  Check them out.

The photo on the left was taken just a few seconds before the top right photo.  The photo on the bottom right shows Lisa on the far right and what looks like something swooshing between her and the camera.

Stay tuned for more and thanks for taking this journey with us.  Peace and Love.

Floors Galore

Have you ever had trouble deciding what kind of flooring option to use?  Well, flooring is one of the hardest decisions we have had to make with this project.  Lots of other things are less permanent or easy to update, which makes the decision much easier.  Have you ever watched one of the TV programs where they’re looking to buy a house and their only issue with the house is the paint color?  I always think – that’s an easy fix.

With our half bath remodel we completed at our house last summer – we repainted 3 times.  We tried a dark gray brown – the sample looked great but the color on the walls was terrible!  We kept thinking it would look better once the room was complete.  Ha!  Then we tried another gray color that looked equally as bad.  So we went with what we had in our living room and dining room and it turned out great!  It’s a nice cool gray color – the same color we painted our grand daughter Hazel’s room.  With paint, it’s much, much easier to fix than if you chose a flooring option you aren’t happy with!

A few years ago, we removed the carpet from our foyer, living room and dining room and laid what was supposed to be a nice high end laminate.  We absolutely do not like it at all.  It’s not wearing well and has multiple issues.  It will be replaced within the next year.  We also had vinyl laid in our kitchen a few years back, due to a dishwasher leak.  We ended up getting a full refund from the flooring company due to a mismatch of the seams.

If you remember at the beginning of this project, we tackled the what-seemed-like-forever project of sanding all of the floors (over 6500 sq. ft.) and applying boiled linseed oil.  But we knew that we most likely needed to do something about our baths, kitchen and the not so good areas.  If any of our readers have real wood floors in their bath or kitchen, we’d love to hear what you think of it, good or bad.  I’d still love to not have to use something different if we could find a way around it!

So, fast forward to now and you can kind of see where our reluctance comes from in making a final decision on our floors.  It also doesn’t help when you have so many floors.  Luckily, we are only focusing on our baths, kitchen and areas of the wood floor that have fairly big issues.  We know we definitely do not want to use laminate, vinyl or linoleum.

As of last night, I believe we have a winner for our bathroom floors (unless we can find a way to keep the existing wood floors.)  For our kitchen, we are toying with the idea of adding tongue and groove plywood.  We would then prime, paint, stencil and poly.  I’ve already picked out a great stencil for the floor.  What do you think of this stencil?  I love it!

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Thanks for joining our journey!

Lisa

We’re Back – next up plumbing!

Going into the holidays, shortly before Thanksgiving, we decided it would be a good idea to take a break from our project and focus on family time.  We had a great break and we spent a lot of time with our family.  We hope you were also able to enjoy the holidays as well!

Looking back on 2018, I realize it was very ambitious for me to think we would have this project almost complete by Christmas.  (Although Brian knew this all along.)  Christmas of 2018, ha!  At one point I thought we could at least have our half bath and kitchen ready so that we could host our Christmas celebrations with our family in the loft.  Well that couldn’t happen because, even if we had a half bath, we’re having trouble deciding on kitchen counter tops.  So we have a new year and new goals.  Our current goal is to get back on track and get things moving along quickly.

We’re very excited to get back on track with our plumbing today as well as a lot of other pieces to our project!  Our HVAC system has been installed for a while but we still don’t have heat.  Our plumber is scheduled to start working today on running the line up to the roof for the gas so that we can have heat, which we will definitely need for our drywall installation, painting, etc.

Also, our plumbing rough in is almost complete and we finally have a plan for our bathroom floors, so we should be able to start on those very soon.  I can’t wait to at least have our half bath ready to use!  No more running down from the third floor to the first floor!  I’m very excited about that!

This week we’re also back to work on our windows, too.  Our new replacement windows have been ready for a couple of weeks but we aren’t quite ready.  Brian and I are working on creating the frames for the windows.  Once we had a system in place and figured out the best way to construct the frames, we started moving right along.  In just a couple of days, we’ve been able to partially complete 3 of the 6 windows.  Brian will be sharing some how-to’s on that.

Thanks for joining our journey!

Lisa

 

We’re Still Here!

Boy, it’s been busy around here. Especially with the holidays. We hosted about 35 for Thanksgiving and will again at Christmas. We haven’t posted in a while, but things are happening.

We took out a window on the 3rd floor in the front and had over 100 sheets of 12′ drywall delivered through the window.

We’ve had conduit and electrical run to the HVAC unit on the roof and the same run to our service panel in the loft. We got our electric meter installed yesterday.

We’re hoping to get our gas line run and hooked up to the HVAC next week. Then, we’ll have heat!!

Lisa and I have been working on framing out for new windows and framing in the ones in the back that we’re not going to open.

Anyway, that’s where we are right now. Thanks for following our journey. ☮️❤️

What a Windowfull World

Man, it has been crazy busy around here for the last few weeks. HVAC almost finished. Plumbing rough in waiting on inspection. Electricians working as I type. Bricks cut out for 4 windows in a part of the building that hasn’t seen sunshine in 50 years or more. Lisa and I framed up temporary plastic covered windows to keep out the elements until we can do the new, permanent framing for the new windows. And, Window World just left after measuring for the new windows.

So, things are moving along nicely. Sorry we haven’t blogged much lately, but we’ll get back to it. Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to VOTE!! ☮️❤️

HVAC

Well, we didn’t get as far as we wanted this week because of the threat of rain, but I’m happy with how far we did get.

Billy and the crew from Hager and Son are doing a great job. They show up when they say they will and get things done. The leveling curb was installed, thanks to Rusty’s Sign Company’s boom truck. The flashing and weatherproofing is done thanks to Gilford and Son.

Next up, the spiral duct and the actual unit installed. Can’t wait.

Let There Be Heat

Just in time for the weather change, Danny Hager and his crew from Hager & Son Heating and Cooling is preparing to install our HVAC unit.  This beast of a unit will go on the roof.  Lots of planning and preparation goes into the install.  They are going to use a crane large enough to lift the unit over 50 feet in the air and extend it 90 feet over our roof top.  Danny said they can have this part done in about an hour.  That’s impressive!

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How are we going to get that lift in here?

Danny will coordinate with our electrician and roofer to make sure everything goes smoothly and as planned.  It’s nice living in a small town where most of these trades people know each other and work well together.

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Discussing branch placement

After the roof top unit is installed, then the work comes inside.  While on-site, Danny and Billy reviewed the plans to finalize locations of the spiral duct and the branches that will extend from the main spiral into each room to make sure every room gets adequate heating and air.  The spiral duct will run along the side of this beam:

It’s going to be so nice to be able to finish up this project without sweating like crazy or freezing our butts off!  We highly recommend Danny Hager and his company for all your heating and air conditioning needs.  Thanks for taking care of us Danny!

Thanks for following our journey!

Brian

Taking A Little Break

Everybody needs a break right? We’ve been crazy busy this week, even though we haven’t physically worked on our loft project too much. I guess you can say we’re having a little break from our project but we’re still working on lots of details.

We finished all the framing we could when we realized that if we put up the last couple of walls, we’d have trouble getting some stuff up the existing stairs. Eventually, before we finish our project, we’ll be adding an exterior stairwell. But we want to make sure we can use the existing stairwell for whatever we need for now. We also built the half wall (or pony wall) for our island.

This week Brian worked to get our replacement windows moving along. He also worked on getting quotes to reopen our veranda and bedroom windows. We accepted a bid, scheduled the work and pushed out the installation of our front replacement windows so that we can have all the windows installed at the same time.

The plumbing and electrical work is starting this coming week! It’s hard to imagine having a bathroom on the third floor. That in itself is a dream come true!

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend and the cool crisp air, for those of you located in the vicinity!

Tonight Brian is playing his first gig with his new band – The Valcoes. They practiced 2 nights this week and Brian also practiced another night with our church’s praise band. This is one of the reasons we had to take a little much needed break.

Thanks for joining our journey!

Lisa