Marching in slow progress. We were hoping to be able to move into the house this weekend by our anniversary, but looks like it will be the weekend after that. Not too bad for timeline, though!
Roof is finally all fixed and now I can go and do transcription work from the new house during the day without all that noise.
We tested the radiators this week and they all work with no leaks, thank goodness. Our boiler is really old and we need to decide whether to replace it or possibly invest in one of those ductless split heating/cooling systems. Since the walls are cement and we have radiator heat – puttting in a forced air system is totally out because installing air vents would be a problem. So, it is either new boiler or the ductless. The ductless system would be nice because then we would have air conditioning! So, we need to get an estimate on the cost of that. A new boiler is around $10,000 (super ouch!!), plus another couple thousand for the chimney liner.
This week most of the time was spent on the flooring and coating the counters. The flooring went in pretty easily. I have installed tile, laminate, vinyl and now engineered wood floor. The only floor we haven’t done is hardwood 😀
This flooring has an underlayment already attached to it, so we didn’t have to put that down. The cork planks cut much easier than laminate and we easier to install, although some boards gave us problems for unknown reasons. We did find a lot of pieces with chipped edges, though. Probably a whole box worth, so that needs to get returned.
It took 2 days for us to get flooring in the kitchen and nook areas.
I am loving how the floor looks. I put my chair in there just for fun. It’s not going in there permanently.
I like this floor enough to put it in the little alcove off the living room (we call it the North room) in the future. That is the only room with carpet in it and I really, really like this cork. I like the color. It is very quiet to walk on and cushiony.
Lots of attention paid to the counters this week, too. With the Waterlox, you have to let it dry 24 hours between coats and it needed 4 coats. It didn’t take a lot of time to actually put on the coats, but there is a lot of downtime waiting. We can’t put in the sink or tile until that gets done. I am pretty pleased with how it is looking, though.
Backsplash should be started on Friday or Saturday. Yippee!
Plumbing always seems to be the bane of my existence. The previous owners took the shower handle (why??) and finding a replacement has been the biggest PITA ever.
Plumbing parts are very brand specific and after finally figuring out the brand, we cannot seem to find anything that fits this particular stem. It would really help if these parts were labeled so that it could be matched, but they aren’t. This is one of those things that should be easy, but isn’t and is incredibly frustrating.
We took tonight off from the rehab to do a few other things. After 2 weeks of going down in flames for football picks to start the year, I finally won this week! Woo Hoo! I decided to try something really different:
5 Guys! This was pretty good. You don’t see burgers on the blog hardly ever. I don’t generally like to eat ‘corporate’ meat as we call it, but I wanted to try this. John got a grilled cheese sandwich LOL! I don’t know if I would go back again, but the fries were awesome!
Then it was shopping time. Birthdays coming up in the next week and appliance shopping!
I will be glad when money stops going out faster than it comes in, that is for sure!