I can’t believe that I haven’t updated since MARCH! That’s completely uncalled for and I can hear Adam shaming me now. It’s scary to look back and see the first picture that I have up there has snow in it. Unacceptable.
So, consider this a brain dump for the past 2+ months of what we’ve been up too. And let me apologize for the quality of my pictures. I’m using my iPhone and one of these days, I’ll get a proper camera. Someday.
Gorgeous isn’t it? Who knew I’d be so happy to see an electrical panel go up in our house. Thanks to Gibbions Electric who came in for one days work and upgraded us from a 100 amp panel to 200 amps. What does that mean for us? Well, whenever we get to the kitchen, we’ll be able to have things like, oh, a dishwasher on it’s own circuit and get the second floor off of just one breaker. And no. You didn’t read that wrong. Our ENTIRE second floor is on one breaker. That’s going to change. Someday!
And now the not so exciting news:
We were able to get some estimates on our chimney, since we demoed a section of the guestroom revealing it to be in not that great of shape. We called a bunch of places and they came and gave us the bad news. While the chimney itself wasn’t horrible…we couldn’t get a liner. Come to find out, when our house was built 100 years ago, they built the chimney around the center beam of the house. So the beam literally runs right through it, and as a quick fix, the previous owners built up the inside with bricks so the beam would be “protected” (I use that term loosely) from the gases of the furnace and water heater. We called in a structural engineer to take a look at everything and he told us that 1. Our house was made the cheapest way possible (thanks) 2. We’re missing some supports (awesome) 3. You can remove the section of the beam that’s in the chimney, but we’ve got a add a bunch of lolly columns to help out with you know, holding up the house. One other option? Getting a direct venting furnace (thanks for that suggestion Dad!) Our furnace is ancient and if we did this, then we could circumvent the issue completely…just costs a fortune! So, we’re putting that on hold for awhile.
And things that I thought were amazing:
May was pretty productive for us. We went to one of our favorite places in the world…BRIMFIELD! Seriously. It’s like Christmas for us and it happens 3 times a year! I won’t speak too much about it because I could go on and on about it, but what I love about it is how much inspiration I get from there. And Adam and I have come to a conclusion of what our “style” is when it comes to decorating. I’ll dub it refurbished-industrial. We really dig things that have metal and wood mixed together, so like tables, shelving, chairs. Love it. What did we get? Some awesome stuff:
Hello Beautiful. A gorgeous Mission Style rocker that I got for $200, original ask of $275.
Our new coffee table! An 1875ish took trunk that has removable/slideable compartments inside. See? Got it for a steal at $250…originally $350!
And these little loves I’ve been eying forever. And will most likely continue grabbing ones that look cool. I’m very jealous of Adam’s letters…they kick mine in the butt.
Oh and we did a project! Very overdue. Have I ever mentioned that we had a handicap ramp out our backdoor? No? Welp, we did…for almost two years. The previous owner was wheelchair bound and it took up a lot of our prime backyard real estate. It had to go. Adam demoed it and said that it was the most well built thing he’s come across during our time here. That doesn’t say much! So once the ramp was gone, it was stair building time. We built the stringers from scratch, broke up some concrete, built a new landing pad with bricks we had found around the house, and stairs that are solid. We couldn’t be happier with how they turned out and it’s so much roomier. We absolutely love it, even if it is temporary (that’s another story for another time). Enjoy these lovely pics!