As you may remember from this post, we are in the middle of a remodel. We are still in the middle of that remodel. Things are moving somewhat slower than I anticipated. I have done all that I am physically able to do at the moment; the rest of the work that needs to happen for the next bit is my husband’s forte (floor repair, wall repair). Oddly enough, one of the things I disliked most about the house is the fireplace. It takes up a nice corner chunk of the living room. Think of what we could do with all of that space! Well, the wall behind the fireplace is also the wall behind the kids’ bathroom…the floor there was rotting from either pipes leaking, or the roof leaking, we aren’t sure which. So, a couple of Saturdays ago my husband and brother-in-law actually took out the fireplace. I’m so excited about that. We compromised and decided to put a wood stove in eventually, which I’m also excited about, because in the event the power goes out for a lengthy period in the wintertime, I can still cook out meals. Woo! Rejoice with me that the fireplace is gone! Just look at all the glorious space I have there now!
The corner there where you can see insulation? That is where the fireplace was. It really is a good thing that we removed the fireplace, because if that’ve fallen through after we moved in, it would’ve been a major hassle, and been very drafty. The fireplace itself was also a hazard, because water leaked from the chimney to the inside where the grates are, and the ceramic (or whatever it was) was all bowed up and crumbly. We’d have probably burned the house down. How scary!
As of now, we are leaving that hole in the ceiling there since we will put a wood stove in later. How convenient is that?! I have decided that this is my favorite wood stove. I think my husband agrees with me, but we will have to wait and see.
I still have only gotten the kitchen, master bedroom, and master bathroom painted so far. Until we pull the carpets out of the boys’ room, I can’t do anything in there. We did finally pull the living room carpet as you can see above, but since we need to put up more Sheetrock and do more putty work, there’s no sense painting right now. The remodel is slow-going since my husband tends to work long hours, and doesn’t feel like doing much else when he finally gets home. No one wants me putting up Sheetrock, either. In case you didn’t know, I tend to break things easily. Yikes!