Sunday, July 20, 2008

Two Main Floors

It just occurred to me that we've never put the floor plans on the blog, so here they are. These aren't the final plans, but they're close. Each floor is about 750 square feet and this doesn't include the guest room floor (2 bedrooms, a landing and bath) or the basement - which is just one big open room. I'll post those plans in the future. Some changes to this set of plans include: the laundry room - which will be located next to the toilet with doors facing the landing and there will also be a door off of the dining room leading to a back deck.

Main Floor

Master Bedroom Suite
The oval in the middle of the room is a freestanding bathtub. The room with the shower will be a wet room, completely tiled and ready for water.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Metal for Electrical

We recently visited the salvage yard in a 14-foot U-Haul with all of the metal from the demolition of our house. This was a day that had been discussed with much anticipation for a very long time.
 Jodi painstakingly separated aluminum and steel from copper -- (Jodi's note: pulling literally thousands of fins from old radiator pipes and then cutting out . . . every . . . single . . . joint, totalling hundreds and hundreds of pieces of metal)
-- and when all was said and done, we walked away with a big wad of cash in hand. Twenty dollars shy of what we needed to pay the electrician today to install our new electrical panel. 

From this...

 To this!

A nice trade.

We laugh at how many times a MAN has offered to "take our metal to the dump for us".  Boys, boys, boys!

This house was a conglomeration of ancient wiring meets even more ancient wiring. Sometimes a breaker in the off position still meant power at the site of our work. Needless to say, the threat of a good jolt of electricity is a little off-putting even when your feet are touching the ground, but when standing on a ladder, well, it's downright scary.  One of our first acts of business  was removing all unnecessary electrical from this house. What this means is that if you want a piece of toast, you must unplug the microwave, plug in the toaster, toast the bread and then eat your toast in a dimly lit house.  This box marks a new era. One I used to take for granted. 

Let the stringing of new wires begin!