Monday, October 3, 2011

I'm alive!!

So, BOTH of my computers have stopped working. After doing all the work on the house that we did, suprisingly, we cannot afford to get them fixed. I am, borrowing Kaye's work computer after going through SERIOUS internet withdrawal. I thought that I had better update my sorry blog. What a cliffhanger I left at hey? I'm sure you were all SO dying to see how we could get any better than that beautiful yellow and forest green. It was tricky, let me tell ya!

First off, the icky part! So, obviously, this house is old. Old old! We were actually really lucky that it ended up being in such good condition, except for this..............

This delightful bit was where our foundation was crumbling inside! It had been reinforced on the outside, reinforced on the inside, and they put big steel posts along the basement walls to help ensure that the basement is safe. Sadly, our old side door had rotted away so when our contractor pulled it off, we got THAT! That being the huge hole in our foundation walls looking in to my basement laundry room - past the yucky old pipes.

It's a beauty isn't it? Luckily, that turned into...

THIS!!! YAY!! A door. After plywood for a ridiculously long time, we finally got our third and FINAL door installed. We, at one point, had plywood on two of our doors with no stairs going to our third. It was super fun.

I obviously had a ton to catch up on, but they wouldn't let me upload any more pictures, as well as a complete lack of caring on my part, so I've only put some of the pitures on here. We now have the siding finished on the north side, front (east) with the exception of the vinyl cedar shake stuff that is going in the peak, as well as the peak of the porch, and the west (back obviously!). Kaye has just the south side to complete and we are DONE!!!

We still have soffit, fascia, and eavestrough to do, as well as the porch(a railing might be nice), oh and repouring a new walkway going up to our house, and all the inside stuff for the windows...putting all the sills and new molding and stuff up left to do, but we are leaving most until next year. Expensive!!! I might have to sell one of my children to get it all done. Heck, lets just sell them all. Then I can do a total rehaul on the inside too!! Kidding, sort of. We did run out of money though, so wait we must.

We did get a new roof (sheeting and all) installed as well. Apparently, the old owners were fans of cosmetic fixes and not really real fixes. We had rotting cedar shakes under our shingles. And under that was rotting ummmm... under stuff. It was crazy! We had holes we could see through! I felt great about that. Anyway, now all the roof is fixed and the walls or insulated and siding pretty well all up! I am thrilled!!!

We also bought all new windows. Marcus' and Rhys' windows were broken and didn't even shut so winter would have been a fun little adventure! We also got windows that all open so we have air flow! It's amazing the difference something so simple as a breeze can make!

Now, I'm tired. For FHE we decided to rake our neighbours (single mom and daughter) leaves. Service! So worth it, yet, 32 bags later, my pregnant hips and tailbone hate me and I think I'm going to lay back on a heating pad. I am so NOT kidding.... 32 bags. Yep, I thought it would be great to live on a beatiful tree-lined street. Wait, oh yeah, there are leaves involved. And it was probably only about 1/4 of what is going to fall this year! We still have tons of leaves not fallen yet!!!

Good night all! I hope we can meet again soon (ahem..Kaye, your computer.. hint hint).


Lisa C said...

wow! go team! so nice to have all that done before winter.

Kathy T. said...

WHAT!!! DID I MISS SOMETHING??? When are you due??? Ahhhh!!! Congrats - (and if I knew this before and forgot - I'm sorry - but I don't think my memory is that bad.)

Details! Details!

I'm excited about your cute house - but more excited for you about the other news! Whoohoo! (And I think you're crazy for doing all that and still having time and energy to help others - go team Kronenbusch!)

kimara said...

Man what a project you took on! I am glad that it is coming together. I know how crazy Reno's are! I am broke now too! So I am on a budget!

I am confused at the pregnant hip thing to....hips ruined from pregnancy or are you prego again! I am so excited if you are...I am with Kathy spill all the details! I loved catching up on your blog!

mishel said...

Kristen!!! Seriously you can't just slip that in like that! Oh my heck!!! Congrats!
Oh and CUTE house!

Joanne said...

haa haaa I totally knew. you said something at church and then I had to ask you mom because I didn't know if I already knew or not but CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!! and your house is looking A.MAZING! you sly gal you.sneaking that little info into the story to see who is paying attention. awesome.

Randa said...

Ohhh its looks fabulous! If its a girl I havs some baby clothes for you =) But I understand if you dont want any and just need to shop for pink and dress this kid in pink irregardless =)Kyan does look fabulous in a dress on occasion! Go team with tthe reno's! We shall see how I do with having one room of my house in chaos - let alone a floor. Oh right my house is always chaos anyway - I should be fine =)