Here's what's been happening. Last week we got approvals from the inspector on the plumbing, electricity and framing. (The framing was a big deal because a lot of structural work, guided by a real-life engineer who specializes in old decrepit buildings, was necessary to support the roof properly.) Once we were given the green light to move forward by the inspectors, we hired a team of dudes to spray insulation in every nook and cranny of the place -- effectively keeping the birds out and the temperature steady. They finished that job this morning. Things still look very construction-y, but believe me when I say just having the insulation in makes a huge difference. It's definitely inspiring to keep moving forward. (Tomorrow, August 15th, marks the fourth anniversary of the day we purchased this place at a foreclosure auction.)
Anyway, since I've never given a real "tour" of the master suite, I figured now would be as good a time as any.
Here is my laundry room in its current state. I'm thankful every day to have the washer and dryer in the house, since the baby has indeed lived up to the expectation of dirtying everything in her path. FYI that giant beam running along the ceiling is kind of holding everything up, nice and sturdy-like.
Here's a better shot of the ceiling and all the beams holding it all up. It's kind of boring but the fate of the house rests on these beams, so I'd be remiss in leaving out this important photo. The ones running horizontally are original wood salvaged from the house. This configuration of beams was a huge time setback, and they certainly were not free (and we hired a carpenter to help us), so I'm glad they will look kind of cool after all they put us through. S has the fun task ahead of going at them with a grinder to get all the spray insulation off and generally clean them up. After that, it's ceiling time!
Here's the walk-in closet, just to the right of the laundry room.
To the left of the office are the stairs going down into the kitchen. So all of that -- the laundry room, the walk-in closet, the office and the stairs -- is basically the room we are calling the "master closet." It may be the county's biggest, and I'm okay with that.
And finally, here is the master bath shower, as discussed in my last post about tile.The other angles of the bathroom are full of tools and building supplies, so photos will have to wait. (It is a pretty big bathroom.) The big black thing in the ceiling is the fan, and outside the shower you can see the plumbing for the bathtub.
So that's what's been keeping us occupied for the past couple months. It doesn't seem like much progress to the naked eye, I guess, but I am thrilled. Sure we have a lot left to do, but compared to where we started it's a huge step forward.
I can't believe we've been working on this house for four years. Let's just let that soak in for awhile, shall we?