Tom and his crew, which includes the kids most days, are making good progress. Early this week they started insulating and putting up drywall, and yesterday they broke through the existing exterior wall. Which meant we had Tom’s birthday dinner last night with a large sheet of plastic sheeting hanging in the room, between the table and the addition (though compared to the two-hour delay in the meal because the water heater all of a sudden collapsed after 17 years, spewing hot water all over the laundry room, the sheeting was minor). And of course, with the ceiling supports and sheeting, we now have even less room than unusual in our bowling-ball-narrow eat-in area. But with any luck not for long.
Insulating in progress,
Once the new windows were installed at the north end of the addition, the only way in or to out was through the old kitchen window, as Davy demonstrates. The window with about 16 feet of wall are now gone, but the broom closet at left (part of the remodel 12 years ago) stays. Soon to go will be the dreadful pink, white and gray vinyl sheet flooring Tom picked out 17 years ago (before we met),
Vapor barrier over the insulation, which looks rather ghostly,
The one bright spot in the kitchen at the moment; kitchen addition through the no-longer-in-existence window on the right; what you can see in the background is the cooking part of the kitchen. Please disregard the 70-year-old popcorn ceiling over asbestos, as I’ve been doing; knowing that we would build a new house one of these days always helped…
The drywall going up; next week’s project is taping, etc.
The old kitchen window on its way out; you can see the lovely supports now temporarily part of the kitchen, to keep the ceiling in place,
When the wall was removed yesterday, the kids and I saw the original wallpaper for the first time. Tom had covered it up when he fixed up the house 17 years ago, just before we met, because it was faster and easier to lay drywall than to strip 50-year-old drywall,
Ta da — the wall is gone. The view at dinnertime last night. The Rubbermaid plastic wash tubs you can see on the floor at the bottom right are what Tom and the kids use to store their books and papers (work for Tom, school things for the kids); these will finally find a home in drawers/behind doors when the built-ins in the addition are completed,
Peeking in to the new addition from the existing kitchen after the wall came down,
Hee! Standing inside the new addition, looking toward the old kitchen. It’s so much wider than I imagined it would be. If it were warmer, I’d move the kitchen table in there RIGHT NOW (it went down to -17 C last night, or not quite 2 degrees F, ugh),
Old and new,