Saturday, December 17, 2011

Powder and Paint

I have been living in the shell of a house for over a month now.

We moved all the furniture to the garage and a rented storage unit.

We took up all the carpet and baseboards.

We painted (most of) the ceilings and walls in all the rooms that will be getting the new flooring. (over 1500 sq ft.). Still need to do touch up work and door frames, etc.

Patched the walls (from taking off the baseboards) and the concrete floors. The dark spots along the walls show wet concrete drying after patching the holes made from pulling up the carpet nail strips.

Boxes of Pergo laminate flooring are now sitting in the middle of each room: living room, dining room den, hallways, and the four bedrooms.



Got a call from the installers and they won't be starting until December 27th. She stressed that we must put boxes of flooring in EACH room of the house and keep the temperature at 70 degrees at least 48 hours before they begin. WTF?? I have no flooring, no insulation! My internal house temperature drops down into the 50s overnight. We're lucky if  ever gets to 68 during the day! My electric bill is 30% higher than normal (higher than it's ever been before in the 17 years I've lived here). I have very little wood left for the woodstove and I just bought $700 worth of propane which took the tank to only 60%. Oh my! I considered converting my wood stove to pellet but then I'd need to buy pellets all the time AND run a fan. I guess I better buy a cord of wood quick and get it delivered. With my pickup truck not running, I haven't been able to go get any wood myself this year except for the little bit my daughter and I picked up one afternoon and half of that was rocks, lol.

Did she say DECEMBER 27TH?!?!!

That's two more weeks! Oh my, no Christmas for us this year.

I see a very bleak two weeks ahead. Cold, cold, cold and nothing in the rooms except a few mattresses, my big 54 inch tv and my laptop (of course). Oh my!! Sure not looking forward to it.

Just a few years ago, I had a roof leak and had the entire roof repaired. It took a couple of weeks because of the snows we had during that time. That was in January- and it was COLD!!!! Remind me to do my next major house improvement in the summer, PLEASE!

Now I have nothing to do but wait...

Powder and Paint  song: Maid of Bond Street, artist: David Bowie, album: Deram songs


Dreaming said...

Oh nooooooo! That's awful.

BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

Oh my!


fernvalley01 said...

how frustrating!

Ed said...

Yikes! Why do this in the winter? Good luck with the flooring..:-))

Jo Castillo said...

Awww shucks, hope you get a break in the cold weather. It is even cold here .. for us. Evil grin. Looks like all the work will make for a beautiful home. Good luck with it all. And a Merry Christmas if I don't get back here.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Yeah, I would have waited until late Spring/early Summer to do a remodel job like that. Yikes!

The wall colors sure are pretty, though.


achieve1dream said...

Wow that sucks!!

You've done a lot of work and the walls looks fantastic. I can't wait to see what the floors look like.

If it makes you feel any better I live in an old rock house with concrete stucco walls so it doesn't get very warm here either. Oh and I don't have central heat. Just a wood stove, oil heaters and an electric blanket (if I could find it). So I feel for you. I really do!