The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 8

Posted 21 January 2018 at 9:10 PM | Comments (0)

The husband was back on 1950s vinyl-floor duty today and did a GREAT job. The house is so pretty when it’s stripped down.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 8

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 8

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 8

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 7

Posted 20 January 2018 at 8:27 PM | Comments (0)

My husband spent the day chipping away, literally, at the kitchen floor and sent me these photos. From this:

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 7

To this:

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 7

To this:

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 7

We’re just about ready to move on to the next step—replacing old and faulty plumbing.

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 6

Posted 14 January 2018 at 7:35 PM | Comments (0)

Drywall gone!

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 6

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 5

Posted 13 January 2018 at 9:51 PM | Comments (0)

Making progress. Ceiling and soffits are coming down.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 5

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 19

Posted 8 January 2018 at 2:45 PM | Comments (0)

Wahoo, gutters and downspouts were finally installed after a couple of months of waiting for our order to come in (apparently the order was misplaced).

I was on the receiving end of many confused expressions when telling people that I wanted round, silver downspouts, but despite the funny looks, I went ahead with my vision. They look great. They match all the other silver things poking out of the house.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 19

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 4

Posted 7 January 2018 at 9:50 PM | Comments (0)

We’re really going for it. The house is already smelling so much better.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 4

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 3

Posted 5 January 2018 at 9:36 PM | Comments (0)

Uncovering odors continues in the third day of our kitchen demolition.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 3

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 3

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 3

You can see that the laundry is just behind the front door. Now that we’re really doing this, we’re going to do it all the way and enclose the laundry area behind cabinet doors. Stay tuned to find out if we go bankrupt and lose everything we have.

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 2

Posted 1 January 2018 at 9:21 PM | Comments (0)

Happy new year?! I can’t believe we got ourselves into this.

Once the cabinets were outside, it was confirmed that they smelled bad; it was also confirmed that the layers of disintegrating vinyl flooring smelled bad, as does the rotted subfloor. Everything is coming out. Everything.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 2

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 2

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 2

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 1

Posted 31 December 2017 at 9:09 PM | Comments (0)

God help us. We weren’t planning on touching the kitchen for another 5-10 years, but the odor of the house continues to offend our senses.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen, Renovation Before

Don’t let the quaint, solid-wood cabinets fool you. They fooled us, too. We thought we would keep them. In the end, we realized the only way to pinpoint the source of the odor was to start removing cabinets. This is the photo my husband texted to me before he got started this morning:

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 1

And this:

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 1

Today’s demolition resulted in removed cabinets and flooring, with layers of rot, trash, and dirt, built up over years. This is the pile of trash he found underneath the first set of cabinets he removed:

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 1

He had a suspicion that some of the smell was coming from the floor also, so he started pulling up three layers of vinyl flooring:

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 1

Leaving us with this current situation:

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 1

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 18

Posted 3 November 2017 at 2:47 PM | Comments (0)

The gables were finished in September, but we kept dragging our feet on painting them. I was going back and forth on color choices (everything in Pewter Tankard, or introduce a new color?), and we were just very busy.

Then, last week, we noticed the weather forecast showed sun for several days, which is unusual for fall in the Pacific Northwest (usually it’s rain and more rain). So, my husband scrambled to take days off work, and ended up spending six days spackling, sanding, priming, and painting.

We got really lucky, too, because it wasn’t just that rain was coming—it turns out that snow was coming. Two mornings later, this is what we woke up to.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 18

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 18

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 18

Next, we have to get the gutters and downspouts on. Good thing, too—we’ve heard there may be some precipitation…