Stranded

In explanation for my absence, I claim to have been alternately busy and lazy. But here’s the update on the house.

The hardwood floors are done. They look spectacular.

Tucker is looking puzzled because he is a) afraid of floors and b) not allowed to walk on them yet.

Tucker is looking puzzled because he is a) afraid of floors and b) not allowed to walk on them yet.

The cabinets are in and holy crap do they look awesome.

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The counter people came to do the template today.

The other interesting thing that happened today is the tile. We knew it would be… challenging. Tile will be going right from the front door to the back door. This essentially bifurcates our house. All the stairs and access to useful spaces are on one side and the construction is on the other. Problem is you can’t get from any bedrooms to, say, the kitchen, let alone the back door, without stepping on something that will soon be tiled. As a result, the dogs have been evacuated to my parents’ house for the duration, and we are using this to access to the second floor, where the office and our bedroom are:

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Both kids used it to get in after school. I went out into the yard to take a picture*, and climbed up to get back in, only to discover that the door was locked and Trevor was downstairs vacuuming. And I didn’t even have my phone. Twice I tried to launch myself over the rail to get back down and couldn’t get up the nerve. Thankfully Trevor came to rescue me.

At the moment, we still have a tiny path that we can use to get from the front door/stairs area to the level where the kids sleep and the temporary kitchen is. It will likely be cut off tomorrow. I’m glad the dogs have somewhere else to be; we’d have paw prints in the scratch coat for sure. Or poop on the floor.

View fromt he front door to the baclk door. Notice the stove (in the living room), and the stairs on the left, which lead to the "kitchen"/kids' rooms.

View from the front door to the back door. Notice the stove (in the living room), and the stairs on the left, which lead to the “kitchen”/kids’ rooms.

We are allowed to walk on the cardboard, for now. I’m not sure what will happen tomorrow when they fill that in and put tile down, or Friday when they grout. We may need to move out.

By next week, we should have electricity. They can’t do plumbing until the counters are in, which could be 2-3 weeks, but at least everything is coming together.

*Just so everyone can appreciate my heroism in taking the picture of the ladder, here is a visual on how deep the snow is in our yard right now:

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I am a wife, a mom, a nurse, a writer. I enjoy laughing.
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3 Responses to Stranded

  1. Jeff says:

    Wow, it looks great!

  2. Phyllis says:

    you are a brave soul renovating with kids and dogs :)) looks awesome Jen!!

  3. Ellen says:

    The kitchen cabinets are beautiful; so are the hardwoods! Can’t wait to see the tile. Love your 2nd floor ladder entrance.

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