is when things start to get crazy. Don is working 2-3 full days a week doing
with Diana helping on the weekends. Nearly all of the interior walls are coming
old electrical is removed and all the debris carted away. And then the professionals
to work! Carlos the Architect is hard at work on the plans and details. John
spends nearly 4 days stripping all the exterior paint and a good portion of
the interior too.
Bob the Window Guy, Paul the Contractor, Steve the Concrete Floor Dude, Dave
Man, Wayne the Electrician, Ray the Plumber, and Bill the Guy Who Cuts Concrete
are all consulted.
TO AUGUST GO
wall with the reception window is now gone, opening up to the
future master bedroom. The second window (right) will be walled over. With
debris, and the dust and fibers in the air, and it being September and all,
starts to call this place Ground Zero.
for an inexpensive and unique ceiling material, we've chosen this
low-shine galvanized metal sheet. It has a triangular corrogated shape and
a perfect cloudy-reflective quality. And, it's really cheap!
was two side-by-side half bathrooms will become the main bathroom.
The wall has been removed and one of the toilets will be replaced by a shower.
Jr. starts the sandblasting to find the perfect texture. The shot on
the right was taken through the eyehole on the back door as john was blasting
wall above. The sand and water mix made a huge mess and the eyehole was covered
with mud seconds afterword.
was far better than we imagined. The blocks had more colorful agregate
than expected and the lighter grout created an excellent contrast.
East exterior wall looks awesome! The wall sticking into the future
master bedroom has been torn down to frame and will be removed completely.
front of the house during the last day of sandblasting. The ground
around the house has 12 inches of sand and it's an absolute dust storm
What a frickin mess!
sandblasting is done for now. Next comes the wall cutting. Where
there is still paint, the concrete block will be cut out and removed, making
bigger window (commercial-style anodized aluminum with tinted glass) and two
looking cool sitting on top of the dumpster, as only Julian can.
aftermath. Sand and mud cake the floor, a thin layer of dirt coats
the walls, and sand continues to sprinkle down from the insulation.
the future master bath toward the future master bedroom. The dirt and
debris covering the floor after the sandblasting is bitch to clean up.
really use a industrial-strength ventilator mask, but all I had was a dust
As dirt was shoveled into the can, it seemed like half of it rose out as dust.
toward the future kitchen. Note the painted areas that will be covered with
base and wall cabinets. Saved a little money by carefully planning where sandblasting
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