Friday, February 9, 2018

Update on House Progress

We are scrambling as quickly as we can to get at least a portion of the house livable, as our temporary housing will soon come to an end.

We've got nearly all the electrical wiring replaced, the broken windows have been replaced, most of the damaged plumbing has been fixed or capped off.

Some structural issues still remain, such as replacing the bathroom subfloor and joists, and repairing some of the burnt out walls.

Things remaining left to do are: insulation, drywall, paint, installing some flooring and the bathroom components, installing lighting throughout. On the outside of the house, I believe we are only lacking getting the damaged siding replaced. And a lot of cleanup!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

February Surprise

Our nine year old doe, who was thought to be sterile, totally surprised us by giving birth to FOUR precious kids on the 1st of February.

Sadly two babies didn't survive. The remaining two are doing pretty well, although we have to supplement them with bottles since the momma is battling mastitis.

Rebuilt and Completed Roof

Our wonderful Amish neighbors did a fantastic job of tearing off and rebuilding the roof. Altogether it took just a week to get from start to dry-in.

Once it was dried in, the roofing crew at Husong Roofing came in and laid the shingles. It looks amazing!

Monday, January 29, 2018

New Normal?

Since the housefire, we've had to get more creative in how we spend our time. No longer having internet or gaming systems, our spare time is spent in more imaginative, creative ways. 

I admit, we do have a tv in our temporary living space, so we aren't completely without modern entertainment options. 

Roof Rebuild Has Begun!

Our wonderful Amish neighbors began rebuilding our roof last week. I was most nervous about that upper roof, since it was so high up there, and the pitch was 12:12. But they managed just fine and had it tore down and rebuilt in just 2 days. 

The upper roof is now dried in, awaiting beautiful new shingles. Hopefully it won't take too long to do the other two roofs and then we can really start getting busy on the inside! 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Never-ending Destruction

As we clear out bags and bags of debris, and fill dump truck after dump truck, it seems never-ending. Where is the light at the end of this tunnel? 

At least some progress has been made. We cleared out the attic storage room, finding a few salvageable treasures in the rubble. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bare-naked Kitchen

We completed clearing out the kitchen and it looks pretty good- all things considered. 

The hardwood floors are in decent shape with only a couple of bad spots and a whole lot of nails to pull out from the plywood that had covered it. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Goodbye Kitchen

I was so happy with our spruced-up old kitchen. Here's the post about that transformation : 
New Old Kitchen

But now we have another transformation ahead of us. Normally I would be thrilled to peak into the past lives of our house like this, but under these circumstances it's just not the same. 

We began removing all the contents of our kitchen. Everything was soaking wet, even the space between the cabinets and walls, and all layers of old paneling and wallpaper were wet. It all had to come out. 

I am saving the drawers. They will be the only thing left from the old kitchen and I will find a way to reuse them. 

You can see how even the old layers of wallpaper, which was beneath paneling, is wet. 

This was a surprise. A nearly complete door with jamb found in the wall that is shared by the second bathroom. We believe that originally the bathroom and office room were the back porch, so this door would have opened onto the back porch. 

Some very pretty old wallpaper, as well as some very colorful, "modern" wallpaper was found beneath the kitchen paneling. 

You can see where the original placement of the sink/cabinet was located, directly under a large picture window, and what was likely open shelving on either side. I can almost picture how it may have looked, with cute lace curtains and mason jars on the shelves. 

But even with all the interesting things we've found, it still hurts to see it torn apart. And what's even harder, is knowing that it may be years before we can piece it all back together into the warm and comforting kitchen that my family has known and loved.