Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lots to do!

We're amping up to start our remodel!  Over these last few months we've been slowly getting things in order and preparing to get this thing started. 
Hubs building a shelf in an attempt to organize
We reorganized the basement.  Most of our stuff is still packed in boxes (honestly I haven't really missed what's down there).  Hubs wants to put in all new ductwork and a new furnace.  So we definitely needed to move stuff around so he has full access to the ductwork and can move about freely.  He wants to start by cutting in the register holes.  And then attack the old asbestos taped duct work. 
We've got our work cut out for us here at the Windmill Cottage.  My husband will be doing most, if not all the work himself.  I help where I can.....move stuff, clean stuff, wrangle the kids, feed the gang.  I came up with a rough draft of things we would like to get done this year.  I'm pretty sure it's going to take us longer than a year, but one can be optimistic..... right?
Our first remodel we finished in less than a year, but we didn't have kids, and we frequently stayed up late into the night to finish a task.  Not this time around.  We'll have to wrap up when the kids go to bed.  We'll be waylaid by millions of questions and "help" from the boys.  This time will be a patience tester but hopefully we will spark some "do it yourselfness" into the boys. 
Here's our list!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I need an outlet

No really, I needed an outlet in the boy's room.  Make that an electrical outlet.  The Windmill Cottage was built in the 1940's.  There's lucky to be two outlets in a room.  The boys only have one outlet and it happens to be behind a bed.  I don't like to plug anything into it in case it arcs or sparks against the mattress.  We have two beds crammed into a 9X12 bedroom.

Since we moved in we've had an extension cord hooked up to a power strip to give power to their room.  They need a night light and a stereo.  The extension cord ran from the bathroom through the hall.  Lucky none of us has tripped on the cord. 


But today, the hubs and the boys cut in an outlet.  We can get rid of the trip hazard in the hall!  That's one small step but a much needed one!

My husband deserves a big pat on the back.  If he were to do this by himself it would have taken about 30 minutes tops.  But having the help of a 6 and 4 year old that insisted on stripping the electrical wire and screwing in the outlet for Daddy added an extra 30 minutes to the project.  Hubs said we'll be lucky to have this house project done before we are 50!  I think it's pretty neat that the kids are learning this stuff already!