Madly House Cleaning

You know what happens when you (mostly) finish a renovation? Your house is pretty much impossible to clean. I’ve been done with sheet rock for a really long time but somehow, I still find sheetrock dust everywhere.

The renovation is also not totally completely done because there is still trim missing in miscellaneous places around your house. Summer in northern Idaho will be over soon and your cabin still doesn’t have siding so the trim is waiting until fall/winter (this probably only applies to me but oh well). Lack of trim makes everything just seem a little less clean somehow.

Copyright Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half (Yes I know I've linked to this before. But it's pretty much how I feel.)

Anyway, my mom and aunt are going to be in town on Friday afternoon and I would really like my house to be looking completely fabulous (or as fabulous as it can) by the time they get here. Neither of them have seen the house in person so this is my first chance to show off our little life here in Idaho.

Rather than writing a blog post last night (sorry!), I washed down the slate, washed the living room floor twice (and there is still a cloudiness caused by residual sheetrock dust!), washed the living room windows, and did dishes. And on the docket for tonight is kitchen counters, cabinets, and floors and hopefully the bedroom and bathroom. Phew.

I’m so opening my bottle of Spanish Valley Vineyards Chardonnay tonight.

Home Buying: Part V

This is the last of my home-buying posts. There’s not much left in the way of home projects from the initial purchase flurry of projects; there’s a little trim left to be done but that will all probably wait for winter. Everything else that we’d like to do is just that, something we’d like to do but not necessarily something we need to do.

THE SIDING IS DONE! Continue reading “Home Buying: Part V”

Final (House) Window

We set the final window in the house today! When we installed windows in the house last winter we were unable to put in the kitchen window because of the enormous pile of wood on our front porch (it was the only dry place to put wood in December).

Out with the old...

After dinner we pulled out the old window, enlarged the opening for a 2’x3′ window instead of a 2’x2′, and set our nice efficient window. F is a bit upset about the high vinyl to window ratio and is trying to convince me to price check a fixed (picture) 2’x3′ but I’m not totally sold. We have a lot of windows in our house but almost all of them in the front of the house are fixed so I would like that little bit of cross breeze in the kitchen.

...in with the new.

Siding is going on the house this weekend. I’m pretty sure it’s going to make our little house look quite polished!

Home Buying: Part IV

Sometimes when you’re tearing a whole house apart it’s the little things.

See the chimney in the middle? It’s painted beige just like the walls so you might miss it. Sticking out past the cabinet there? We’d pretty much decided taking it out was a lot of work considering that we had a whole bunch of other more pressing needs (heat and toilet basically) so it was moved to the back burner. Continue reading “Home Buying: Part IV”

Home Buying: Part III

Continuing our series about renovating our little house. Check out Part I for and Part II other exciting projects.

Today we’re going to talk about heat. We bought our house December 23rd and had taken a chance and gave notice at our rental about a week before…move in date…January 13. On top of making sure we would have a shower and toilet we needed to figure out how to heat the place.

Our house hadn’t been occupied full time for about ten years. Somewhere along the line the vent pipe for the furnace leaked and water got into the heat exchanger. The previous owner seemed happy enough to just heat with space heaters when he and his family came up to Mullan for the weekend (although I doubt they were here in the winter much after that happened). The electric space heaters they left behind barely took the edge off the cold. Continue reading “Home Buying: Part III”

Home Buying: Part II

I’m going to continue our adventures in home buying/renovation today with our bathroom (I admit I choose this in large part because it’s basically done). Its absolutely ridiculous to remember this happening.

When we bought the house it took a lot of imagination to picture actually living here. It also took a bit of ingenuity to figure out how to make our 900 sq. foot house nice and livable (like not having the washer and dryer in the kitchen). A few floor plans later we ended up gaining a closet, merging the bathrooms, and creating a more private master bedroom entrance. Continue reading “Home Buying: Part II”

Home Buying: Part I

When we purchased our house F asked me if I was going to blog about our projects. Unfortunately, we didn’t have internet at either our rental or our house at the time so it wasn’t really going to happen. I’m going to start a little mini-series on our adventure to home ownership and the subsequent renovation.

Last September, I was offered a job in rural Idaho. At the time, we were living in Missoula where I was working a job I hated (with people I really liked!), paying way too much for rent, and living in a big city where we did not want to be.

Suddenly, we were presented with an option that I thought it would take a lot longer than three months to find. I had foreseen us moving around for awhile while I built my career and eventually stumbling upon the golden combination of sweet job and even sweeter place to live. It took just three months. Continue reading “Home Buying: Part I”