Demo on Delaware – Things are Looking Up!

It has not been what I would call a “fun” week  with this remodel. Kinda felt like I was hearing a lot of excuses!!  I was just getting over the framing of a new and larger window – then my wood floor guys had van troubles and my brick mason did not show up either. I also found out that our new front door needs to be “re-installed” – which I will get to that later. Maybe it was just a bad Monday but nevertheless frustrating. But, as of right this moment we are back on track and making progress.

I do think Jan, our brick mason, does incredible work. She filled in a window for us on the back of the house and you can not even tell. Our house is the old used brick and not one brick is the same size.

Here is the before. I know you all want to pin this photo!  If the plywood is not bad enough, the insulation randomly stuffed along the frame is just as tacky!! Actually we stuffed that insulation there to keep our air conditioning from escaping.

This is what we are looking at from the inside of our kitchen. Great window treatment don’t ya think?


She knows the right amount of color to add to the cement for it to match the existing mortar which has been there for 46 years. After a couple of weeks of curing,  it will all match up.

Meanwhile…………The floor guys are hard workers. They have sanded and filled for the last two days and now they start applying the stain. Love the color.

These are the nicest guys – very considerate and willing  to please. I guess we’ve been pretty lucky during this remodel with our workers other than the one who took 30 minute smoke breaks every hour, so I had to tell him I did not need him anymore, and then one guy who talked all the freaking time!!! Yeah, had to explain to him that I was paying him to work not to talk! Awkward! Ya know when they get the iphone out showing you work they’ve done in the past and they’re working for you in the present – I get a little cranky!!

The first coat of seal for the wood floors has been added and now we wait for two more to be applied then we can have our new appliances delivered plus our marble countertops! Oh boy – hurry up and wait!! We’re getting there.

I am wanting to use a pastry table as an island

Here is my list of what remains to be done -

  • two more coats of the sealer on the new wood floors
  • install new base boards and crown moulding
  • delivery and installation of new appliance
  • install marble countertops
  • install new windows
  • repair new front door
  • have electrician install fixture over sink, breakfast room table, butlers pantry,dining room foyer and front porch
  • have movers bring our furniture back (oh!!! happy dance for sure)
  • finish plans for banquette
  • figure out how to finish the fire place ( that will be a post asking for your opinions)
  • Paint exterior of home
  • Tile the laundry and beverage bar
  • Finish bath off of the laundry
  • oh dear………….there is so much more!

 Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting my little blog. I would love to hear your comments.

Bye for now.


Demo on Delaware – New Floors Sanded & Ready for Stain


So, while we’re waiting for our windows to be made and installed,  at least there is progress in other areas. Today they started sanding our newly installed wood floors. It is interesting to see the start to finish progress of installing new wood floors. Normally, we buy a house that already has wood floors installed. Our last house did – but sadly the stain had a  orange’ish tone to it and it drove me crazy. Even the kithchen cabinets had that same orange tone to it and it was a happy day when those cabinets were painted and glazed a cream color in order to say ” bye bye” to the orange’ish stain. Lessons learned.

I was surprised that the sanding did not create tons of dust. Actually I am not sure I would notice more dust at this point because there is so much. Obviously this machine really sucks big time!!  It did have a distinct odor tho. Nothing gross but not what I am used to. It was a tedious process – and kinda loud. If you look closely you can see that one of our wood floor guys wears ear protection. Good for him. Construction is loud and I have been so surprised at the lack of eye, ear and respiratory precautions made by our workers . I had it all available for them but was surprised- even shocked – when it was not used.

Right now the floor looks like a little baby’s butt!!

Nice, smooth and perfect!! No flaws!

Although I feel that this stage of the remodel is taking f o r e v e r, there is progress. I will say that this stage is the most stressful – or it is for me who is new to the “game”. I have learned so much from everyone. I still would do it again and think that is a good sign.

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