Progress on my biggest drywall project to date continues. Everything, minus one wall (more to come later), was hung and tonight I finished the taping. I used some paper backed corner bead for the one exterior corner. That’s going to be a really nice sharp edge after the finish mudding.
Posted by Andy on December 8, 2013
It was a busy busy weekend + one day. I ripped up the tile in the back hallway (surprisingly I don’t have any pictures of that), tore out the treads, risers, and stringers, and put up some new drywall behind where the new stringers were to go. Next was buying some 2×12′s to cut new strings, add a larger rim joist (and reinforcements), cut new treads, and finally just cut some spacers to fill in gaps. Alright, enough talk, here are A LOT of pictures. What can I say, I was pretty excited about pulling this one off as good as I did!
(Nevermind that one picture of the stringer that didn’t touch anything. Yeah… no idea what that is about. Not like I was a little off on my math the first time… In a TOTALLY unrelated lesson, make sure you check all your dimensions and plans before cutting.)
I’ll be adding risers when new flooring goes in the kitchen as well as skirt boards on the edges.
Posted by Andy on November 19, 2013
Back hallway work paused for just a short while with a good friend coming into town for the weekend to see the roller derby championships. Bay Area, Texas, and of course Gotham put on a hell of a show. Anywho, I digress. My next move is to replace the back steps and landing. The stairs have always been leaning and unevenly spaced. They were also covered with tile that really had no business in the house on account of not matching anything. Tonight the tile and underlayment came up and went out. This is in preparation for new joists, subfloor, stringers, treads, and risers which I hope to do within the next two weeks. No tears will be shed for not seeing that tile anymore.
Posted by Andy on November 12, 2013
We’ve been concentrating on the back hallway. The plaster is down, a lot of lath is down, and a lot of shims are in. Shims and construction adhesive should take care of the creaks. I also sunk screws into the back of the treads to pull the kicks back in and get rid of the gaps between them. The balance of the carpet on the steps was removed as well. I’m so glad that’s over. There were these little staples which were an unbelievable pain to remove. I’m half way through this “stabilizing” so just the upper stairs left. When that’s over I can reinstall a new back hallway light.
Posted by Andy on October 30, 2013
Keeping pace with more stuff on walls (take my word for it), caulked/painted window frame (looks great), and most importantly my new purple helmet and no more awful falling plaster ceiling in the downstairs hallway. Huzzah.
Posted by Andy on October 8, 2013
Tying up some loose ends and starting to get some stuff up on the walls. The stairway window trim is up and just waiting for paint. Finally was able to put up a map too. USSR vintage if you look closely!
Posted by Andy on October 6, 2013
Well, there have been some delays in getting the upstairs ready to share with everyone. But with some hard work from Andy we have lights and I was able to take some before and after photos! The results are a bit astounding. Can’t wait to put the finishing touches on the upstairs (quarter rounds, door knobs, blinds, and curtain rods!).
Posted by mspfister on September 22, 2013
Well, as much as we thought we were going to leave the floors natural, there were just too many imperfections that would have been accentuated by the lack of stain. The flooring guy, Stephen, was really helpful and showed us some samples and how the darker stain helped hide these flaws. We’ve changed course slightly, but it’s looking amazing and that’s all that matters.
Posted by mspfister on September 10, 2013
Today marked a day that Andy and I have been waiting for for quite some time … The floors upstairs are being refinished.
The results are amazing and it’s only the first rough sanding (there is still a medium and fine sanding to be done as well).
Here is a little sneak peek at what they look like so far – ya’ll will have to wait to see the before and after on Saturday!
Posted by mspfister on September 9, 2013
It feels like I’m moving! Most everything is out of the upstairs. Harvey didn’t mind one bit. The trim and walls are getting touched up one last time before we have to worry about getting paint on the floors. I can’t wait to start taking some official before and after shots from when I moved in!
Posted by Andy on September 8, 2013