We got our rough plumbing signed off this week! Yay! That means we can go for our rough building inspection next week. In preparation for that, we had to add blocking in some of the open walls where there was a cavity that went from roof to the first floor. This is one of the many items we are doing ourselves. So, we got a new table saw to make the job go smoother. I’ve been wanting a table saw forever, so I’m excited about this purchase.
Before the walls get spray foamed and boarded up, I took some pictures of some of the really cool old building techniques. The upper left picture is an old dowel joint. The upper middle picture is what those cavities we had to block off looked like. And the bottom two pictures are a dowel poking through a beam and a really cool example of how they used to just use wood how it was cut.
All of our new windows have been installed! It’s amazing what a difference the new windows make. They let in a lot more natural light and look so clean. I’m most excited about the new kitchen window looking out into the back yard. One of the things I didn’t like about our old house was the fact that you couldn’t see out of the kitchen directly to the yard. With the addition of this new window you will be able to see the side yard and the backyard from the sink, which is a huge bonus with the kids. It also helps to brighten up the kitchen that was previously a dark hole.
The new year brings new resolutions and this year one of mine is to write on this blog more often! The last couple of months have been brutal to say the least. Work has been nuts and it’s been freezing here in the north east. The cold has slowed progress at the house. The plumber just started this week and the HVAC guys have been tied up with emergency calls. So, not a lot happening unfortunately.
On a personal level, we have been in California for the last couple of days. Both of my grandparents unfortunately passed away this last year. Because our family and my brothers family live far away (Boston and Mobile) we waited until the new year to scatter their ashes.
I was very close to my grandparents, my grandmother more than my grandfather, but only because my grandmother was a talker. She passed away unexpectedly in January last year. It occurred to me the other day that she doesn’t even know we bought this house. If she was still alive, she would be allllll over this blog. She loved to know what we were up to at all times. And she would’ve talked incessantly about this project and called me weekly to hear about it’s progress. My grandfather did know we bought this house and was excited for us. I miss them both and it was bittersweet to say goodbye.
While we are in California we are helping my mom and aunt get the last remaining things out of my grandparents house, which is already sold. I am fortunate that my mom and my aunt agreed to let me have my grandmothers table. I am not an overly sentimental person, but there is something comforting knowing that the table my grandmother had in her dining room and that we ate every thanksgiving meal at when I was a kid (including the one where my cousin threw up on this table after my dad gave her the tiniest bite of sweet potato, ah memories!) - this table will be moving into our home. In a small way it’s like having a piece of them come to Boston with me and I know that would make her really happy. I have big plans for this table!