Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I promised more photos...well..they all look pretty much the same..dismal. I decided to add this one..the tearing down of the downstairs bath room wall.

Now here is a sight I hadn't seen in awhile...the inside of the carriage house! It was so loaded with construction debris...we have all the brick yet..not sure yet what we will do with it all..it was from the chimneys we removed..(4 of them) been boarded up for years.we kept the good brick....we just couldn't let the weight sit up there on the floor beams!

Now this was found hidden in the carriage house. It was discovered after the junk was cleaned out..what a treasure!

I'll look through the photos and see what else I can share..something that doesn't look like what I have already shared!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Moving downstairs!

First, I wanted to show a picture of the new bath. What did you want miracles? There are no walls yet..supposed to have sheet rock by next week..but I'm in no rush..lot's to work on on the first floor now!

Ya see..now that we have running water..we don't need the disaster thing they called a bath downstairs! So..as you can see in this picture..it's now gone! The floor was destroyed from leaks..and it was put together crummy..and yes, you guessed it..they cut the beams for the floor to add the shower stall..it's a wonder the floor still stood..but now that it's all opened up, we can repair that.

So..the dumpster is filled up, the carriage house is empty..finally..I will add some more picture tomorrow..I was in a hurry to post in all my excitement..so I only resized the two photos. BTW the water upstairs runs, and has no leaks...who could ask for more!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Next visit

Well...I have the dumpster ordered..son and his girlfriend are taking the trip to help load it up, while other stuff is worked on... it will help a lot..everything that we had to rip out in the last few months, went into the garage..wasn't enough for a dumpster..and the town doesn't have "at the curb" pickups..and we don't have a pick-up truck to take it over with..so we had to wait.

So, I will have a little bit of peace for the weekend, just the girls and I..(and the animals, but we won't go there)

I just hope things go as they should and lots gets done!

Monday, October 20, 2008

I am very pleased with how the second bathroom floor came out. It was done very nicely, and it's all grouted! Just have to apply the sealer to the grout. I call it the second bathroom, but it's the first one done..there is also the Master Bath..and a 1/2 bath on the first floor..(well there will be) I have a habit of calling it the girls bathroom also, but if my son moves up with us, it's his also.. so...I don't know what else to call it.

NOW it got "cold" at the house. The temps dropped into the 20's (F) needed some heat quickly. Hubby got them all hooked except the parlor, wanting to wait a bit for them, till he could do some clean up..so he capped the steam pipes, (not the return pipes) and found out, he had to do both sets. Wound up with water pouring back up the pipes.. (sigh) had to rip up the carpet that was protecting the floor from construction, to aide in the drying process...hopefully there won't be too much damage from it.

This last photo, is just showing the shower connection for the bathtub. It's getting so close..I can't wait for the sheetrock! (It's on order, I hope)

Next weekend, Hubby will finish off the water hookup in the cellar, and he has to add a pipe for the water supply in the sink...he plans on installing the sink and toilet..even before the walls are up, so they can be used while the downstairs bath is being removed, and relocated. Hopefully my son is going to pitch in next weekend, I am ordering a dumpster..(hopefully the last) we collected a great amount of junk in the garage..no sense having a dumpster, if we had more to do yet.

Till next time!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

More Renovations

The floor was leveled using some self leveling stuffs... ;) just the one corner was real low..so this allows the tub to be level.

Here is the tub in place, and the floor almost finished! A few more tiles to insert...and then grout. Water pipes were run..just not hooked up yet..but soon...maybe next week?

Dresdner Stolen Recipe

I just wanted to add my Stolen recipe, someone had asked for it, and this was the easiest place to put it. The season is coming upon us :)

Dresdner Stolen

Preheat oven to 325 deg.

1- 1/2 cups lukewarm milk 1 tsp grated lemon peel
2 active dry yeast cakes 1 cup golden raisins
¼ lb butter 1 cup citron
¾ cup sugar 1 cup candied cherries
5 cups flour + ½ tsp salt
3 eggs confectioner sugar
½ tsp nutmeg

(Set on your dough) Place half the flour in a large bowl, shape it around the sides of the bowl, leaving a huge ditch in the center. Pour carefully the lukewarm milk into the center of the flour. Drizzle yeast over the milk, and sprinkle a Tablespoon of sugar over the yeast, to allow it to settle. Let sit till yeast is bubbly (active) Stir the flour and milk/yeast and let it set till it rises double in size.

Punch down the dough, and begin to mix in the remainder of the ingredients, except the fruit. When dough is too hard to mix with a spoon, use your hands continually adding flour till the dough is soft and doughy, and your hands don’t readily stick to it. (I found it can take a lot more flour) Kneading the dough is important, knead thoroughly, then add the fruit, and knead till the fruit is well mixed. Split into four loaves, roll them into a football shape, and fold over one side to the other, not even so the bottom portion is slightly wider.

Place on a cookie sheet, and let rise again, till double in size. Bake ¾ of an hour (or till slightly brown) and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool, then brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Getting there...

Ok, well here is the bathtub in it's place. It isn't set in yet..just placed there..but nice to see things moving along!

Here is a view from the attic. All the puffy insulation, and in the distance you can see the vent pipes in for the plumbing.

Now, only because there are no other photos of work done yet..other than plumbing, here are a few views of the work done in the basement..you can see the new into the old. Still waiting to get the old replaced to the street...but, until then..it's usable.