Glenlochan -The Beginning

Glenlochan -The Beginning
Glenlochan - The Beginning

Glenlochan Today

Glenlochan Today
Glenlochan Today

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Philly Post: We're Cooking Now!

The Philly kitchen and dining room are finally done, woo hoo.  After months of frozen food, we are back in business and cooking again.  The transformation was pretty remarkable.

Before:





And after:




 
The transformation obviously wasn't that easy.  The clever design doubled the storage space, quadrupled the counter space, and added seating at the counter.  We even fit in a small wine refrigerator.  Not easy accomplishing all that plus getting the window aligned directly over the sink (it was completely off center in the original kitchen, one of my design bugaboos).    True confession, we had to buy another brand new refrigerator because our existing one was 1 inch too wide.  Seriously, one inch.  ARGH.
 
Rob also finished the dining room and trimming out all of the windows, replacing all of the doors (and he re-oriented the basement door to make the kitchen design work).  Those look amazing, too, as does the brand new hardwood floor he installed:
 


 
Sadly, we are currently living in that dining room (yup, sofa, tv, and about a 1 foot walkway between them) so he can tackle the last project - the living room.  It's quite cozy, but that seems to be what we know best!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Philly Post: Sheetrocked and Looking Good

The kitchen/dining re-do is going well.  Removing the cracked plaster from the ceilings and walls, although messy, was a good call. 

The starting point:
   

 With good old-fashioned elbow grease (and a rented sheetrock lift), quick progress was made in hanging the rock:




 The walls went up next:




The taping and mudding:



And the finished walls:


Progress is steady and visible!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Philly Post: Kitchen Demolition

The Philly house is on the fast track for completion of the renovation and the downstairs is the last bastion of original shabby not chic (and not functional, etc).  First to go, the white early 80's kitchen.  It was way past time.  This was our fifth full kitchen gut job and it, like those before it, was a messy but necessary part of the process.  Plaster demo is always way worse than sheetrock, but we were prepared, braced, and ready.

All of the furniture downstairs was moved into a single room - currently known as our living room, kitchen, dining room and tv room all in one.  And, this is not a large room, so it's very cozy right now at our house!  It brings back a lot of memories of our first home together - a mobile home that we borrowed the funds from my parents to buy.

Here's the "before" pictures (hoping we can get to the "after" soon):

 We bought this fridge when we bought the house, so we are hoping it will have a place in the finished kitchen.


 Packing up the kitchen was the first order of business.

 Then the cabinets came out.
 A look at the lathes behind the plaster during removal.
 Safety first!
 Behind the black curtain at the back of the dining room is the single front room currently serving as our living room/dining room/kitchen during this project.
 Then, the real demo began in earnest.
 
 Interesting things were discovered under the plaster - like this channel in the brick shared wall that had been tunneled out for an outlet.
 The ceiling was cracking and failing, so that had to come down, too.
 Talk about a MESS.
 Here's the dining room after clean-up and with the ceiling and floor removed.

 The kitchen floor had three layers and at least a million staples and nails that had to be pulled.
 And, again, with no dumpster, the debris all had be bagged and loaded into a rental for transmittal to the disposal site.  Handling this heavy plaster was no picnic.
 With the worst over, we were able to "open the curtain".  It will be hung again for anything that produces a lot of dust.

The coveted "blank slate". 
Unbelievably, we accomplished the entire demo over a weekend.  We worked hard and long and it was hot (we couldn't run the air conditioners due to the dust).  The worst on this house is truly behind us!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Philly Post: Back Porch Replacement

Despite the lack of posts, we've been beyond busy - we are pushing to get the Philly house done so we can move on to a new project.  One nice week in August, Rob both demolished and rebuilt the back porch of the Philly house.  The steps were deteriorating in a big way and were becoming unsafe (and especially for our elderly Chihuahua).  Rob made this project look easy but it involved moving hundreds of pounds of concrete after the demolition and in the heat of the summer no less.

It was a nice mess after Rob took a sledgehammer to the back porch and steps.


Then we both got our "he-man" on and bagged up and hauled the oh-so-heavy bags of the concrete debris to the side of the house until disposal time.  I'm not going to lie - Rob did the lion's share of the heavy lifting.  It was HOT out and exhausting, but we got it all cleaned up.  Demo bags full of concrete chunks and rocks lined our house and blocked our walkway.  The challenges of renovation when there is no place for a dumpster are amplified, for sure.


That left Rob with his favorite:  a blank slate (and a back door to nowhere):


He wasted no time and in three days flat we had a replacement porch and steps fully completed. 




Much safer (and better looking) than the disintegrating porch and steps it replaced.  And, like all of Rob's projects, this porch was built to withstand anything - hurricane, earthquake, you name it, that sucker is solid.