We’ve made lots of progress in the last few weeks, as the talented teams from Waterhouse Builders and Elldee Electric started putting the place back together. And as usual, there's been good news and bad news.
|View across foyer to kitchen - before|
|View now - open floor plan with clear sight lines from kitchen to living room|
|Looking from kitchen to dining and living room - before|
You don't feel like you're isolated in the kitchen anymore!
But we ran into some complications. As we opened up some of the walls, we discovered why the floor slanted down towards the old refrigerator. The beam across the ceiling was held up with a 2x4 that landed on a wimpy 1x6 in the basement - no place to transfer the load, hence the sagging floor.
The guys put new load bearing joists in the basement, to support the load. And to hide that big beam, we opened up the floor above and inset the new LVL so it will be hidden in the ceiling. A big job that required tearing out the ceiling and floors – but worth it!
|New recessed support LVL|
But structure is just part of the kitchen story. We’ve completely rewired the kitchen, putting in all new lighting and outlets as we prepare for the new kitchen design. Now we’ll have recessed lights, island lights and undercounter lights. Those 3 layers of lighting will make a big difference! And knob and tube wiring is a thing of the past, throughout the entire house.
To the left of the foyer, the dining room feels dramatically different. We opened up the interior 'window' to create a new opening to the living room, which gives the space a much more cohesive feel. Plus we have a circular flow that will make this a fabulous party house!
|Circular floor plan!|
And do you see the difference the new exterior door makes? It helps link everything to the outdoors!
In the living room, we raised the floor and now the room feels so much more connected to the rest of the house. Plus, now that you're at a higher elevation, you can see out of the windows to enjoy water views from the front window. We watched a sailboat drift by this afternoon – so lovely!
Upstairs, we have even more changes. The new 4 bedroom floorplan is becoming a reality. Of course we had to take out a lot of the old framing, before we could get started. Now, it feels like such a big space!
|Rewiring in progress!!!|
These two bedrooms have a similar layout and at 11 x 11, they’re a nice size. Bedroom 3 is still the largest of the rooms and we added a nice big closet.
But the room that gets me the most excited is the master bedroom. You can see the difference as soon as you walk through the door. The bedroom is a big open space, with plenty of room for a king size bed and more. The new master bathroom will be amazing - with a large shower, double vanity and the vaulted ceiling.
|West Wall - Before|
|West Wall - During|
And we've added some new steam radiators. The 1980's addition had electric heat. We want to link it to the boiler for the whole house, so Dominic has been busy laying new steam lines. This requires some old school techniques, that you don't get to see much anymore!
We just passed inspections (woo hoo!) and it's on to drywall. I'll have a lot more progress to share soon!