Sunday, September 17, 2017

Oh Happy Day!!!

   So as you saw from when we redid the kitchen floor joists and subfloor, we have a cold storage room.  It is approximately 10 ft. x 10 ft.   I call it the bomb shelter.

 Since we bought the house, I have been so excited to get shelves built into it.  I really wanted to just pack up my storage and canning supplies and move them in and put them on shelves.  I didn't want them packed in boxes and stacked in the garage like everything else will be.  I finally convinced Perry that we could get it done. I went down and painted all the walls and floors with Kilz paint to seal it all.  (except that spot you can see on the floor.  The ladder sat there.  I still need to finish that spot. 😁)  Perry went to work  and designed real stairs for it instead of the existing ladder.  Then he and I designed the shelves to fit everything in just right.  In June, we bought the wood and headed down to Fountain Green.  He and Chanse got it all framed and I had jars waiting to put in there.  It still needs a light and eventually a spring loaded hatch door but it looks wonderful!!!  I made another trip a couple of weeks later with all my buckets of wheat, canning supplies and a some of my jars of food.  I love it!!!!  I joking tell him that when the rest of the home is still in chaos during the remodel, I will just go down in my bomb shelter and enjoy the order.  Thanks Guys!!!  Makes this OCD girl happy!!!

Spring in Fountain Green

Spring in Fountain Green

       So our master plan calls for re-doing the yard after the house.  BUT....  I love yard work and can not leave it alone.  While Perry is busy inside or sometimes not there with me, I work in the yard.  Spring brought some wonderful surprises in the flower beds.

                                                                                                                         Flowering Crab and one                                                                                                                              weed free flower bed.

Every flower bed is full of weeds and grass.  The lawn grass is almost non-existent, it is just weeds.  We water and mow and one area in front is starting to be more grass than weeds.  The house was a rental for several years then was repossessed and sat empty for 9 months before we bought it.  That nine months was from January to September.  We have dead trees from lack of water, more weeds than grass and enough weeding to keep an army busy for a month.  But I love bringing it back to its intended beauty.
My mom and I planted a vegetable garden.  Perry rota-tilled up a weed filled area in the back of the house.  It was full of weed block which was obviously not working. It also had two big rubber mats under about 3 inches of dirt.  We think at one time it was a sand box.  I have been finding match box cars every time I weed.   I was so excited to be able to transplant some of my raspberry plants.  I planted 42 in the spring and I have 10 left.  I was expecting that.  In Cedar Hills I planted 3 rows, 2 x and ended up with 3 plants.  In just a couple of years, I had 2 - 25 ft. rows.  So as long as I have some plants that survive I can get my two rows from starts.

The garden has actually done really well, weeds and all.  We have got zucchini, tomatoes and cucumbers.  They raspberries are actually trying to bloom.  The grasshoppers are pretty bad from the field but a little bug spray has helped.  I spent 7 hours weeding last weekend.  The wild geraniums are as tall as the plants.  Oh well.  It will get better over the years.   And it does my heart good to see vegetables and raspberries growing.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Oh yeah ..... the floor!

As you can tell I am not really a dedicated blogger.  I really want a record of our little yellow house but struggle to be motivated enough to take the time to blog it.  So  with that said .....

The floor.  We did get back down to the house in December just after Christmas to get the floor finished.  It looks and functions so much better.  It is level and fully supported.

Then we put the plywood sub floor back onto it.  

After getting the floor done, we didn't work on anything for awhile.  In early March we went down to clean and finish a few things in preparation for my mom to move in when she got back off her mission.  She had sold her place in Spring City before she left and needed a place to stay while she home shopped.  Most of the old part of the home needs cosmetic work to be livable.  So we cleaned her bedroom and fixed a couple of things in the bathroom and kitchenette.  She moved in shortly after she got back in March  and stayed until she closed on a new home the end of June.  She loved our clawfoot tub and was a great help in keeping the place clean, weeded and watered.  


            Shortly after she moved in she saw an ad for water shares in Fountain Green.  We were able to buy 1 and a half water shares.  We were so grateful.  We had heard they were impossible to find.  We really needed them to keep our acre watered.  

We also had a really big wind storm in April.  We have some very large and old trees.  They need to be trimmed and maybe completely removed but they are full of dead branches.  When the wind blows, we have a lot of branches that come crashing down.  This wind storm brought some big branches down.  We had one go through the roof of the carport and just barely miss mom's car.  

Stay tuned for more adventures!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Kitchen Floor

Kitchen Floor Problems (Nov. 14, 2016)

So after removing the tile floor in the kitchen we discovered a few problems.  The kitchen floor has several different levels and is very unlevel. The floor is much worse than it looks in these pictures.  This is part of the original house.  The sub-floor boards run in two different directions with the top of a cement wall in middle that has been patched on top with plaster to try and bring it to the level of the floor.   The wall is part of a cold storage room which is under the right hand side of the floor.  It is about 10 x 10 and is accessed by a floor hatch.  You can see the hatch next to the right side doorway.  It still has brown tile on top of it.  We want to put cupboards all along that wall so we want to move it to the wall on the right side.

Also when the cold storage room hatch was put in, floor joists were cut and not supported correctly.  So the only thing to do to fix the multitude of problems was to pull up more floor and to replace the joists and correctly hang them.

So off they came.  Don't you love the 2x4 support for the sawed off joists?  And yes that ladder is how you access it.  My grandmother had a ladder like this into her cold storage room when I was little.  Her room was dirt walled and floored.  It used to scare me to death to go down it.  Later, proper stairs were put into hers but it still wasn't my favorite place to go.  I don't know if this room was originally dirt or was added as an afterthought by subsequent owners.  

Still have a little left to go and then when this half is done we will expose the left hand side and see what needs to be done to level it.  This is all the basement we have.  Can't wait to use it for long term food storage.  I tell Perry it is our bomb shelter!!  When we get it all in shape, Perry will build me lots of shelves and a several hundred pounds of wheat will go down there along with other food storage items.  

*****After this trip we haven't been down to do anything except once to  check that the furnaces were doing their job to keep things from freezing.  All was well.  Now that the holidays are over we plan on going down this week to keep working on this floor.  I have high hopes that soon we can start some framing and building instead of tearing things out.   😏

Monday, November 28, 2016

More Demo!!

More stuff to take care of . . . . . .  A dormer had been added some time ago and had never had siding added to it.  We wanted it sided before winter came.  It had been tar papered and roofed but nothing else.  At our big demo party we had rented a power tile remover tool.  When we got to the house, the blade for it didn't fit right and it just didn't do the job.  We didn't get the tile removed.  Perry took the tool back to the rental business and they gave us a credit.  Perry was able to go back and get the right blade this time for it and they gave him a hand held one more like a jack hammer.  They said when he brought them back they would only charge him for the one that worked.  So we headed out for another Saturday at the house.  Miah and Brady came over from Ephraim to help.  We really appreciated it.  (Oct. 8, 2016)

Kitchen tile - To the left is another door not shown in this picture but we found tile laid over tile.  This kitchen area is in the original part of the house.  It is all adobe brick walls with plaster over the walls and then in some places sheet rock glued over that.

All cleaned up.  The square of tile on the floor  in the back is the trap door to our cold storage room.  Going to be moving that as we want cupboards and stove on this wall.  

This is the dormer in the roof.  It is in a small room put into the attic above the kitchen.  The room contains washer and dryer hook ups with the vent going out the side of this dormer.  We removed the vent, sided and added soffit and facia to it.

The next Saturday (Oct. 15) we went down to do some general clean up.  It is so hard to stay away!!!  We wish we could just spend all our time down there but real life carries on.  The laminate flooring in the family rooms and down the hall had to come up and we needed to take out more of the wall in the master bedroom/bathroom area.  
Family room

Master bedroom/bathroom area.  Shower stall still needs to come out.

Family room all cleaned up.  

The wiring in the whole house has been replaced which is nice because there is no dangerous knob and tube left.  HOWEVER . . .  whoever wired it did some really weird things.  For example,  the east wall of the family room is on the same breaker as the west wall of the office.  About half the rooms are on multiple breakers instead of being on the same one.  We have a bedroom and a garage with no power to anything so we knew we would have to do some rewiring.  So Perry decided the whole addition needs the sheet rock removed so we can see exactly what is going on with the wiring.  We only want to remove the sheet rock on the interior walls as we wanted the extra insulation for the walls over the winter.  So the next trip (Oct. 29)  we started that process.   Alex and Leslie were our helpers for this portion.  Leslie and I loaded the truck and made trips to the dump while they removed sheet rock.  We made 3 trips.  

This is an area in the hall off the garage.  It almost looked like it was a cooking area for another apartment.  Hotplate maybe?  When we removed the sheet rock we found yet another set of washer dryer hookups in the wall.  We think it is the one the neighbor told us that the drain went into the ground under the house?!?!  We are going to put a mudroom type area here; bench, cubbyholes, hooks, etc.

Family room sheet rock coming off.  We are also opening up the wall above the doorway.  We removed the door and plan on leaving the hall open.  The hole in the wall was a decorative?  cubby in the family room.  There is a gas line by this wall so we are planing on putting in a gas fireplace here.  This wall is one of our lovely walls that are 2 separate 2x6 walls back to back.  Plenty deep for the fireplace without it sticking out into the room too far. 

Sheet rock removed, door header out.

Mudroom area.  Room behind it is one with out power.  Plugs and lights and electric heater in it but no power getting to any of it.  You can't see the washer dryer hook ups.  
This was our surprise for the day.  Found it in the room behind mudroom area.  No idea what it goes too or if it is hooked up.  It's on!!  😁

So just to explain.  The first addition was added in 1994?  It was the two family rooms. Originally they were a family room and bedroom.  This was added directly onto the back of the original house.  The exterior wall of the old house was partially removed, a load bearing beam added and the rooms added.  This made the kitchen open to the family room.  Next in about 2000 a garage and utility room was added onto that addition.  This left a U shaped opening in the west side of the house which it looks like was some sort of patio.  Some time in 2005 the u shaped opening was closed in by framing inside the existing exterior walls therefore giving us 2 walls with 2x6 double walls.  And then we have no idea when it was all turned into apartments with more interior walls and doors added.  

And so it goes!!  See you next post!!  I'm almost caught up to real time!!!  One more post to go!!


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Demolition . . . Before and After Videos

Click on this to see a BEFORE Demolition video

Click on this to view an AFTER Video

Please let me know if this does not work!!  Thanks.   Enjoy!!


     Have you watched those shows where they are doing renovations and thought that it looked like fun to tear out cupboards and knock out walls??  Guess what . . . it is!!!!
    Our children had mixed reviews on us moving and buying such a fixer upper.  Some thought it was awesome,  some thought we were a little crazy,  some couldn't believe we were moving farther away, some were sad to think that we would be selling the only home that they had ever known.  BUT  all were excited to tear things apart!! We scheduled a demolition day for the next Saturday and told them to come join us.  We packed the tools and bought and rented a few more.  We rented a very large dumpster and had it delivered the day before.  We  packed a cooler with lunch fixings and everyone's favorite drinks and went south for a Demo Party.  Wahoo!!!  
        Our son, Zach, our daughter, Leslie and her husband, Alex came.  Our teenage son, Chanse and his friend, Bryson came to help also.  Chanse and Bryson went down Friday night to spend the night in the house and do a little gun shooting in the hills.  I gave them the key to the house and they loaded their vehicle with sleeping bags, cots and treats and off they went.  When they got there I had given them the wrong key and they were locked out.  They tried all the windows until they found one they could wedge open and climb in.  We were glad to know which one needed reinforced.  The house had a few uninvited visitors in the previous weeks and we thought we had it all secured.  Anyway, several minutes later the sheriff showed up at the front door (good to know he was watching).  They explained what the situation was, he checked their ID's and told them to have a good time.  
    And the demolition began . . . . 

                          Wall between the 2 family rooms . . .


                                                                          still trying to learn to manuever these pictures :(    

                                      Kitchen ...

Existing wall between family room #2 and en suite  and between en suite and bedroom. . . 

Chanse and Bryson literally cut this hot tub apart with two sawsalls . . . 


Chanse just taking a moment to rest after dumping some stuff in the dumpster!!

We had fun!!!!