Before the Renovating Started

Yesterday morning Charlie and our carpenter friend got started around 8:30 a.m. working on the bathroom floors.

The plywood was delivered at the bottom of the lumber pile.
The plywood was delivered at the bottom of the lumber pile.

Unfortunately the plywood for the sub-floors was under a huge pile of pre-primed, 16-foot long trim.

I guess we won't be using the living room for a few weeks.
I guess we won’t be using the living room for a few weeks.

So the first order of business was to move the lumber.

The front door is the only straight shot into house with a 16-foot area free for storage.
The front door is the only straight shot into house with a 16-foot area free for storage.

Inside lumber should have a chance to acclimatize to the place where it will be used, so the men carried the lumber up the ramp and through the front door.

Lumber in the living room.
Lumber in the living room.

We’ll be storing it in the living room until we’re ready for it.

Notice Charlie has the lumber on his left should and Doug is using his right.
Notice Charlie has the lumber on his left should and Doug is using his right.

Also when 2 people are carrying long lumber one rests it on his left shoulder and the other on his right. Lumber carrying etiquette 101.

Charlie guided the mower while it was pulled by a winch.
Charlie guided the mower while it was pulled by a winch.
The stuck-in-gear lawn mower was loaded onto the flatbed with the help of a had-powered winch.
The stuck-in-gear lawn mower was loaded onto the flatbed with the help of a hand-powered winch.

In the midst of this action another friend came over to pick up the ride-on mower he had given us years ago.

Success!
Success!

The mower is now stuck in gear so he’s planning to use it for parts.  We appreciated it while it lasted.

I made about 20 shots of espresso. (Our son came over expressly for the purpose of having some coffee.)
I made about 20 shots of espresso. (Our son came over expressly for the purpose of having some coffee.)

I basically spent the day running errands and cooking.  Bear stew on the menu.

What’s your basic role in the big scheme of things?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

8 thoughts on “Before the Renovating Started”

  1. I always hate that part of a project … just moving stuff out of the way to get to the stuff you need … and then you’re already exhausted. Nice to see boards in your living room! 🙂
    Also good to have barista skills to fell back on!

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