Work Order for The Viking

Our friend who knows how to do everything and who gives us a hand from time to time (I call him The Viking) has his own to-do list at The Glade.

The new roof had been well-laid so prying the shingles up took finessing them with a pry bar and hammer.
Viking on the roof.

Sometimes Charlie gives him a hand but more often he works on projects alone.

He has been installing the casings and trim.
He has been installing the casings and trim.

He always likes to know what I have planned for him, I think, because he has his own plans.  Sometimes we concur and sometimes not — I let him do what he wants.

This guy can cut a round hole with a circular saw. Amazing!
This guy can cut a round hole with a circular saw. Amazing!

We’re expecting him this week so here’s the list I have for him:

  • Install master bathroom vanity and plumb sinks.

    The plumbing is roughed-in for the sinks but he'll also have to make the heat vent work under the cabinet.
    The plumbing is roughed-in for the sinks but he’ll also have to make the heat vent work under the cabinet.
  • Reinstall toilets by removing spacers and raising flange to floor level.

    After the tile was set the toilet flange was too low to properly seat the toilets in the master and conservatory bathrooms.
    After the tile was set the toilet flange was too low to properly seat the toilets in the master and conservatory bathrooms.
  • Finish conservatory bathroom vanity and access alcove shelves.

    The conservatory vanity will be faced with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.
    The conservatory vanity will be faced with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.
  • Make lumber list for additional trim.
  • Install floors.

    The closet among other things needs flooring.
    The closet among other things needs flooring.
  • Install master bathroom hanging lights.

    Master bathroom vanity pendants.
    Master bathroom vanity pendants.
  • Finish master bedroom shelves.

    The shelves need that "built-in" look..
    The shelves need that “built-in” look..
  • Finish all baseboard trim and door and window casing, including laundry.

    We need to finish trimming the laundry.
    We need to finish trimming the laundry.
  • Help with bathroom sink backsplashes.

    The area behind this faucet gets wet easily -- we'll tile a backsplash.
    The area behind this faucet gets wet easily — we’ll tile a backsplash.

That ought to keep him busy.

It'll be nice when everything is in place.
It’ll be nice when everything is in place.

I have a similar list for Charlie. And an even longer one for myself.

How do you keep projects on track?

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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.

11 thoughts on “Work Order for The Viking”

  1. You all have your work cut out for you, don’t you? Keep projects on track – what a strange concept. Somehow I currently have about 3 or 4 things going, including clearing clutter, and that makes it hard to focus. Lists – need to make lists!

    1. Lists really just add to the clutter but I love them. When I pull out one of my lists in order to say what’s next everyone seems duly impressed. Jo

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