So we’re mostly moved in. Yesterday we had the POD delivered because it turned out we had enough space in the spare bedroom to store it there for free. It was almost impossible to imagine fitting anything a couple weeks ago when there was no place to walk anywhere without tripping over boxes. There is a lot of storage space in general, but since we will be remodeling, we don’t want to have to shift stuff all around the house as we go more than is necessary. So the spare bedroom will probably be one of the later projects until after the basement is done.
We hired a design firm to do the drafts as we’ll likely require some really detailed plans and a bit of structural engineering to get permits, and Multnomah County luvs them sum permits! This is the most important step and will really get us on track to starting this massive remodel. :) Not to mention blueprints will help us get real bids as well instead of just estimates. Its a hard route being a general contractor yourself, but after meeting with a general contractor, their markup was disgusting. I have some flexibility with my work schedule, so I think we can make it work out fine getting bids from subs ourselves. Jer plans on doing what he can himself as far as demo, drywall, fixure installation, etc. I plan on being painted wallpaper stripper extroirdenare and then stripping the wood.
I’ve been reading this site: 1912 Bungalow and getting inspired. Their woodwork restoration photos are incredible, and our woodwork is nowhere near that extensive. I’m inspired but freaked out to really get started.
I have some good bids for updating the existing electrical as well as installing a high-efficiency furnace and central AC. The attic space that will be a master bedroom when we are done, is already feeling hot on the 70 degree days we had a few days last week. So I know we’d sweat to death during the usually 3 or 4 weeks of really hot weather Portland has had the last few summers. Not to mention, remodeling while sweating to death in the heat of summer doesn’t appeal to me at all. A chimney company is coming on Wednesday to give me a bid on removing the chimney that will be unnecessary once the old 1980ish furnace is ripped out (its only use is to vent that furnace, but its unlined… hello carbon monoxide not cool).
There really is sooo much I can blog about, and I need to budget in some daily time to do so to chronicle this whole renovation experience. I promise to post more photos soon. Jeremy has found some cool things in the basement workshop and has been photographing them as he’s cleaning it out. It will likely be the new utility room where the new furnace will be.