Sunday, August 30, 2015

Enlarging the Front Entryway

While husband was throwing dirt into the excavated holes that were dug for the water leak repair, I started removing a wall at the front where my retail shop will be.

My daughter helped  for a couple of hours by removing some drywall screws, I did the rest of the dismantling of the wall myself.

Here is a rough sketch of the front of the house to give you some perspective of where I am working:

I am making the current bedroom and entryway in to one large room, which I hope to use in the future for sales.  I need to remove the closet area and the door into the bedroom.

The bedroom looked like this in the real estate photo:

Here's a photo taken from the entryway, looking at the bedroom door:

And here is one taken from the same spot, looking straight ahead to the door that leads into the kitchen (behind the wall on left are the stairs that go up):

When I take apart a wall made of drywall, I do not just smash it all apart. That might be quicker, but it's very messy and harder to clean up and remove the debris.  We take the drywall pieces to a transfer station in the bed of our pickup truck, so it's easier to take larger pieces and not just piles of dust!

I start by seeing if I can find where the drywall screws are and unscrew them.  If I can't see any, then I do smash a hole and see what I can find from there.  The man who lived here previously was a drywaller and he did a good job of covering his screws ( which is unfortunate for me in the places I need to remove walls.)

Once I locate the end of a board I then find the screws and scrape the heads visible with a sharp tool. Once the studs are found, you know the screws are spaced along the studs. With an electric drill I remove as many screws as possible and cut the panels with a box cutter knife into sections.  I took a couple photos to show how I do it.

Here is the closet wall from inside the bedroom:

Here is the closet partially dismantled:

And here is as far as I have done (or undone):

You can see the front door, to the left, just past the closet studs.  The two windows in the background will be in the workshop area.  I will need to make some type of a door or wall between this new larger room and the workshop to keep sounds and dust out of the retail area.

Tomorrow the backhoe man is returning to fill in the rest of the excavated holes.  We will need to get the area levelled out and gravel put in.  We do have a driveway that goes on each side of the house and around the back.  This will help with future customers to get in and out of the property.

Thanks for following along!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sealing up the Foundation - Hopefully!

I posted over a week ago about water leaking into our basement at the new workshop.

The solution was to dig around the foundation on the outside and apply a membrane over the outer walls.

We hired a man to come with his backhoe and dig along the edge of two sides of the house.

We had to clean as much dirt off the wall as we could. First we used a shovel and then we needed to brush the wall with a stiff wire brush.

The next step was to roll on an adhesive that helps the membrane to stick to the wall.

Then the membrane, which came in rolls, was cut into 6' long sections. These were applied side-by-side, overlapping by about 4", along the wall.  While trying to get it on straight and in the correct place, there is a backing plastic which has to be peeled off. The back of the membrane is like tar and it is VERY sticky and wants to stick to itself so it's a two person job.

We first did the back wall on Wednesday and then went home for supper, meaning to continue on Thursday morning.  But after supper we heard the weather forecast and it was supposed to be pouring rain coming so we went after our meal and quickly did the side wall.  (You can see the white membrane in the photo below)  When we got back Thursday morning, there was quite a bit of muddy water in the ditch that the backhoe had dug.

We then proceeded to feed my shop vac hose into the ditch and remove many full tubs of water.

Then some dirt was thrown into the ditch on the back wall and we are waiting for the side wall to dry up a bit before filling it in.

Such fun, and more money spent!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Rest in Peace - "Billy"

I am heartbroken to announce the passing of my 13 year old beautiful Rough Collie, "Billy."

He had the most wonderful name... Osez Rever Follow Your Heart

(Osez Rever is the kennel name and it translates to mean "Dare to Dream," so he was "Dare to Dream Follow Your Heart")

Billy died almost two years after the death of his best buddy "Twister."

I bought Billy after seeing a photo of a stunning blue merle rough collie in a Canadian Kennel Club breeders magazine.  The search was on and I was fortunate enough to get a collie very much like the one in the photo.  Always wonderful and beautiful and gentle.

I will miss him forever.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Open Concept

I have been poking smashing away at the future main workshop room. When I last blogged about it, this is where I was at.

 If you stand where the ladder is, in the last photo, you can see there was once a door here and a small powder room in the foreground.  The sink is still here and it is plumbed for a toilet.  But behind that is another sink and toilet.

I am going to remove the front sink and keep the back powder room for myself while I'm in the workshop. It is in the back corner of the house.  Here's a photo looking from the other way.

And another, standing beside the pedestal sink, and looking to the front of the house, to help you see where things are.

So I will close off the doorway with the pedestal sink and toilet in it, and open the other wall to the front.  I need room for my larger tools such as the table saw, jointer and planer.  A different version of "open concept" than most people are referring to when they renovate.

We have been told that at one time this house was a restaurant and also it was once a lawyer's office.  It was a family home when we purchased it, so walls must have been rearranged for the different uses and must be the reason for the odd placement of sinks and toilets.  And do you find it strange to have toilets on hardwood floors?

I took out the sink and most of the drywall.  Next I will take down the studs once Eric lets me know how we can do that safely and support the upstairs.  We may need a beam on the ceiling and some wider studs near the chimney.

While I've been doing this, Eric has installed the other two new basement windows. Here is the one at the back of the house.

As you can see, I will need to do some cedar shingle repairs before we paint.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Flowers at our House

When we moved to Prince Edward Island at the very end of October, we weren't sure just what was planted in the gardens.  I knew there was a bush at the front that might be a hydrangea, but had to wait and see.

Well we've been pleased to find not only hydrangeas but lots of rose bushes.

Here's a couple photos I took recently.

Back to the workshop renovations!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Basement Windows @ The New Shop

Although I was concerned about getting the inside of my new workshop figured out, Eric was intent on working on much more important things.

This is one of our side basement windows:

You can see the window is broken and old and pretty much in poor shape.  Eric took it out, digging around the foundation, where he will put a window well to stop water from getting in.

Here is the new window installed:

Obviously, the trim around it and the whole house needs painting, but this alone is a big improvement.

Of course that is not the only basement window needing to be replaced.

Today it poured rain.  And we found a major problem.  The house is leaking through the bottom of the foundation, and halfway down the foundation.  Our basement had a LOT of water in it.  Thankfully the sump pump is working to remove the water, but we will need to do some major digging and repair the foundation.  Husband is not happy!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Breaking Through the New Shop Wall

This is where I left off, the back room was like this and it was time to tear apart the built in desk.

I went to move the picture off the wall, and look what was behind it... a safe!

We then took apart the desk and the wall surrounding it.  There is a chimney going up in the wall, something I wish had not been in the middle of my new workshop, but we'll have to work around that.

Laura smashed the wall with a sledgehammer (I think she's seen too many DIY shows where people enjoy doing this!)

Here's the view from the other side:

I tried to find where the drywall screws were so that I could unscrew the wall as much as possible.  We worked our way across the wall.

The progress was great, but there is ducting in the cavity beside the chimney.  Behind that (in the old doorway where the ladder is) there is a small sink in a vanity along with the plumbing for a toilet. That will have to come out.  And I need to find a place to put my table saw so that it won't run into the chimney.

That's where we are at right now.

Stay tuned for more...

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Starting To Renovate the Workshop

We went to the new house that will be my workshop as soon as we got the keys Friday afternoon.  I was excited to see it again.  Unfortunately it looked dirtier than I remembered, but anyway, I knew it was a project and that it needed a lot of work.

The water had been turned off at the house a few months ago and we (meaning Eric, since I had no clue how to do that) attempted to start it going again.  He flipped a switch but the water pump would not draw from the well.  He knew that we had to get some water from our own house a block away in order to "prime the pump" and get it going again.  We filled up some jugs of water and took them back to the shop and, after quite a lot of pouring water and switching switches and opening valves, he did get it to work!

The pump is in the basement which is a complete maze of wires, pipes, ductwork, rotten beams and cobwebs.  It is very poorly organized.  I did not take any photos, but think of those DIY shows you see where the place looks dirty and there are parts hanging everywhere, and that's what it looks like.

Today, Saturday, daughter Laura and I went to start cleaning.  Upstairs is the main bathroom, which I figured I would clean so that I could use it.  There is no window in the bathroom, the floors are stick-on tiles.  Actually, the whole bath enclosure is also stick-on tiles.  For anyone who doesn't know this, do NOT use stick-on tiles in a bath enclosure!!!

Speaking of stick-on tiles, they are in all of the upstairs 3 bedrooms and hallway.  Laura was helping to scrape them off with an ice scraper.  The plywood underneath is very sticky... anyone know how to get off the stickiness?

Since this house will be a workshop for me, I need a room big enough to put my large power tools. By that I mean tablesaw, jointer, planer, drill press and compound mitre saw.  I also have sanding tools and a few routers.

The room at the front of the house to the left of the front door is not large enough for all that.

In the photo above, through the wall to the right, is a back room that was used for a computer and perhaps as an office?

Here you can see the built in desk, which is on the back of the wall on the right, in the above photo.

So, all I need to do is remove the desk and knock down the wall, right? And that will open up the two rooms to give me a bigger workshop.

Of course, as often happens in those house renovation shows like "Love It or List It" or "Property Brothers," it's not always that easy!

I just wanted to get a sledge hammer and knock through the wall, but Eric said... we had better make sure that we can do that safely first.

More tomorrow, stay tuned...

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