Sunday, May 29, 2016

Change = Chaos

I've always said 'In order to have change, you must first have chaos.' And chaos it is as the house begins its renovation. This is our retirement home so it is the last 'kick at the can' for Bill & I.
It's going to be a large, very thought through renovation & will be my work place for the next 15 years. I'm going to have a stained glass studio above my sewing studio, where I'll teach copper foiling stained glass. It will have the view of Miramichi Bay at one end & the woods at the other. What better way to send your viewing day & I get to work with & see others work with...colour & design!

Let's begin with chaos!

The digging around the house is the prep work for the foundation & basement.

 The 2 car garage will be what you see as you approach the house...visualize, it's coming!

 A new well will be dug & installed as the old one, right now, is in the middle of the garage.
 The woods had birch trees removed to help with the relocation of the potting shed.

 It's a mucky mess right now as we had a thunderstorm roll through last Friday evening.

                                   Oh the view that will be seen once the addition is added!

 The windows will be removed & reinstalled in the new build. The large kitchen 4 panel will be stored for a sunroom on the potting shed...just an idea as that is a 30 yr old window.
The door will be added to my new laundry room.

 Oh what a wet area, even when it's dry, it is still damp in the basement. The new tiling around the addition should help with that.

 The sun porch is staying the same & the old sewing room of mine will now be the dining area with a bay window.

 There is a pump installed in the muddy water, to help keep things dry. I think it must be clogged. :(

                                        The wall will be removed from the kitchen in time.

                    The raised lump in the mud is the exciting well area aka the new garage!

                           Enough muck...let's look at the view from the kitchen bay window. :-)

                                                   Now, the view from the sewing room...

                                                      The view from the exercise room...

 And the view from Bill's office. Oh the chaos to get this view. And it will be worth it!!

 All this was done this week. The contractor says I'll be in the house for Thanksgiving. :-)

                                                      One large old tree stump removed...
                                                         Two large tree stumps removed....

 And the last, third tree stump removed! Thank you Donny MacDonald for fixing the hard spots in my lawn mowing! It's going to be easier now not having to dodge those stumps with the mowers blades!

 This side of the house will remain the same. See that big window? It's the one in the great room.

See what happens to the siding during the winter months!! They state that the window acts as a magnifying glass on the siding during the day & the temps can soar. The early night has very low temps & comes quickly, so quick that the siding doesn't have time in the formed memory to recove to its original shape. This is the second time this has happened! The third install will be a different material creating a different look there, we don't know what yet.

                                                This look will change with the addition.

 I wanted to take as many 'before photos' as possible as this too will never be the same.

 The potting shed has not been rested yet as the house comes to life, so will the proper placement for the shed be seen. So for now it sits on a huge skid! lol

                                         The grass is going to need a mowing this weekend!

                                    The vertical dirt line is my neighbour Dellie's garden.

                             Dellie will have a view of the construction, front row center! lol

 Mucky mess!

                              On a greener note, the Anniversary Garden is coming along nicely!

                                                     The blue muffin bush has returned.

                                               And the bleeding hearts are blooming!

Interior Reno...

 I took a few shots of the inerior. This is the end of the kitchen & the opening is going to be the pantry opening.
                  It's going to be a good size, with a window in it, for natural light.

                                      This is where the basement stairs are & will remain.

 I'm taking this picture standing inside the sun porch. A pair of french doors will be installed to take you into the dining area of the kitchen.

                        I took this picture inside the kitchen, through the small exciting window.
 The sub pump line going to the ditch. A peak at some more of the Anniversary Garden.

This maple tree is my most favourite & hopefully it will survive the digging through some of its roots. A limb was removed for the large equipment needed to dig the foundation out.

Well, thank you for stopping by & viewing the chaos of construction!
Each week I'll show what progress is being made, right up to the finished addition. I've lived through additions being done in the home whilst I lived in it. This is so much easier & only a 7 minute drive from the Carroll Cottage.

Have a great week!

Thought for the week.

In just two days from now, tomorrow will be yesterday!

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