Sunday, August 23, 2015

This summer we moved into our "new" house in Gainesville's historic Duckpond neighborhood. We loved the neighborhood, and the fact that it allowed all of us the option of a walk/bus/stroller/short car ride commute to work. When we found a house we liked, we took a deep breath, and jumped into a fixer-upper adventure. Naively, we thought that we'd make it our big summer project, and then we'll be all set. So far, we managed to get some things out of the way, and make a giant list of to-do items that sits on the fridge. About two new items get added to the list every day, and we are able to successfully take approximately one out each weekend...

April-May 2015: The house had tile, carpet, and vinyl flooring everywhere. We had that ripped out, and discovered beautiful hardwood everywhere (almost!). Barring a few repairs, the pictures on the right hand side are the original (1926) floors that were hidden for 20-30 years from what we hear (left hand side is the house as it looked in April). The coolest thing about this was seeing the under-structure of the house where the floors were ripped out, and learning how wood floors are constructed. (Click on the picture to enlarge.)
June 2015: While we had professionals working on the flooring inside the house, we decided to tackle the outdoor porch ourselves. The porch was a lovely screened in area, but the floor was covered with ancient, worn out, green artificial turf. We expected that we'd find concrete underneath, and so we searched for what to do with it, how to finish it, the various stains we could get etc. Then we spent a couple of hours pulling it out. It came out quicker than we'd expected (we'd thought we'd have to spend the whole day). We were amateurs about it though, and didn't cut the carpet into strips as we pulled it out, and so we were left struggling with a huge heavy dirty piece with nowhere to dispose of it (more on that later). Amateur luck came to the rescue, and we found clay tile underneath! So we spent the rest of the afternoon with the floor scraper. There's still glue left, but to our eyes, it looks better than the shiniest tile work you can find today.

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