16 June, 2009

Renovation Recap, New Tenants In


I barely crawled out of bed yesterday. I think all the stress of prepping the tenants' unit, getting ready for and taking a week-long vacation, and juggling real work had caught up with me. I woke up with one whopper of a cold: scratchy eyes, sore throat, stuffed head, congestion, the works. So I dosed up on Nyquil, didn't get out of my jammies, and brought one of my client projects to bed with me, although I didn't actually get much work done on it.

I'm feeling much, much better today, and rather self-satisfied with all the work we did accomplish. We pretty much hauled butt on the tenants' unit, taking advantage of a few weeks of down time between tenants.

In three weeks, this is what we did. There are links to some of the projects:

Bedroom #1
Updated electrical, including new wiring and installation of a reproduction push button switch
Stripped the original sconces, refinished them in silver, and rewired them
Painted the room blue using Behr Venetian plaster
Replaced all switch plate and socket covers

Bedroom #2
Updated electrical, including new wiring and installation of a reproduction push button switch
Stripped the original sconces, refinished them in gold, and rewired them
Installed new smoke detector

Bathroom
Repaired door so that it closes
Recaulked tub

Kitchen
Installed new lock on door (the old one was unsafe, and not up to code, requiring a key to lock from the inside)

Dining Room
Updated electrical, including new wiring and installation of a reproduction push button dimmer switch
Replaced light fixture with a vintage chandelier, which Ted rewired before installing
Painted the room Tuscan Tan using Behr Venetian plaster

Living Room
Updated electrical
Found the original light switch hidden in the wall, and restored
Found the original sconce boxes hidden in the wall, and restored
Rewired and installed a set of sconces, circa 1920, found on eBay
Installed new ceiling fan, where there was no other light fixture
Painted the room using Behr Venetian plaster

Basement
Cleared one of the rooms in the basement to create a storage area for tenants

Garage
Although not related to the tenants, we cleared a lot of crap out of the garage

Garden
I created two new flower beds along the front of the house, pictures to come

Whew! I think I need another vacation!

I'm sure I'm forgetting a few things on the list, so I'll let Mom and Ted chime in to remind me. Now that the new tenants are in, we can refocus our attention to other portions of the house. Upcoming projects include Mom's bedroom, installing two new doors in the basement, and clearing out (the goal) 30% of the junk in the basement as we reorganize all storage areas. Oh, and Ted and I have hopes of moving to the basement soon. We'll see how that goes.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

We also installed two air conditioners, replaced the knobs on the stove, and fixed the pantry light. For starters. -Ted

Green Fairy said...

I knew there were a few things I was missing!

Karen Anne said...

Moving to the basement?

Green Fairy said...

We're currently in Unit 1 on the ground floor with my mom, the kittens, and the dog. Tenants are in Unit 2 upstairs. My office and Ted's are in the basement, and we plan to refinish the rest of the space into a garden unit, i.e., with a bathroom, living room, bedroom, offices, kitchenette/ laundry room.

Moving down there now will be the best motivator to getting all the work done. :-)

Karen Anne said...

A garden unit, that sounds great.