November 3, 2013

The House: Part 08: Upstairs

Finally getting down to the end of the before and after pictures! Only one more post left. :)

The first task upstairs, which used to be the upper floor of a duplex, was taking out all of the garbage that was left up there for decades and hauling it to this huge steel bin. I'd guess 75% of what's in this bin came from the upstairs. 

From there, we scraped and sanded the original pine floors, which laid beautifully under several layers of paint, tile and in a couple of rooms, plywood. Then we ran new plumbing to the bathroom, updated all of the electrical and began taking steps to restoring each room, slowly and painfully.


The old kitchen was arguably the worst. The ceiling was caved in, the wood floors were a uneven and couldn't be salvaged and there were gas and water lines running everywhere. After ripping out most of the ceiling, we added insulation and then drywalled the ceiling and one wall. We removed existing water and gas lines and, laid down a new pine floor, updated electrical, added baseboard and quarter round and finally, painted. 

While this room is one of the smallest in the house, the transformation and ample light makes it one of my favorites.

The origina bathroom was full of pink appliances and a green and white checkered floor. One of the windows was broken and falling out and laying inside the window was a dead bird. Suffice to say, it was a mess. Some friends replumbed the entire bathroom, installed new shower, toilet and sink and then laid tile. We took it from there with electical work, caulking, new windows, fixed doors and new lights and mirror.

The last remaining work upstairs were in the two bedrooms. After restoring the original pine floors and installing new windows, we went to work on refinishing all of the beautiful oak woodwork around the windows and floors. All of it needed sanded and re stained and some of it needed replaced. Lots of drywall patches, updated electrical, paint and new ceilings fans rounded out these huge rooms.

This room has now become Leo's room, who has the entire upstairs all to himself. :)

The front bedroom needed the least cosmetic attention.


Monique said...

I'm in awe of how much you accomplished - while having children and travelling in between no less. Bravo. The house looks gorgeous. What part of the country are you in, btw? It reminds me of where I live in some ways.

Tash said...

What a project you guys took on. The house looks amazing! You guys are amazing!

Hope's Mama said...

So, so much awesome! You guys are amazing. Any chance you can send your friends around to put in a new bathroom for us x

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