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Power Weekend of House Tasks

We started off early Saturday morning getting started on our tasks that we wanted to accomplish.  The list included sprinklers, deck wash, landscaping and moving the furniture for laying down the carpet remnant that we just bought.

For the sprinklers, I didn’t know too much about the status of the system since it has never worked since we bought this house a year ago.  All I knew was that there are sprinkler heads around the front and back and side yards and that the water had been disconnected at the water source due to issues and leaking.  My first task was to get the water source reconnected and that required digging a bit to find out where the original pipes were near the water source.

Mom wanted to use the new pressure washer she just bought last week and finally get that nasty dirty wood deck cleaned.  It probably hasn’t been cleaned for many years before we bought this house last year.  As she started pressure washing the boards, I was absolutely amazed at how clean it was looking and the grains and colors of the wood were starting to appear.

Lucas was determined to finish the last portion of landscaping rocks that go all the way around the pool.  The only part that was left was a small section between the pool and the wood deck.  He cleared the area, laid down some landscaping plastic to prevent weeds and then started laying the rest of the new rocks in place.

We purchased two remnants of new carpet off of craigslist for $40 and $30 to put in the living room and Mom’s room.  We managed to fit in time to move all of the living room furniture and get the carpet laid down on top of the crappy pergo floor.  It looks so nice.

I then did some more testing of the sprinklers, turned the water source on and found a couple places gushing up that I capped off and a couple places that just needed new sprinkler heads.  Quite an accomplishment!  I should be able to get us to the point of growing grass in a couple weeks.

At the end of Sunday, we ordered pizza and salad from Nello’s and then put our feet in the pool with a glass of wine while gloating about all of our amazing accomplishments over the two day weekend.

New Living Room Patio Doors

At 7am this morning, our favorite contractors came over to rip apart the back of our house and put in the new 9 foot sliding door and two windows.  We have been working toward this for a full year now as we so hated the crappy doors and windows that were there.  Check out the photos.  It isn’t quite done yet, but it looks SO amazing!!

Outside Water Valves

This morning, our Plumber From Down Under came by and helped us get our old ghetto water valves fixed up and also install a pressure vacuum breaker assembly for me to start tackling the sprinklers.  I have 19,000 square feet of yard to figure out sprinklers for.  I think there will be a lot of trenching and PVC assembly in my future for sure.

The pressure vacuum breaker assembly in the final photos below brings us to code and is where I am going to tie into for the water to the sprinklers.  He also set it up so that we can turn off the main to our house without turning off the sprinklers and vice versa.  Pretty neato!

Island Install (finally)

Now that the electric is run in the slab and the island cabinet arrived and the top to the island created by the counter top guy (Valley Renovations), we finally were able to get it put all together and have a nice island in our kitchen with an electric outlet.  Woo Hoo!!  It is another one of those pivotal moments for sure!

Cutting Into Slab For Island Electric

My electrician arrived today to cut a valley in the concrete slab in the kitchen for the electric to the island that we will be installing next week.  It was quite loud and quite dusty!!

Great Room Ceiling Lights

Finally, the ceiling is ready for lights.  We have been living with wires hanging out of the ceiling for many months now as we get everything with the ceiling ready and it has been quite a long journey.

I think the lights and fan all turned out wonderful.  I also spray painted the vents a nice dark gray for a more sophisticated look.

New Kitchen Patio Door

Today was such a pivotal point in the home renovations!  I hated that awful old door that came with our house.  It was not energy efficient and it was ugly not to mention the fact that it opened inward and conflicted with the dishwasher.  Today we got a new door that opens outward with the blinds between the glass and it just feels sophisticated!!  Mike and Keri and Brian came over to install it for us.

We just keep staring at it in awe and complete happiness!

Popcorn Ceiling Scraping Finale

Today I planned on completing the rest of the popcorn ceiling.  I haven’t done too much in the past month or so as I was trying to catch up on stuff at work, but we accomplished what we set out to do and at the end of the day, the popcorn was completely gone!

Popcorn Scraping Day 2

I have another small section of popcorn to scrape off today and I plan on tackling the small wall that needs some drywall.

Popcorn Ceiling Scraping Day 1

I have a water sprayer and a scraper and I am ready to start removing that nasty popcorn ceiling.  I have never done this before, but I have been doing some reading about it online and I think I know how to best tackle it.  I am planning on doing a section at a time so that we can keep our furniture in here and simply move furniture into different sections of the room.

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