On Saturday, while the kids were still gone, Michael and I knocked out two walls, plus the ceiling in our dining room. It was super fun but hard work. I'm learning so much about the construction of a house. While the house is a disaster, (it has been raining and snowing since Monday, so mud everywhere), we are still pushing on, despite not having central heating and open windows and doors with nothing but plastic between us and the outside. Thank goodness for our new fireplace where we go to warm up occasionally.Here is a picture of the area we demo'd before we moved all the furniture out. As you can see, the office and the dining room are crammed in together.Here is the picture of our front door, which is now gone. We removed this entire wall as well. Hopefully you can see how much space we are gaining by knocking out these walls. It'll really open up the living area as well as create a new office/homeschool space. I'm standing on the inside of our house taking the picture of Michael demolishing the old dining room wall. You can see my new windows peeking through!I knocked out the living room wall, then removed the door. We were able to give it to a friend who needed it as we ordered a new fiberglass door that has a window in it, with shades that open from the inside of the glass. More light and privacy!At the last minute, we decided to tear out the sheet rock on the dining room ceiling because we are going to put B-board (wainscoting) up with crown molding on the living room, hallway and dining room ceilings. Saw it in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine and it looked awesome! This was such a nasty job. I couldn't stand the feeling of all that dirt and debris falling on top of my head. So glad this part is over.
Lots more going on since this weekend. Kids are home and we are trying to keep everyone warm. I've had to go into work for some soil database training. Sooo glad I'm normally a stay-at-home mom. It is hard to get out of the house with kids by 8:00AM. I felt bad for having to wake them up. They were so cranky this evening. House was an absolute disaster. Poor Michael trying to get dinner on the table. I've got another half day of training, then I'll start working from home again a few hours a week between homeschooling and homemaking. I've got the greatest boss on the planet, he is super supportive and very understanding of family life. So blessed! As you can see by this project we could really use the money :)
Well that is all for now. I'm saving all your comments in my email box so I don't forget to visit your blogs as soon as I'm able again.