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9251 in 2010

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by The MODNESS of 9251 ( last modified Jan 04, 2011



It's the end of the year and time to look back on what we've accomplished in our (insane) mid-century modern home renovation.

Sure, we're still walking around on bare concrete floors (except in our bedroom) and cooking in a raggedy old kitchen, but we've definitely made some major progress in the 13 months we've owned this place.

First, we:
Gutted the place. Took out all the carpet, and the asbestos tile (mistake!) ourselves.

Washed everything and removed 40 years of cigarette smoke residue, dust and wallpaper.

Replaced our roof and the entire soffit/gutter system.

And moved in.

Then, we:
Knocked out the 1/4" wood closets (no studs, no drywall, just wood) and built a real wall of closets in their place.

Cleaned the tobacco skin off the fireplace limestone (who knew it was gray and not brown!).

Removed the tongue-in-groove wood from the walls, re-insulated and replaced with drywall.

Rewired outlets with grounds or GFCI's (hello three-prong outlets!).

Replaced the light fixtures and added outlets in both bathrooms.

Installed modern house numbers (we previously had none).

Replaced all the plumbing to the kitchen sink and got a new faucet.

Got rid of hundreds of patio stones and bushes.

Survived a mini-flood because of a cracked pipe.

Ordered Kahrs Linnea Collection: Hard Maple Espresso engineered hardwood floors.

Installed a new front door with a Crestview Window Kit. Replaced the outdoor light fixtures. Installed working doorbells.

Demo'ed and expanded the band room.

Extended the refrigerator wall.

And adopted Lucy.

And this Fall/Winter, we:

Installed three huge floor-to-ceiling windows in the front of the house.

Nearly completed the master bedroom and moved into it (blog entry to come).

And right now we're in the process of building a custom, floating mantle for our fireplace.

It's been a long, stressful year, but we're still chugging along. Of course we didn't meet our goal of having the house Christmas-party ready in 2010, but we'll tentatively invite you to Christmas 2011 at 9251.

There are many blog entries to come as we wrap up different projects and can give you proper befores and afters. For now, we'll leave you with a picture from Christmas last year and one from this year.

Same tree, drastically different living room.




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