We forgot to take ‘after’ photos last weekend, after we did massive cleanout of debris from the kitchen ‘patio’ area, so we took some this weekend. We also cleaned the area at the top of the stairs on the other side of the house, as well as some other small jobs. It actually makes a huge difference to clear everything away from the house and de-crap the woods areas immediately surrounding the cabin. Everything is just junk on top of junk, so we dig till we find only soil. Takes a few layers and a lot of contractor bags to get there! The previous owners put a lot of plastic sheeting everywhere, which is nasty. But, typically there’s no trash below the plastic layer. Making progress, and ending up with some pretty sweet places to sit and relax outdoors. Three woodpeckers had an epic battle for territory right over our heads, and we heard loons on the lake this weekend. Superb.
Two quick trips out this weekend, mostly to do garbage duty. We did a pretty massive cleanout of the back ‘yard’, took before pictures, and forgot to take after pictures. So, more on that next time.
But maybe the best part of this weekend’s cabin experience was finding bulbs and flowers popping up everywhere. We half-expected some nice old-fashioned gardens, and were ecstatic to see the forest floor bristling with fresh green spikes. A couple of daffodils are getting ready to open.
We also installed an old window sash stay so we can open the back bedroom window without the wind slapping it around. It’s a huge window, and really can be used as a door to the backyard. Someone discovered it today.
Two big things got done this weekend.
1. Tub and toilet left the bathroom. Tub thanks to a wonderful friend. One of us (who shall remain nameless) could not quite hold up their end of it last weekend, so we called in reinforcements.
Sadly, this meant re-filling the trash/recycle pile a bit. At least the tub can be sold for scrap metal.
2. We cut a hole in the front wall of the loft, which lets light and air all the way through (and will ultimately make for much more functional design).
After a disgusting session of vacuuming, it smells and feels a bit better in the house. We’re not sure it looks better yet, but we’ll get there.
The wood man came and took away all our wood scraps/demolition spoils. Love Freecycle! The pile is just about gone…for now. If it doesn’t snow too much tomorrow (!) we can rake up the rest of the debris and call it clean. Woo hoo!
…and there was light.
And it was good enough.
(there was also a Shop Vac, a HEPA filter, and a pre-bag system for the metric ton of mouse nest material. And a Sawzall that rapidly speeds up demo work. Man, we love electrons!)
Not sure where to begin. With the snowmelt-soaked insulation we found above the kitchen ceiling? Many mouse nests hidden in the wood around the chimney? The unbelievably bizarre construction methods including a 4-inch schmear of some sort of caulk standing in for a piece of drywall? This was a major demo weekend. And it was gross. Gross enough that we both donned the dorky shower caps I have been collecting from hotels recently and beat a quick retreat home to the shower as soon as the trash was bagged.
Some photos from the weekend’s (disgusting, but so very cathartic) work.
p.s., the cabin smells, feels, and looks better already. Quoting a favorite movie (the Birdcage), this has become our renovation mantra in all of our projects: “Don’t add, just subtract”.