Sunday, January 29, 2012
Celia, unfortunately was not able to visit with me, so she is really excited and cant wait for our next trip!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
a. To hide pipes from the master bathroom above.
b. To incorporate the addition better into the space. It was thought the addition was built with a lower ceiling than the main house and they may have lowered/sloped everything to give it better flow.
Here is a rough diagram of how the ceiling looks today (as seen with the lowered ceiling still in place:
I was able to verify that the visible ceiling does indeed hide the original ceiling. Here is the same diagram showing the hidden ceiling.
If you paid attention to the above diagrams, on one side of my kitchen, the dropped ceiling is hiding a full 36" of height!!! Even the other side is rather deep at 18".
So.... Now I am obsessed with finding a way to get my ceilings height back. I have been able to find out that the original kitchen side is lowered to accommodate the supply/drain pipes to the master bath that is above it. I have not been able to get my head above the ceiling in the addition, but if my calculations are correct, there shouldn't be any plumbing over there.
Celia and I are not planning to redo the master bath anytime soon, so tomorrow, I am going to do some careful measuring to see about hiding the pipes in soffits . In my opinion, it would be better to have full height ceilings with a few odd soffits rather than having the entire ceiling so low. What do you all think???
Monday, January 16, 2012
We visited this awesome 4 story warehouse while in Des Moines visiting family.
Friday, January 13, 2012
We had our first snow storm of the season. About 5 inches which wasn't too bad, but we were only forecast for 3. My first time shoveling at this house. Lots of sidewalk and driveway.Hopefully I can convince Celia to let me buy a snow blower soon! I have finally made some time to work on my chandelier. As you may recall, I am rewiring an original gas/electric combination fixture from our side foyer. It has turned out great. All that is left to do is find a replacement globe and then hang it back up. Pictures soon, I promise.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Next we removed the upper and lower kitchen cabinets. They were very simply to remove.
Finally it came time to remove the built-in display cabinet. This thing was built in place and built to last. Celia and I attacked it with the screw gun, pry bar, and sledge hammer and had a heck of a time.
The best part though is that we have found homes for nearly all of the waste! Several different Craigslist buyers came to the rescue for 2 loads of scrap wood, the kitchen cabinets, and the glass cabinet doors. I really hate the idea of paying (alot of $$$) for a dumpster just to throw stuff away.