Kay, um, so, no. We're not in our house yet. I mentioned the flood we had in our house. Ben keeps correcting me when I say "flood." He says it's a "leak." I tell him that leaks don't cause $10,000 in damage.
When we turned on the main water line, the faucet in the kitchen was leaking, so we turned the valve off to that, but everything else seemed great, so we left it on. When we came back the next night to do some cleaning, I went downstairs to make sure I had put lightbulbs in all of the fixtures (the previous owners took all of the lightbulbs with them when they left. I literally had to replace 40 lightbulbs), the fixture in the bedroom downstairs wasn't working. And then I heard dripping water. I walked in, trying to find the source, and I found it. The light fixture was dripping.
I alerted Ben, and he undid the fixture. It was filled with water. Like a bathtub. Then he felt the ceiling. It was like a sponge. "Kar," he said, I think we've had a leak somewhere." He cut a line in the ceiling, and water came pouring out, like Niagara Falls. Splash. All over the cheesy linoleum floor. The sopping ceiling was peeling away.
Here is the kitchen after the drying:
The restoration dudes are over there right now, putting a new second layer of subfloor in, and then new laminate. They're using some laminate that Ben had bought a couple of months ago. He had wanted to replace all of the living spaces upstairs with this dark laminate, so he went ahead and tore up everything else in the living spaces upstairs so he can install it. We can't live in the house yet anyway, so he might as well get it done while the restoration guys are doing their thing.
We could see where the original builders had painted the railing that lines the stairwell:
Something a little disturbing - the floor makes a little hill right here:
Our home warranty people are being super-special and not covering the cost for a new dishwasher, so we had to get a new one:
So we've bought five appliances in the past week. And are still haggling with the warranty insurance people.
Oh, and Ben installed new light fixtures in the kitchen:
see that movie 'the money pit'? I loved that movie till now. It's
amazing the damage an unflashed chimney can do! My only worry is that
Karlenn might sleep with some guy with nasty long blonde hair."
I laughed pretty hard. :)
Otherwise, I might have cried.
So Ben's thinking he wants to do something really modern and fun there, like corrugated metal or something.
I just want to move into my new house...
While Ben was flashing (haha, that's funny to say), I worked outside on the south side of the house. I took that horrible black gardening paper out of one area and removed the random rocks:
And I planted the random bush I had found in the front yard. I don't know what it is, but we'll see how it does in the south sun.
So...yeah. Good times. It will look fantastic when we're done, but sometimes I get so frustrated that I can't talk about it. One day, I turned off my phone, because I was tired of talking about it. It was just making me more and more bummed out the more people asked about it.