The Sheetrock is Done!

Laoise looking out from her treehouse at her second exit

The main sheetrock installation was finished yesterday evening, and thank goodness for that!  It was a rough couple weeks, but it is definitely worth it!  It is a gorgeous pink (much like the color of this text) and just brightens everything up a lot.  I am definitely a “color” person and I need lots of bright colors which once again, I have.  The main room is pink, my bedroom is blue, the 1/2 bath is green, and then there are three closets soon to be purple, yellow, and orange, so I will have my rainbow once again!

Poosa is so happy to have her couch back where it belongs

I can’t actually move out into the main room until after the electrical gets hooked up, and my electrician can’t come until Wednesday.  I’m not sure how long it will take, but I know that both Gary, my electrician, and Daryl, my plumber, are working about 20 jobs at a time and they are doing their very best for both Leigh (my contractor) and me, so I’m working on patience.

Looking from the 1/2 bath toward the kitchen area

Today I mopped my floors.  It is the first time I’ve seen them or my kitchen counters in weeks, so it is as if they are brand new again!  I have actually had a quite glorious day all to myself and the solitude is magnificent!  I’ve been cleaning, writing, keeping up with new friends in Japan and sending my best thoughts their way, and just moving at my own pace.  I bathed Chauncey in the rain this morning.  He wasn’t at all convinced, but by the time I got to my own shower along about 2PM the rain had stopped.

Looking from the purple closet area out into the main room

My main room with the two new skylights (I now have 3)

I did move one piece of cat furniture into the main room so that Laoise would have another exit from her treehouse.  I also set the kitchen feeding station up again, but that shouldn’t be in anyone’s way.  My floors get finished and buffed up on Monday, so I can’t put anything significant in there, but the one piece of cat furniture will move easily back into my bedroom/studio while the floor is being done and the cat feeding station is on the kitchen counter.

Looking from Poosa’s couch toward the kitchen area

Anyway, it has been a long week, but we survived and I no longer have to dread the sheetrock!  There are still a number of patches to be done in my bedroom, but that will wait until after I am able to move back into the main room.  It will be more dust, but nothing like what we’ve been through the last two weeks so I’m not worrying about it.

Looking from the music area toward the front door

I’m not sure what will happen this week.  I think the 1/2 bath may be installed which would certainly be lovely.  The only door in the house (other than closets, that is) is that 1/2 bath and that will make things easier when there are so many people here.  Barb painted the room last Thursday and Leigh got most of the baseboards in, so we should be about ready for Daryl to set the toilet and sink.  And at least some electrical will happen this week also.  I believe Leigh has asked for the entertainment center and the phone lines to be first on the priorities so that I could at least spend my evenings in there.

Looking from my sink toward the 1/2 bath

And lots of fun stuff is in the future, whether this week or later on.  I will be getting my convection oven, my range hood, my new fridge and my small freezer, and kitchen cabinets including a pantry so once again I will have places to put things!  My new front door is at the painters as well.

My new lovely main room in my 2 room home

Laundry area and utility closet–still work to be done

Eventually my furniture which is in storage will be returning and I’ll be able to resume quilting.  I am currently “overdo” on 5 newborn/sibling quilts and there are 3 more due in late April, I believe, so I need to get on with those.  I also still have a long list of requests from Vashon Youth and Family Services and it will feel good to get back working on those.

1/2 bath and laundry area

So that is the update for this Saturday.  I hope all is going well for you.

8 responses

  1. I'm so thrilled for you! It's looking great.

  2. Thanks, Lydia! I am so glad that phase of construction is over and done! Still a lot to go, but it shouldn't be near as horrible or stressful!

  3. I'm so happy that you made it through the sheetrock! That is a lovely color of pink. Looks great!

  4. Thanks, Rose! And yes, it was certainly doubtful at times whether I would get through it as a properly completed job, but the pets and I are thrilled that we managed to survive. It looks wonderful!

  5. I see the transition — living conditions must be better — barbara

  6. Much, much, better, Barbara! Thanks!

  7. Wow, I know it may not feel like it from your end, but it feels from mine like that all came together quickly! (Maybe because we're always stuck having to do all the painting ourselves, so it takes so much longer!) And now it looks like not only is there clearly light at the end of the tunnel, but most of the remaining projects are going to be fun ones! Congratulations for sticking out the challenging and painful part of the sheetrock ordeal! Aren't you glad now that you did? It looks magnificent!Except for having carpet cleaners out in another week or two, we're finished having contractors trooping in and out of our house, too (knock on wood!), and spent a good bit of the weekend reassembling the two guest rooms. So I can relate on a miniature scale to your euphoria! 🙂 Enjoy basking in all the lovely progress so far and the remaining accomplishments to come!Please send along my condolences and concern, healing thoughts and very best wishes to your friends in Japan. I can't even begin to imagine what the victims of all those disasters (earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant calamities) are going through and facing. Makes our remodeling stresses and chaos look like a walk in the park, doesn't it?

  8. Thanks, Laloofah, and I have in the past done it all myself, but I can't do that anymore. The spray painting did go fast and after all everything was all covered in plastic because of the mudding and sanding, so spray painting seemed the way to go. My closets are being hand painted now as I write, and that helps. Right now I'm having a hard time dealing with not being able to move back in there. Leigh just had me take my recliner out long enough to measure the height of the flat screen tv, and it really bothered me to have to return it to the confines of my bedroom. Glad you are getting to re-assemble your guest rooms and that you are done except for carpet cleaners. And you are right, I can't even imagine what the Japanese are having to deal with and will be dealing with for a very long time. It is just horrific.

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