July 18, 2007

House Update

I owe you all a house update, as some of you have been asking pretty often. Not much has been happening, really because we're both working over the summer and it gets too damn hot to do anything in the afternoons.

Ok, not much isn't really true. We've had the handyman rip out the heater, and now the wall is fixed (we'll get it painted after everything else is done so we can do all the touch ups at once):

Lots more below the jump (and more pictures!)

The City has also been out to fix the sidewalk where the tree roots have pushed it up. Except they did this sometime in the process:

Yep, broken pipe. So they had to fix it, but clearly, not everyone got the memo. I came home to this yesterday:

Looks like someone started to dump the concrete, and someone else remembered the pipe.... Here's a better shot of my mini-mountain:

Guess they fixed it, hubby went out to check and I haven't heard profuse swearing yet.

We've also been busy inside the house. Remember the "dining room" used to look like this?

Well, our dining set fits in the ORIGINAL dining room of the house, in the front room, so we are extending our kitchen into what used to be the dining room, and we built a butcher block cabinet (pictured with the ever-popular recyclables and the level we used to build it:

and a pantry:

Thoose gray bins are pull-out drawers, y'all. I can just reach in and get stuff. No digging around!

I love Ikea.

So that's where we're at. Lots more boxes to empty now that we *think* we have all the furniture in place. And of course stuff to deal with in the yard. Pictures of the plants next time around!

Posted by caltechgirl at July 18, 2007 04:05 PM | TrackBack

Lovely mini mountain. Love to see the mental GIANT who left it sit there to harden.

Posted by: seejanemom at July 18, 2007 04:18 PM

Nicely done, hon! It's looking really good! Keep those pictures coming (of course, when you have time and inclination).

Posted by: Margi at July 18, 2007 04:20 PM

I see oatmeal ;)

Posted by: Stacy at July 18, 2007 04:23 PM

Looking wonderful. You have been doing stuff! That's actually quite a bit when you work full time too.

I think once they dumped the concrete there was no picking it back up, so they had to leave the "mini-mountain to harden. At least they didn't have to rip it out again to fix the pipe. That would've been far worse. *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at July 18, 2007 05:06 PM

VERY cool. Love the counter & pantry. Pull-out shelves rule. Too bad we don't have IKEA in NY. The closest one to us is in Ontario, Canada, which is fine except for border-crossing delays.

Looks like you guys are doing great with the house!

Posted by: Marie at July 18, 2007 05:32 PM

Oooooo. I like those pull out shelves in the pantry! Very much!

Posted by: Bou at July 18, 2007 06:17 PM

Don't you love when it really starts coming together? It's going to be fantastic when you're done!

And now I have pantry-envy.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at July 18, 2007 06:40 PM

Your house looks wonderful!!

; )

Posted by: Christina at July 18, 2007 07:06 PM

is that chai?

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at July 18, 2007 07:12 PM

I've wanted that Ikea butcher block thing for ages. I have butcher block envy now!

Posted by: Helen at July 19, 2007 12:04 AM

I adore that pantry, CTG! I'll have to see if Ikea has a web site, because there is no Ikea anywhere in this part of the world.

It is all shaping up very nicely. The butcher block table is beautiful, too!

Posted by: Beth at July 19, 2007 03:32 AM

Fantastic! I wish I was as far along in the process as you are!!

Posted by: Richmond at July 19, 2007 06:19 AM

I love IKEA, wish we had one here! Your house is looking great!

Posted by: vw bug at July 19, 2007 07:40 AM

Love the pull out drawers!!! I need something like that in my corner cupboard!

Posted by: Michele at July 20, 2007 12:22 PM

i love the color of your walls!

Posted by: sarahk at July 20, 2007 03:33 PM