“The inferior man lived only in his fantasies, because he lacked willpower and imagination. The superior man-made his fantasies a reality. (Martin Darius)” ― Phillip Margolin, Gone, But Not Forgotten
I can’t claim any sort of superiority, but I can certainly lay claim to days, weeks and months of blood, sweat and tears… A renovation is akin to giving birth — you carry the child, nurture and care for it for months until the day it is to make its first appearance for the world to see and, mixed with your excitement, you know your life — as it was — will never be the same…
Just as you’ve heard your friends say, “Oh, sorry, we can’t make it. We have … a baby.” I find myself declining invitations and passing up fun things I would never have missed a year ago because, “Oh, sorry, we can’t make it. We have … a renovation.”
We’re working on the renovation “part-time,” which means only three days a week, and working at our “real” jobs the other four days a week leaves no time to breathe, to think, to rest, to relax, to catch up on anything that needs to be caught up on, including spending time with friends, seeing family, or even an occasional movie or dinner out. It is all-encompassing and literally time-consuming to the point of exhaustion.
Case in point — the lack of updates on the blog and twitter … there just hasn’t been time to post anything. It’s 3:03 a.m. and insomnia is the only reason for this update …
So, let’s go back a bit and try to catch everyone up on all that has happened since the last update…
- the trenching was completed to the house from the utility pole for the underground wiring. additional trenching was completed off of the main trench to the workshop outbuilding, the (pseudo) garage that still needs a complete renovation as well, and to the spring-house;
- all of the rough wiring was completed, checked by the electrician and approved by the County Inspector;
- a new power pole was installed on the property, a larger transformer was installed, new, larger wiring was installed (all street-side) and all was connected to the pole near the driveway;
- the existing (temporary) power was disconnected from the house, the pole closest to the house was removed, the security light was removed from that pole and relocated to the pole near the driveway;
- the new power was ran to the power pole near the spring-house, which tied into the underground wiring that had been trenched and ran to the main house;
- the trenching was completed for re-establishing water to the main house;
- the pex plumbing system was installed in the main house and the spring-house;
- the tankless water heater was installed;
- the spring was shocked and the entire spring-house, inside and out, was cleaned, cleared and refurbished;
- the pump on the spring-house was replaced and the all of the wiring was connected;
- the main house now has electricity and water — so a toilet has now been installed!;
- a utility sink has been installed in the laundry room;
- a security system has been installed on the main house and outbuildings, with additional 8″ cast iron bolts on the tops and bottoms of all six french doors;
- solar-powered motion-detection flood lights and solar-powered dusk-to-dawn security flood lights have been installed around the perimeters of the eaves of the main house and outbuildings;
- motion detection sensors have been installed at the entrances to both ends of the driveways to notify when anyone walks or drives onto the property;
- the last side of the house (where the temporary power was) has been demo’d, cleared, sheathed, tyveked and sided;
- the brush & scrap/demo piles have been removed from the property and the areas where the two piles were have been cleaned, cleared, raked and prepped for re-seeding;
- the 2nd non-working chimney has been taken down to below the roof-line and the roof has been patched, awaiting the installation of a new roof (the old bricks are going to be recycled for the garden and front walkway);
- the dips in the front gable have been braced and straightened in the attic;
- we have someone scheduled to come and bush-hog the front and side pastures;
- we have the hardware for the shower, the powder room (and that great fossilized rock sink we got months ago) and the kitchen sink (all of the finishes in the house – plumbing fixtures, door handles, etc., are oil-rubbed bronze);
- once the Inspector comes back out and does the final inspection on the electrical, we can get the spray-foam insulation company in to do the insulation;
- and, once the insulation is in, the drywall can go up;
- somewhere in there, a roof will also be going on;
- the hvac is scheduled for the end of June;
- the solar panels are scheduled for the end of June as well;
- add a french drainage system to the front and side yards;
- build the back and side decks.
A few “not-so-great” moments include being broken into and robbed, again. This was two days before the electricity was turned on and the security system went it. And, yes, we know who did it — the same person who did it last time. I called the Sheriff’s Department, made my report, the case was assigned to the same Investigator that was assigned to the last robbery and, like last time, he hasn’t done anything (yet). It has been over two weeks already.
This “suspect” has been arrested over 20 times in the last 3 years for crimes ranging from burglary and trespass (sounds familiar, huh?) to possession and selling cocaine. Can someone explain to me why this person is still walking the streets??? I gave the Investigator his name, address, telephone number and directions to his house and a list of what he has of ours and, when I called two days ago to follow-up (since I had heard nothing from him), I found out that he has still not been to the man’s house to question him (even though he told me he was going to his house 2 days after the second break-in).
I’m usually not one to discuss politics (or religion) but, this is an election year in this County and the Sheriff is out there campaigning for re-election. If this is any indication of what he and his department are all about, I’ve got some anti-campaigning I’d be happy to do for him — any and every chance I get!
On a better note … the apple, plum, peach and persimmon trees are loaded with fruit, the heirloom hybrid daylillies are all ready to burst into bloom, and we are tilling for a new flower garden shortly to take advantage of a hill that gets a lot of afternoon sun. There is still a LOT of landscaping work that needs to be done and, due to the renovation, some of it may have to wait until next year… but, the place is still a paradise even amidst the overgrowth.
Thanks for being so patient on the updates … it’s all work, work, work, then renovate, renovate, renovate — doesn’t leave much time for eating, sleeping or resting (let alone blogging). Until next time,
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
© The Dilapidated Farmhouse 2012