Woodland House Week 3

Week 3 we started with setting up our little RV to live in for the next several months.

It took two trips to an RV store for parts to get the toilet working and advice on the water heater but we are all set up. Having heat again has been nice.

We were even able to have a little Super Bowl party for 2.

The concrete slab was poured and turned out great. Now we need to move the power line that hanging too low across the property and is in the way of where the garage is going.

More demo on the mobile happened.

Kitchen demo
Laundry room

The subfloor in the bathroom was replaced and we got some great deals on materials and staged it. We bought the vanity for $45 and the toilet for $25. Both at the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

We wrapped up the week with a meeting with our electricians and a visit from a Duke Energy engineer to approve the new location for our power line and service panel.

Woodland House: Week 2

Week 2 we had some rainy days so we decided to get started on the Mobile Home.

I went through and pictures of where we were starting.

Living room and kitchen
Laundry room, bathroom and 1 bedroom
Second bathroom and bedroom

Then we began demo. Removing carpets and wall panel’s to see how much damage was beneath.

It was more than we anticipated but it also made us even more determined to give this home some love and bring it back.

Holes, mold and missing floors
Water damage here, water damage there, water damage everywhere

After that, it was back to finish the garage tear down for the new concrete slab to come in for the new garage. This time it only took 1 pull with truck to bring it down after all our prep work we did before.

Finishing the garage take down

Next week, setting up an RV to live in, the concrete gets poured and a new electrical panel for the main house.

Stay tuned.

Coffee, Life and Plumbing

This morning I am sitting bundled up in a house cold enough to see my breath, by a wood burning stove my husband is using muffler tape to hold together and am listening to the team prepare our driveway to pour the concrete for our new garage. I am writing in my gratitude journal and my husband come in to tell me that our water main has been hit. I look out the window to see water bubbling up through ground.

Another aspect of this house incorrectly done. It is barely below ground and a plastic pipe is all that is bringing water into our home. Without this find, it would have been below our new slab and new garage and when it burst…which is inevitable with it not being copper piping and would have been leaking under the work we are having done.

So now we have trenching and digging and copper piping to buy to make it correct. I have no water to the house, so that will make today interesting but I still sit in gratitude.

I am still warm and safe even though there is chaos around me. I have clean, bottled water to drink. Fortunately, my husband made coffee this morning start my day with as I set my intentions for the week. There is always a silver lining, a new perspective to see, an opportunity to grow.

So it looks like this week, I will be learning plumbing and getting a workout digging. Good thing I have dry shampoo until I can wash my hair again.

Woodland House Week One

Hello all, here is an update on our 1st week renovating our property in South Carolina.

Our very 1st day, my husband got stuck in the mud pulling our work trailer onto the property with our tools in it. After an hour of trying to get out, we called a tow company and the driver was able to attach a chain and pull out the trailer and truck. He had to do it from the street to avoid getting stuck himself.

And we’re stuck
Friendly neighborhood tow truck driver to the rescue

We were staying near by at an AirBnB on a farm so we were able to clean and check out the wiring! Oh what we found!

Lot’s of car wiring, muliple splices, hot wires with no ground. Some very creative and dangerous solutions.

There is a wire coming through the window frame to power an outlet in the kitchen.
More wiring fun

Then we moved on to tearing down the carport. We have a new concrete slab being poured and a new garage coming so getting prepared was a priority.

It took 5 attempts to pull it down with the truck and a chain but we finally got it down.

Then we took it apart and saved the wood to be reused on other projects or for firewood in the fire pit. Unfortunately we could not save any of the metal roofing. It was thin and had large nails hammered in so there were large holes after we took it off.

Before
After

To wrap up the week, we started taking down the garage. We cleared out the inside and took the walls down. Next will be the roof and studs.

Garage take down

Day 2: Lessons in Electrical Work

As we dig into this house, we are finding lots of eletrical issues and we will need to do a full rewire an updated eletrical panel to make this house safe. Luckily, my husband is a talented electrician and has already started disconnecting unsafe wiring he has found.

New Year, New Adventure

Things will look a little different on the blog this year. I am moving across the country to South Carolina. We bought a small farmhouse that we will be remodeling. Follow along our adventure as build we our dream life. I will be drinking all the coffee, sharing lots of positive affirmations to stay centered and getting in my workouts to not lose my sanity.

Happy Anniversary to my husband. 9 years ago today we decided to renew our vows. It was a recommitment not only to each other but our family as well. We have navigated the ups and downs of marriage, the ups and downs of raising teenagers and watching each one set out on their own path over the past 9 years. Looking forward to the next set of adventures as we continue to learn and grow individually and as a couple. As our love deepens, I am so grateful to have this strong, supportive, passionate man to share my life with.