Woodland House: Weeks 11 and 12

The beginning of week 11, we were excited that our boys were going to be coming home for Easter. That meant getting the bedroom in the mobile home ready for us to move our bed in, so that there would be enough room in the RV for everyone to sleep. We also wanted to get the kitchen up and running so that we could cook while everyone was home.

While Shane was busy up in the mobile home, I was down in the garden. I created raised beds for the vegetable garden. I planted some corn and beans in the first bed and was watering when we had a surprise visitor.

Trenched beds for the garden

A gentleman pulled into the driveway with a tax sticker and said he owned the RV. We were lead to believe in escrow that it was detitled and was included in the property. He was a family member that had been living there previous to the sell of the property. We immediately called our real estate agent, who called the listing agent and the lawyers office that handled our deed. Shane and I got online, did some research and did find tax records indicating that it was owned by this gentleman. So, all work on the mobile stopped. Until the title was settled, we decided that it was best to not move forward. Fortunately, Shane had requested a survey to be done when we were in escrow. This would be the second time that we needed it. The first time, it showed the property was 1.99 acres, not the 3.5 it was listed as. Now, the mobile is clearly marked on the survey, so the lawyers office and the listing agent were well aware it was there and did not do their due diligence to make sure the title was clear.

So will that was getting cleared up, Shane moved onto repairing the fencing from when we had the garage installed and all the grating done. I moved forward with getting the garden planted. I planted potatoes, garlic, onion, and lettuce. I also had to run into town for more rye and hay. Then, I planted more rye grass to help control all the mud from all the rain we were getting. I also used some hay on the walkways in the garden in an effort to control the mud there.

Trenches doing their job collecting rain run off and hay walkways so I can walk in the garden.

By Friday, the listing agent finally made contact with the seller and he did admit that the other family member owned the mobile and he offered him $500.00 for it, never heard from him, so included it in the sale of the property. We gave them until the following week to resolve the issue.

Rainy weekend gave us a little down time to do some online research and order some needed supplies.

Monday, we learned from the seller he was able to secure the title for us, so we jumped into cleaning the mobile. We scrubbed and steamed all the windows and any walls that hadn’t painted yet.

We were back on track getting ready for Easter and picked up a picnic table for outside and a John Deere ride on tractor mower to cut the grass. Then cleaned and prepped the RV for our kids to visit and moved our bed into the bedroom in the mobile so we would have a place to sleep.

Once we received the title, we went straight to the DMV to put it in our names.

The week wrapped up with us filing Easter eggs for the big kids, getting our grandson’s Easter basket ready and grocery shopping for the holiday weekend.

We were ready for a few days off and some family fun!

Woodland House: Weeks 9 & 10

Week 9 started with painting, painting and more painting.

We painted cabinet doors, ceilings, walls.

We also got paint samples for the outside of the mobile home and my She-Shed.

Shane was very busy finishing up the bathroom. Shower was grouted and floor tile went down.

Then we had a rainy day, so we went to check out Campbell’s Covered Bridge.

We wrapped up the week getting grating quotes since everytime it rains, it was running in all the wrong directions, towards the house, the garage. We hired an awesome company that did amazing work and we ordered another bin to get rid of trash.

The best part….. our grating contractors used their equipment to load it which saved me a bunch of time.

They also cleaned out the overgrown garden area so I could get ready to start planting.

Meantime, I was learning to do subfloors.

Week 10: The grating was done and my garden area was ready.

Then more rain and with all the new grating, everything was a muddy mess. Planting rye seed to grow some grass and help our new slopes for water drainage not just wash away, became a priority.

I prepped the soil, planted and covered the seeds with hay so the birds and guinea hens would not eat the seed to give it a chance to grow.

Next week I start on the vegetable garden and Shane will begin repairing the fencing.

Woodland House: Week 7&8

Week 7 and 8 brought lost of progress.

I started painting the kitchen cabinets, which took several coats.

Kitchen cabinets.

Shane was busy in the bathroom getting the shiplap paneling up and the sink and countertop in. We also picked out the paint colors and the bathroom flooring.

Mobile home bathroom

The yard began to bloom with some beautiful signs of Spring.

Tree in our yard

Then the bathtub tile went up and a shower nook was created by my talented husband.

Bath tile before grout.

The big excitement of Week 8 was the arrival of our new garage! The same day we also had an HVAC company out installing the new unit into the mobile home.

The new garage

This gave us an opportunity to work in the yard and clear lots of overgrown, thorny areas. We found 3 burn piles and lots of trash that had not burned and bags of abandoned trash.

Clearing out over grown areas and trash

The week ended with more painting, Shane grouting the shower tile and a glass company coming out to replace broken window panes in the mobile home.

Woodland House Week 6

Week 6 finds me back home and ready to work.

We ordered a trash bin, scheduled quotes for HVAC systems for the house and mobile, glass quotes to repair broken windows in mobile and had our internet moved up to the mobile while the power is down to the main house. Shane continued to work on the mobile home.

He repaired the flooring under the water tank, ran the plumbing for the water tank and did all the plumbing under the mobile.

Water heater floor repair and installation

I got busy loading the trash bin as soon as it came.

I made a dent in the pile, but we are going to need another bin.

Meanwhile, Shane got the shower surround framing done with a shower nook, moisture barrier and backerboard up for the tub, and the drain working.

The power line was taken down, ready to be moved under ground and the cable line was taken down and moved under ground, so we are ready for the garage installation.

Bye bye to low power line

We wrapped up the week meeting with the architect and making some changes to the floor plan of the house and picking out paint and tile for the mobile home.

Woodland House Week 5

Week 5 began with a visit from our son and grandson. We took pictures at Ceasers Head, played in the water at Falls Park, had some delicious food and more playtime at an indoor playground.

Ceasers Head
Eli exploring SC.
Downtown Greenville

Then, I was off to CA for a wedding and to visit my other 2 grandbabies.

Wedding ready, breakfast and pool time.

But, my husband was busy at work on the mobile home.

He framed the new tub base, and got the backerboard down for tile.

And did more floor repairs to the hallway and laundry room and lots of cleaning

Then it was onto bathroom and laundry room plumbing.

The electrical inspector also signed of on the panel so next week power to the main house will be cut off so the power line and be moved and dug under ground.

Woodland House Week 4

Week 4 began with a date day to explore Greenville and to pull permits for the new service panel.

Downtown Greenville

While my husband was busy working on the bathroom in the mobile home, I got busy doing demo in the pantry in the main house to get ready for the new location for the service panel.

So many layers of linoleum

And then my fun demo project took a turn.

I found severe damage and rot to the studs supporting the walls and had to go deliver the bad news to my husband.

He came down and took out the floor and the news was even worse.

How that corner of the house was standing, we have no idea. The bathtub in the adjoining room is falling through the floor. Studs were so rotted they were not touching the ground and support joists were crumbling in my husband’s hands.

We got busy cutting wood and my husband was able to save that corner of the house. He attached new studs to the old ones, replaced floor joists, added moisture barrier and replaced the subfloors.

Me learning to cut wood and the new studs.
Moisture barrier and subfloors

The one highlight of the week is I did find some tongue and groove wood in the kitchen walls.

And the new service panel did make it’s way into it’s new location.

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.

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.