This post is long, it’s really more for me and as proof that the hubby and I are actually this stupid, ’cause there is no way we’re going to believe the stuff we did in a year or two.
I also wanted to remind you to get your entry in the late spring blog contest by midnight pacific time, June 3. Just post up a comment with your favourite book(s) of all time and why and you’re in the draw to win some pretty sock yarn. I’m too tired to link to picis, have a peek in the archives, it was a couple of days ago. Now, on to the fun of the past few days.
We needed to get rid of this chunk of garbage, which unfortunately was actually holding up the ceiling:
So we started with that:
Found a weird plug:
Built an interim wall to keep the roof & ceiling from falling on us:
Remove nasty old framing;
Build a big fat beam out of three huge twelve foot long 2 x 6′s, construction adhesive, and a gazillion screws (say hello Stella):
Installed said post into it’s new position. *NOTE* there are no pictures of this process, suffice it to say there was a fair bit of swearing, a couple near misses when I almost dropped my end, and a new bruise or two.
Here’s a little tip, two people is not enough for a task of this scope. We’re idiots and both of us are in a fair bit of discomfort now from forcing our rather aged bodies to be much stronger and more flexible than they are. You’ve been warned and hopefully we’ve learned this valuable lesson.
Anyway, once all that was done we just had to unpack the larger of the two tops for the island and put it in place on one of the old cabinets so we could see if we liked the plan so far:
The island will actually be a fair bit bigger than this, about 25 more inches towards the chairs, to line up with the blue line on the floor. This has opened a whole new Pandora’s box of issues but I’m too tired to think about them right now. Happy Sunday all. I need a shower and something to eat.