Hey guys. Checking in with a little update. The past week or so has been sooo rainy that we’re debating building a boat and turning the backyard into a rice field. It retains water….too well.
Anyway we’ve been busy just truckin’ along on improvements. We built some raised garden beds with the old shiplap, finished the fronts, drawers and handles for the kitchen, started on drawers for Zoey’s desk, have window sills started, and went through another round of purging. #minimalists Our goal is to only own just exactly what’s necessary and not much more. Tools are one of the Mr.’s necessary items. 😉
Here’s a few photos from some of the updates and just around the house.
Our neighbor friend Bucky.
Hello! It’s been a while. We’ve had our noses to the grindstone working on the house mixed with a lot of traveling. But finally an update! Here’s what we’ve done.
Built and installed the bedroom closet drawers. It’s nice having clothes in a closet instead of on a bookshelf.
We started adding trim and framing in the doors. But as far as actual doors, those will be one of the last things we do.
There were these ugly, rusted, very crooked clothesline posts in the backyard that were simply an eyesore. Our best friend Rick hooked us up with a jack hammer to started busting those out. It turned into quite the endeavor because whoever installed those things really, really liked cement. As in they cut a solid ft. down into the concrete to get the posts out and there was still another 2ft to go. We left those bits there.
The fence is fixed!! After talking with the neighbor and them agreeing to split the cost, we figured it would be cheaper to rebuild it ourselves. So we did! John worked tirelessly removing and then resetting the posts in concrete and installing the fence, along with help from the neighbors. And Rick! Have I mentioned how much we owe to Rick for all his help. Serious best friend right there.
More tile. 🙂 It will be done eventually. For now, at my height if I don’t look up it looks finished to me. So I’m good. lol.
After building the closets as practice, John built the skeletons for the kitchen cabinets! They’ve been assembled and installed in the kitchen. Now to build the drawers, finishing installing the drop-in sink, and install the countertop. You guys, I’m so excited to be able to cook again.
Well that’s the latest update on the house. Enjoy this short vid of the work.
Flooring! John and I went to Floor & Decor and picked up most of their stock of Bamboo Flooring. This is going in throughout the entire house. Even the bathroom! As we install the flooring we’re putting a layer of tar paper underneath as our water barrier layer.
• The bathroom is mostly done and running. Sink and toilet are installed and Hooray! no leaks from the plumbing we installed in the walls. The shower is tiled half-way up the wall with our wonderful marble and glass tile so that it’s useable. And again Hooray! no plumbing leaks. There was a brief moment of panic when we were getting it ready but it was just a quirk of the water heater we installed. More on that later. And there’s a mirror installed a bit differently than you’ve probably seen before (another post on this later too.)
• John’s washer and dryer were moved in with only the washer hooked up. We’re waiting to get the dryer prepped because it involves cutting a hole through the floor. Which will be better to do with the flooring installed to cut in one go instead of trying to line everything up. We just disconnected them again though because it’s time to floor the clothes area!
Big news! We’ve reached the point of almost being finished with demolishing and beginning to add NEW things. Yay! We’re on a timeline and will be living there very soon so this is definitely a good sign. First item on the list is getting running water going in the house. It would be tough to live there and not have a bathroom.
I’m going to pass this post on to John in explaining why we’re using a tankless water heater.
Hey, John here. I’m just going to jump right in with my reasons for going tankless.
Tankless water heaters are awesome. The big reason for us is that they’re much smaller than traditional heaters. We needed a new water heater but have a small house, so we didn’t want to waste any of it with a huge tank of water. Also, the attic is too low to use practically for any other purpose than utilities. This is where is size of the tankless water heater stood out. The tankless system can easily fit in the attic and it’s light enough to maneuver and install.
There are other benefits too – endless supply of hot water, and a potentially more efficient system. But these were secondary for us.
The down side to a tankless system is the cost. Even though we looked for sales and used coupons, our system was probably $200-300 more than a traditional system. There are also reports that the heat can be sporadic, but it seems the newer models have overcome this issue.
The last note is to be cognizant of ground water temperature and water usage. Despite the claims presented on the front of the box, as ground water temperature decreases, the amount of hot water available will drastically decrease
The temperature rise is the difference between the ground water temperature and the hottest water available. Since we live in Texas, this is not as much of a problem. We may not be able to wash the clothes and shower at the same time in the winter, but apart from that we’ll have full functionality.
So there you have it. Those are our reasons for using a tankless water heater.