Perseverance, Stress, Dedication, Anxiety – Gettings past some of life’s biggest hurdles

2 Feb

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I really want to start fixing up 49 Columbia, I really do. First thing is first, which is to stop hemorrhaging money I don’t have on 236 Allen. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, I can see it.

It’s been almost two months since the awesome crew from Precision Woodworks & Construction started framing the second floor. Bill lead his team of guys to finish the last bit of demolition from all the water damage that occurred over 14 months. December was unusually warm and we had some rain which helped find that last bit of leaks in the roof and patch those up. By mid December, it was officially water-tight!

What smoke and fire didn’t destroy on the second floor, water destroyed on the first. The ceilings had to come down, the shared wall along the majority of the house had to come out. Our pantry, and breakfast nook all had to be redone. This place is going to be better than it was before the fire.

The second floor is going to be brand new! We’ve used closed cell spray foam insulation, the top of the line type of insulation throughout the second floor. It fills in any gap stopping any air flow, acts as a fire retardant & sound barrier. With thinner walls of old construction homes, it’s difficult to get the thermal benefits of the newer codes with thicker framing. With closed cell foam, we’re able to be just as cozy as new construction, if not better!

A few rounds of spray foam and we’re tight as a drum. Some preparation to remove the over spray and we’re ready to sheetrock…

 

A week or so later, everything is sanded, primed, and painted! So close right now. This is where we are at in the reconstruction of this burned out house. Next thing is to refinish the wood floors throughout the house and trim! We’ll be putting this place on the market soon. It’s such a heartbreaking decision for us since this was our very first home and had so many memories.  We really wanted this to be our first rental unit and keep it as a sense of security and for retirement, but we’re just spread too thin and will have to let it go…

It’s been a long journey to get this far. Sort of stuck in the middle of “can’t afford to fix this place up” and “can’t afford to lose it!” Work hard, do what you can, don’t let the little or big things get you down, and be creative! You’ll find a solution if you look hard enough.

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