Bubbs and I snuck away this weekend for some mineral pool floating and delightful eating in Calistoga. Exactly 24 hours of getaway was exactly what I needed.
On our way home, we stopped by the riverhouse to check on the progress.
When we got there we were shocked - the demo had gone much further than we anticipated - it was AWESOME.
My/our vision was starting to come through!
Imagine these ceilings painted white, drywall instead of faux paneling, and hardwood floors.
This room used to be a water closet - but apparently ALL the plumbing in the house is bad - so pretty much any room connected to a pipe has rotten floors. SURPRISE!
The toilet will come back, we'll have white hex tile on the floor, and white walls.
I love cast iron tubs - they keep the heat so well. We'll be tiling a backsplash around the tub so the walls don't rot during bathtime and that amazing ornate gold frame is getting painted.
Another leak below.
Who needs a floor?
I have been afraid to go into the bathroom since we bought the place. The floor moved and creaked and I was pretty sure it would fall through. When we pulled back some dirt outside, we realized it might be because the wood was all rotted and the foundation was not complete underneath. Apparently when the poured it, it didn't fill in correctly - and the past owners never fixed it.
Voila! Concrete poured and siding patched! We'll be building a deck up to the side of the house here - the Grill and hopefully and outdoor sink will live here.
When we bought it, there was lattice all along the side of the building, we took it down and the house looks NAKED and unstable.
The actual house wasn't connected to the retaining wall - so we're bolting it down.
And the floors had a 5 inch slope, so we're jacking it up.
Decks are getting repaired and rot is getting fixed. No pictures were taken of the 9 month pregnant lady climbing the ladder into the house.
Holes are being CUT! We need to connect the top floor and bedrooms down below - so an internal staircase is a must. Good thing we didn't bring the toddler.
I suppose I'm learning lessons in construction management here. We left a sleeping bag up there as well as a couple of my favorite folding chairs so I'd have place to sit and T wouldn't get too cold during the winter when we visited. Well, there's my sleeping bag. My other folding chairs have giant workboot foot prints on the white canvas seats :(
Even though the house was in shambles (good shambles, but shambles), the deck was fantastic. Hot, sunny, and surrounded by redwoods. If we had a working bathroom, we would have stayed up on this deck the rest of the day - but my pregnant bladder wouldn't allow for it.
Driving back to the city it was 15 degrees colder, fogged in, and cozy. Best of both worlds.