The Cavalry Has Arrived

31 May

It’s been about two months since we finalized the purchase of our project home in Upsala.  Since that time my husband and I have done a lot of small and big projects.  We have been busy building new stairways, removing old stairways and entirely gutting the upstairs down to the studs in preparation for this day.

This is the old stairway that we removed from the center of the home. It was ladder-like in its steepness. We are leaving the door on this end to make a new closet area. The back half of the old stairwell will have drawers in the bottom half and on the top of the drawers will be a place to leave your keys and other miscellaneous items as you enter the back door.

New stairway located on the North wall of home. The photo below shows our plans for the stairway. The basement stairs are directly below the upper stairs. Both the upstairs and basement can be accessed from the garage. We also opened a wall from the kitchen to this new entry way. Improving the overall flow of the house.

We spent a lot of time measuring and mapping out the new location of the stairs before we cut any openings and started building the stairs. We measured and remeasured to make sure we had enough room. Its hard to picture but this old bedroom has become an entryway with stairs to go up or down and out to the garage and out to the backyard. We added another bedroom upstairs to compensate for the loss of one of the two main floor bedrooms.

We gutted the upstairs to get ready for the carpenters to come and add dormers and windows to the second floor. There was very little usable space upstairs due to the low ceiling height and the stairway cutting the space in half due to its location in the center of the home.
The new upstairs will contain a Master Suite complete with walk-in closet, bathroom and office or sitting area at the top of the stairs.

Today our carpenters arrived to start putting our dreams for the property into reality.  Yesterday we finalized the color choices and the floor plans.

I love watching the trucks arrive, unloading  the lumber and the smell of freshly cut wood.  I had a hard time concentrating at work today know that things were happening just up the hill but not within my sight.  At lunchtime we joined the carpenters on the front lawn for  lunch.  They all sat in their lawn chairs with their coolers sitting in front of them and we with our sandwiches and coffee from the convenience store in town.  It was a wonderful place to eat lunch today admiring the work that they had accomplished this morning.

It might not look like much of a change so far but here it is.  They changed the roof line on the garage and framed for the new part of the roof with the car port.  I’m excited to see the roof on the house opened up next week and see all the new roof lines, windows and shingles upstairs.  The new upstairs will have much more room and light than before we started as well as additional bathroom in the home.

The plan with the garage was to change the present lean to style attached garage to a hip roof.  The garage door opening in the background will be moved one stud space to the left and the windows to the top panel and grids placed in the glass.  We are working on plans to make the garage door look more like a set of carriage doors rather than a conventional door.


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12 responses to “The Cavalry Has Arrived

  1. dhphotosite

    June 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Pretty cool ! You guys are making great progress!!!

    • flyinggma

      June 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      We are excited to see some progress. Can’t wait to see the changes in the roofline. It will make the biggest difference of all.

  2. Thomas Stazyk

    June 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I was wondering what was keeping you so quiet! Looks like a fantastic project–best of luck.

    • flyinggma

      June 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      Life has been crazy busy with the house, our daughter graduating from college, moving our two daughters and grandson home and getting ready for racing at the end of the month. All of this after working six days a week. Looking forward to a little down time. How goes the farm??

      • Thomas Stazyk

        June 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        The farm is great, thanks for asking. Just gearing up for our winter planting season and hoping for another 25,000 trees this year.

      • flyinggma

        June 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm

        That’s a lot of trees. Looking forward to reading about your progress.

  3. nrhatch

    June 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Awesome progress, Jeanne! Enjoy watching the cavalry work its magic. Hope you’re enjoying having your grandson back with you for a time. 😀

    • flyinggma

      June 4, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      We are having a great time working on the house and spending time with our grandson whenever he is around. Might just make it down your way sometime in the near future. My sister is working down there a week or two this summer and said I could fly down and spend some time with her.

  4. pattisj

    June 3, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    This is great, but SO much work! I love the carriage-type doors, and think they’ll look really nice. You two are doing a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing the progress.

    • flyinggma

      June 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Thanks Patti. The fun part has been seeing the dreams become reality.

  5. pearlsandprose

    June 5, 2012 at 8:36 am

    How exciting, Jeanne! I love seeing transformations like this, so I’m glad you’re sharing it with us. I think it’s going to be fantastic. 🙂

    • flyinggma

      June 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Carole. It’s been fun seeing the changes daily. Today’s construction will show the most improvements in the project.


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