We drove in to check on our stupid building permit we were supposed to have last Monday. The inspector had completely forgotten about it. 🤬🤬🤬🤬 Now we're supposed to get it next Monday. We better! I get so tired of people not doing their damn job. Now we have a Sheetrock crew wanting to come next week, and no permit.
We spent 2 hrs at the house looking at the old 'rock to see how much we might be able to avoid ripping out. IMO, most of it should be able to stay, but will see what J says. I think by shifting the new window placements, we can make most of the old openings work, partially. They're almost all too narrow and will still need new headers, but we should avoid almost all the patching. The most damage will be from the 2 old windows to be removed in the kitchen, but most of that will be behind cabinets. Some of the damage will be between the backsplash and bottom of the cabinets, but I would rather put money into nice tile or tin backsplashes than new Sheetrock and perfect mudding and taping. The fancy backsplash would probably cost more, but would be nicer in the end and not be that much more. I think it will all work out better than I first thought. I hope. Can't wait to get new windows in. Utilizing part of existing window framing should cut down on labor costs a little, too.
My mom is mad at us because we're going to trash the old windows. "But somebody could use those!" Yes, Mom, everyone in town would be stampeding to our house to get our old, half rotted, inoperable, frost producing windows with opaque glass. Give me a break. Not hard to see where my hoarder tendencies came from. At least I'm not that ridiculous. 🙄🙄🙄
We spent a lot of time trying to figure out furniture placement in the living room. What we came up with is radically different than what we had been thinking of, but once we figured out we want to be able to see out our front windows when we're sitting down, everything changed and we realized there aren't many options. That made it easier in some ways, harder in others. The TV will now have to go between the mud room and LR. The back of the TV will be the first thing people see when they walk in. Not happy about that, but I'm sure I'll figure out how to make it look nicer or just live with it.
We may have to get a lower TV cabinet. I'm seeing potential in the long cabinet we salvaged a while back, the one on the right.
I can picture it with the top 3 spaces left open for cable box, clock, and sound bar, the middle 3 drawers replaced, and possibly a new electric fireplace installed across the bottom. I'm not sold on the idea yet, but it's worth some thought since I have to rebuild the base anyway. This isn't a decision we have to make now. It could even wait till after we move in.
I'm feeling better about the LR and window/Sheetrock situation. Still not happy about the permit.