Sunday, May 20, 2012

Day 134: Nearly empty

A 3-day weekend + 2 pairs of extra hands on Saturday = a nearly cleared out house! 

 Above is the "old bedroom," cleared of dirt/sawdust. The old part of the kitchen is to the right.

 The two photos above are of the far side of the living room, under the heaters (as shown below). 
It was filled with nice, dark soil that will hopefully make its way into a kitchen garden eventually. It has been dug out down to the bedrock here, although it doesn't look like it.

Above is the back bedroom. It was filled with rocks of all sizes. The big rocks on the right side of the picture are the bedrock. The rocks on the left side of the photo are still kind of cemented together. 
The door on the top middle leads out to the kitchen annex.

Above is the kitchen annex. It was filled with gravel. The mound under the walkway seems 
to be a base for a staircase. Perhaps this was the old entryway. 

 Above is a new pile created this weekend... gravel from the kitchen.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Day 115: Finally, something worth sharing

It hasn't been a completely unproductive few weeks since our last post, but progress has been slow. Finally, this weekend we managed to get in a couple solid days of work. And thanks to some (much appreciated) help from Es' parents, we have something worth sharing today.

In the two photos above you can see the concrete base that Es made for the chimney. Also notice the floors... they are clean! (As clean as bedrock can get with a shovel and a utility broom.) Es' mom and I cleared out the dirt/sawdust/rocks(/old shoes/bones/broken glass) from the kitchen and most of the living room (see below). Where did all that dirt go, you ask? See the "Piles" post below.

Above is the "old bedroom." It still needs to be cleaned out. Below is the "new bedroom" at the back of the house. Es and his dad cleared out a lot of the rock/cement, creating yet another pile in the yard. The photo just doesn't give justice to the amount of work that went in here.

Below are a couple photos from upstairs. Es pulled up the top layer of flooring and the remainder of the plumbing. We're now down to just one layer of wood, or nothing in some areas. We think it will stay like this for a while now.