D is for Demolition
Not a moment too soon, our house renovation project is finally underway! They started by ripping out the vaulted ceiling in our family room, which will eventually be our new kitchen.
Next, they tore out the the large closet in the foyer. The closet is going to be rotated 90° so that we'll have a nicer entry area and a larger place to hang photographs.
The pantry went next, which will make for a nice wide opening between the new eating area and the new family room. Notice the soffits that divide the old kitchen and the old family room from the kitchen? Those are going too!
They also pulled the kitchen out so they can start re-routing gas, water, etc.
Needless to say, this means a lot of debris is going into a dumpster. We're trying hard to keep the waste to a minimum, so we're selling, donating, and freecycling everything we can. So far, we've found a home for all of our carpet, blinds, and kitchen cabinets through our local freecycle group. We're hoping to sell our appliances, wood floors, and a whole bunch of furniture. If you or anybody you know needs a dining room or family room of furniture for a fair price, let us know!
Many have asked if we're living in this mess, and the answer is, so far, NO! We've been blessed to be able to house-sit for different friends on vacation and short term missions trips this summer, but that only takes us through the end of August. We're still trying to find free/inexpensive housing in Wheaton for September-November. If you think of anything creative, would you mind letting us know?