This weekend I didn’t come home. I stayed at my apartment in Indy soaking up the short-lived pretend Spring days on my balcony with a book and/or friends. What’s even better? While my face, arms, and chest were turning a lovely shade of sun-kissed pink, I was receiving picture messages of my family hard at work. Let’s all agree I won this round.
The first text of the day came with this picture and the words, “Music of choice for the day.” Yes, music is probably a necessary thing to keep everyone sane… That being said, there’s only so much of The Best of KC and the Sunshine Band that is acceptable. Then again, this is coming from the kid who had to listen to it for days at a time in the summer. No further comment here…
I knew the plan was to start working on the bathroom situation. First of all, Dad was sick of running across the street to use the gas station restroom. Secondly, there’s the issue of following handicap accessibility guidelines. There has to be a restroom with a handicap toilet, handicap railings, and a sink that is wheelchair accessible. It’s pretty intense. One of the rules is that there has to be 5 feet of space in front of and to the side of the toilet. Because of this, we already knew the walls were coming down. As Debbie mentioned in the video last week, nobody knew whether this meant we got one or two restrooms.
Last weekend, Dad started gutting the bathrooms. The toilets, sinks, wall coverings, and carpet were all removed. He went from the picture on the left to a hollowed out room. This weekend when he was continuing the process of clearing everything out, he hit the first speed bump of the renovations. There was some damage to the ceiling trusses (supportive framing beams for the non-construction literate, like me). Long story short, this was bad news bears. Dad had to call in Denham Construction to help fix the problem. There is good news, though. Since the entire structure had to be redone from scratch, we definitely get our two bathrooms! In the picture, you can see the progress so far. Pretty cool, huh?
Dad and Grandpa teamed up to move these light fixtures around, so they don’t get in the way of the new walls. The picture on the right is one of them making sense out of the new exhaust fans. How cool are they? Seriously, they can do just about anything. It’s freakish how many random things they know. Impressive, really.
Sunday brought its own challenges. Chandler spent his day off work helping Dad with pulling up the carpet. You guys… last weekend we tried pulling some of it up by hand/crowbar. I have never seen so much glue in my life. EVERY INCH OF THE FLOOR IS COVERED IN IT! And it is some heavy-duty stuff. Think I’m exaggerating? Underneath the carpet is concrete. Notice how it looks yellow? THAT’S THE GLUE. They didn’t learn “dot, dot, not a lot” like we did, kids… And look what happened. It’s a mess. That machine is supposed to pull the carpet and glue up. Even with the machine, it clearly looks like it taking everything Chandler has to pull it back. They spent six hours pulling carpet up. And they only got half of the job done. Rough. Looks like next weekend might be round two of the battle between Carpet and Man.
"I love being watched when I work!" - txt from Debbie
And just when I think I’m done receiving pictures messages of random building related things, I get this piece of art…
That’s all I have for this week! I meant to get this up last night, but alas… that thing called school got in the way. I’ll be coming back to Miami County Saturday morning, so you can definitely expect some kind of update after Sunday or Monday. I am going to try my best to make this a weekly thing… Subscribe and comment and talk and tell Mom you’re keeping up with this. Also, I figured out how to put the share buttons on here. You know what this means… Facebook! Share the link! Spread the word! Thanks everyone! :)