My friend Janice came over the other day and told me that I hadn't told her that we were going to gut the whole front part of our house. I guess that's because I had never thought of it that way. We moved some walls, took down cabinetry and dry wall to get to the electrical.... but she's right, our house is gutted. Down to the 2x4s. Doesn't get any more gutted than that. Kinda scary. Here's what remains of the kitchen, the cabinets and sink have been removed. We still have a working refrigerator and stove though.
All of the subfloor in the entry had to get torn out too. When the weight bearing wall came out, we discovered that the floor in the carport-turned- entry area was not level with the floor on the other side of the wall in the living room (which is on a slab). So the entry floor got pulled out and redone.
But things are starting to go back together. The pantry and laundry areas got framed yesterday, yeah!
And things keep getting added to the list. The plumber came the other day to check things out and he pointed out that our gas pipe runs through our slab. About 2 weeks ago, he had been called out about another house on our street - their gas pipe in their slab had rusted out and there was a gas leak in the house and the whole house had to have the gas shut off. He suggested that we shut off that line through the slab and run everything over the roof to the furnace and our new gas fireplace insert. We have seen this on other houses on our street so we are going to go ahead and convert to this to avoid problems down the line.
Tomorrow we drive to Phoenix to pick up 3000+ lbs. of kitchen cabinetry and wardrobes from Ikea. Wish us luck! ;-)