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The bendy house is torn to smithereens!!

bendyfoot
August 6th, 2009, 09:05 AM
Actually, it's just that the renovations are in full swing, but OMD it's insane around here!!!

We've ripped up our old wood floors:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3582/3794516211_d65102c1fd_b.jpg

under which we've discovered the most delightful :yuck: peel-n-stick laminate tiles...(happily our flooring contractor says we can leave it in...but we do need a new layer of subfloor on top to even things out a bit :rolleyes:)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2524/3794569989_f80b002782.jpg

We are painting new doors for our walk-in pantry:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3595/3794570211_1327e3df96_b.jpg

bendyfoot
August 6th, 2009, 09:08 AM
I've been practicing my circus act whilst painting and re-sealing the skylights...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2626/3794516191_b9cccc68bb.jpg

General chaos abounds right now, it's just nuts...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3592/3794516205_b7ffa48b37.jpg

To top it all off, the little backhoe showed up yesterday to start digging up our foundation (our basement is a tad, er "damp"...by which I mean "flooded every time it rains")

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2618/3794570911_1cc29c1f9e.jpg

bendyfoot
August 6th, 2009, 09:11 AM
I never knew how much dirt could be hauled out of a two-foot wide trench! :eek:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2588/3794571285_2347638061.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3448/3795392004_d36f0bb037.jpg

My contractor was kind enough to carefully remove and set aside the few little flowers I'd planted at the side of the house, so I potted them up...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3538/3795390940_8d5f58fd71.jpg

mollywog
August 6th, 2009, 09:20 AM
YIKES! :eek: chaos indeed! But just think of how nice it will be once all finished!
Gorgeous house by the way, is it an old schoolhouse? I love the high ceilings, skylights, and the colour scheme!
What do the furkids think of it all??

bendyfoot
August 6th, 2009, 09:26 AM
Yep, it's a 100-year-old schoolhouse!

Thanks for the compliment on the colour scheme! It was a HUGE change from what we got when we moved in...which was mostly flowery wallpaper and lavender paint :yuck: with dark purple trim on all the moldings!!!:yuck:

The furkids are pretty used to this kinda nonsense, we've been renovating for the past 5 years :laughing: This is the "last" big push to the finish, when we finally called in the pros to get the rest done :thumbs up

Chris21711
August 6th, 2009, 09:27 AM
You brave, brave women, going through that kind of upheaval....last year we had our bedroom taped and plastered and I don't have the courage to get the rest of the upstairs done...the mess was a bloody nightmare :eek:

On the upside, the girls will have plenty to sniff :D

bendyfoot
August 6th, 2009, 09:30 AM
OMG I totally hear you about the drywalling...we've done quite a bit and it's a total DISASTER!!! Not for the faint of heart for sure (hopefully never again!)

Chris21711
August 6th, 2009, 09:47 AM
Our bedroom is 14' x 14', it took the dude 1 whole week to do it, no drywalling, just the taping and plastering...the rest of the upstairs that needs doing is an open area about the same size and the staircase, I can't bring myself to say go ahead, no, no, no :yuck:

Frenchy
August 6th, 2009, 10:41 AM
Yep, it's a 100-year-old schoolhouse!



WOW !!!! That's exactely the type of house I'm looking for :cloud9: love love yours :lovestruck:

and call me crazy but I would have kept the old wood floors , I just love them :cloud9: to me it screams cozy and doggy friendly :D

bendyfoot
August 6th, 2009, 10:45 AM
The floors were just sooooo worn and squeeky and uneven and full of gaps...the amount of dog hair and godknowswhat between the cracks when we pulled it up was just :yuck: Totally not cool. It found a home though a friend came and took it away with the intention of installing and refinishing it at her place.

The new wood that's coming is a matte (not shiny) "antique oak"...it's kinda rough-looking and feeling, not smooth at all, and a medium dark colour, so it should look ok even with dog nail marks :rolleyes:

Frenchy
August 6th, 2009, 10:48 AM
The new wood that's coming is a matte (not shiny) "antique oak"...it's kinda rough-looking and feeling, not smooth at all, and a medium dark colour, so it should look ok even with dog nail marks :rolleyes:

sounds pretty nice ! can't wait to see the final results .... once this is done , when should I be expecting you guys at my house ? :p

BenMax
August 6th, 2009, 11:01 AM
I distinctly remember months back discussing your floors on TJT with Aslan...and Aslan and I agreed to keep the floors. So did I miss something and you made a decision without us??:laughing:

Gorgeous house as is, can't wait to see the end result.

Bailey_
August 6th, 2009, 11:03 AM
I adore your place!! :lovestruck: Those skylights are AWESOME!!! Jealous!

bendyfoot
August 6th, 2009, 11:12 AM
I distinctly remember months back discussing your floors on TJT with Aslan...and Aslan and I agreed to keep the floors. So did I miss something and you made a decision without us??:laughing:

Gorgeous house as is, can't wait to see the end result.

You must be confuzled, BenMax, I DISTINCTLY remember both you gals saying, "Bendy, you're a genius in every way, of COURSE you should remove those horrid, nasty floors and put new ones in". :confused:

bendyfoot
August 6th, 2009, 11:17 AM
sounds pretty nice ! can't wait to see the final results .... once this is done , when should I be expecting you guys at my house ? :p

OMG I don't think we'll be doing any more jobs of this nature for a looooooong time!!!:eek: Ask aslan!!! :laughing:

BenMax
August 6th, 2009, 11:23 AM
You must be confuzled, BenMax, I DISTINCTLY remember both you gals saying, "Bendy, you're a genius in every way, of COURSE you should remove those horrid, nasty floors and put new ones in". :confused:

I think you MUST be confusing that statement with MaxBen and Nalsa! I recall (and please correct me if I am wrong) that Aslan AND myself (that being BenMax) stated that you would be CRAZY to change your floors. Infact I believe that Aslan 'suggested' to strip them and then stain them. You complained however that the wood is soft and the dogs nails mark them. And then Aslan provided you with a solution as to what you would use to harden the floor...

Yep, yep...I DO recall the above. As for MaxBen and Nalsa - heck what do they know?:frustrated:

bendyfoot
August 6th, 2009, 11:47 AM
*pats BenMax soothingly on the back*

There, there, little BenMax, it's ok to have The Crazy every now and then. You're imagining things again...

BenMax
August 6th, 2009, 12:12 PM
*pats BenMax soothingly on the back*

There, there, little BenMax, it's ok to have The Crazy every now and then. You're imagining things again...

:lightbulb: Let's go back to the thread!:laughing::D

bendyfoot
August 6th, 2009, 12:13 PM
Um, let's not...:p

BenMax
August 6th, 2009, 12:50 PM
Um, let's not...:p

Thought so..:laughing::laughing::laughing:

Anyways Bendyfoot - your house is charming. I am sure your new floors will look spectacular...and you never know - I may just be eating crow once completed.

Frenchy
August 6th, 2009, 01:40 PM
*pats BenMax soothingly on the back*

There, there, little BenMax, it's ok to have The Crazy every now and then. You're imagining things again...

:laughing: :laughing:

rainbow
August 6th, 2009, 01:57 PM
LOL bendy & benmax ....thanks for the laughs about the flooring discussion :D and I even remember aslan trying to convince you to keep the old ones. :laughing:

I also really love your house and colour scheme. :cloud9: I must say though, that you would never catch me on that ladder. :eek:

Looking forward to the final results. :goodvibes:

bendyfoot
August 6th, 2009, 01:59 PM
Yeah that ladder kinda scared the :censored: out of me, but I really had no choice, it's the most :censored: awkward place ever to try to paint :frustrated:

Oh, and obviously you were hallucinating at the time these so-called "conversations" took place between me, BenMax and aslan...:rolleyes:

rainbow
August 6th, 2009, 02:05 PM
Nope ....my hallucinating days are long over :D ......but I did enjoy them at the time. :laughing:

BenMax
August 6th, 2009, 02:43 PM
Rainbow -don't you find it interesting that she 'assumes' that we used mind altering drugs...is she implying that our 'age' has something to do with it??? Very very interesting. I guess Bendyfoot is still into her glow sticks and funky music -it obviously affected her reading and hearing abilities.:D

Dog Dancer
August 6th, 2009, 03:11 PM
Bendy it looks lovely. I can relate though about the reno's. We're sooooo close to the end of reno's after two full years. I don't know how it happened, but my son who has always been afraid of heights is a painter now, so he gets to do all my ladder work! Yay... I could never go up that one - nope. Now I say we're close to the end of the reno's, but we do still have some old hardwood floors... Relax BenMax, I want to sand and refinish mine - if I can live with more dust again. That may be a next year kinda project though. Keep up the good work Bendy, it looks marvelous. I love the house too - structurally - just beautiful.

aslan
August 6th, 2009, 03:14 PM
You must be confuzled, BenMax, I DISTINCTLY remember both you gals saying, "Bendy, you're a genius in every way, of COURSE you should remove those horrid, nasty floors and put new ones in". :confused:

I DISTINCTLY recall the same conversation Benmax recalls. Which means your a big fat fibber pants young lady. God I hope your contractor salvaged that old flooring.Other than that your house IS gorgeous.

BenMax
August 6th, 2009, 03:18 PM
I DISTINCTLY recall the same conversation Benmax recalls. Which means your a big fat fibber pants young lady. God I hope your contractor salvaged that old flooring.Other than that your house IS gorgeous.

HAHAHAAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHHHAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA X 1 million!!:laughing::laughing::laughing:

:highfive: And merci buckets to you Aslan!:highfive:

aslan
August 6th, 2009, 03:23 PM
anytime my friend..What a sin, totally ruined that beautiful hardwood.

bendyfoot
August 6th, 2009, 03:39 PM
I DISTINCTLY recall the same conversation Benmax recalls. Which means your a big fat fibber pants young lady. God I hope your contractor salvaged that old flooring.Other than that your house IS gorgeous.

I plead the fifth.

I AM the contractor, at least for that part, and yes we salvaged it, and yes it's gone to a new home where it will be much appreciated and not to a dumpster or burn pile. Promise.

HAHAHAAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHHHAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA X 1 million!!:laughing::laughing::laughing:

:highfive: And merci buckets to you Aslan!:highfive:

You suck.

aslan
August 6th, 2009, 04:08 PM
aaaaw bendy you're a good woman for rehoming that wonderful wood. Hope you made some money off it, goes for a fortune here.

bendyfoot
August 6th, 2009, 04:34 PM
Seriously, it wasn't "old". Not more than 15 years or so. The guy who put it in was just cheap, and would only pay for softwood...

CearaQC
August 6th, 2009, 05:34 PM
What a great house! And with such character too. Is there still a bell? :laughing::laughing:

Since you're getting that work done for the basement maybe you can put in some new flower beds! :thumbs up

bendyfoot
August 6th, 2009, 05:59 PM
actually, yeah, there IS a bell...it's in peices and rusted and in the basement, but we have it :D I'd love to get it back up on the roof someday...

bendyfoot
August 24th, 2009, 10:20 AM
Ok, reno update!!!

First of all, some of you know the saga of my destroyed front yard. Here is my yard/garden during the foundation repair. Note minimal damage:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2465/3852784830_a87d24d18b.jpg

Here is my yard/garden after the :censored::censored::censored:guys with the gigantormous backhoe came in to install a new well pump. Seriously?? I mean...seriously, was this necessary??? We are a bit :mad: about it.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3422/3851990607_f98e204c27.jpg

All that to go from this (hateful, needed-to-be-primed-at-least-once-a-week-PITA-noisy-:censored: well pump that lost water pressure if you tried to do a load of laundry right after taking a shower :evil:):

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3492/3852784650_771e512734.jpg

To this (lovely, silent provider of never-ending water supply):

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3574/3851991427_08de50f996.jpg

bendyfoot
August 24th, 2009, 10:24 AM
Ok, now THIS is exciting stuff. We got our carpet floors installed last week. The transformation is crazy. Even MORE crazy when I look back at the really old pics, like from when we did our first tour of the house before we bought it...

So here is our "loft" area, before (aaak! The purple! The fake wood panelling! The nasty carpet tiles! THE PURPLE!!!):

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3506/3852786602_bc045b8a9f.jpg

here it is, during:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3470/3851991697_6ec07d2f85.jpg

Here it is now:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3451/3852785538_b99a19e062.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2580/3852785618_b50df0ccd2.jpg

Another before:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3482/3852786682_dcca02ebe1.jpg

and after:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2660/3851991823_b22606f131.jpg

BenMax
August 24th, 2009, 10:25 AM
What the heck happened Bendyfoot? Poor garden...I see the pup is investigating the premises.

Ah in no time everything will be back to normal. Don't worry about it.

And thanks for re-homing the floors. After serving man for 15 years, it is only right to find them a good retirement home.:laughing:

bendyfoot
August 24th, 2009, 10:26 AM
Ok, a few more...

here's the side stairwell, before (aaak, more purple!!!):

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3524/3851992655_ba67f8a909.jpg

and after:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2091/3851992259_e5db572542.jpg

bendyfoot
August 24th, 2009, 10:32 AM
ok one more...

spare room about halfway done...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2559/3852783738_4d8d07e196.jpg

and part of it after...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2055/3852786134_ab5a9f0804.jpg

I'll have to get more/better pics once the rooms are tidied up/beds made etc...

omg can't wait to show the before/after of the downstairs!!!!!

mollywog
August 24th, 2009, 10:44 AM
thanks for sharing, Bendy. I am in love with your house and what you've done with it!!! SO much character. Can I say that the previous owners did NOT have the best tastes!? :yuck:
I love to see good before and afters, so keep the pics coming!!

bendyfoot
August 24th, 2009, 10:52 AM
I have to admit that you had to kind of squint a lot to see the potential in this house when we first looked at it...but underneath all the :yuck: was a really cool space with amazing potential...good "bones"...:D

hazelrunpack
August 24th, 2009, 11:11 AM
Ouch!! on the garden and yard, but great job on the inside of the house! :highfive: The yard will recover--even with 8 dogs, we've managed to rehab the yard from construction damage a few times :thumbs up

You and DW have much better taste in decor than hazel does. :o

luckypenny
August 25th, 2009, 12:04 AM
A backhoe to install a well pump in your basement :confused:? Are they at least gonna help fix up the lawn and garden :frustrated:?

I have to admit that you had to kind of squint a lot to see the potential in this house when we first looked at it...

:laughing:

What a lovely job Bendy :thumbs up. I have to admit, I have no taste whatsoever...actually, yes, I do have taste...just no talent to put it all together :rolleyes:.

Love4himies
August 25th, 2009, 07:02 AM
Wow, what a difference! Great job you did.

aslan
August 25th, 2009, 07:05 AM
Excellent job Bendy and DW...It looks 150% better. See Frenchy the taupe shades looks so much warmer.:thumbs up

bendyfoot
August 25th, 2009, 09:02 AM
:rA backhoe to install a well pump in your basement :confused:? Are they at least gonna help fix up the lawn and garden :frustrated:?
.

The pump itself is down in the well, that blue thing is just a pressure tank...so they needed to install new pipe from the well (at the left corner of the garden at the front) to the house. But they brought in a serious excavator, not the little utility digger that would have made more sense, considering the pipe was all of a 2" diameter!!! And no, they're NOT going to help fix it, in the eyes of the plumber, it's already "fixed" :rolleyes: In fact, they were going to BILL us for it!!! We made it clear that wasn't going to happen. We'll see what happens when we get the bill for the well job this week.

Excellent job Bendy and DW...It looks 150% better. See Frenchy the taupe shades looks so much warmer.:thumbs up

Thanks a million for the complements! :D Yeah, the neutral tones we picked are warm and cozy but still bright and airy-feeling. That god-awful purple was so frikin' suffocating, and it was EVERYwhere!!!

Chris21711
August 25th, 2009, 09:06 AM
omg can't wait to show the before/after of the downstairs!!!!!

I wanna see NOW! :yell:

Man if only I could get Pepe motivated :frustrated:

It's looking real good Bendy, you both deserve a medal going through all of that upheaval.57095

bendyfoot
August 25th, 2009, 09:13 AM
Can't show them yet, Chris:evil:

You have to wait until the new floors go in this week and we get the space put back together! :D

Chris21711
August 25th, 2009, 09:29 AM
Can't show them yet, Chris:evil:

You have to wait until the new floors go in this week and we get the space put back together! :D

RATS!!!!!! :frustrated:

ancientgirl
August 25th, 2009, 10:21 AM
Yep, it's a 100-year-old schoolhouse!



I was actually going to ask if it was at one time a little church or something. Very cool.

I hope it's not too dusty in there.:rolleyes:

bendyfoot
September 14th, 2009, 10:11 AM
Ok, so here's another "after" of the spare room (I just made the bed so it was presentable) :o

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2669/3919924830_ed8bf26f4f.jpg

Now for the really good stuff...the floors downstairs are finally done!!!! So now, for your viewing pleasure... "Downstairs at Bendy's House" :D

The woodstove, before:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2499/3919923612_7253b3d1d6.jpg\

partly done:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2616/3919142063_22f768861a.jpg

And finished!!!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3465/3919143575_cd62f52ee3.jpg

bendyfoot
September 14th, 2009, 10:13 AM
View from the loft, towards the front door, before:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2621/3919142633_b99a633b11.jpg

and after!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3504/3919925112_458676be02.jpg

ok so the ceiling fan is still :P but the new nice one is in a box downstairs ready to be installed!!!

bendyfoot
September 14th, 2009, 10:17 AM
Main stairs, before:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2451/3919924562_4f7f08730f.jpg

and after!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3458/3919925454_e0f4684ff2.jpg

bendyfoot
September 14th, 2009, 10:19 AM
Living room, before:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3424/3919141107_8bef3c3491.jpg

and after!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2480/3919142857_860e591373.jpg

Love4himies
September 14th, 2009, 10:19 AM
Wow, what a terrific job you have done, bendyfoot!!!!! :thumbs up


Love the new wall behind the woodstove :lovestruck:


soooooo, do you loan out any of that energy you have, cause I could sure use some :laughing:

bendyfoot
September 14th, 2009, 10:21 AM
another view of the fireplace room, before:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2652/3919925244_4245a0c3a6.jpg

and after!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2476/3919141387_d7d40989c4.jpg

bendyfoot
September 14th, 2009, 10:24 AM
and more random "during" pics! :D

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3535/3919924762_e27d69db71.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2509/3919142253_b622f9331b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2537/3919141631_d2ebd943ac.jpg

bendyfoot
September 14th, 2009, 10:27 AM
oh one more "before"

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2637/3919926984_238051cd0f.jpg

and after:


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2638/3919923522_f61e2c5cbb.jpg


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2541/3919140073_d037c3fa93.jpg

ancientgirl
September 14th, 2009, 10:48 AM
Bendy, I absolutely love your house!

Chris21711
September 14th, 2009, 12:00 PM
True heroes in my eyes :) living with the a mess like that :highfive:

It looks great Bendy, well worth the effort, you both must be elated :thumbs up

bendyfoot
September 14th, 2009, 12:04 PM
Love the new wall behind the woodstove :lovestruck:

Thanks! :D That was our first-ever tiling attempt in the house. We got the flooring contractor to match the tile for the entrance at the front door and LOVE it!!!

soooooo, do you loan out any of that energy you have, cause I could sure use some :laughing:

We are done. D-O-N-E. Done. No more, nada, niet, rien. Sorry :p Actyally no we're not, I should take a pic of the 18 cubic yards of topsoil that was dropped off this weekend for the yard repair...omg can you say "eleventy-million wheelbarrow loads"!!!:eek:

Bendy, I absolutely love your house!

Thank you!:D

True heroes in my eyes :) living with the a mess like that :highfive:

The mess was nuts. The downstairs took longer than we thought it would, we had most of the furniture crammed into the kitchen and downstairs bathroom, it was :yuck: But sooooooooo worth it!!!

It looks great Bendy, well worth the effort, you both must be elated :thumbs up

That we are! I'll have to show pics of the dining room once the pantry doors go up!:D

Chaser
September 14th, 2009, 12:09 PM
Wow! What a lot of work that must have been. It looks gorgeous now though - so open and airy!

bendyfoot
September 14th, 2009, 12:13 PM
five. long. years. of. chaos.

JennieV
September 14th, 2009, 01:56 PM
WOW, bendy...amazing job!! Truly inspiring...
:thumbs up:thumbs up

Love the decor as well, its much cleaner and the clutter that was on the walls before just looked awful.

:lovestruck::lovestruck::lovestruck:

hazelrunpack
September 14th, 2009, 11:37 PM
Gol dang it, Chris! How did you get all the pics? :frustrated: I'm only gettin' about half of 'em! :o

But it looks beautiful, bendy! What a transformation! :highfive:

mollywog
September 15th, 2009, 07:08 AM
WOW!!! :eek: I love it all!! You sure had talent just to see the potential through all the clutter when you bought the place!!! Way to go!!! :highfive:

14+kitties
September 15th, 2009, 07:12 AM
Beautiful!! :thumbs up After you do Chris' for her you can come here. But I'm afraid mine needs demolished, not redone. :o

Frenchy
September 20th, 2009, 10:15 AM
Excellent job Bendy and DW...It looks 150% better. See Frenchy the taupe shades looks so much warmer.:thumbs up

Yes but it's too modern for me :o

I love what you did with the house Bendy , but I like the before pics also :shrug: :p

Your house looks big enough for another roomate and her 3 dogs and 3 cats , come on , what do you say ? :D

Melei'sMom
September 21st, 2009, 11:50 PM
I love the new look of your place! You sure made great choices! It looks so open now but still warm and homey. What is the name of the color you used in the entryway? I think it is just perfect!:thumbs up

bendyfoot
September 22nd, 2009, 08:51 AM
Do you mean the paint, the tile or the wood floor?

bendyfoot
September 22nd, 2009, 08:51 AM
Yes but it's too modern for me :o

I love what you did with the house Bendy , but I like the before pics also :shrug: :p

Your house looks big enough for another roomate and her 3 dogs and 3 cats , come on , what do you say ? :D

Hmmm, we we DO have a spare room here...you'll have to run it past DW though...:D