10/18/2008

Rubble Begs to be Rebuilt

Demolition complete. Put things back together. Better.

October is now half-faded like last year's candy corn.
Deadline for move-in approaches. Quickly.

Been getting requests for an image of exterior of our Indy MCM. Here.



Exterior will be revisited in spring. For now we focus on interior. Since you're thinking it, I'll answer. Yes. Changing color. Slapped-on porch will be more thoughtfully integrated into architecture. Driveway has been lovingly patched by foreman of the in-law work crew.

Changed profile pic to image of house exterior for future reference.


That's settled. Pressing onward.

Wife noticed lack of her appearance on Atomic Indy. I noticed this was to mean she would soon appear on Atomic Indy.


Pretty wife prior to crazy Mid-Century Modern home renovation.



Wife planing floors during a late night floor planing jam session. We rocked out.



Wife as she appears today. Battle-worn and hardened. Ready for a biological apocalypse.

Thanks, wife. Thanks for all the hard work and support.

Duty done. Back to work.

Needed to move electrical outlets along kitchen sink wall. Drywall was old and brittle. Tore out bottom half. Note bathtub peeking through. Hello bathtub.




Electrical relocated. New drywall hung.



Tape and mud.




Taking things apart incurs need for crafty solutions. I enjoy craftiness that ensues.

Opening of living room entryway left vents too close for practicality. Crafted built-in floor support from salvaged demolition wood. Always good to save decent pieces during tear down. Disconnected this section of vent from main ductwork. Very important.









Recall back to floor leveling epiphany. Pre-mixed floor planer is perfect for small areas. A 1970's family room addition on a 1955 mid-century modern home does not qualify as a small area. Need alternate method. Want to avoid awkward floor transition at all costs.

Floor sat .25" below original house. Fortunately Luan sheets are .25" and only $10.00 ea. Laid over existing sub floor. Perfection.













Floor leveled. Mostly. Ready to start installation of new floor. Mostly. Toklo Espresso from Build Direct will carry through entire house, sans bathrooms. Kitchen is top priority - goal is to have house back to "livable" by end of month.

Note: "livable" has different meanings to different people. Apparently a kitchen makes some people's "livable" list.



Moisture barrier underlay for laminate flooring.





First plank laid. Touching moment. First finishing item installed.



Two hours later.








Indianapolis Mid-Century Modern home renovation is coming together.

Morning departure to Cincinnati. Pick up U-haul. Hit Ikea armed with spreadsheets, hand drawings and planning tool renderings.


Taking week off to focus solely on house. Goal: Finish flooring and install kitchen.

Stick with me.

Cheers,

-Baz

6 comments:

22q said...

looks great. I'm thinking that the color of your floor will really help make rooms warm and cozy. My wife would be very jealous of your big-time Ikea trip. Hope you find everything that you want.

Best,
Aaron

joe shoemaker said...

terrific work, guys. Am LOVING the flooring choice. Cant' wait to see it all put back together.

hugs

joe

BAZ_MCM said...

Thanks, Joe. Feel free to stop by anytime. I'm taking the whole week off to focus on the house.

aveclecoeur said...

Love the post!
Note:
Some PEOPLE living with you make a house livable, so the need for a certain part of the house to be functional before move in is a direct subneed to this higher-level need.

aveclecoeur said...

Love the post!
Note:
Some PEOPLE living with you make a house livable, so the need for a certain part of the house to be functional before move in is a direct subneed to this higher-level need.

liam said...

i love those staggered windows on the right side. fabulous!