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post #4906 of 5753
A few updates.  First, the fireplace, gas pipes, chimney, and stove pipes have been removed.

 

The chimney was made of ceramic tubes, each one weighing about 45 pounds.

 

Upstairs closet with space freed from the removal of the stove pipe and chimney.  Drywalled on one side, but awaiting rewiring.

 

The bedroom wall that I scraped the wallpaper from has been patched and given a few coats of mud.  One more to go.  That's a big piece of plywood on the left, but it looks a little like the old wallpaper.

 

 

The bathroom's been drywalled and the tub's been installed

 

 

We may replace the lower windowpane with a mirror, that or attach one to the lower sash.  

post #4907 of 5753
When switching home insurance policies has anyone had trouble getting the first one to stop the auto-renewal? Besides for a written signed request they also want proof of replacement coverage. Why is it their business?
post #4908 of 5753
Is there an "additionally insured" party on your policy or something?

It may be that they have an obligation to a bank or condo/HOA association that they are insuring with your policy
post #4909 of 5753
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When switching home insurance policies has anyone had trouble getting the first one to stop the auto-renewal? Besides for a written signed request they also want proof of replacement coverage. Why is it their business?

They've probably been sued because someone cancelled, saying they have another policy when they didn't, and then something happened to said house and the idiot tried to hold them responsible.
post #4910 of 5753
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Is there an "additionally insured" party on your policy or something?

It may be that they have an obligation to a bank or condo/HOA association that they are insuring with your policy

Well the bank is an insured party. I would think any agreement would be between me and the bank, not the insurance company and the bank.
post #4911 of 5753
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Well the bank is an insured party. I would think any agreement would be between me and the bank, not the insurance company and the bank.


Unlikely.  I don't think it is at all uncommon for this kind of thing.  The bank will go after your previous insurance company if you don't have insurance, so they insurance company wants to make sure they're covered.

post #4912 of 5753
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Originally Posted by emptym View Post

A few updates.  First, the fireplace, gas pipes, chimney, and stove pipes have been removed.




The chimney was made of ceramic tubes, each one weighing about 45 pounds.



Upstairs closet with space freed from the removal of the stove pipe and chimney.  Drywalled on one side, but awaiting rewiring.




The bedroom wall that I scraped the wallpaper from has been patched and given a few coats of mud.  One more to go.  That's a big piece of plywood on the left, but it looks a little like the old wallpaper.




The bathroom's been drywalled and the tub's been installed
 


We may replace the lower windowpane with a mirror, that or attach one to the lower sash.  

Can we get a picture of the current kitchen?
post #4913 of 5753

The first pic was of the current kitchen.  Was there something in particular you were interested in seeing?  I think I posted earlier a pic of the opposing wall, the one w/ the hookups for the sink, stove, etc.  That one is unchanged.  Still down to the studs.  

 

The main thing being done now is shoring up the floor where the fireplace was.  Under the bricks was a quarter inch steel plate, and the joists were all cut to accomodate those.  So the contractor is reinforcing the joists and going to rebuild the wall.  My architect brother and our real estate agent suggest knocking out the wall.  And the local paper recently had an article saying open floor plans are the most sought-after thing, but there's already one good-sized living and dining room, and I don't love open kitchens.  But we are planning to widen the doorways.to the kitchen.

post #4914 of 5753

Oops, I think I may not have posted those other pics.

 

Here's the wall where the dishwasher, sink, stove, and fridge were, LtR.

 

 

 

 

One side wall

 

The other side wall.  We plan to replace the two windows with french doors leading to a deck.  The door on the right leads to the laundry/mud room.

 

post #4915 of 5753
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Originally Posted by emptym View Post

Oops, I think I may not have posted those other pics.

Here's the wall where the dishwasher, sink, stove, and fridge were, LtR.


 


One side wall



The other side wall.  We plan to replace the two windows with french doors leading to a deck.  The door on the right leads to the laundry/mud room.



Ah, okay I thought you weren't planning on redoing the kitchen. I would open the kitchen to give the room more light. I'll post a before and after of my old house that was closed in.
post #4916 of 5753

The kitchen gets a lot of light as is.  The french doors would be the kind made of 10 small panes of glass, so they'll let in a lot of light.  I also want to leave the door to the right as is, but the contractor wants to replace it with a new, five panel door, like the ones upstairs, and remove the glass pane above.  That's the original door to the back yard.  THe laundry/mud room was a late, poorly-constructed addition.  The plan is to stack a washer/dryer and put in a half bath.  But for now I don't think we have the funds to add the sewer line for the toilet.

post #4917 of 5753
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The kitchen gets a lot of light as is.  The french doors would be the kind made of 10 small panes of glass, so they'll let in a lot of light.  I also want to leave the door to the right as is, but the contractor wants to replace it with a new, five panel door, like the ones upstairs, and remove the glass pane above.  That's the original door to the back yard.  THe laundry/mud room was a late, poorly-constructed addition.  The plan is to stack a washer/dryer and put in a half bath.  But for now I don't think we have the funds to add the sewer line for the toilet.

I'd have to see the original space before demo to get an idea. Point of reference:







post #4918 of 5753
I personally don't like open concept kitchens that open up to the living quarters. I prefer kitchens to be their own rooms where the doors could be closed. Otherwise smell of food permeates everything sooner or later, tiny grime oil particles settle on all surfaces even vertical ones. I still have TV from my old apartment in NYC that has its screen covered in the tiniest droplets of oil that has traveled with air and settled on everything because we had that ubiquitous open-concept living room.
One of my biggest dislikes is when a kitchen-hood is being jammed by two cabinets on both sides. It always bothers my eye. I know people want storage and more storage but do they really need to cover every inch of the wall with cabinets? Don't think so.
post #4919 of 5753
You do need a really good exhaust hood and need to use it every time to avoid that situation. We have a galley kitchen and it's open on both ends. Drives me crazy to clean surfaces so regularly that I moved all of my barware into my study because I was tired of cleaning it before and after every use.

I like the aesthetic of open kitchens, but could certainly do without the reality of them combined with the worthless recirculating air vent that we have.

When I do the kitchen (which will take some convincing) I'd like not to have upper cabinets or shelves. It takes a bit of a commitment in terms of organization that I know, personally, I would be fine with but doubtful that my wife would sign onto that.
post #4920 of 5753
In apartment buildings, where I spent my time, it is pretty much unheard off to have a real exhaust that connects to the old air duct or chimney . I have never seen real hoods in apartments they all seem to be filtering air and spitting it right back.
Open shelves in the kitchen I do not mind so much, it is wall cabinets that I don't particularly like, makes room feel boxed in .
Wives are tough when it comes to kitchens, they very much want the same thing everyone else has except with more bling.
Will you be making kitchen cabinets yourself?
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