Thought I'd post some pics of the progress on the kitchen. Last time I posted the demolition of a wall that held small pipes for gas lamps and large pipes for a chimney and stove. Here's a pic of the other side of that wall. THey've reframed the doorway to make it wider, and patched the floor where the fireplace was.
The floor joists under the fireplace had been cut to accomodate bricks and a metal plate, so they reinforced those:
And since the wall that hid the pipes was loadbearing, they've added framing to reinforce the old wall. So instead of a 2.5' wall with pipes inside, it'll be a 8' wide wall.
Here's the outside of the kitchen, at the back of the house, where the french doors will go. To the right is the living room, left is the mud/laundry room. The deck will be extended to meet the new doors, and the door on the left to the laundry room will be sealed. The rain gutter, of course, will be moved.
The school year has started, so I haven't done much the past couple weeks. Finished removing paint from one door and have moved on to another. Decided to do this one while it's on the hinges
And one other little project, other than some of gardening -- I bought a capiz shell lamp from World Market (mea culpa re WM, but go Philippines!). Couldn't find any pendant fixtures that would fit, so I used a dremel tool to widen the opening and now one from Lowes fits.