A Chocolate Donut

May 12, 2008

Hello, poor neglected blog.

Filed under: family, home, home improvement, life — Wizus @ 11:35 am

Oh my!  Has it really been 4 months?  I have a lot of catching up to do!  

We have been doing a lot of work on the house and are on the final stretch.  We ended up tearing out every last piece of drywall, leaving only the studs in the house. 

It was a good decicion to be so aggresive because we found mold growing in places we didn’t even suspect would have it.  The master bedroom had such a bad moisture problem that weeds were growing in the wall!  One of the problems was a leaky pipe that went through the wall for an outside water spigot.

For some fun, see if you can spot the weeds, mold and a rusty pipe.

The walls had blown-in insulation that had settled and became rock hard from all the moisture. It was such a mess to clean out!

With all the drywall out of the way, we were able to move outlets and rewire cables very easily. Besides the mold, we found some termite damage (that the previous owner did a bad job of repairing) so we were able to replace the studs that needed it. Every stud and all the duct work was treated and cleaned for mold. The termite guys came out and treated the foundation. And now our old house is almost a brand new rebuilt one!

My new kitchen started going in this last week.

With cabinets in place we were finally able to take a trip to the granite yard to pick out counter tops. There are so many beautiful stones to choose from, it was a long 2 hours in the near 100 degree sun but it was exciting knowing that this is the last step in finishing up my favorite room.





January 7, 2008

My house is a mess!

Filed under: Arizona, family, health, home, home improvement, life — Wizus @ 1:18 am

 Here is my house…just what you would imagine a home in the Arizona desert would look like, no?

my house

The house is 20 years old but we only bought it 18 months ago. We have had many surprises in the past year and a half. The mold is only the latest…the other big surprises (there are 2) have us involved in a legal dispute with the title insurance company, the sellers and one of our neighbors.  The dispute began when we started the renovation about 4 months after moving into the house.   We put everything on hold and were hoping to settle all the legal problems before doing any more changes but the mold made us move out, so here we are!

We began renovations on Dec. 17th.  The outside still looks the same, but the inside is going through a full face lift.  I had taken “before” pictures of the house inside so I could show for comparison but I cannot find them  😦
(UPDATE: I found a few “before” pics to share!)

Here is how it looked before we tore it all down…

Now, here is my kitchen after the first week of deconstruction…


The black stuff on the left wall is mold that was growing behind the dishwasher.  The dishwasher never leaked so I had no idea there would be a problem there.  Those walls are pretty disgusting, I didn’t realize how dingy the paint would seem and I really could not believe all the grease that streaked down the wall behind the stove!   Two burners on the cooktop were broken and the oven could not stay an even temp so I rarely used it.  The crockpot and the George Foreman Grill became my best kitchen buddies! 

Bathroom before, not the best picture but you can see the pretty tiles in the shower (and yes, that is black grout, not from mold)

A week later it is this:


Inside the walls of the shower we found more mold. It was also under the shower floor when we pulled up the tiles and there was mold in the ceiling that ran into the hallway next to the bathroom. This bathroom was the masterbath and it shares a wall with the hall bathroom, which also had mold hiding in the wall. Before drywall goes up we will spray everything with a bleach solution to kill the mold.



No mold here, we are just taking out this wall to make 3 small rooms into 2 big ones. 

I have had a very exciting 3 weeks of tearing out the old and picking out the new! I picked knotty alder for my cabinets with a natural stain and a chocolate glaze…they are beautiful but they won’t be here for 3 months. I picked the GE Monogram Series for the appliances…I cannot wait to be able to really cook again (apartment kitchen=no counter space)!  Windows and doors have become a bit of a headache for me…the door company makes over 1,000 styles of interior doors! It is a lot of fun but too many choices are overwhelming for me. 

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