Sunday, April 3, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Five

We left off with a shiny new beam installed and a goat that showed up on our deck.
Yes, we are friends now and she's a he!

"Manny" has made himself quite at home and the beam seems to be
 holding up the far.
I think glue gun is safe for another day!

"Manny" has found shelter in an old play structure, with a little persuasion from food and water, and the beam is completely supported, one side permanently and one side temporarily.

Unfortunately for us, but I am sure fortunate for you, my phone has been acting up and going dead every time I pull it out to take a picture so we will just skip ahead to an overview of the temporary walls gone.

They are a little distorted as I did a panorama shot.
The new stairway opening is framed in too.

  Mr. FT's vision of an open staircase and my vision of wood heat
 could really happen next winter.....oops I said the winter.
 Sorry for that but if all goes to plan, the  woodshed   I built last summer
 might not be just a holiday destination for mice, 
but for actual wood storage so I can warm my butt this winter!


  1. Manny really is a sweetie! An open stairway will be nice. Seeing your open ceiling reminds me of when we redid my husband's bathroom, which is over our butler's pantry. It took about a year (we're slow), and part of the time there was no floor in the bathroom and no ceiling in the pantry. His office is close by upstairs, so when dinner was ready, I just had to call up through the open ceiling/floor. It was convenient, if unsightly.

  2. Removing the walls really opened the space. I bet you're dreaming of how to decorate already! I'm still amazed with all that you're doing! It's all so wonderful! Manny can sure help with keeping the weeds down. They hire out goats around here to keep the weeds down at the Congressional Cemetery.

  3. I find this whole beam me up thing to be quite terrifying but altogether fascinating. On the other hand, Manny is adorable and I want to give him hugs and squeezes.


  4. Hi Karen, Well I have so enjoyed catching up on the reno project. WOW you have a lot accomplished. That beam had to be a huge undertaking to raise. Incredible!! Love your new friend. Amazing mystery how he got there. So cute!! Maybe he can help keep the lawn mowed down this summer if he stays!!
    Still taking a break from my blog but had to stop in and say hello sweet friend and catch up with your project. What an inspiration too see the progress!!
    Have a great week and don't work too hard. xo

  5. So, is the kitchen with the couch-vault unaffected by all this hullabaloo? Do you have space where you can 'live'? I'm not being nosey, I'm fascinated if you live in the house during this. This past weekend I put up a backsplash in my kitchen and nearly made my house uninhabitable with just that! (Okay, not entirely, but it was very, very irritating.) And you guys are handling it with such finesse that a farm animal sensed the zen of your place and established tenancy.

  6. Manny is cute, but I hope he is offering some moral support for you getting through this project! So funny, before I read your comments about the distorted panoramic photo, I was "Wow, they've added some curves to this structure!" Seriously, don't you think you could curve it up some? LOL

    Warm hugs,

  7. Moving along nicely! I can't wait to see those open stairs. Stairs are one thing we never tackled in a house, though we did build a pretty big set from our deck last year. Hopefully it warms up here soon so we can finally get them stained.

    I love that Manny is still hanging around! You guys are so sweet for welcoming him in with open arms :)

  8. Manny is really cute, it's funny how he decided he wanted to live with you and your crazy renovation ideas!

  9. I want a goat. There, I said it out loud. What a cute visitor! Maybe he's a skilled worker in disguise? ;)

  10. So I take it you never did find the owners of Manny and you are keeping him? He is cute. But shall need a home for the W-word. ;)

  11. Oh my goodness...I'm just catching up give 'Go Big or Go Home' a whole new meaning! I can't wait to see it all finished!
    As for Manny, he's a cutie!
    Hugs, Kimberley

  12. I'm very disappointed in Manny being a, man, I was hoping for you to have to milk the goat. Don't try it now. And how dare you say the a word, go wash your, mouth out with soap.

  13. We could seriously us Manny around here if summer ever comes. I need all the help I can get keeping the weeds at bay. You're making amazing progress. It all looks pretty terrifying to me, but I know it's going to be awesome!

  14. I'm so excited for you guys, it's just coming along, and coming along. Which one of you has the architect's license because this reno looks like someone really knows what they are doing, and don't you dare tell me it's Manny!! Now I'm off to pray for wood heat for you ;-)

  15. All I can think of as I view the upper floor from the basement is to watch your step. The first one is a doozy.

    I wish we still lived in the country in Indiana with my 8' tall fences. I'd for sure have some miniature baby goats. Those larger ones WILL hop all over your car if they can get near it. (just a word from one who knows)

  16. Manny is a deep thinker, I can tell.

  17. Karen, only you could convince a goat to take up shop! He is beyond cute, not to mention all the blogging material he's gonna provide ;).

    You guys have been busy, and you have accomplished sooooo much! Taking down that wall was a great idea.

  18. Hope Manny doesn't smell badly :) Goats can be like that.

  19. Oh, there handsome Manny! I think he is definitely there to cheer you on in this project. You are amazing, my friend! More power to you :)


  20. Hello friend! It's been such a busy week, I didn't get around to taking pics of the bathroom yet :( I have it written into my calendar to have it go live next Wednesday though ;) Hope you have a great weekend, and get lots of diy done!!


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