Continuing this seemingly never-ending saga of the remodel, I'm going back to September of 2020. Due to the pandemic, our final cabinetry was delayed, so Carl and I turned our attention to the mundane tasks of burying drain tile, installing a retaining wall and getting ready to pour a floor in the new garage lean-to addition.
Our friend Cody, who helped us with everything from framing up and roofing the garage extension to installing our crown molding and so much more, came over on a Friday afternoon to help with the concrete floor along with Ann and Joel, too. Pouring concrete is a big job and the more hands the better.
The cement truck was ordered for 3PM and we were all running in circles getting ready. The biggest problem was figuring out how we were going to get the cement to the backyard. Carl was thinking we would use three wheelbarrows and wheel the cement between the shop and the garage, but I had my doubts about that plan. Wheeling heavy cement is extremely difficult.
I came up with the idea of using the tractor bucket which Carl wasn't crazy about since he didn't think it would work. Joel was game to give it a try, and luckily, my idea panned out. We had the cement truck park on our farm lane and Joel went to and fro with the tractor fetching cement for Carl and Cody.
Joel managed to skillfully fit the tractor bucket as far into the lean-to as he could and Carl and Cody filled the wheelbarrows and wheeled the cement to where they needed it. I didn't do much more than shovel the cement around and help with the screed board to level it off.
Though this was a small area, the work was intense. Cody spent a few more hours troweling the entire floor smooth and was done just before dark. We ended the night with a cookout and some good conversation.
The picture above was taken in January 2021. Since we are also in the midst of demolishing my mother's home, we removed the doors from her garage and put them on the lean-to. Carl also painted three doors for the garage and the mudroom and rehung them just before winter. A lot of snow slides off the roof, making it a challenge to get to the chicken coop but at least the doors keep it out of the garage.
I have to admit, this has been a sad experience for all of us. As I've mentioned before, Mom was very proud of her home, and every inch of the house holds so many memories. After four parties looked at the house in hopes of moving it to another location, they all eventually backed out, so we have no choice but to take the house down.
A few days later, he called to tell me he was going to bring out the cabinetry to make room in his shop, but wouldn't be installing until the next week.
Below, the pillars and colonnade cabinets are awaiting installation.
Our house is not large, but the room dividers give it the Craftsman feel we were looking for.
The cabinets for my laundry/mud room were also installed.
So, now we're caught up to October 2, 2020. We'd come a long way from June 2019, when this whole remodeling adventure began, but there's still a lot more to do.
Thank goodness we have Audrey to come and give us a much-needed popcorn and painting break now and again.
She reminds us old folks to have some fun. We all need a little time to rest and be creative.