Monday, January 2, 2017

2016: Year in Review

Happy 2017! This is the perfect moment to pause and reflect back on how far Hermione's House has come this year. It can seem like we're always behind and the work is never-ending, so I love to stop occasionally and remember how much we have accomplished.

Here's what the upstairs looked like at the beginning of 2016.

Demolition had just started. The old drywall was gone, but the insulation hadn't been replaced, and we hadn't yet torn out the original floor or started plumbing and electrical work. We had begun building the window wall, but not the bookcase.

In February, we opened up the floor for pipes and new insulation. Of course, in February we also said we'd be 100% done by mid-March. Let me just say: ha. Haha. AhahaHAHAHAHAHhaahahaaaaa. Sob.

The best part of this phase was remembering not to fall through the floor.

In spring, the plumbing, electrical, insulation, and vapor barrier were in place, the subfloor was down, and we were ready to start putting the walls back together. In retrospect, this was probably our most productive time of the year.

One down...

And one up!

In summer, we took a lot of time off to work (and play!) outside. And to be totally honest, I think it took us until the end of the year to really get back up to full steam. But we still made some progress, especially getting the shower pan installed.

A little of this...

A lot of that.

 In fall, we finished off the drywall with mudding and taping. If you read this blog in 100 years, it will say "and this year, we were still cleaning up drywall dust."

So. Much. Dust.
Finally, squeaking in just under the wire on the literal last day of 2016 (okay fine, and the first couple days of 2017, don't judge), we finished the drywall! Primed, painted, delivered. But you'll have to wait until the next post for details on that.

There are still miles to go before we sleep (upstairs, anyway), but this year we took care of the hard underlying work of adding an entirely new bathroom. Thus, I dub 2016 The Year We Ripped it All Up and Put it Back Together Again. Take that, Humpty Dumpty. It can be done.

And through it all, we had our mascot to cheer us up or console us, depending on how the day went. We love you, Hermie!

I generally keep this blog focused on what's going on inside our little house, not out in the wider world. But I feel that I have to respond everywhere in my life to the political and social events of 2016. So without straying too far from my purpose here, I will say this: you are always welcome in our home. Regardless of your race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, ability, or background of any kind, our door is open to you.

Here's to 2017, and to the many photos and adventures to come. 


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