Sunday, April 17, 2011

We're Floored!

All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them. -- Erma Bombeck

One thing's for sure, there will be no white carpet in our new home. In fact, there will be no carpet at all; just area rugs here and there. Our floor guy finished the refinishing on Wednesday. After he started working on the wood, he discovered it's not fir after all. It's all southern yellow pine, also known as heart pine, which according to him is a rare find here in Estes Park. I'm pretty happy with the way the floors turned out . . .

His team finished up on Wednesday, and on Thursday we placed Ram Board over the floors to protect them during the rest of the remodeling. . .

Ram Board is a heavy duty non-corrugated breathable fiber that allows the flooring to cure while protected. It took us about four hours to roll it out and tape it down over the three rooms: kitchen, living room/dining room and bedroom. It's worth the effort, though, when we consider the expense of refinishing the floors. And it's reusable.

Notice the ugly paneling? I'll start painting it this week. I'm looking forward to covering up those very unattractive walls.

A big snowstorm came through Wednesday night, with snow continuing through most of Thursday morning. I took this photo from the north window of our living room. . .

I love the way the snow covered the pines and the corral. It was beautiful. And the best thing about living here when it snows like this, is that within a day or two it's mostly gone. I snapped this photo yesterday (Saturday) of an elk in our yard. . .

We're waiting for the electrician to place the outlets in the kitchen, then Dennis will cover the walls and ceiling with drywall. That should happen sometime next week. 

In the meantime, he's begun the demo work on the porch. . .

Eventually this will accommodate a larger bathroom. 

I really appreciate my husband's hard work. The first meal I cook in our new kitchen is going to be whatever he wants.

But remember the root command: Love one another. (John 15:17 The Message)



  1. Wow the floors turned out beautiful. It sounds like you are going to have a wonderful home.

  2. Ahhh, wood floors. New or old, in good shape or bad--they have the colors and swushes and swirls of God's own fingers. One of the best of life's simple pleasures!

  3. I have always appreciated hardwood floors. I once lived in a victorian home with oak floors throughout. The floorboards on the second level creaked like crazy. I loved it!

  4. It's so fun seeing the house coming together. Thanks for all the pics. And congratualtions for being included in the Bethany House devotional book!


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