Posts tagged Moving
The shortest way to the new house

With the tile finished in the kitchen and dining room today was moving day for the kitchen - at long last. We considered all options for the move but the thing was the doors in the old house were very narrow. To get the stove and fridge out we had to remove all of the handles and do some pretty heavy lifting, over counters, down stairways and then up a gravel driveway to the new house. Thankfully we also had a second option - a much shorter path to the new house. 

I loaded up the tools in the shop and then set to work. By removing one window in the old dining room and then cutting a door into the wall it was an easy twenty-five foot level push to the new house. It didn't take long with the right tools...

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After suffering through many cold winters in the old house we discovered what we had long suspected. The old house had single pane windows and no insulation or vapor barrier. There were three layers of siding however as the house had been renovated at least that many times in the eighty years it had been there.

With the large new door in the side of the old house the move of the kitchen appliances, fixtures and supplies went smoothly.

-grampa dan

MOVING DAY in Yarrow!

Today was the official start of the move into the new house. It won't be an instant process but instead we'll move in a bit at a time, sorting through everything as we find a permanent home for each item. I suspect many things won't make the journey as we decide what we keep or not. After ten years of living in the same place there is lots to sort through and move. Tonight will be our first night to sleep in the new house.

To get ready for the big day the electrician put in the last switches, lights and plugs, making sure every plate and cover was in place to make it safe for everyone. The plumber also arrived today to install the upstairs toilet and most importantly of all hook up the waste water system. At long last the plumbing was ready to go. Janis was dancing her dance of joy and insisted on moving the first of countless loads of things into the new house. Being the practical person she is she knew just what to bring...

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It is the time we have looked forward to for so very long! MOVING DAY ONE!

-grampa dan

The writing is on the wall

We've decided we can't put off moving into the new house any longer. The old house is failing badly and each day more things seem to go wrong. It is telling us the time has come. Not every area of the house is tiled but the work will continue as we are able.

For eighty-five years the old house has provided a roof (most of the time) over a number of families. Lots of kids grew up in those tiny rooms and as the families grew, so did the house with four additions through the years.

In the last few months Phoebe and her friends have been allowed to write on the walls... not a normal occurance but perfectly OK with grandma - just this once. It started over Phoebe's bed.

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Today I noticed a message by the lightswitch out in the hall. It summed things up nicely...

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We begin moving in on Saturday. Three more sleeps! Bye bye house!

-grampa dan