Updated June 2, 2017
So 2 years post cancer surgery, and enjoying a brief remission from my multiple sclerosis symptoms, my wife put me to some serious work the last 2 months!
We have been in our home on the farm now for 12 years. We did nothing but move in 12 years ago. We did no redecorating, just put our furniture down and got on with life.
Taking advantage of my brief good health, my bride of 35 years decided it was time to do some things around the house!
First, our 22 year old manufactured home, had 22 year old carpet in it. It was time, especially in the living room, to replace the flooring! Me being in a wheelchair, we decided to ditch carpet and put down tile.
Pulling up the carpet, we found 1/2 a centimeter of sand under the carpet pad. Not surprising, as our lawn is mainly beach sand!
I vacuumed up literally, 20kg of sand from the floor!
Next came preparing the floor for the tiles. In a manufactured home, there is what is called a marriage joint between the two halves of the home. This left a 1cm gap that needed to be filled in.
Ripping some pine from some scrap lumber we had laying around. we glued in a filler strip in this gap
After the glue dried, I spent 2 days with my pad sander, getting it nice and smooth!
Finally, we sealed the plywood, and installed the tile. We also installed new wallpaper border above the chair rail in the living room. Really came out well!
The next project was much more complicated. If you look out the picture windows in the photo above, you’ll see another room outside the main living room. The previous owner of our home, had built a very poorly designed extra room on the rear of the house.
We decided when we moved in, that we would not occupy it, as the construction was really suspect!
At the rear of the house, is a pole barn. The house addition was built first, then the pole barn, then a second roof was built between the barn and the addition, then another roof was built between the house and the barn!
The resultant mess, meant that no sunlight made it into the living room, or the master bedroom!
The house to barn roof is only 4 feet deep, but the last owner went nuts with the construction of it!
The barn to house extension, tying the house extension to the barn was open on 2 sides, with just lattice keeping pests out, but wind and rain were happy to invade!
Further, the lumber in the main room extension was so bug eaten and rotten, we were really concerned about the whole mess coming down in a Florida storm!
It took 2 weeks solid, and my trusty DeWalt reciprocating saw, to tear the whole mess down!
Next, the barn extension, that tied into the house extension was removed, and the barn closed in with a new wall.
And finally, we retained the floor of the old house extension, and turned it into a nice deck!
Our final project, after closing in the West end of the barn, was to close in the East end of the barn properly as well.
The original opening was just closed off with a farm gate, to keep the animals out. Sadly, all the feral cats in the area could still get in, and they often caused quite a mess!
The face of the pole barn was covered in wood lattice, and once it had rotted out, was covered up with vinyl lattice. Under that, was a rotten, untreated timbre. The entire thing was a mess!
A new end wall was constructed of pressure treated lumber and siding. A double door, with a total of 6 feet in width will allow me to get our tractor in the barn for repairs. The window gives some natural light and ventilation.
Everything is primed and ready for a final coat of paint. Later, I’ll be putting a new coating on the metal roof to freshen it up too!
Then, we moved my autistic son’s swimming pool next to the new deck and his tinyhouse camper!
Between these two projects, it’s been over 2 months. I hurt all over, having used muscles that I’ve ignored for years!
Our humble house is happier, the living room and bedrooms have natural light for the first time in 12 years, and my bride is very happy!
I’ve been grateful that I’ve had an M.S. remission that let me do this project. It’s been talked about for years, and now it’s done.
Thanks for reading along!