The past few weeks were hectic here at the Valhalla Homestead. Our lease was only until the 29th of June so we needed to wrap up the house renovation as quickly as possible and move all our stuff from the old apartment we used to rent. Hence the reason why I didn’t have the time to update you all on our progress.
Although we carefully planned our house renovation and moving schedules there were a few unexpected delays. We ended up working long hours and stripped of any free time. So we ended up spending our two weeks of “vacation” among piles of rubble, dust and concrete.
The good news is that we managed to get enough done to be able to move in on time. But we’re definitely not done with the renovation. We actually had to sleep the first night at my mother’s house because the air inside the house was too damp from all the paint that was still drying on the walls.
Probably one of our biggest accomplishments was turning an old crooked pantry into a really nice looking bathroom. This was also one of the most difficult tasks since the pantry was severely damaged by the roots of a nearby tree.
The tree’s root system pushed through the outside wall and bent the whole brick structure about 30 cm inward. We took down a major part of that wall, we reinforced it with steel beams and rebuild the rest of the wall to be straight and structurally sound.
After that, we added light-grey tiles on the floor and dark-grey tiles in the shower area and we painted everything else white. We installed the shower tub, toilet, sink and an electric boiler and now we’re just waiting on the water connection to have it fully functional.
The house we bought was not hooked up to municipal water or the sewer line. Therefore we had to dig trenches all around the house to bury our pipelines and break more walls to get the pipes inside. We dug all the trenches by hand and we only resorted to an excavator for our septic tank and water meter chamber.
After putting a lot of manhours into this we finally have everything set-up and we’re just waiting on the water company to install the water meter, hopefully on Monday. Once that’s done we should have running water and we’ll be able to enjoy hot showers once again.
Both of our rooms are almost done. Right now we’re actually sleeping in our living-room since our bedroom is not finished, which will be at the end of our house renovation. We have some nice hardwood floors in the bedroom but they need to be sanded down and refinished. There’s also one more window that we have to repaint before we can consider our bedroom finished.
The living-room walls had a lot of cracks that we had to patch up. We then applied a nice coat of white paint and installed laminated hardwood floors. Sounds easy, but it took a lot of time. Since this was the only room that was finished, we decided to install our new bed here, until we finish the house renovation.
We had a bit of help with our electric system that needed an overhaul. Since we’re going to be using electricity for everything inside the house that also meant separate lines for our major power consumers so we upgraded our electrical panel to a bigger one.
Finally, the last two days of our two-week vacation were dedicated to moving all our belonging from the old apartment we were renting. Right now most of our stuff is still in boxes stuffed in our barn while we finish the house renovation.
I said it once, I’ll say it again: these past two weeks have been nuts, but in the end, it was well worth it. Starting a homestead and house is never easy and I bet this is just the beginning. We still have a lot of projects on our to-do list, but from now on, we’re taking them one step at a time.
After all, nothing beats enjoying a glass of wine on a Friday evening in your own back-yard or waking up to the sound of birds chirping. Thank you to all of you who are following our story, everyone who helped us out through labour, favours, money or donations. It really means a lot to us!
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