Sanding the Living Room

Happy New Year!

Now that the holidays are over and the new year is five days old we’re looking forward to finishing Brick House 319 in the next 12 months. Of course, not everything will be finished–it takes time to decorate each and every room.

We also have a lot to focus on with hardscaping (patio and pathways), landscaping and garden design. Oh, and we still need new gutters and a garage door and a front door–well maybe we’ll be finished by the end of the year??? Regardless, the blog will probably go on forever.

In the meantime, lets catch up since my last blog post.

On Christmas Day, John primed the walls. But first, he still had to do quite a bit of sanding (using sanding blocks) to smooth out the spackle edges. This is key to having flawless painted walls. John’s a perfectionist so he takes his time with prep work.

We’re lucky that our mason has loaned us the scaffolding for an extended period of time. Without it, we’d have to rent the equipment, which of course, would be another expense.

John used to buy the sanding blocks at Home Depot in packs of 3. They’re no longer packaged that way and are now sold individually. It might seem trivial but it’s not. When you’re doing a big renovation/rebuild and constantly buying, buying, buying at Home Depot or Lowes and building supply companies, everything adds up quickly.

In our situation, with John doing all the labor, we’re saving in a big way. If we had to hire painters, they would easily charge between $12,000 to $15,000 to paint the entire interior which is over 2800 sf.

Once the painting is finished, the scaffolding will finally be taken down. It’s been in the living room for over a year!



About the leaking French doors–the Feather River rep came out to the house about two weeks after we made the initial call to the company. We were under the assumption the rep would fix the leaking issue(s) on both sets of doors. Instead, he troubleshoots, discovers the issue and tells you how to fix it.

The business that we paid to frame the 2-story addition provided the window/door installers. The doors were hung incorrectly. Pads were included with the Feather River French doors which the installers didn’t even bother to use. They left them in the bag that was attached to the doors. Now we have to spend our time and more money (hire someone to help John) to take the doors out and hang them correctly.







11 thoughts on “Sanding the Living Room

  1. Looking at your doors – there’s lots of places for water to “bounce” from the deck and other places above them and the small porch below. I had the same situation and ended up putting in a storm door to protect the french door. Of course, mine was wood and had heavy sun on it also so that was my quick and easy fix.

  2. I would contact the company that installed the doors. They are responsible for it being done incorrectly. Either they fix it or refund the money. Otherwise I would leave a bad review for them. I hear that if they have an online presence, such as twitter or facebook, if you complain on that forum, you are more likely to get a favorable outcome, because they don’t want potential customers to read that they didn’t follow up or fix the problem.

    I’m always amazed at how tall the living room is! LOL I bet it will be nice to get the scaffolding out! It is getting pretty exciting! The finish line is coming into view!

    Happy New Year!

    1. In my experience – two separate doors – once they are done and paid you just can’t get them to come back. One was through a Lowe’s installation contractor and they do not back that up for a return visit. And, it sounds like nearly all needs to be reinstalled.

      1. Call Lowe’s and ask for Install Sales. I had them put down a floor and found a gouge in it a few months later. They came and repaired the floor. They wouldn’t replace the floor that in my opinion wasn’t laid right. I have to call them again because the places I showed them before is now all curled up. It’s worth a phone call.

  3. At least they didn’t throw away the pads.

    Any way you can call the framers and have them have the installers come out and fix their mistake? Or is that more of a headache?

    What are you going to do when one of the bulbs goes out in the ceiling and has to be replaced? Even those long life ones eventually die.

    Is that fixture John is holding on to for a hanging light?

    Have you considered looking at different salvage places for a vintage front door?

    1. *I would never deal with the framing company ever again!*

      The wire that John is holding in the photo is for a ceiling fan.

      Due to our cold weather months, we need to purchase a well insulated door. A vintage door sounds great and would have character but we’re going to go with an insulated fiberglass door which is energy-efficient.

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