Wednesday, August 10, 2016

1st floor electric... Boogie, Woogie, Woogie

You can't do without it, It's electric!

But oh how we've tried. 

First off, let me say, even though we've been living in the middle of the renovation for months, OH THE MONTHS, nothing has been quite as disruptive as the hoards of electricians that descended upon the house last week. Christopher likened them to a swarm of ants. I total felt the same every day after resweeping and cleaning all the excavated dirt they removed from the mound drilling holes into the walls running our new wires. I am chalking it up to the sheer numbers of them that were working here at any one time. It's a cramped space for living and working and so far the crews have maxed out at 3, maybe 4 at a time. This past week I counted 6 guys crammed into our front hall on various ladders opening walls, threading electric and getting us set up for one big and beautiful addition; our new electric panel. TA-DA!

We've got our very own spaghetti monster. Aside from keeping the basement ceiling from looking like the rats nest of yore, this will beauty now gives us all the breakers we could ever dream of, will be super convenient to access if we need to reset something, without having to bother a future air-b-n-b tenant or potential voice lesson in the basement. 

And what do all these gloriously safe electrical wires go to, why all the lights and outlets of course! I'm so excited. We've been living with scary dangling bits of wire here and there, sparking lights that we've all together abandoned using, outlets that mostly don't work (but were still connected to power). For example, our refrigerator was connected to a surge strip, connected to an extension cord, plugged into the only good outlet in 500sq ft. Granted, we still have some hurdles to traverse, like our only functioning bathroom. Feast your eyes on this beauty. 

I know, I know. You're totally envious of the workers light attached to the shelving unit housing not only toiletries but water bottles, coffee paraphernalia and a dish drying rack. Not to mention the moldy tile in the shower and tremendously beautiful sink and medicine cabinet we are sporting. Did I mention you can make coffee while sitting on the toilet! Not that we do mind you, but you could...

Now to the real starts of the show, our new lighting layout. It may not seem like much, but after living with a total of 3 lights for the last few months (one of which was a motion sensor only that sort of turned on sometimes and mostly never turned off), we can see at night without tripping over the dog as she darts around her secret lair.

The kitchen ceiling prepped for a new center light and two pendant lights that will hang over the sink peninsula. 
The living room with it's new light holding place for our swanky ceiling fan, and a spot further towards the windows for a chandelier on a dimmer.
Hall lighting on a three way switch! We're movin' up.

We even have a light IN the closet. Oh yeah, our closet is big enough to need a light. What?!

Here's something completely alien to us; a light in the stairwell going into the basement. I think Sophie Dog enjoys this one most as she has started running up and down the stairs on her own. Probably should have been a clue to us how dangerous it was.
Now a parting shot of the new bathroom with pot light over the shower, ventilation fan and ceiling light. I feel

Did I mention the electrician even hooked up temporary bulbs for us so we don't have to wait until drywall is installed to have fixtures? We love our contractors. If I had been allowed to do the wiring here, I wouldn't have given us that little luxury. You're welcome Christopher. 

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