Special Guest Post from Opa: Christmasstime at the Genesee Project

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Upon going over to the Genesee Project house on Monday, December 16th, it was great to see how much work had been done compared to mid-October.  At that time, Dave and Matt Impola were just beginning to hack down the old walls and to frame the main floor.  Greg, the contractor and carpenter Mark, had worked in the basement.  The job of converting this old 1937 home from a one-bedroom, one floor home to a 3-bedroom with two floors for a family of four, is clearly no small undertaking.  It’s a complete redesign of this home.

In that 1 ½ weeks in October, we made some progress.  The old walls came down.  Dave got up on the roof and demolished the old chimney.  The debris and detritus from the old structure was hauled to the front yard, and two dumpsters were needed to haul it away.  One bit of memorabilia that we saved from the old house was newspaper articles from 1937 that had been used as insulation.   We saved as scraps of history from life in the 1930s in Seattle.   Dave and Mat framed the new home, and so the old home began to take the shape of the new one.

But now, the new shape of the new home is quite clear.  Not only were the walls up with doors, but also the electrical and the plumbing is in place.  The lights work, and the trim is in place around the doorways.  Heat pours out of the vents, and the cool damp air is no longer a hindrance to our work.

The next day, the 17th, gave us a different view of the task, for despite all the progress that has been made, we still  have much to do before Tim and Cyn  can move in a short two weeks.   The main floor needs to be sanded, stained and coated.  The basement floor needs to be smoothed out before a rug can be laid.  And, before any rug can be laid, the baseboard trim must be prepped and painted.   Not difficult tasks, but still time-consuming.

As the worker at the bottom end of the pay scale, I tackle the job of readying the basement for carpeting.  Nail holes are spackled and the paint applied to the entire baseboard and doors.    Mark did the trim work on the main floor and began the work on the railing for the stairs.

A big blow came yesterday with the discovery of a blockage in the sewer line.  The sewer guy couldn’t clear the sewer line out to the street.  As a result, a sewer contractor needs to come to the home to dig down 9 feet to the sewer line to make the needed repair.   Not a cheap repair, but it’s essential for getting the needed sewer permit.

Tomorrow is set aside for sanding the main floor.  Right now, it’s in rough shape and needs much work to make it to be presentable.  Sanding will take less than a day, but it will take 2-3 days to stain and apply the polyurethane needed for the protective coating.   The kitchen countertops must be installed, and the tile for the entryway and the bathrooms must be put in place.   That’s no small job.

So, it’s good that Cynthia and Tim got an extension to stay in their small home in Burien through January 6.  They’ll need the extra time.  There’re still much to do!  But, it’s exciting to see the Genesee Project take shape for Tim, Cynthia and their two girls.  It’s a big investment for them, but we hope and pray that it will bless them in the years ahead!

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