Yeah, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted here…almost 6 months to be exact. When we went on our family vacation this winter, we had no idea we wouldn’t come right back home and continue life as normal. Instead, we came home to water cascading through our house–turns out that a pipe in the ceiling of our breakfast room had frozen, then thawed, and set off a chain of events that resulted in our heating system failing and widespread pipes bursting throughout the main floor and basement. We have temporarily relocated back to Texas while our house is rebuilt. Here are a few photos showing the damage as it looked in March, along with corresponding “before” photos.
We arrived home late at night, and Jeremy went inside alone to turn on lights so we could bring all the kids in. He found water standing several inches deep inside the door, and flowing down through holes in the ceiling. He turned off the electricity at the breaker box, then had to proceed down to the basement in the dark to turn off the water. Scary stuff!
This is what it looked like when I saw it for the first time the next day, after the water had drained overnight. Thankfully I’d had all night to process knowing it was bad before I actually SAW this, or I’m sure I would have burst into tears on the spot!
Before shot from similar angle:
The rest of these photos were taken several days later, once the remediation crew had pulled out drywall, hardwood flooring, and carpet, etc., followed by “before” photos.
The front entry:
It looks so eerie seeing studs and sub-flooring juxtaposed with the stained and carpeted stairs.
The living room:
The rest of the living room:
Side note…it turns out that those columns, which I’ve never really liked, are totally unnecessary. I’d always assumed they were weight-bearing. Who knew?
The breakfast room and kitchen:
Yes, that’s my lovely granite island top sitting there in the middle of the floor–the only piece of the counter tops that they were able to salvage without breaking.
The formerly finished basement, looking towards the walk-out doors:
I’m guessing all that mud was tracked in on the workers’ feet and mixed with the water. I like to think my sub-floor isn’t really that dirty!
Opposite view of the basement, looking towards the closet that holds the boiler, etc., and my craft room to the left:
The school room:
My beloved craft room:
This was the saddest part for me. And by FAR the hardest room to inventory! Y’all, I had an almost embarrassing amount of craft supplies filling the shelves, cabinets, and 2 closets in this room!
It’s looking like it will be the end of November before the repairs are completed.
The vast majority of the contents of those 2 floors was destroyed, including all my craft supplies and sewing machines. So, I haven’t been able to do much crafty stuff in the last 6 months. Someday I’ll get to replace everything, but in the meantime I’m going through withdrawals! I’ve bought a few things that I can start playing with again. I also have a few busy bag tutorials in the works, that I made for our trip and took photos of before we left. So expect to see some things appearing here again, slowly but surely. I’ve missed being able to share my projects and our family adventures with y’all!