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Dean Kirkland

House of Hill

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We've got a truckload of this dumped in our front yard. Sean has the task of sifting through it (because it came with debris). But we've got the material for our hearth. Augusta Block used to pave the streets of downtown Gainesville, but when they tore it up, some guy saved them and has been selling them off. I

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We have a sunken area in the front room that's currently a formal living room, but since we'd like to expand the kitchen into what's now the current formal dining room, we'll be converting this living room into our dining area. So we'll be filling some of the sunken area with concrete. Sean's been working this week on creat

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We're needing to finalize our cabinetry layout in preparation for laying floors, knocking out walls and building new ones. This is what we came up with. Constructive criticism is welcome.1. The kitchen floor plan. 2. The east kitchen wall.3. The west kitchen wall.4. The south kitchen wall.

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We're getting the house repiped this week. It's old enough to greatly benefit from it, and with the current renovation, it would be almost foolish to put it off. So the cabinets and vanities, which need to get to replaced--hopefully with new ones made by Sean--either due to rot, poor layout or both, are getting removed to p

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Everything but the edges has been smoothed down now by Sean and his diamond grinder. He wouldn't have been able to get the machine back within the 24-hour rental period without the aid of Pastor Joel and the rotary hammer. As soon as the edges are smoothed out, it'll be time to apply BoneDry, a spray-on moisture barrier.

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The previously rented 6" Bosch rotary hammer chisel bit works, but it doesn't do nearly as clean of a job against the thinset as we need from it. So instead of renting it again, Sean picked up this multi diamond-blade grinder to try to knockout this portion of the job by the machine's due-back time of 10am tomorrow. So far,

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With all the tile out, the next step is to smooth out the concrete subfloor of the leftover thinset. We don't own the 6" chisel bit needed for the Bosch rotary hammer, so we're renting it. It's taken Sean a very full day to get just half of it done. 1. The progress: debris top left, remaining thinset below debri

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This tile proved much more difficult than the first. It's probably original to the house--a terracotta tile that breaks into tiny, tiny pieces at the touch of Sean's Bosch rotary hammer. This room will be getting the greatest amount of rearranging, so ba-bye.

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Last Wednesday, Sean unloaded our new solid longleaf pine floors into the house with the help of his dad and Pastor Joel and has been spending this week ripping out the old tile to prepare for laying the wood. I managed to sneak a plank away from the others for myself.

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At the end of 2012, Sean and I bought a house. We went to the Alachua County Courthouse, bid on a foreclosure, won it, and became homeowners. We're official ACRs (Alachua County residents). We've got quite a bit of work ahead of us, and we don't plan to do any living within our walls until late spring or early summer. It's

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