Wednesday, February 22, 2012

We're doing the den!

In about 2 weeks we're going to tackle our first reno.  Well, we're hiring someone to do it for us.  Woo hoo!  You might remember this post here about our wish list for our den remodel and that our den currently looks something like this:


 Icky poo poo.

Well, in about a month I'm hoping our fireplace looks more like this:


And that our walls have a lot less of this:



We're also having all of the hardwood floors in our house refinished and stained at the same time.  I can't wait!  We can finally start putting some area rugs down.  

One little problemo that we have to deal with before we can start is lead paint.  Law says that if your home was built prior to 1978 and a lead paint certified contractor is doing work for you, you need to test for lead paint or assume there is lead paint and follow strict EAP guidelines.  We were told that our home was built in 1978 so when we bought the house we opted not to do a lead test.  Now it looks like the home was transferred to the previous owners (who had the house built) on 01/01/1978 which means that the house was probably built in 1977.  Sneaky little devils.  If we were to do the reno ourselves without testing there'd be no problem for us, but because we're having a contractor do it, he could get in big trouble if he doesn't play by the rules.  So, we're gonna test for lead and cross our fingers that the results come back negative.  If they come back positive, that'll mean more $$ for the reno and hazmat suits.

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