I thought I'd address a few concerns that many readers have expressed about our house renovations.
> The popcorn ceiling did not contain asbestos. When you've got a professional drywaller removing the popcorn ceilings, you can bet that it's being done safely.
> Three coats of red seems to have done the trick. The number of coats of paint (especially when working with red) really depends on several factors, including the condition of pre-existing walls, the type of primer used, the brand of paint used, and the finish used (flat, semi-gloss, etc.). When you've got a few professional painters advising, you can rest assured that they know what they're talking about (their guess was three coats).
> The kitchen paint looks great and the remaining wallpaper underneath is not causing any problems. Again, knowing what you're working with and having a professional wallpaper hanger (the same guy who hung that same paper in that same room 20 years ago) advising you goes a long way.
Needless to say, my advice is, if you don't know how to do something right, find somebody who does...and, you'll learn a lot of new, handy-man things along the way.
> If you'll watch This Video again (especially around 3:19), you should notice that the toilet drain is plugged.
> Tricia can't spend more than a few minutes at a time in the house right now...lots of dust and fumes. It doesn't bother her any more than anyone else, but long-term exposure could cause issues. Once everything is dry and clean, she'll be able to spend more time at the house as we finish up.
Every room in the house now has paint, except for the two baths and a few closets. Also, about half of the trim around the windows and doors has been painted.
The cabinets in the master bath and the kitchen have been cleaned from top to bottom.
A friend and professional lighting expert met with me this morning to help figure out how to best light the dark living room and kitchen.
And, within the next few weeks, the air handler and heat pump will be replaced and an air filtration system installed to help keep the air as clean as possible.
I'll film another video tour sometime this week and post a few more pics.