Posted by: Annette Grantham | January 16, 2011

What A Difference A Day Makes

My partner and I bought an unfinished home on the Oregon coast with the intent of finishing it and selling it. Yeah, a flip but not the “do it in 6 weeks” and sell it. We bought it for cash so there is no rush especially since the market is mush. It’s like a hobby, mostly my partner’s hobby. I prefer smaller hobbies.

So we are working on the kitchen counter tops. We bought oak butcher block counters from IKEA and were placing a piece between the stove and the wall. At right angles to that would be our Domsjo apron sink. We were trying to figure out how we were going to cover a two inch gap we thought was going to be next to the sink. (The sink is not in yet.) My partner goes to look at the sink and takes some measurements. The two inch gap is now gone! We are doing a happy dance. The counter tops look great and improve with each coat of mineral oil. We plan on starting the kitchen island tomorrow.

We end the day on a high note that everything is going to plan and looking good.

Next morning, my partner gets up and takes the dog out. I fall back asleep and wake to the sound of sloshing water. Sloshing water in the house! I throw some clothes on and rush downstairs. There is inches of water all over the concrete floor. The downstairs is unfinished – concrete floors, drywall up and painted. We borrow a Shop Vac from a neighbor and I suck up 120 gallons of water but it doesn’t make any difference.

We are not sure where the water is coming from and we don’t know what the original builder did when he did the concrete footings or the floor. Is there a broken pipe? We don’t hear running water. It is very quiet. Is it hydrostatic pressure with a rising water table from the constant rain and high tide of the river?  So another puzzle to solve.

We had to leave to go home for work the next day and our usual way was block for 10 inches of water over the road. So it was a long way home. The weekend started so promising and ended so badly.



  1. Sorry to hear about the flooding problem. Hope all works out.

    Good luck on the Post a Week goal for the year.

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