Update: Things Are Looking Up

Sorry I haven't updated in more than a week. It's been so overwhelming that every time I sat down to sum up, I felt like I had more questions than answers. Things are looking up, for the most part, so here's the news:

The House

The house is pretty much gutted now. On the second floor, they removed the wood floor in the hallway; the sheetrock in the hallway, the girls' bathroom, and the exercise room; they are pulling up the carpet in the girls' rooms, the exercise room, and Tab's office; they are taking out the tile floor in the girls' bathroom. Essentially, every room up there except the master suite has been reduced to bare studs and subfloor. On the first floor, they pulled up all of the oak floors in the dining room, living room, and hallway; they're pulling up the floor tile in the kitchen and guest bath; they removed the sheetrock and ceilings in the dining room, living room, guest bath and part of the kitchen, they pulled up the carpet in my office. They will be replacing the treads on the staircase. Additionally, all of the built in bookshelves, the murphy bed, etc. from all rooms except the master suite and the family room have been removed to be refinished--that goes for many of the kitchen cabinets, too. They're also replacing the kitchen countertop and the vanity in the girls' bathroom.Eventually, they will have to refinish the oak floors in the family room, too. All of our belongings (except clothing and a few odds and ends we stored in the master closet) are packed away in storage or being refinished at the furniture medic or tested at the electronics restoration place.

When all is said and done, in three months, we'll have new carpets and oak floors in most of the house. They will paint every wall in the house. Plus, we'll have new tile floors in two bathrooms and in the kitchen and a new countertop in the kitchen.

We'll also have a new furnace--though that cost is on us since it was just a coincidence that the disaster happened to reveal that our furnace was on it's last legs.

Much of the wiring that was not damaged by the water will have to be replaced since the demolition revealed that it had been chewed in several places by mice. That cost is on us, too.

We chose to go with State Farm's preferred contractor for the rebuild. They're not local 🙁 but they have an excellent reputation and they guarantee their work (and that of all their subcontractors) for FIVE years! We should be ironing out details very soon on particulars like pain colors, tile choices, etc. The reconstruction is supposed to take two to three months. We fully expect it to take a little longer.

Our Living Situation

State Farm has been taking good care of us. We've been living at the Common Man Inn for a week now and will remain here until Friday. It's a pretty posh hotel for these parts and we have been pretty spoiled for the last week. At the same time, even with one room for us and one for the kids, it gets pretty old living in a hotel. Tonight we met with a local guy who owns a FABULOUS house up on Texas Hill Road. He agreed to rent the house to us for three months (and more if we need it). It's a gorgeous place--a giant log home with views of Plymouth Mountain on one side and a view clear up to the notch on another. We move in Friday. What's more, the place is fully furnished (even pots and pans and dishes), so we don't have to go down to Manchester to dig our stuff out of storage. We can't wait to get there and cook for ourselves for a change.

We're all doing fine. Maya has had some rough days (she feels very much adrift), and Tab and I worry about how much this will cost in the end, but by and large we're all just rolling with it. It could have been worse: we could have been uninsured, or insured by a lousy company. As it happens, we're feeling very well cared-for.

Many thanks to all who have written or commented or called...I'm sorry I haven't gotten back to most of you. The day to day details have been pretty daunting up this point. Our friends have really gone out of their way to support us--inviting us over for home-cooked meals, to offering rides for the kids, temporarily adopting the cat, and my friend Phil, in particular has spent hours serving as technical advisor, ambassador from the world of contractors, and part-time project manager. I owe that guy a beer... I owe a LOT of you a beer.

This summer, we'll have a big BBQ at our new house and we'll try to dish out some payback. You'll have to take your shoes off, though...new floors don't you know.

7 thoughts on “Update: Things Are Looking Up

  1. I recommend cool pain colors (greens, blues, purples). They're soothing, and should reduce the quantity of morphine/aspirin required.

  2. Hey Cous had no idea it was this bad! The story really just made me cry, the whole ordeal I see was hard on all of you. Then finding a furnished beautiful home for 3 months with pots and pans even,,,how wonderful is that??!!!! Its funny how I can let small things get to me sometimes, then I read something like this and it gets me right back on track..."how important is it really? Compared to your situation, I have no problems today! LIFE IS GOOD! Love you all thinking of you, Laura

  3. I am encouraged to hear that State Farm is helping you out. If they were a healthcare insurance company, they would consider your heater a pre-existing condition and refuse you coverage. I'm glad you have a nice home to live in while the house is being re-built. I can't imagine what a nightmare it must have been when you discovered your house in ruin. My cousin had a very similar thing happen to him several years ago. He and his family returned home (late at night) from a week at Disneyland only to find that the toilet had been overflowing in the house for a week. Lessons learned: Always have someone check on your house when you go out of town. Give my best to Tab.

  4. Wish we were closer for sure. Many thanks from the Illinois family to all those friends who have helped out those "New Hampshire Coykendall's" in their time of need. It is comforting to know that there are so many folks there to offer the physical help along with the moral support and positive energy that all of us are sending eastward.

  5. Yes, as a Psychoanalyst, I couldn't help but notice your "Freudian slip" as well. "Pain" colors indeed.

  6. Rolling with it is the only way to go, Scott. Thanks for the update. Sounds like sanity may prevail sooner rather than later.


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