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Say Good Bye to the Dirt Floor! Part 3 of Total Kitchen Renovation

Say Good Bye to the Dirt Floor!  Part 3 of Total Kitchen Renovation

We are excited to share how our family now has a new pump house and is a step closer to finishing our kitchen renovation.  We’ve been 4 weeks living with a dirt floor in our house, but thanks to extra hands we now have things in place to begin the finishing touches!

The pump house still has to be roofed and a couple more outside boards, but at this point it’s up and running.  If you’d like to review how we got to this part, please read our previous posts on the kitchen renovation.

Part 1: Complete Kitchen Renovation: Beside the creek style

Part 2:  Demolition Day…Days…Weeks

This is where our pump has been located for the past 15 years, and needless to say, it’s been a headache! It was located under the house, stuck down in mud and yuck, and very difficult to work on. Before we could rebuild inside, this all had to come out, the ground leveled, and [amazon_textlink asin=’B00KOOF5W0′ text=’heavy duty plastic’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’besidethecreek-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’114c5993-5dcb-11e7-a503-47db595cf091′] laid down as a moisture barrier.

We had two generous Brothers-in-the-Lord who offered their time, knowledge, energy, and Starbucks coffee into seeing this project completed. They, along with the Daddy when he wasn’t cutting hay, built an entire new structure in about 2 weeks that now houses the hot water heater, pressure pump, and tank.

 The men built a shelf for the pressure tank to rest on, as well as a place to hang the water filter.  We have spring water, so a filter is a must.  We also upgraded our pressure tank to an upright one that holds 36 gallons.



All new wiring had to be done.  There were separate breakers put in for the water pump and hot water heater. They added an inside light as well as indoor and outdoor receptacles. Until this was happening in my own back yard and the “morphing” was taking place, I never knew all the details that go into electrical work!  Hats off to all the electricians in the world!  It’s a good trade to learn.   🙂

While some days were full of electrical brain work, others were focused on plumbing details.  The goal was to get all the “new” in, along with cut off valves, so we could still have water in the house.  Once the electrical part was complete and all the new plumbing in, it was time to do a test run and see how many leaks….Our “test run” showed that there were a few leaks in our plumbing…but evidently that’s a must when you do it yourself!  Thanks to the unions or disconnects it made fixing a lot easier.

It’s the little things in a marriage that make it special.  Putting teflon tape on threaded plumbing fixtures is ours.  You see, the Daddy puts it on backwards every time!  When that happens, it just unravels when you screw it on to the other fixture. He would call me over when it was time to tape a new piece so I could watch and make sure it was going on correctly.  Ahhh, to be needed 🙂

this is the right way

Here is where the main pipe from the spring ran into the ‘old’ pump.  We installed new valves and pipe to where it came directly up into the new pump house.  Trap door…


We highly recommend using unions.  This makes it possible to remove sections of your pipe instead of having to rip out the entire structure in case something gets clogged or broken.  If you’ve ever used [amazon_textlink asin=’B0002YU23O’ text=’pvc pipe cement and primer’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’besidethecreek-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’bad8b386-5dbf-11e7-9d2c-fd1bc9854c57′] you know what a pain that can be.



Here is the inside, minus the hot water heater.  It’s a 4x6x5.5 building.  We used treated  lumber for the floor. Since we live in an area where temperatures can get below 0 degrees, we used 3/4 inch insulation board on the inside.  We don’t want anything freezing, nor do we want to run our electrical bill sky high this winter with the hot water heater.  A little more costly upfront, but we hope it will pay off in the long run.

I have to add this because this is just one of the many gifts that the Lord has given us during this project.  I came home from VBS one afternoon, to find this brand new hot water heater sitting in our yard!  We were planning on using our old hot water heater, just moving it out of it’s current home (the bathroom).  Someone caught wind of it, and decided that that wasn’t a good idea (something about the sediment build up in the bottom) so they bought us a new one!!

This turned out to be such a blessing.  It not only speeded up the switching over process, but once the men did take out the old HWH, it turned out to be quite the challenge.  Plus it did have sediment and rust.

“Where there is no guidance, a people falls; but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” Psalm 11:14

Now, for the insulation….we had a Saturday where we had lots of extra hands come to help us get stuff done.  One project was putting in the insulation board and filling in the gaps with wonderful [amazon_textlink asin=’B0002YX97K’ text=’Great Stuff’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’besidethecreek-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e83f5f9e-5dc4-11e7-aef2-ad897f72c020′]  insulation foam. 

Just a word of caution when it comes to using the Great Stuff: try not to get into it until it dries!  The Head Moma raised up a little too soon….thankfully it comes out fairly easy with hot, soapy water.  She only lost a little bit of hair 😉

By the end of the day, everyone was all tuckered out. We also learned that the new pump house doubles as a hide-a-way spot.  We now have “hotel style” water pressure and we no longer have to “space out” the showers so we don’t run out of hot water!

Now for for the floor…

The Saturday that we had all the extra hands, we made 3 different work stations.  One group was working on finishing the pump house; one was building back floor joists, and the 3rd consisted of the children.  After moving dirt and hauling out trash, they enjoyed the slip and slide 🙂

waiting for further instruction


I. love. all. these. kids.

They all were very eager to do something to help out.  The ‘dirt moving’ went by so fast, the men decided there was time to start building the floor.

The floor joists were 2x8x8 on 16 foot centers.

For the sub-floor, we used treated tongue and groove plywood.  Now, nothing, I repeat nothing, in our almost 100 year old home is level.  This floor is going to be no exception!  If you ever wondered as a child when you would ever use geometry in real life, here’s the perfect example.

Here are two ‘fun’ things that went into the floor…to cover up an old drain pipe, we used an busted soccer ball. I don’t have a picture of the next one, but we used an old circular saw blade as a shim to level up the main beam for the center of the floor.  Livin’ with what’s given’

Ta Da!! Say good bye to the dirt floor…and any creatures that may want to venture into the house!

Stayed tuned for what’s next: wiring, insulation, and drywall. 🙂