Thursday, November 12, 2009

Getting Closer Every Day

Well, we're getting into the home stretch, and it seems like new things are happening every day. The interior finish work is really starting to make it feel like a house. I could go on and on about all of the work that is being done, but wouldn't it just be easier to show you the pictures? Ok, so in the last couple of weeks the following things have happened...

...walls have been primed...

...shutters have been built and stained...

...stumps have been dug up...

...exterior trim has been painted...

...brick has been completed on the garage wall...

...footings have been dug for the retaining wall...

...shutters have been hung...

...cedar posts have been added to the deck...

...shingles have been put on the eyebrows...

...the retaining wall has been laid around the driveway...

...the front door has been stained...

...walls and trim have all been painted...

...steps have been built on the deck...

...posts and handrails have been added to the deck...

...and (look closely) plugs and light switches have been installed.

From this point on, things are going to change on a daily basis, so I will try and post more frequently. Heating and Air should be completed today, brick on the body of the house may be finished today, the deck should be finished today or tomorrow, tile should start going to down today or tomorrow...stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Slowly but Surely

Another couple of weeks pass, and things are still moving right along. Some of them less noticeable than others, mind you, but progress nonetheless. As you can see from the pictures below, bricks continue to wrap around the front of the house, but the area under the porch is being saved for the inevitable rainy days to come. The deck is almost complete, but the drywall mud dries slower when the weather is wet and cold like it has been the last several weeks. However, we're still on track for our projected move-in date. On to the pictures...

Looking much more complete from the front

Hardie-shingles and window are now installed on the dormer

Gable vents are in place

Deck floor is almost complete (by the time you read this, it WILL be)

Deck is supported by 4 1/2 " steel pipe in concrete

One of our carpenters (Daniel) used to be a welder in Alaska, so this project was no problem for him - he did a great job

Taking the first steps out onto the new deck

View from the living room doors

We wanted the garage to have an interior feel, so we used bead board on the walls and ceiling with heavy crown and baseboards - it will look much better when it's painted

Garage walls and trim are almost totally finished

The trail of mud and dust tells you that the drywall finisher was here

Notice the new layer of flooring for areas that will be carpeted

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Moving Indoors

We've had some big changes in the last couple of weeks. It has rained non-stop, but luckily we had plenty of work that needed to be done on the inside of the house. Most significantly, insulation and drywall has now been installed, and WOW does it ever look different. Last week the insulation guys came down from Memphis and finished their work in a day. Instead of just using traditional batt insulation, we decided to go with a high-density spray-in foam between the studs, with Eco-Batt on top of that. Then, our sheet rock guys showed up and started hanging drywall. They actually finished hanging it yesterday, but won't start mudding and taping the joints until today or tomorrow.

As you can see, we cleaned the inside from floor to ceiling before insulation went in

It wouldn't stay this clean for long

Spray-in foam between the studs seals off any airflow

Sprays in as a liquid, then expands and hardens

Putting Eco-Batt on top of the foam

We also put some sound-deadening insulation on some interior walls

Foam around the top of the tray ceiling in the master bedroom

The first day of drywall - dust is everywhere

Finished guest bedroom walls, ceilings and closets

Guest bedroom on the back of the house

Holes cut out for each light fixture

You can't get a much better fit than that

Routing out the opening for a light switch

These guys were as neat as possible - they even organized their scraps

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Two Sides To Every Story

Currently, the house has two sides. The front looks essentially the same as it has for several weeks, other than the fact that windows and doors are installed. The back, however, looks like an entirely different house. We started laying brick on the back, and from the golf course it really looks 100% different. It has rained non-stop here for 2 weeks, so we haven't made as much progress as we could have otherwise, but the guys have still been able to get lots of things done. Such as...

Windows and Ami's front doors installed

French doors leading from the kitchen (left) and living room (right) out onto the deck

Exterior view of the front porch - the lack of brick makes it look like not much has changed

Door leading from the garage into the mudroom

With all the rain, the carpenters have had to move their operations indoors

Pocket door frames have been installed

All of the recessed lights are wired

Guest bath tub/shower - you can also see the pocket door frame to the left

Windows in master bedroom and pocket door leading into the master bath

Garden tub in the master covered for protection...

...and uncovered

Recessed lights under the back porch

John has already bricked half of the wall on the guest wing

Notice how the center section under the roof isn't bricked? John had been saving that for rainy days...

...and as you can tell, we've had plenty of rainy days - I told you it looks like a different house!