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