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