Monday, June 29, 2009
We had to hash out some stuff with the engineer today. Thank heavens Brian is here to do that stuff. I get too frustrated. He's much more level-headed and doesn't get flustered very easily. I prefer Ricky Bobby's style. Shake and Bake!
Tomorrow the plumbing should start and hopefully the HVAC will be started as well. If we're lucky, it will be a hotbed of activity and the framers will be here too finishing up the rest of their work.
Friday, June 26, 2009
It wasn't all bad today, though. They did fix the bricks on the front porch gable. Here's a before and after.
They also removed the ugly white vents that didn't vent anything and replaced the brick. They also replaced the brick above the dryer vent...it looked horrible before and always bugged me. Another before and after.
It rained pretty hard this evening...No leaks since they finished the roof today! It's done...really done! There was a spectacular double rainbow that I just had to take a picture of after the storm.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
And here is the finished product from today.
More exterior work was done today. The siding was finished on the back gable and the shingles were put on the eaves on the sides of the house. I really like the look of the trim around the windows.
Not much went on inside the house today. They're still nailing down the details with the posts that are supposed to go in the walls as well as all the plumbing and HVAC stuff. Hopefully we'll see more interior progress tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Another decision I wasn't so sure about was the shingle color I picked out. We got to see that decision come to fruition today and I think Brad steered me in the right direction. I really like it. They have the front of the house and the back porch done.
Another exterior item they're now working on is the siding. They've gotten a lot of the fascia and soffit done and have put up the fiber cement siding on one side of the house. Don't worry, we're not leaving it gray. It will be painted tan as the plans show. Up at the top will be a decorative vent to kind of break up the space since there won't be a window here.
Back on the inside, they've laid almost all of the new walnut flooring on the main floor. Once it is sealed, it will be amazing. They had to rip out the tiles on the hearth since they were now at a different height. Thankfully, they were able to find the exact same tiles to replace them with so we won't have to redo the surround.
They have also put in most of the canned lights, junction boxes, and outlet boxes upstairs along with running the wires to them.
And the photo of the day...
You know you're either on a construction site or in my team's bull pen at my office when you see a bag of sunflower seeds nailed to the wall. Of course, if we were at my office, they'd be Zotes.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thankfully, you can't really see that roof from the ground anywhere near the house. Our neighbors will have to deal with looking at two different roofing materials, though. The roof on the front of the house will be shingles as planned.
They also worked a little bit more on the framing in the hall and entryway. They finished framing the hall along the stairs. Also, we decided to expand the floor all the way to the wall behind the bench in the entryway. The second picture is the new bench area. The third picture is the door way to the storage area under the stairs (directly under the bench area).
Brian thinks the new mudroom area may be his favorite part of the whole addition. I have to agree that it feels a million times better than that tiny little landing we used to have there. I can't wait to see it all finished!
The bad news is that when they were expanding the bench area, somewhere they messed up the electrical....We have no garbage disposal again. :)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
They also finished framing in the kids' rooms. Here's a shot of the closet in one of them, followed by a shot from the door of each room.
We'll have pocket doors going into both the master bath and closet. I wondered how those worked. Looks like you just buy a kit that has the track above and two posts that act similarly to studs. I think it will be nice not to have doors swinging in/out of the room.
Still loving this progress!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Here's one from the end of the hall at the top of the stairs. At the left you see the hallway going down to our room. Going right from there, you see the stairway, the master bathroom and finally the kids' bathroom.
Almost all of the windows were put in today. The only one we're waiting on is the one in the kids bedroom that is getting shrunk (the window has to move as a result). They also haven't installed the french doors in the bedroom.
For those of you wondering what we decided to do with the roof over the porch, we're going to have them extend it as per the plans. I love the way it looks now, but Brian and Ed convinced me that we need the extra length to protect against weather and sun...that door's not the most weatherproof.
The final and probably most amazing development was that it didn't rain all day! Not a drop! The curse has been broken!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
One potential problem is the roof over the entryway. The plans call for it to come out a little bit just like the roof over the windows. We're trying to decide if we're going to have them redo it or if we will leave it the way it is. I actually think it looks great now, but there will be some decorative supports on the roof by the windows and we're worried that it will look weird if there aren't the same supports on the porch as well.
The balcony is really starting to come together. I think it's going to be a great little space to relax in. The sunset was amazing tonight.
Grandma & Poppa Oi and Great Grandma & Poppa Yo-Yo came over today so Izzypop could show them our house. In the second pic, you can see that they also started framing the interior. This shot is looking toward the back of the house and where it's framed will be the bathroom areas.