Friday, December 30, 2011

Week 9 - Exterior Almost Done, more Plumbing and Electrical

Lots of pictures this week!

The house that you see from the road already looks tons better than what used to be there. All new windows, new roof, and new siding.

And look who's back! Jarod!

I found him finishing up the siding on the back of the house.

Since the last time we saw Jarod (working on the roof) he has become the proud papa of a little baby boy. Congratulations, buddy!

We were able to reuse lots of the original siding. You can see on the back how some of it looks kind of dirty. No worries. That will power wash sparkling clean in the spring.

Did I show you the tires in the back yard? Who knows how many of them and that jungle part of the yard is overrun with prickly bushes.

These days, tires count as hazardous waste, so it will cost $10 / tire to get rid of them. Hopefully they are only one layer deep back there. Might wait until spring and send Jimmy "Scooby Doo" in to get them out.

There used to be a back door on this side, but since the Mr. installed sliders in the living room, the original back door was sealed up to provide more space inside.

Smaller bedroom sporting new windows. Much more light now than before.

The last of the carpet went into the dumpster and with that the icky smell in the house has finally started to dissipate. I don't know if the Mr. plans on keeping that swirly border between the entry and the living room. We shall have to wait and see.

The kitchen. New window and the plumbing and electrical have been moved around to accommodate the different arrangement of appliances.

Those are rolls of insulation. The house is still a bit breezy, but the insulation can't go in until after the rough carpentry inspection.

Jerry "No Crack" finished up the rough plumbing, but inspection has to wait until next week as it appears the building inspector opted for a four day holiday. Sheesh. That's the new tub under the box. Don't want it getting scratched.

The wallpaper in the bathroom is being very stubborn about coming off. They must have used superglue! But the Mr. is resisting the temptation to just rip the wall board down and will continue to apply chemical warfare to the glue.

The family room looks about the same as the last time you saw it except for the addition of a sheet rock lift.

There was some discussion of the Mr. doing the board himself, but today, James the Plasterer gave him a price for board and plaster that sounded quite nice, so no need for the sheet rock hoist after all (James's sheet rock hoist is also called his son - hehehe).

See those orange goobers? That is fire block. A requirement by code and also a good idea. Should there ever be an electrical fire, the fire block will keep it from spreading quickly through the walls of the house.

Front walkway might not finish before winter. At least the gravel bed is in. Big ditch with about a gazillion bags of gravel to absorb any runoff from the roof as well as winter melt after snowstorms. Keeps water away from the house.

The walkway requires at least two days of warm, dry weather for cement and mortar to cure. We haven't had warm AND dry for a while.

Robo Ronnie is back too and working with Jarod on the siding. Unfortunately, while I was otherwise occupied, he took off in his truck, leaving just his tool belt behind.

Mango Momma


  1. For those of you who watch those house flipping shows that show you how easy this is, Let me tell you. Apart from the new electrical service, plumbing,roof,siding,windows,doors,baths,kitchen,insulation,plaster,trim,inside doors,paint, and flooring, It's a cinch.

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  3. Are you sure the doorways are wide enough for Lakie derrieres?

    This would be a very lovely gift for the happy couple


  4. Great progress!!!! I am getting tired just looking at your pictures. Love watching the transformation. Congrats to Jared's new baby too! Happy New Year!

  5. Congratulations to papa Jarod!
    We never knew fire blocks existed! We learn something new every day, don't we!
    The house is coming along beautifully!

  6. Tell master not to forget my doggie door and I'll need an akita wall block just in case toolie comes over and I need to secure myself.

  7. Wow, sounds like you already have two prospective buyers! You've made such a lot of progress; really looking forward to seeing the finished product. Another thing about those flipping shows on TV; they seem to get all that work done in less than an hour. Your reality blog shows it takes a LOT longer, in addition to being a LOT more work than advertised.

    Jed & Abby

  8. Blimey Charlie, looks like its hard work and obviously you have all been working hard. Once again someone will be getting a great house thanks to all your work. That wallpaper makes me feel kinda ill just to think of getting it off. What a bloody awful job. Congratulations to Jarod. No worries, Carol.