Sunday, March 31, 2013

House 3, Week 27

Oh boy! Look what arrived this week! Cabinet claws!

These babies can push in two directions at once, thereby enabling one to make nice, neat seams on cabinet corners.

No cabinet claw action in the barn, but plenty of clamps to brace the kitchen cupboards while the glue dries.

Shiny doors. 

The Mr. is using a new technique for the door finish this time. Instead of spraying on the varnish, he's using super fine sandpaper (I think rubbing the doors with his hands would be a rougher finish) and applying thin layers of varnish with a roller. Much neater and they look great.

At the project house, some finishing exterior touches. Notice the number over the mailbox and the little globes for outside lighting. 

Since I know some of you will ask... the thing in the middle there is the vent for the furnace and underneath are the meters for the utility companies to read.

This is a special request photo from the Mr. which he calls "don't try this at home."

As a keen observer of house projects for more than two decades, I see what he did and how tricky it must have been. Of course our potential buyers will only see that there isn't some grievous flaw in the tile.

However, I know that the Mr. labored for no small amount of time to cut that tile just so and fit it around the wall of the wash area. Bravo!

Some of the cabinet carcasses are in place. The old under the sink, along with the refrigerator surround at the far end. Also note that the kitchen floor is now tiled.

Oh hey, Helper Bob, what's shakin'?

Helper Bob's been touching up stuff. Most of his touch up work is small and doesn't photograph well, but the paint job on the chimney really pops out. Nice. 

The wooden floor in the living room is almost finished. Then it's just the dining room and a shot down the hallway and the Mr. will be done with all that hands and knees work.

Kitchen sink anybody?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

House 3, Week 25

There was a query on my last post regarding the heat that was being run over the storage room door. The reason for that is that the house is built on a concrete slab. Since that section was not in a living area, it was easier to run it up and over.

Here you can see the final run of the heat into the utility area and the evidence of jack hammer activity to clear a trough in the concrete.

And with that, the new heat is all hooked up to the fancy boiler.

Oooo! Look at all those lights and things. 

The kitchen cabinets are slowly making their way out of the barn and into the house. Here the sink base with nifty pullout for a trash can awaits installation.

The surround for the refrigerator is in and I happened upon the Mr. laying the supporting structures for the sink cabinet.

The house is far from plumb, so the trick is to make the cabinets level without revealing the wiggly wobbly nature of the walls and ceilings.

Helper Bob is working his way through the house painting doors white. 

The Mr. is styling his new carpenter's apron (and showing a tired smile). 

Week 25 and it's wearing on both of us. Almost there. The appliances are ordered. Once the kitchen is in, things will speed back up again.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

House 3 Week 23

The fixtures are installed in the bathrooms. Thank goodness as the Mr. and the boys had been using a chamber pot along with a handy bottle of bleach. Blech.

Keeping it simple with pedestal sinks. I personally prefer that to those under the sink cabinet constructions, especially in a small bathroom.

Nice to see Helper Bob back on the job. He's just tidying up the tiles. Looks like the doors are on the shower. Getting closer...

With the painting completed, next up is running the heat. The baseboard has been installed in the family room.

Punch list signs have started showing up in the bedrooms.

Here's the Mr. himself checking on the heating pipes. He's running the pipes himself and using flexible tubing. Much easier to handle than copper. The old heating pipes are in the floor and there they shall stay.

I took this picture of the kitchen just because it looked kind of artsy to me. You can refer back to this after the kitchen is all done.

So, we're at the point of "this room is all finished except for..." conversations which I think means about a month away from completion.

Housing market looks good right now. Let's hope it holds.