Sunday, January 20, 2013

House 3, Week 17


The shutters are up and the outside looks a lot more cheery. I took a photo of the back because out front the dumpster kind of ruins the view.

Don't let the bad lighting fool you, the shutters aren't black, but a nice, dark green.



Inside, the new boiler is in place and ready to be hooked up. That's a lesson learned from the first two houses. Don't try to install the boiler AND hook up the heat at the same time. 





This week the Mr. was busy trimming. All the trim is finished in the bedrooms and bathrooms.




The space at the bottom is to accommodate the baseboard heat. I love the little angles. It will look like one continuous molding once it's painted. 





The doorways and closets are trimmed out as well.





Even the plumbing access hole in the bathroom has molding. Adorable.





No work this weekend. Helper Bob had some personal business to take care of and the Mr. has a stomach bug. Not exactly the way one wants to get a weekend holiday.

I think tiling is next on the schedule. Very demanding work physically. Lots of up and down and hands and knees. Glad it isn't me.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

House 3, Week 16


Today you are going to see a lot of nice, clean walls, so I'll add a couple of before shots to remind you of how things used to look.

The family room was finished with wood paneling (ew) with an absurd ceiling.



Both the ceiling and walls were gone right over with board and skim coat. Ne need to remove the existing finish. 





The door between the utility area and the family room is in too. 






Here's a photo of how the kitchen wet wall looked last week.







Same wall this week. Starting to look like a house again.





I'm standing in the front door here. The little half wall between the living room and the kitchen will afford more options for arranging furniture in the living room but still gives an open feeling. The kitchen is on the other side of the wall.





Same wall as viewed from the kitchen. You can also see the expanded entry into the family room on the right.




Outside, Helper Bob was taking advantage of the warmer temps to paint the trim. More white. White everywhere. People want to buy white.





That's James the Plasterer providing some supervision to Helper Bob.





Meanwhile, back at our estate, the exterior shutters have their first coat of paint. Green. Safe color. Sigh.





Helper Bob and I got to talking about dogs (again). He'd never heard about dog freestyle (dog dancing), so, Helper Bob, if you are reading this, here is the most famous dog dancing duo of all time for your enjoyment (no, not me and Mango or Dexter, but close).


Saturday, January 5, 2013

House 3, Week 15


Yes, yes, yes, I missed a week. Luckily, the Mr. is far more industrious than I am and has yet to miss a day of work (save Thanksgiving day) since he started fifteen weeks ago (yes, he worked both Christmas and New Year).

Each house goes through a rather impressive early life with lots of demolition and what not.

Now we find ourselves in a more pedestrian phase where the changes are not as obvious.

Big milestones, however, as the rough inspections (plumbing, electrical, and carpentry) are all completed as well as the insulation inspection (always somebody from the town with their hand out).

I found the Mr. working on the heat. The current heat is in the slab the house sits on. He's running baseboard for the new heating system.



Green carpet is completely gone from the living room leaving brown tile (which we should be able to go over with the hardwood).



The family room is all insulated and ready for board.





The back door went in right before we had our first big snow of the season. The siding is also completed on the back. The Mr. will be watching for a few warm days to paint the trim.




 Helper Bob seemed a bit despondent. Primarily because a lot of the work he's been doing isn't obvious.




So I took a photo of the living room walls which no longer have wallpaper. Thanks, Helper Bob.




The board will be going up next week, so I went around in search of places in need of board. 

Obviously the half wall between the kitchen and the living room (that monster on the left is the old furnace which will be retiring once the new heat is in).




The tub surround requires boarding up.



And I think the plan is to just go over the old bathroom wall with new board. Much more expeditious than trying to sand down the glue from where the tile used to be.




Quick trip to the utility room to gauge whether there was any lingering oil smell. I didn't detect any today.





Meanwhile, in the barn, work has been underway to make shutters for the windows. That's a lot of shutters.





This is a woodpecker eating suet at our estate. Nothing to do with the project house, but I like the photo, so there you go.