Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Now We're Cookin

Time for a very quick project update. We spent the last few days in California and boy a lot has happened. What's that?
 
But a garage under construction of course. It's only slightly smaller than our last garage.
 
The cork installation has started. We went with a two color random pattern.
 
Kitchen tile is in.
 
Bathroom tile is underway.  
 
We even have one loan light fixture installed.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Finally Some Color-Grey

Living/Dining room
 Kitchen/Family room
 The current state of the back.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Progress, Progress, Progress

I really need to bring the camera to work and download pictures. Life without Internet got old months ago. The house is progressing rapidly now. Trim is finished. The interior paint is finished. Kitchen cabinets are set. Tile starts next week.
Winston loves to go over to the house to see his lawnmower. It should be an easy transition since he has been at the house a hundred times so far.  
 
This is where the ice maker will live, very cool. The original cabinets were powder coated turquoise on the bottom and white on the top.

Progress
 
Most importantly the garage walls are poured and they got the floor in before the rains started. We have a break in the weather tomorrow and the rest of the garage should go up quickly.
Winston supervised in the bobcat while
 Mom dug out the old tree stump.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Plugging Along

So far so good. We have been fortunate to have crews and subs available pretty consistently to keep this project moving forward. The Studio Build guys have been all over it and we should be turning a corner shortly. The rough plumbing is completed and the floor is getting replaced today. I stopped by this morning and the HVAC guy was finishing duct work and getting ready to set the AC and furnace.
It was a big blessing in disguise that the old concrete tile roof was shot and had to go. After pulling it off no amount of repair was going to stop the leaks. Now we have a nice new 50 year roof. All of the facia was rotten or missing and we went back with hardiboard, so no worry about rot in the future. The flat roof section had sagged and leaked where it joined the sloped roof. It is now pitched out for positive drainage. Combine that with a bunch of new roof vents and it looks like a new house.

The front porch had dropped 6 inches from some very old termite damage. It got jacked up and is held in place by a new tapered column. Fortunately there was a brick ranch just down the street with tapered columns so we didn't have to go far for inspiration.

And a view of the family room from the front yard. The blocked out window space is where the new second bathroom is going. 
Next Few Weeks:
- Interior Plumbing
- Electrical
- HVAC

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sometimes It Gets Worse Before It Gets Better

The project is in full swing. We don't have internet at the apartment so the posts are a few and far between. The past few weeks have brought lots of demo and things are starting to go back together.
The house had an original drywall that was finished with mortar. It was solid. The demo guys didn't appreciate the craftsmanship.
 
All of the walls have been demo'd and reframed. The floor is cut up to run new plumbing. The main stack was cracked so everything had to go. We moved a wall to make the kitchen bigger and vaulted the ceiling which will really improve the space.
 
The kitchen cabinets have gone to powder coating so the only things in the guest bedroom/office are the appliances. From the outside you would guess that it had originally been a two car garage and they just walled off one bay. That wasn't the case. As you can see there is three feet elevation difference between the garage and the rest of the house, strange.
 
The roof was in really bad shape and we are getting it replaced. The flat portion in the back was waterproofed with soldered tin. No amount of patching was going to fix that.  
 In the next couple weeks it will start coming together with the roof, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and insulation all happening.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

To say it's been a busy spring is an understatement. We bought a house, sold a house, moved into an apartment, had massive water damage, had to deal with an insurance settlement, and had to get a construction loan. We should be able to close on the construction loan today or Monday and are on the brink of actually starting work.
In the meantime I get to keep mowing the new yard. It is big enough we got a nice commercial mower so every weekend won't just be mowing.
 
The interior of the house is empty and very rough at this point. The kitchen cabinets have been removed will soon be sent for powder coating.

 The trailer project went on a bit of a hiatus this spring and is now back on track. The table is in an mounted.

It drops down to make the bed. We got a pretty slick removable hinge and folding leg setup from vintage trailer supply that made life much easier.

Insulating is underway in preparation for skin.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Aftermath of the Great Flood of 2014

Fortunately for us the pipe break and flooding incident happened before we owned the house so it was the previous owner's insurance that had to take care of things. For the mold remediation the carpet, kitchen flooring, and a significant amount of drywall had to come out. In that remediation process the floor tiles tested positive for asbestos and a different remediation company had to be called in to remove those.  
The pictures pretty much speak for themselves. Here is all the demo stuff removed from the house.

 Yep, that's about where the leak was.

At one point we had a dozen fans and two large dehumidifiers going to dry things out. Now that is the original kitchen flooring.


All of the drywall in the entry and some in the living room had to go. 
 
So some of the demo we planned on doing is done along with a bunch we didn't plan on doing. We did receive an insurance settlement so I guess things are all bad. The next step is to finalize plans with the contractor, then start the construction loan process moving. The current house closing is May 2nd and the new house won't be livable for at least 6 months. In the meantime we are moving into an apartment. The saying that two moves is like a fire is true. I have a feeling we won't have near as much stuff when we end up in the house.