Monday, May 04, 2015

The House - Week 22

Week 22 - March 23, 2015

I don't have a whole lot of pictures to show this week as I was only to visit the once during the week and it was late the night before we had to fly out to Africa.

Rock on the front of the house was finished.

The view of our house from our neighbor's main floor.

Another view of the front.

Yet another view from the front.  I really like how the house looks from the front and that even though there is an upstairs in the house, the house as a whole is not terribly tall.

More mudding and taping on the inside.

Next week, finishing up the mudding, taping and sanding.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

The House - Week 21

Week 21 - March 16, 2015

This week was mostly a continuation of the same things as last week.

Work continued on the rock installation on the front of the house.

As I was driving around the area, I noticed that we have less rock/brick than most of the other homes in the area.

The gas meter is in and turned on, the chicken wire and tarpaper are up around the house.

Looking north along the front of the house.

Looking from the front door towards the upstairs.

The weekly update of our neighbors to the south. Both homes are moving along quickly.

All of the sheetrock has been hung, so the next step is mudding and taping.

They started with the screw holes and some of the seams. I'm not sure how they pick and chose which ones to work on each day/phase.

Another view.

In the toy room.

The upstairs hallway.

A few circuits in our electrical panels have been energized including the furnaces and the dedicated receptacle in our laundry room (for use by the contractors).

Starting to mud and tape in the basement.  There are still a lot of boxes of mud to go through.

Another view of the basement.

In the backyard, looking SE.

The electrical meter is just jerry rigged to the temporary power meter.  Don't touch anything behind the meter cover.

Rock wall - nearly complete.

Next week, more mudding and taping. Also, this was the week when Alison and I left to Uganda (more on that later...).

Monday, April 27, 2015

Washington to Salt Lake (Day 9)

We got to the hotel rather late and we had to be up by 4:00 AM (2:00 AM UT time) in order to return our car and make it to the airport for our 6:00 AM flight.  The poor girls were all sleeping so soundly.

Luckily Lyla was able to keep sleeping on the plane.

Southwest sunrise.

It was good to be home and it was a lovely trip. We're grateful for Emily being such a gracious host.  We were thinking that we would be able to help her out a bit (ya know, with a 6 week old baby, deployed husband, 3 other kids, etc.), but to the contrary there was not really much we could have done to help as she had everything at home running smoothly.  In fact, our disruption of the routine was probably more detrimental.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The House - Week 20

Week 20 - March 9, 2015

This week was mainly focused on sheetrock throughout the house.  However, the exterior stone and tarpaper was also delivered.

Gas meter installed and ready to go.

Sheetrock installation started upstairs in the toy room.

Here they are hanging sheetrock in the bedrooms (ceilings were done first).

Looking from Ada's room out into the hallway.

A view from the rear of the house.

In the garage.  The spray on insulation above the ceiling on the outside of the toy room walls.

Blown in insulation in the garage wall.  "Put 5/8" drywall in this garage."

Exterior rock, mortar, wire mesh, etc.

Sheetrocking the great room.

The great room and homework nook ceiling.

Another view.

The basement is fully stocked with mud and sheetrock.  I really want to know how they got the basement loaded.  Any way you slice it, that does not sound fun,

No rock. Only hip hop allowed.

Adding the rock to the front of the house.

Another view.

Close up view of the rock.

A view of the great room ceiling from the upstairs.  Who is going to change those lights?

Looking into the toy room.

From the upstairs landing looking down towards the front door.

Basement ceilings and top wall panels are done.

Looking towards the basement kitchen.

In the telecom/AV room.  I would have been ok leaving this room un-sheetrocked, but no biggie.

Basement hallway.

The weekly update of our neighbors to the south.  Both homes are moving along.

Most of the exterior has been caulked in preparation for painting.

Wide angle view of the great room, kitchen and upstairs overlook.

Sheetrock in the garage.  That had better be 5/8" sheetrock.

Looking towards the front door.

Kate in the breakfast nook.

Basement is done. Mud and tape is stocked and ready.

Looking into the theater room.

A trend has been to use quick connects with outlets and switches.  It looks like that is what the electrician will be doing in our house as well.

A view of the front.  The rock on the front is about halfway done.

A close-up of the corner rockwork.

Next week: Finishing the rockwork and starting the mudding and taping.