BEFORE (8-03) & AFTER (11-04)
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going into February hoping it's the last month of work before getting the
OK on our final inspection and closing the building permit. It will all
finding enough time and help, and getting the last few required items checked
off the list: metal exterior details ordered and installed, the garage stuccoed,
the master bath tile and shower finished, and pouring a small concrete slab
outside the bathroom door.
02.02.05 Building code requires at least a
6 sq. ft. concrete pad outside all
exterior doors. For the master bath / patio door we form up a much bigger
pad to tie
into the existing utility pad. In the future, we'll probably replace the
AC unit with
larger one around the corner and maybe extend to patio as well. Also to
Don Sr. installs a second door vent in the water heater closet.
02.03.05 Bright and early, Don Sr. arrives
with a trailor with 3/4 cubic yard of
concrete and Dylan helps us wheelbarrow it in and screed it.
The boys always wanted to write their names in some
of the concrete, but they've
never been around at the right time. Our dog Sugar Ray, however, was here
make his mark. We didn't see it happen, but I imagine he was quite surprised
he stepped in. Funny thing was that there were only two prints that went
like he just jumped straight up from there. Also, with a bit of extra concrete,
poured an impromptu, un-formed apron under the side gate.
And viola!... a quicky patio.
02.06.05 It's still not finished, and it's
a mess, but here are the master bath sink
cabinets all done and the bath has been grouted. There will be a big single
above the cabinets of course.
The master closet is now in full use and we finally
have the door stained and
hung. Although a design flaw (the door hits the hangers as you open and
it) means we leave the door open for the time being.
Here's a look at the bedroom wood trim and the paneled
wall in the office (both
were actually finished weeks ago.
02.10.05 The visible drains will be hanging
chains that the water drips down.
This is a cool feature that is becoming more popular with architects. Also,
exterior view of the recently installed tile under the rolling doors.
With help from Don Sr. and Chris (mom) we got a lot
more of the facia and eve
02.19.05 After a week off from construction,
Don spent an entire drizzley Saturday
installing the rest of the red metal facias. The custom order was picked
Loomis metals two days ago (Thanks to David J for the use of his truck!),
and weather be damned, we wanted it done today. The sides of the dormer
the front and side of the garage are finally done after months of waiting.
All of the
corners will be put in soon. We'll have to custom cut the angled corner
by hand to make them fit right.
But the really exciting part of the new metal order
is dormer posts and beam in
the front entryway. We've been waiting for so long for thisit's gonna
one of those really transformational details. These required a lot of custom
hand cuts on site to make them fit together right. The vertical sections
held in place by few screws each right now because we'll take them back
connect flexible drain pipes inside the post covers.
Oh, baby!! That's what I'm talking about!!
TO NEXT MONTH
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