Construction Project, Weeks 19 & 20: The Weather’s a-changin’

We transitioned from fall to winter over these two weeks. It has not been much fun for the deck-builders, but the plumber is loving working in a warm, dry location. We now have carpet, lights, and most of a deck.

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Published in: | on October 25th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Construction Project: Week 18, Bottoms Up

It was an exciting week of progress. With the walls painted, work began in earnest on the floors. The tile was laid and grouted with remarkable speed. Outside, the garage doors were framed in, a railing added to our front entrance, and the platform of the deck built.

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Published in: | on October 15th, 2012 | Comments Off

Construction Project: Weeks 16 & 17, Getting Ready for Take-off

Progress was a little slower over these two weeks than we would have liked, but things are poised to take off at break-neck speed starting next week. The old deck was removed, with some of the wood salvaged to make a new trash can corral. Inside, painting began in earnest.

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Published in: | on October 9th, 2012 | Comments Off

Construction Project: Week 15, Smooth Sailing

This week the rough places were made smooth (walls sanded) and the smooth places rough (textured ceiling). Throughout this project, it has been a privilege to watch craftsmen who are very good at what they do. The drywall guys took a close look at our existing ceiling texture to match it. They were able to identify who did the ceiling 16 years ago. The other exciting development was the installation of the garage door on the new bay and a new garage door opener in the old bay.

 

 

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Published in: | on September 20th, 2012 | Comments Off

Construction Project: Weeks 13 & 14, From Wood to Walls

It looked like aliens had invaded, with their yellow ectoplasmic foam guns. Next came the fuzzy pink walls. Finally, drywall appeared, followed by tape and mud. It appears the aliens, or maybe it was Spider Man, can defy gravity, but they haven’t learned to wipe their feet first. (See bottom middle photo.)

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Published in: | on September 13th, 2012 | Comments Off

Best Road Trip Ever!

It was a brilliant plan. My family would hitch a ride with my husband’s sister-in-law and husband who were on their way back to Tacoma. By leaving our car at home, we would only have two vehicles and two drivers to move my mother-in-law back to Bozeman with us. My daughter did such a good job describing the resulting adventure on FaceBook that I have her permission to let her recount the tale. The spelling and punctuation are hers. Sigh.

best road trip trouble story EVER: if ur gonna read part of it, ya gotta read all of it, ok?
so we were hitching a ride to tacoma, WA with my aunt and uncle, who live in rochester (an hour away from tacoma) and were visiting family in paradise valley. we planned to leave at 7:45 am. first they call us and say they accidentally slept in, and will b an hour late. next they call and say that the old truck they planned to tow on a trailer was throwing the balance of the car way off so they couldnt top 30mph. they decide to tow it directly behind their car and so they have to go to the car shop to get new tires put on cuz the original ones were, like, ANCIENT. which also meant that they were super hard to pry off. we finally get on the road at about 6 pm. then while we were going over homestake pass a hose in the radiator blew. thankfully my aunt and uncle had the parts to fix it cuz the same thing had happened on the way up to montana, but it still took awhile to fix, and afterwards we had to be really careful about not letting it get too hot. so we stop at this rest stop and my mom and dad both get out to use the restroom. my mom comes back and said that it was padlocked. my dad comes back a few minutes later, and she asks him if he “used the bush,” to which he replies, no, i used the bathroom! turns out the padlock on it wasnt the thing that was locking it after all! anyway we stopped at another rest stop and right in the middle of it teh power went out! it was nighttime too, so it was utterly pitch black in there! so we finally got to our hotel at around 1 in the morning. the next day we manage to get through moses lake without a problem…. and then the brand-new front tire of the car we were towing burst (and i mean BURST!), so we had to wait for a towtruck to come and follow us to ellensburg towing the old truck. when we got there we had to wait for them to change the tire again. so we finally got to tacoma at around 8 pm, and my aunt and uncle continued on to rochester. we later learned that when they were almost home, the other front tire blew!!! it was super funny and i will never forget it!
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Published in: | on September 4th, 2012 | Comments Off

Construction Project: Weeks 9 – 12, Filling in the Guts

We were gone another two weeks during weeks 9 through 12. It was time to put the finishing touches on the roof line, add shingles, and start into wiring and plumbing. In addition the sprinkler system was brought back on-line.

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Published in: | on September 4th, 2012 | Comments Off

Construction Project: Weeks 6 – 8, Exploding Upward

We left town for 2 weeks and the addition went from floor joists to walls. It was a dramatic difference when we came back.

 

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Published in: | on September 4th, 2012 | Comments Off

Construction Project, Weeks Four & Five: Ready to Move Up

Last week, bisected by the Fourth of July, was a slow week. Most of this week was spent upgrading the septic drainfield. The back yard is now a sea of dirt. The concrete pads of the driveway were removed. Upward progress on the building started with siding removed and plates installed.  Here are some photos from this week. As always, you can click on the thumbnails to get larger versions.

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Published in: | on July 13th, 2012 | Comments Off

Construction Project, Week Three: Moving Utilities

Waiting for the concrete to cure long enough to be backfilled provided an excellent opportunity to relocate our utilities to their new homes. There were minor glitches along the way, but we survived and by Friday the large moat around the walls was filled in, the garage floor was prepared with gravel and insulation, and holes had been cut into the concrete to join the new with the old.

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Published in: | on July 2nd, 2012 | Comments Off