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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.