Thursday, December 24, 2020
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
(These walls look pretty good, even after being covered in ice and snow!)
Monday, December 14, 2020
Up it comes!
One fine January morning, with the help of Mr. Miller and his brother, the second story walls were lifted up!
Friday, December 11, 2020
My photo record of construction pauses here for a couple months. There wasn't much we could do on the house-that-wasn't-yet, except watching the melted snow drip down in places we didn't want it to go.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
We've learned with this build that it is just about impossible to race winter. It was discouraging for sure to have to go out to the site after a long workday, or on a weekend, and spend almost the entire time trying to shovel through ice and snow to clear something to work on. The window spaces on the second floor walls (which were still lying down) became giant ice-cube trays.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
You wouldn't think by looking at this that it was about 37 degrees F out... the cold didn't seem to bother anyone. Two walls were completed, but the day was over too soon for them to be raised and set.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
We got something up to mark the edges; it wasn't the best but it did the job. Nothing like having someone almost walk off the top in a dark and rainy night to get you pounding lumber up any way it can go...
Monday, December 7, 2020
The house with a lid! I would have loved to have had the ceiling below also be the flooring on top, but alas we could not. That beautiful wood was to be covered by 4x8 sheets for some engineering reason that I can't ever remember. I suppose I should be glad for it every time we get a gusty wind storm...
Thursday, December 3, 2020
In The Daylight
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
More Night Work
Monday, November 30, 2020
The night that these first ceiling boards/second floor boards went up, I was so excited. I think that ranks as one of the most memorable moments for me in this build.
Friday, November 27, 2020
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
be experts at speeding up this thing, but it was a balance challenge for me!
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
Tea and a Chat
By George W. Ackerman, probably Ingham County, Michigan, August 15, 1930
Thursday, November 19, 2020
I went through my blog feeds yesterday morning, and after reading The Prudent Homemaker's post where she mentioned checking the bank daily, I went and checked my accounts. I don't check the bank every day, but it's not like I never go there. Well, I had four fraudulent charges on one of the accounts-- the one I use almost exclusively for groceries-- in the past week! Over the course of the week, charges from Amazon were accruing, ranging from a dollar and change up to $25. I'm glad I checked!
So no photo to blog yesterday, because my blogging time was spent calling the bank (three times), waiting on hold, disputing charges, suspending the card for the account, ordering a new one, checking and re-checking Amazon accounts, etc. I will be glad if I can get nearly $75 dollars back, but truth to be told, I felt annoyed that my morning plans were turned upside-down!
On to today's photos:
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
All Wrapped Up Against The Rain
I wasn't there the night that the central columns were raised, but it was a "dark and stormy night" and quite a slippery job. It's hard to see here, but the big beam was wrapped up with housewrap to protect it from the weather, just like the columns. Not an easy job, that.
Friday, November 13, 2020
The Last Bit
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Inch by Inch
One ladder rung at a time.
Again the scaffolding comes in handy for the last heavy lifting.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Notching the Beam
Monday, November 9, 2020
Prepping for the Beam
Our friends who helped us raise the outer walls left some scaffolding for us. Every DIY house-build should have scaffolding-- it came in handy untold times! The boys learned how to assemble/disassemble it quickly.
The floors got a makeover; because of the rain, we felt some protection was needed. Not sure if primer was the solution for that but it was cheap and a nice change from the color "subfloor."
More about that big beam in the foreground tomorrow...
Friday, November 6, 2020
Rooms and Rain
Thursday, November 5, 2020
We tested and found that housewrap can last a long time. Thankfully.
A bonus: the scraps can make a waterproof notepad!
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The Box with a View