I've been traveling a lot lately. Between client consultation, workshops in Providence and a trip to hammer on book writing with my fellow Lullabot, Angie, in Montreal I was away more than home the last four weeks (away 16, home 12.) Luckily I am back home in time for the autumn leaf show to be in full swing and I love taking a break to just stare out the office window to the back yard and quietly sip tea. Here is a picture of what I've got right now out my window.
Life is good.
Sorry about the lack of updates. I just added a bunch of pictures and we are really close to being done now. We have heat and electricity in the addition as well as basement insulation which are all very welcome now that we are getting lows in the teens at night. The bathroom is coming together and now that the drywall is getting finished up in there, we can paint and get the fixtures installed. After that, other than some clean up work and the hot water heater that should be about it from the contractor.
We are so very close to being done here. All of the electrical is done and we have one more trip out by the plumber to finish the bathroom and switch us over to the new water heater. Then it is mainly clean up and punch list stuff along with us finishing up painting and installing the new floors.
Then, of course, we need to move all of the crap out of storage (and the living room), buy new furniture and generally pull it all together so we can actually live in it.
Well, it has been a while since I have updated. I have added a bunch more pictures to bring us up to the present. Today the bathroom tile and floor heat is being installed and next week we will get plumbing and electrical in the basement done, including the necessary stuff to get the furnace up and running. Hopefully the bathroom can get finished up the following week and then we are looking at painting and getting the rest of the addition flooring in. We are getting much closer to done but still a lot of work to go.
In the midst of all of the addition happenings we are also doing a few things to the existing house as well. The day after Thanksgiving we had Floodbusters come out and clean up the crawlspace. Our crawl normally has water in it after rain and is generally a nasty, moist place. We had it sealed with a CleanSpace system which is basically a heavy duty plastic liner that extends up the walls and has a sump pump dropped in with a sealed top. I've added just a few before and after pictures in the House gallery.
I've got some more pictures up that show the addition with siding. It's only partially sided yet but the more important bit is that the roof connection has been done and tar-papered. We are getting rain (with flood warnings) today and at least it won't be getting into the addition.
Wow. The addition was set on the foundation today. It was one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. The first guys showed up around 7:30 a.m. to start preparing, the crane came around 10:45 a.m. and the boxes (the addition itself) arrived at 11:30 a.m. The last of the big trucks (we had 3 big trailers and 2 cranes) left around 4:15 p.m. There are still guys hammering away in the fading light on my roof as they finish weathering everything in and connecting the roofs together.
Here is an update on the addition project for those following along. I've been adding pictures to the gallery but not really talking about what all is happening. Today they are backfilling the basement and putting the "escape hatch" into place (my contractor laughed when he saw that since in building speak it is called an egress window. I knew it started with an "e"...). So, bascially that means they will move part of the mountains in my trees back into the hole from whence they came and then cart the rest off to the landfill.
Just a quick note that construction began last week. I happened to be home the morning it all started because I had to wait for the county inspector to give our new gas line the official OK.