Friday, December 31, 2010


We've got it!

Thursday, December 30, 2010


We've passed the framing inspection! Looks like insulation will begin soon, as early as today or as late as Monday. 

Brian & I will be spending the next 3 days working on the shed. We hope to get the door installed (with lock) so we can start storing things in there temporarily. We also need to paint. It would be great to possibly finish it up this weekend, although I'm not sure that is possible! Especially with all the bowl games and New Years' celebrations.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Let's see. Seems nothing is happening. I guess I'm a scrooge, but you would think that after 3 days in the work week this week, something would have gotten done. Nope. Nothing in over a week now.

When we stopped by last night, there was a notice posted on the door, that there were issues with the plumbing inspection. I did a drive-by today to see if it was still there, and yes it was. I spoke with the contractor this afternoon, just to keep him up-to-date on my continuing concerns, and he assured me that the plumbing was fine, and that the inspector was 'new', and didn't know what he was doing. Interesting. 

According to A, the plumbing is fine, and the insulation will be done this week (remember this was supposed to be done this past Monday?). Once that has been inspected/approved, the drywall will start and things will move 'quickly'. Should be smooth sailing according to him. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


One little glimmer of hope today came from our electrician, Javier. Brian mentioned to him the other day that we would like to have electricity in our shed that we've been working on, and lo and behold he came by in the last few days and wired the shed! There are switches, outlets, and wiring for the lights on the interior and exterior!

[photo to be posted soon]


Holiday update: So, I spoke with Paul (the contractor) over lunch, and here's the latest.
Phone call with contractor at 12:30pm: 
1. He says: electrical inspection should have been completed Tuesday pm. 
2. He says: plumbing inspection should have been completed this morning (Wednesday).
3. He says: framing inspection will happen upon approval of all other inspections.
4. He says: once framing inspection approved, insulation will begin, “most likely Monday”.
5. He says: things are going to fly by once the sheetrock goes up… once the sheetrock goes up, the painter’s will need about two weeks, so you have 3 weeks from now to get all the finishes purchased.
6. I said: We need to be out of our apartment on January 31st, so that we don't have to pay February rent, to which the contractor says "oh definitely, we'd like to have the whole project completed by then. But you will definitely have a few rooms to live in." 
7. I expressed my concern over the fact that we expected the exterior of the house to be done a month ago, and then a cold snap hit and they could no longer paint unless it is warmer than 50º. Aaron said the other day that the exterior paint 'won't hold up the project', and we'll get to it when we can. The problem is that I want it painted now. If the interior is going to be in shambles, then at least the exterior can look nice! Contractor says this will be a top priority, and will be done early next week.

Reality confirmed at house at 1:30pm:
1. Electrical inspector has not been by.
2. Plumbing inspector has not been by.
3. No other inspections have been done! (with the exception of mechanical, which passed).
4. Um, not holding my breath.
5. I'll believe it when I see it.  
6. That is 5 weeks from now.
7. There's a lot more that needs to be done before paint can go up. Like the backyard needs to be level, getting rid of that big pile of dirt that's back there now. Otherwise, we'll have to paint again before it's all over. Also, the windows need to be installed/repaired.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Remember that terrible closet constructed of panelling that had been added in the front bedroom of the house? Well, if not, this should remind you:

Well the major issue with it was the fact that it never really 'fit' in the room. Our original plan was to cover it with drywall, and at least try to make it look like part of the house, but in the end we chose to tear it out! There is a small closet (as you can see in the photo) to the left of it, that has built-in shelving. My mom has bought us an antique wardrobe to go in this room for proper storage! An anniversary & Christmas gift wrapped in to one. We are quite excited, and will post photos once we retrieve it from Walterboro.

In the meantime, here's a picture of the room sans closet...

Sorry for that stove and washing machine in the way, things are still a little out of sorts.

Friday, December 17, 2010


We have stairs to our back porch! Along with a handrail, and ceiling!

In other news, the electrician has been installing light switches, outlets, light sockets, etc. And the plumber has been working hard too.

Plumbing & Electrical in kitchen

All the blue boxes are outlets & switches!
And the last minute decision to add "can lights" in the master bedroom. 

Sunday, December 12, 2010


The electrician has been working for days on getting new wiring through the house, installing electrical box, outlets, switches, light sockets, etc. Electrical & plumbing inspections should happen this week. We passed the mechanical inspection. After all pass, the insulation will be installed, and we will hopefully start seeing drywall by Friday! Progress!

And Happy 1st Anniversary to Brian! We had a wonderful weekend at Middleton Inn. Check out the gingerbread house we designed/built during our stay. The broccoli was our 'green roof'.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

protec[tion] ~part 2

The shingles were completed on the roof for the addition. One step closer on the exterior.


Over the fact that zero has been done lately. As in nothing, nada, zilch!

In case you were wondering what's been going on at our house the past week (or more), there's your answer. I'm quite frustrated. We met with the contractor on Saturday to do a walk-through of the electrical work, letting him know where outlets, switches, and fixtures will be placed. He made several big promises for the beginning of the week, including electrical, plumbing, roofing, and demo of the wall between the kitchen & dining. Also, the paint on the exterior was to have been completed almost a month ago, along with the rest of the exterior. But no, it is too cold for the paint to be applied, so we must wait until the warmth returns (I've been told that 50º is the minimum). Saturday is supposed to be 60º,  so we'll see if they are out there! "They" BETTER be.  

I was quite convinced that our house was a top-priority after this meeting, but now after 3½ business days of NOTHING, I'm not so sure. I wish they would either work, or at the very least be honest about when they are going to work. False promises are not working for me.

Sorry I haven't been writing, but that's why!

* 50th post alert*

Monday, December 6, 2010


As most of you know, we are living in an apartment while our house is being renovated. We have no outdoor storage space, and because we enjoy riding our bikes around this beautiful city, we had to come up with a creative way to store them. Hence the photo below:

Yes, they are front and center when you walk in the front door. It's a frame that leans against the wall, and holds two bikes, and it stands in our living room. Since space is tight and funds are low, we needed a creative way to decorate for the holidays, and decided to use what we already had! Here is our "artificial Christmas tree"...

Brian had concerns over the fact that we can't actually ride our bikes now, but it is COLD. And we haven't ridden them a whole lot lately anyway, unfortunately. No time. But we won't be riding them til at least January now! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


We are running into issues on the shed, but Brian has come up with a way to install the columns on the front of the shed. He has decided to build a low concrete block wall on each side of the 'front (grilling) porch' that will allow him to set anchor bolts for the column base. Sunday we only had a few hours to work, with other stuff going on, but Brian managed to make some progress on the low walls, and I painted the first coat of white paint on one side of the shed. This is taking longer than anticipated, due to the fact that I am rolling the paint on, since I can't seem to figure out my new paint sprayer. Sad.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


I removed the shutters from the house this weekend. It is a pet peeve of mine when shutters obviously do not cover the windows that they are installed on! Call me crazy, but if they don't do their job, then they need to go!

Friday, November 19, 2010

heating, ventilating, and air condi[tion]ing

That's right, we have ductwork & unit in place for the new HVAC system!


We have siding!

And lots of ladders!

The ductwork & air handler for the HVAC are being installed as we speak. Not sure of the schedule on this, but excited that it's at least started!

Monday, November 15, 2010


One of the biggest decisions regarding the house was made this weekend... COLOR! Eek!

Can you guess which one we chose?
  1. Lemon Verbana (lighter green)
  2. light blue (the name escapes me, it was shortlived, as we were pretty set on green)
  3. Edamame (darker green)
Well, we went with the lighter green. Our neighbor agreed that we needed something 'cheery, not drab'.

The siding is supposed to go up in the next couple of days, and insulation is being blown in tomorrow. This past weekend, we continued to work on the shed, and will most likely start painting the shed (white) this coming weekend. Progress!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


We are to the midway point of this construction process. It’s been 3 months since our closing, and we have 3 months to the deadline. Yay, we’re (at least) halfway!

The guys have been scraping the existing (green) trim on the house, and installing new trim where needed. They may actually start installing the hardie board siding today (fingers crossed), and the insulation guy is supposed to be insulating the walls of the existing house before the siding goes on. Hopefully towards the end of the week, we’ll have our cute little house back… she’s been looking pretty rough lately!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

apprecia[tion] ~ part 2

You may remember that my mom & Gene came down about a month ago to help with the shed, and the task for that weekend was replacing the siding. Fortunately, they came back to help again! So this past weekend, Brian & Gene's goal was to replace the roof, and build the new front wall. The original front wall is being replaced with support columns, and the new front wall (with door) is shifting back 4'-0" to allow for a small 'grilling' porch off the front of the shed. Brian was able to find someone from our construction company to help with removing and replacing the roof shingles, so the weekend was quite productive with three people working! See the photos below; the left picture shows the shed at the beginning of the weekend, and the one on the right shows the current state.

You can see that the framing of the original front wall is still in place, so they will eventually construct 6x6 columns (to match the porch on the front of the house) to carry a beam and supports for the roof. They will also install a new door, and there is still siding that needs to be cut for the gable ends. We have a few more battens to install, and once it's complete, we'll paint the whole thing! All in all, the weekend was a success! More photos of the new walls & new roof:

View from inside shed

new roof, new partition (sans battens)
Thanks again Gene! We look forward to your next visit!

Friday, November 5, 2010


The house is naked! They've removed all the siding, and the new Hardie board won't be installed until next week. It's all very exciting!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Originally the walls only went up to 9' or so, and the master bedroom is going to have a cathedral ceiling, so the walls needed to extend all the way to the roof. Well, they do now!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


We met with the contractors this morning at the house to discuss final framing issues, as well as questions about the schedule. Mostly, I wanted to remind them that we are almost halfway through, considering they had a 6-month timeline, and we have 3 months to go. Overall, the meeting was positive, and they actually said they would like to wrap up construction by the end of the year! Whoa... I'm not holding my breath on that one, but at least I know they are motivated. It seems the hardie board siding was being ordered today, and they are hoping to have the exterior of the house completed by the end of next week. The electrical is starting next week, then they'll move to plumbing, then mechanical, and finally drywall & finishes. It will be interesting to see if they stick to this. Fingers-crossed!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


A lot has happened over the past 24 hours! It's really starting to take shape!

The addition is sheathed.

The vinyl siding has been removed, in preparation for the new hardie board siding. It will be installed over the existing asbestos shingles.

The walls between the house and the addition have been removed, so we can finally see how large the kitchen is and how the flow of the house will work!

And this beautiful green trim has been exposed! (just kidding about the 'beauty')

Monday, October 25, 2010


With the thunder storms approaching, and leaving work a little late, it was dark by the time we got to the house tonight, but I was able to take a quick shot of the roof sheathing. Thank goodness they got it on before the storm!

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Well, it was a full day's work today, but Brian managed to take down 4 old panels, and replaced with 4 new. And I hammered extra nails into panels that were already up, and then finally got started on the battens! Check it out!

North facade
South facade
Still need to figure out the front wall/door, replace the roof, and paint. It's coming along nicely though!

Saturday, October 23, 2010


We gave in on the cleverness of the title. Brian suggested 'construction', so I went with it, since I'm tired. The roof joists went up today, and it's quite exciting to see the addition taking shape! The walls are all in place, and on Monday they will start sheathing. It's moving fast now!

I just included this one because I like that it looks like Brian
is holding that board that is actually about 15' behind him.

Friday, October 22, 2010


Little did we know that we already have a pet! Just not sure if it's a cat or racoon...

Thursday, October 21, 2010


The place where two parts connect; the link; the bond. This is the critical part... where the old house meets the new addition! 
What it looked like at 8:45am
... and then at 1:00pm!
Brian trying to show the crew how it's done.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Progress! All in a day's work!

Brian sent this from his phone
More photos (from Thursday morning)...

Progress is being made, although some discrepancies in measurements. Hopefully those will be resolved today! To see more photos, click here.