Monday, November 18, 2013

November 16th - Stucco Started

The stucco guys finished the first coat of stucco! Now, our color actually looks nothing like this. I am under the impression that this is a "primer" type of coat and the real stuff comes after this has set so that the stucco won't crack later. 

Also on the inside of the house, they mudded (is that a real verb?) the dry wall, so the next step is putting up trim, base boards and doors. AND they installed (my favorite feature) a thermostat!! It was a very cold day on Saturday, so I made a couple of trips up to our house to install our (finally delivered) basement window and just to warm up my poor little toe-sies. 

It has been a HUGE blessing how mild the weather has been so far. Our group is hoping for a late winter so that 1) we can finish framing and roofing before the snow really gets going and 2) so that we won't have to do landscaping. That depends partially on the weather. If we end up having to do it, then it adds another 2 months to the process...


60 degrees has never felt so warm to me as it did this past Saturday

Hey look! Good thing the heater was on before we had this last window installed. Sucks for the person who's paying for that...oh...wait...

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November 9th - Almost an occupiable home! (With out any finish work)

It's that time again! Quick updates and recent pictures of the house. You'll see below that the contractors are totally prepped for stucco. The inside is all finished with the drywall and cleaned up. The outside is completely wrapped in their paper stuff and chicken wire. (I have no idea what that is for). And it is completely surrounded by their rather wobblely scaffolding. We also have stucco to be done on the build-ups on the roof, so after all of Skylar's hard work shingling the whole thing, what happens? They nail in boards to stand on. Such is life!

Back and garage side of the house

Full front view

These next pictures look like some from last week, except that now it doesn't look like a dirty meth house
Front room


Laundry Room

Second Bedroom

Another view of the front room

Kitchen/Dining Room

Skylar and Adam working hard on the roof of the FOURTH house




Stairs down to the basement

How did we pass inspection? We're missing a window!

Back of the house

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November 2nd - We passed inspection!

On Tuesday, the 29th, we had an inspector come by and look over things before our actual imspection. We had the shortest list yet of things to fix and that's the hope right? That we'll get better and better at each home before inspection. Most of the things we had to fix were things we didn't know about initially so there isn't too much we can do about that.

On Thursday, the 31st (Halloween!) we had our real inspection and passed. First house to do so on the first try so far. Because of that we were able to start four way: electrical, plumbing, dry wall, HVAC, and stucco: all contracted work.

The workers were out last night and today so we were able to see how quickly they work. It's all a big mess right now, but this is what they have done so far! 

They have the wrap around the front of the house to prep for the stucco application

The garage is completely sheet rocked

The living room will be the hardest since the ceilings are so high. BUT the insulation is in

View into the kitchen

Messy bathroom on the main floor

Bedroom #1

Bedroom #2

Master bedroom

Downstairs living room area

Downstairs GIANT utility closet

What will be a downstairs bathroom

Another something room downstairs

Harry Potter's room when he comes to stay