Never let the sense of past failure defeat your next step. (Oswald Chambers)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Porch, Drywall, and Deck Stones

Driving up the house Saturday we immediately noticed the pile of drywall scrap in the garage.

We were so excited we didn't notice until we were ready to leave that the huge construction dumpster was also full of drywall scraps. The entire house is drywalled. No mud yet, but the walls and ceilings are covered.

The front porch railing is in place and looking great.

Drywall in the great room.

Drywall in the dining room.

And that's all the drywall pictures I'm posting because it all looks the same except the laundry room and bathrooms. They have green moisture resistant drywall.

Landscaping stones are under the deck, but haven't been spread out yet.

The yard has been graded and topsoil spread. Somehow I managed to not get a picture of that, possibly because it was about a hundred degrees inside the house and I was in a hurry to get into the air conditioned car. Next time.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Eavestroughs and Dry Wall Ready To Go

Pictures from Wednesday, August 13.

As we drove up the exciting thing was to see two of three porch columns up and the porch railing sitting on the porch ready to go.

We were so busy looking at the porch that we almost didn't notice the eavestroughs.

Insulation is in some of the inside walls where there isn't more duct work needed.

But, this is the most exciting thing. Every room of the house, including the basement rooms, contain the sheetrock needed to drywall.

We had no idea they made sheetrock this huge. This stack in the kitchen is sixteen feet long.

The great room is filled with drywalling supplies. They are ready to go!

The rolls of brownish paper standing on end is red rosin paper. We had no idea what it was for so we hauled out our phones and Googled it. It has so many uses that we still don't know how it is going to be used.

This looks like drywalling equipment to me. Not enough, but a nice start.

Tomorrow, Saturday, we're planning a trip out to see what's been done since Wednesday and check out where that red rosin paper ended up.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Insulation and Deck Joists

On our Saturday inspection of Oak Haven we were surprised and pleased at how much had been done since Wednesday.

Note: I have switched from putting picture captions before the pictures to putting picture captions under the pictures.

As we pulled up to park we could see the insulation in the garage.

That window has been in our garage for months. It does not belong to our house and someday it will be taken away. We hope.

Most of the interior has blown in insulation. This is a view of the television wall in the great room.

Up in the still visible attic there are measuring tapes for when they blow in the ceiling insulation.

For future guests who are concerned about the basement guest suite, there is plenty of good insulation in the basement walls as well.

An outdoor water faucet on the mostly south side of the house, not to be confused with the outdoor water faucet on the mostly north side of the house that was shown in a previous blog post even though they look identical.

The deck joists are in place. We're going to have a beautiful 12 x 16 deck with hopefully fewer mosquitoes than I have living in the Almena Swamp.

Deck from the back yard.

The deck is about four feet off the ground. There will be stones underneath once the landscaping is done.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Almost Ready For Insulation

Inspections have been completed on the electrical, plumbing, and heating. Windows have been covered with plastic (we don't know why), and the insulation has been delivered.

The siding is finished with the completion of the far left office room. The garage front, on the right, will be brick.

Couldn't resist taking a picture of one of the outdoor faucets.

Most exciting to me, the lumber for the deck has been delivered. I know insulation is more important than a deck, but the deck is more fun to watch. The insulation is only exciting because once it's installed the drywall can go up. Drywall is going to be totally thrilling. I may post a picture of every sheet of it!

Pappy Byrne, ??? to August 7, 2014

Twelve years ago Bob asked me to show him a Papillon. I went to Petfinder and brought up a picture of a bedraggled middle age Papillon with one broken ear who had been rescued from the streets of Cincinnati. Bob's reply: 'We should get that dog and take care of him.' And we did.

Pappy spent the first two weeks at our house mostly under the bed in fright. It was obvious he had been abused and neglected. But even the first night, in the dark hours, he crawled out from under the bed, jumped up beside me and snuggled in to sleep.

After the first two weeks, he started doggy school. Trainer Gail gave us instructions on how to retrain his fear into trust and love. Pappy was a very intelligent dog and quickly learned that life could be safe and fun. He also learned how to play and have a good time.

I read that Papillons were bred in the 1500's to be companion dogs and castle mousers. Pappy loved hunting on the back three acres and caught mice, voles, and shrews. He walked along on the leash and would suddenly jump into the weeds and come out with a creature in his mouth. Unlike a cat, he didn't play with them. When he caught them, they died.

I guess that is noteworthy for a Papillon. I always wished he wouldn't but is was inborn and he loved it.

Pappy went to doggy school for seven years. The first thing he learned was obedience. He was a very smart dog and learned it well, but his greatest pleasure was to be there with his dog friends.

This picture is one of my favorites - Pappy in a chair at the doggy school Christmas party. He wanted those cookies so bad, but he was a good boy and knew it was a big no no.

Pappy hated dressing up, but would do it for me if I wanted. We only did it on very special occasions, like the doggy school Halloween party. Pumpkin Pappy.

His very favorite thing at doggy school was the agility. Before his eyesight started to fail, he would race around the course and do everything with gusto. It was a sad day when his depth perception became so poor he was relunctant to play on his formerly favorite equipment.

Today a very old Pappy went to the Rainbow Bridge to meet Bob, Glory, and some of his friends from doggy school. I am sad but it was time. Maybe a little past time. He was a much loved dog and I will miss him.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

A Dozen Progress Pictures From a Bruptle Week

Life has been happy but busy since Jay and I got together a little over a year and a half ago. Getting married but not living together and deciding to build a condo has not made things more serene. Until about six months ago I used the word 'fracas' to describe a week where most plans had to be abandoned for something more urgent and unplanned.

Jay is a precise man, even more precise than I am. (He would make a great knitter.) He looked up the word 'fracas' and decided I needed a better word.

noun: fracas; plural noun: fracas; plural noun: fracases

a noisy disturbance or quarrel.
synonyms: disturbance, brawl, melee, rumpus, skirmish, struggle, scuffle, scrum, clash, fisticuffs, altercation; More

He was right, as he sometimes is.

We tried out a few words, but they didn't accurately describe the situation. So he made up a word: 'Bruptle'.

I needed to write all that because last week was a bruptle week. By noon on Monday I knew that I may as well just say 'whatever' and forego all organized plans. And that was the way the week continued until today when we both decided to stay in our our own home and sleep in and recover our strength and sanity.

And that is the long explanation, without boring narrative of bruptle events which would make the explanation even longer, of why I only have one blog post this week even though work on the house continued all week.

The ditch along the mostly north side of the house was filled in and the peak above the office was sided with shakes.

Porch rails have been delivered to the garage. May be a bit premature since the porch isn't poured yet, but it's nice they're on hand.

The master shower has a drain. Hey, when it's our house even a shower drain is exciting and picture worthy.

There are cans in the ceiling for the recessed lighting.

The deck rail was mounted so the siding people could side the back of the house. And they did have it sided by Saturday.

The water heater was installed in the mechanical half of the basement.

The furnace and air filter were installed but not functional.

There is duct work in the basement and duct work in the walls. There is also duct work in a bedroom spot we did not agree to in the walk through and right where I need to put my bedside table. We've requested it be moved and they've agreed to move it, but it hasn't happened yet.

Ducts are a new thing for me. I've been living with hot water heat for the last 50 years, ever since I left my original home. Looking forward to the air conditioning that ducts allow.

There is now a bathtub and shower in the basement. Wish I could have seen them get it down there. It couldn't have been easy.

The garage peak has been sided with shakes. The front face of the garage will be brick.

We opted for three recessed lights across the front of the garage instead of carriage lights on the brick. The canisters are in.

The front of the breakfast room has been sided. Almost done with the siding now.

Brother Dave from Oregon was here Friday and Saturday and enjoyed seeing the house. He was not bruptle. He was a blessing. If I hadn't been brain dead by then, I would have remembered to take his picture.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

More Siding and Shower Plumbing

A Saturday visit to Oak Haven is becoming habit. The work people are gone and we can wander around looking everything over and saying, "Wow". We say "wow" often when we visit our new home because the whole thing, including being married, is, well, WOW!

First thing we noticed was the finished peak above the breakfast room. Wow.

Then we walked around to the north side of the house and admired the siding.

The back is still in progress. They can't side on the far side of the four season room until the deck rail is on the house.

The next three pictures are for Jay. He researched many hours to come up with the plumbing for the master bath shower and he was excited to see some of it in place.

The hand held is on the shower wall opposite the rainshower head and controls. It is off to one side so someone sitting on the shower seat is able to reach up and grab it.

Plumbing on the control side of the master shower.

Home of the future shower controls with the plumbing for the rainshower head visible above the shower stall.

We also found plumbing in the laundry room for the washer. This is going to be my first main floor laundry and I'm very excited about it. Wow.

Saw the blueprint hanging in the laundry room and just had to take a picture of the title box. Double wow.