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Finally got to work on and finished the girls’ shower in the extension. 3′ x 3′ with travertine tile over a Schluter waterproof membrane, a Tile Redi shower pan, and a Dream Line frameless glass door. Plumbing and fixtures installed by professionals.

House: Painting & Wainscoting

wainscotingWell, we’ve been here nine years and haven’t painted much of the house. We went with a Sherwin-Williams Sterling White for the living room, kitchen and upstairs hallway. Also decided to give the rooms some architectural detail with board and batten style wainscoting….OK, actually it’s because it holds up better to the kids’ grubby paws. My favorite new tool – the Kreg pocket hole jig.

House Addition

After talking about it for about a year, Carolyn and I decided to go ahead with the garage/bonus room addition. We decided to go with a local builder named O’Jennings Home Builders and they started excavation on 17 April 2012.  Unfortunately, it started raining seemingly every other day soon after that and construction was slow, but here we are almost in June and we have floor one (the garage) under cover and the roof trusses are due to arrive later this week.


Excavation just beginning. This after moving the gas tank about 30 feet and reconnecting, which strangely resulted in a ruptured gas line (nail hole) and four holes in the basement drywall to try to find the leak.


Footers have been poured and block foundation is complete. Footprint of garage is 28′ x 28′.


Laundry room expansion is 13′ x 13′ and is above a crawl space. Stairs within will give access to second floor of addition.


First floor walls going up.


Massive garage header installed. Triple LVL beams.


Engineered trusses to cover the 28 foot span without support posts. Trusses are 18″ deep and installed 16″ on center. Seems solid.


Just before the flooring panels were laid on 2nd floor.

Babies Got a Brand New Swingset

Before….

After….

The Gorilla playset kit (Sundance) wasn’t too tough to put together, with the exception of some weak hardware that stripped too easily. Probably the worst part was getting the landscape timber retaining walls up (12″ spikes….ugh) and working in the heat and humidity. Still have a few more timbers to lay, but pretty much completed.

A Sofia laugh and smile makes all the sweat worth it.

First Snowman of the Season

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