Mill Creek Haunted Hollow: Construction BLOG
Everyone gets a part, but why did my daughter have to be the servent?
I don't envy the teachers that have to try and wrangle all these third graders.
They were supposed to be looking for something. Guess each kid went their own way with that bit of direction.
Sorry you had to miss the opportunity to work on the house though, I know it can be rough to pass up those kinds of windows when they present themselves. Here's wishing you a long stretch of clear, sunny, dry days in the coming week or so to work!
Keep it going, this is my favorite thread right now!
Spent some time this afternoon cleaning up the garage (again) and sorting through the massive pile of debris in the driveway. Separated out a lot of small bits of lumber that I hauled to the backyard burn pile. I have another pile of trash (for the dump) and a third pile of larger pieces of wood that I may still be able to repurpose. If not for the remodel, then maybe for props!
I took some time last night to play on the computer and see what the new paint color (Hematite) would look like on the house. I also wanted to see what it would look like with the siding and trim. I was worried that it might be too much siding, or that I should find an area or two to put some scalloped siding. This is a small rendering of the front house elevation with the new colors. I think it's pretty good, but I think I want to dress up the garage tower a bit. I may wrap the roof around the tower, or I may break it up by putting in some scalloped siding.
I prefer stone myself, for a more organic feel (like my old home), but it really wouldn't work with this design. I really just want a modernized castle. :S
Once again, my fantastic brother-in-law came down to help out (that guy will do anything for beer!) and we ripped out the old front porch, rented the two-man auger (never again) and drilled out all the footings for the new tower and front porch. (I don't think I have to say, "I'm tired and my back hurts!)
This is what my beautiful house looked like this morning when my wife and the girls left for church. Tranquil...serene...clean! Funny side story: this front porch was one of the very first things I build for the house. I remember we bought the house and I told my wife, I have to build a porch by Halloween so we have something to decorate.
This is what the house looks like now. The old porch has been completely removed and is sitting in our front yard. I'll be cutting it down and moving it to the backyard burn pile later this week.
Here's a shot of the holes we dug out with the two-man auger. Let me tell you, a two-man auger is a monstrous beast. It's painfully heavy, a complete beast to control, and can get jammed in clay. It's not fun, and if I ever have to do it again, I'm going to rent one of those little tractors with the auger attachment. It's a bit more money, but it's incredbly more efficient and kind to the back.
Here's another shot of the new footing holes. I'll be putting in the tube forms and concrete this week.
I've been working with the concrete footings this week, but Saturday starts the big push. Saturday morning I'm ripping all the shingles off the front of the house and then I've got two weeks of vacation to do as much as possible.
I want to pour concrete, but I think it's too wet. I've got the tube forms, which have wax on the inside to keep water in, but I don't know what the extra water in the ground might do. I really need to get those footings poured.
My window of opportunity has closed for today. My wife and oldest are leaving for the airport, so I have to stop my work and hang out with the kids for the rest of today. Tomorrow morning, my mother-in-law comes up to help with the kids so I can start the major demolition of the existing roof.
I had hoped to do the concrete today, but it's just going to have to wait.
Tomorrow morning, I start cutting the old sheathing and framing the addition!
I know I'm being terribly optimistic on the timing, but I only have two weeks while the wife and girls are gone. I'm supposed to get as much done as possible.
The first official day of the tear down is not going well. The rain is really going to slow us down.
My brother-in-law valiently trying to throw some plastic of the exposed sheathing of the roof where we just spent the morning tearing off all the shingles.
Hope it's not a bad omen for either of us.
With you about the family leaving. When hubby has to go out of town for week for work I clap inside and go "Prop. Building. FOR. A. Whole. Week! Yeah!!!!"
We attack the roof at dawn! (okay, maybe 10 o'clock)
Had a slight change of plans with the girls and it looks like I'll be keeping one (our 8 yr old) for the first week. So, I guess I have a helper!
Be interesting to see how she can handle the nail gun.
We did manage to get the footings for the front porch/support poured. Those things go down four feet.
So here is the house on Sunday with the shingles removed and the plastic going up to protect from the inevitable rain.
I promise not to submit a photo of this, but I was removing some of the roof sheathing this afternoon when the crowbar slipped and slammed my finger into an exposed nailhead. Sadly, it punchured my fingernail, which I really hate. Now I'm gonna have to look at an icky nail for the next six months.
First, I got the 8 yr old up! That was the first challenge. By 9am, we were ready to go.
Our first stop was the dump where we threw out another 1,000 lbs of shingles. (the last load! :)
After the dump, we went to Lowes to pick up fifty 2x4s and twelve 2x10x8s.
We got home and I started taking off the porch roof while my daughter vacuumed out the minivan so some friends can borrow it.
By 12:30, the minivan was clean and most of the porch roof was off, so we took the truck I'm borrowing from my mother-in-law, and went to lunch and then Lowes again. This time, we picked up five sheets of subfloor and some 2x4x12s and 2x10x12s. I was going to pick up some 4x4x10s for the porch posts, but the ones at Lowes looked like crap. I'm going to check out Dunn Lumber and see if they have some of a better, more presentable quality.
We get back from our second trip to Lowes and my daughter goes inside for a cartoon marathon (Danny Phantom is her cartoon de'jour).
I go back outside and continue to take off the porch roof, remove the giant 4x10x16 beam (by myself) and make some specialty cuts to start fitting the new porch.
Sadly, the giant beam dropped and shattered the top pot of my tiered pot fountain. Sad, but no loss as I was hoping to replace the fountain with something more "Halloween" oriented.
Okay, here are the pics!
As I sit typing, this is what the front of the house looks like. If it's not the rain, it's the wind. Wind keeps whipping the plastic around. I'm getting leaks inside and I keep trying to adjust or better secure the plastic.
Yesterday, the front yard was fairly clean. This afternoon, a new wood pile has overtaken the lawn.
We got wood! I love having the truck. It makes loading and unloading so much easier than the minivan.
The beginnings of the new front porch. The new double door entry will come out a foot from the current door.
As I go along, I have to rake out the rock and dirt and cut down the last stumps of rhody. And for those builders out there, I will be securing everything with steel joist hangers.
"Expect occasional rain to end Tuesday at 8:00am" weather.com
"Mostly cloudy skies today with highs only getting to the low to mid 60s. Plan on showers at times as well today, especially in the afternoon." KOMO4 news.
It's been pouring rain since 6am this morning, and it shows no signs of stopping. The tarps are holding, for the most part, but I had to put up some scrap flashing around the bay window, as one of the windows was leaking. Hopefully, the metal flashing will prevent more water from getting in.
I honestly have no idea how anything gets built in the Puget Sound. It's nearly the end of frickin' June!!
I'm hoping it clears up and I can start putting a new roof over crucial areas. The forecast for tomorrow says it will be 72 degrees and sunny! I'm going to work through every moment of sun I possible can.
On the plus side, my daughter thinks it's hysterical.
Thankfully, Debby's finally moving out, and the next few days will be nice. Love the mustache wax! Perfect!
Weather report says tomorrow will be sunny and 72 degrees. I really hope that's true.
Today, I was able to remove the siding where the bump-out for the new double doors will go. Measure and build the first floor bump-out. Smooth the earth around the bay window and get more of the porch joists set, and get some of the second floor joists in place.
Here's the front of the house this evening.
Took time to get everything clean and level, but it's worth it!
The new double door entry will look great when it's built out. Gonna be big!
My work from the other side. Nice to see things line up. It takes a lot of measuring to get things just right.
Keep up the great work and love seeing progress pics! Enjoy tomorrow as its going to be another great day to work outside.
Thanks for pointing out the error, I really appreciate it. I knew it was wrong yesterday, but I wanted to throw something across the span to get some joists above that would allow me to get some cover over the front door.
Thanks again for the comment, I want to know when something looks "wrong".