Thursday, January 29, 2009

Finishing Some Things

While yours truly spent some time this morning figuring out why our furnace wasn't working the sheetrocking crew was hard at work. We got the furnace working again, and the sheetrocking crew not only finished up a lot of the smoothing of the walls downstairs, they also finished the whole garage! They're truly amazing. The HVAC crew finally got the final fireplace installed. Our finish carpenter began hanging doors, and they look great. We're also finalizing the plans for flooring so that can be ordered within the next week.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Post Wrap Up

Not a lot "new" to be seen today. The framing crew did wrap the posts below at the house and also installed the railing at the ends of the deck. Our sheetrocking crew was hard at work as ever, and will be finishing up their work at the end of the week. Sounds like they'll actually be getting to painting the garage early next week.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Superb Sheetrocking

Today I wanted to show off the great work of our sheetrocking crews. Their great work is best evidenced around the windows, with beautiful crisp lines - no bumps, dents or lines. We really appreciate their good work. The doors and trim were also delivered today to the upstairs. It was fun to see our mirror door, and the various closet doors in place. I also took some time to meet with Uncle Ray to finalize our orders for flooring. We'll need to order soon to get this in on time. Hooray - and on to the finish (carpentry).

Monday, January 26, 2009

Garage Windows and Smooth Walls

We were glad to finally have the garage windows installed, though there are yet a couple of problems to be fixed. But they do look nice! Inside the upper level was sanded, and is for the most part ready for the trim work to begin tomorrow. Happy day.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

All Locked Up

While our sheetrocking crew was hard at work again today, the siding crew made some nice additions in wrapping the front posts. Now that looks sharp! Grandpa/Dad H. and Samuel lent a hand installing the front door latch, and yours truly finished up the install of the handles and deadbolts on the currently accessible doors. So now we can truly "lock up" at the end of the day.

Friday, January 23, 2009


That silver box on the back of the house was installed by yours truly with the help of Granda/Dad H. It's actually the fan for our range, and we're hoping that not only will it be quiet, but that it will move some serious air (600 CFM they say). With that up our siding guys were able to get their work done until the broken window is replaced. Our HVAC dynamic duo actually got the hearth room and family room fireplaces pretty much installed. Last but not least the sheetrock crew was hard at work once again - and even got some sanding done. Finish carpentry here we come!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Back Siding

Siding moved to the back in earnest. The HVAC guys spent a bit of time getting the master bedroom fireplace installed. And the ever-present and hardworking sheetrock crew were busy traversing their scaffolding to get the house well mudded. Oh, and we got a "real" temporary thermostat. So we now know exactly how hot it is in there...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inside Outside

Lots of good dry wall work going on inside - or in today's case it was some of the wettest wall work. They were applying the thickest coats of "mud" to date, and so we're trying to keep things nice and warm overnight so that it will dry by tomorrow. We also were happy at the delivery of the fireplaces. They're in various states of installation, but at least they're here. And almost all of the front and sides of the house are "sided" and work began on the backside today. Next up, raingutters, finishing up on the garage doors, finish carpentry and flooring...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Lookin' good

Finally got the front finished, and it does look good. In actuality the footers still need to be placed on the windows, and the columns wrapped - but it's close. On the inside plenty of good work on the sheetrock with another coat of tape and mud (3rd coat today). We look forward to the return of the heating guys and the installation of the fireplaces (hopefully soon).

Friday, January 16, 2009

All Taped Up

The drywall crew was hard at work again today. They've taped all the major seams in the whole house sans the 2-story entry areas. Cool beans. We did have one siding guy show up and get a bit of the front gable done, as seen in the pictures below. We also spent a good part of the morning with our cabinet maker laying out the kitchen in detail as well as squaring away the majority of the rest of the house for cabinets, vanities, bookcases etc. Our materials supplier stopped by to survey the doors so he can get them ordered, and we made arrangements to meet with our finish carpenter and flooring expert (Uncle Ray) tomorrow. Whew!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Beautiful Views

In Stephanie's words "not much happened today", but in fact all the leftovers from the sheetrock hanging were cleaned up and the remaining nooks and crannies of the garage were sheetrocked. And how about the beautiful back deck. Views are breathtaking (particularly when it's so cold outside).

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Decked Out

With lots of help and coordination several noteworthy achievements today. First Rock Mtn. Power finally got power inside the house. Since the beginning we've been running off the temporary box, but this was finally switched over today. Thanks to kind neighbors who allowed us to "plug in" to their house for a while our workers weren't delayed. The framing crew did all they could to get the deck nearly complete. Now we await the efforts of our siding contractor before finishing the final railing. Dad/Grandpa H. made a extra-miler run down to Idaho Falls to pick up 1/4 inch sheetrock - apparently the only supplier in East Idaho. Featured today are the pictures of that sheetrock now in place on the minor curve of the stairs.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Garage Doors In

With the sheetrock in place the doors could finally be installed. While we were grateful for the months of protective tarps, it's SO much nicer to have the doors in place. They did forget to put the windows in, but apparently this wont be a big deal to correct. It was also nice to see the decking put in place and the second story deck installed. Wonderful mid-summer reading nights overlooking the valley to come!