Monday, June 30, 2008

Catching up

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I posted here. We were having some internet problems which only ended with us buying a new computer.
Here's a quick tour of the progress that's been made in the past 3 weeks:

June 7th - First floor almost complete.

June 8th - Shea holding up the front doorway.

June 11th - King of his castle

June 13th - See the stairs? Now they don't have to scale the walls.

June 14th

June 15th - Cole looking out his bedroom window.

June 17th - The Master bedroom

June 18th

June 24 - The view from my new studio window.

June 25th

June 26th - Roof trusses delivered and ready to roll.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

up, up

I thought it was exciting when the foundations went in but that was nothing compared to seeing the first wall rise up. Our first erection. (Kim's words, not mine)
It's like seeing our new-born baby, except this time Kim bore all the labour pains and it took a lot longer than 9 months. Oh, and all the prep work for building a house doesn't make you pee your pants every time you sneeze. (Click on pics to see them larger)

The day the framing started Kim phoned to ask me if I'd been by the site yet:
"...and, did you take some pictures?"
"Of course, I took lots"
"I mean of the house?"
"Are you kidding? This is MY HOUSE being built. It would take a lot more than a couple of young, half-naked framers to distract me from the first walls of my house!"
(You clicked on that one didn't you?)

The only way to get a pic of Shea from the front - "hold tight, don't let him get away!"

This shows one week of work, from Friday May 30th when the first wall went up, to Friday June 6th. Now I'm almost caught up.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Playing 'House'

Here are the foundations, stripped and exposed.

And Kim helped do it. Now I can say I'm married to a part-time stripper.
Although I wonder if he misunderstood just what kind of 'stripping' he supposed to be doing; I spent the next week slathering his poor sunburned back with aloe vera gel.

Must still be getting chilly at night, because after being stripped bare, they wanted to be covered up.

All tucked in, nice & smooth.

Look who's at the front door, it's that handsome stripper.
He's not taking any chances with sunburn today.

And here I am standing in my kitchen at the sink, washing dishes..... wait a minute, I know we're just pretending but lets keep this a little realistic..... I'm washing blackberries that I picked across the street - to feed to that cute stripper at the door.

Isn't it insane how close we are to the house next door? Explains why our house plan has so few windows along that wall, and none in the kitchen, - who wants to stare out at a blue vinyl wall? I'd much rather look at my bee-oo-ti-ful cabinets: I'm imagining cherry but I haven't seen the quotes yet so that may have to change. We're meeting with one kitchen designer tomorrow and still waiting to hear back from another. It'll be interesting to see how different the 2 company's designs are, I gave them both the same plan and quite a specific vision of what I want.

PS, to you who are new to reading blogs (Hi Mom) - if you click on a photo it'll open up bigger. (oh, except that one of me, it won't work on that one, so don't even bother trying - go take a closer look at the foundations, much more interesting)