It’s been a while since our last construction update, but that is not because of a lack of progress. The house has been a veritable beehive of activity inside and out. Major accomplishments over the last few months include finishing the HVAC work, having all our insulation blown in, and getting the exterior siding and trim work installed. With so much visible progress being made, the place is really starting to be recognizable as a house.
We have offered to assist in any way we can, because (a) we want to help advance the project, (b) we like doing work with our hands, and (c) we like learning new skills. But we have no interest in climbing up 20-foot scaffolding and we are lacking in significant construction expertise. The result: we have been assigned painting duties, putting primer and first coats on various components before the actual experts do the tricky part of cutting and installing. We painted big sheets of siding before installation. We painted soffits before installation. And we primed beadboard walls to get them ready for installation. We’ve learned a lot about the difference between working with paint at 45 degrees and at 65 degrees – those “recommended temperature” statements on the side of the can are no joke. Once we demonstrated our ability to perform very tedious tasks with a reasonable degree of success, we were able to graduate to patching nail holes and sanding manufacturer marks off our decking.
Another important milestone we achieved in the last month was having a set of stairs built just in time to receive a giant delivery from IKEA. Behold our future kitchen (some assembly required):
The interior is finally moving into the stage of work that is familiar to fellow devotees of HGTV. Our interior walls are now being closed in, and soon we will have interior doors hung and flooring installed. We’ve been busily finalizing design choices, and I am here to tell you that there are waaaaaay too many types of tile in this world. But after many hours spent strolling the aisles of various home improvement stores, we have picked out the key items and most are already on site or on order. Now it all just needs to be installed.