Sunday, February 28, 2010

Only about a month to go!!

The guys have been hard at work! We have a ton of new insulation in the walls (EcoBatt) and in the floors and attic (icynene). Needless to say, we should be kept warm! That is a LOT of icynene!

By the way, these three windows in a row are original to the house!

The drywall was mostly finished last week, and it will be sanded this week. Check it out...

This is the bedroom...

This is one view of the bathroom, looking into the closet.

Another view of the bathroom showing the shower.

The backdoor has been installed. You can see into the bedroom to the right.
Also, our rickety old basement stairs have been replaced now (after EcoBatt was added under them too), so now all of our steps are the same width AND are level. What a concept!

Our homework for this week is to finalize our paint color choices! Stay tuned for our next update...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sledding videos.....

Sledding after a recent 8" storm. Just down the street from our house at the Montford Community Center.

Good to go......

The interior framing work has been completed and everything passed inspection on Friday. Most of the remaining work will take place from the relentless snow and ice storms we've endured. El Nino is sticking it to us! The locals say this is the worst winter in 20 years (lucky us!). We've stayed roughly on budget so far, but did decide to upgrade the shower with some additional glass panels which should open the space up a bit.

Next week we'll be insulating and beginning sheetrock installation. We will also be meeting with a landscape architect to discuss the backyard layout. We are hoping to move towards a permaculture design that incorporates nice garden space, rain gardens, and a play area for mocha. We've got a blank slate right now (see below)......

View looking into the bathroom

German siding on the southside

View of backyard during one of our weekly snowstorms

We also had our storm windows installed last week. These were purchased from company called Allied Windows in Ohio that specializes in customized windows for historic homes. They all fit perfectly and have helped weatherize our house tremendously. The interior windows are especially slick...they incorporate magnetic strips to seal out the elements. Hopefully we'll avoid another $300 power bill next month.

Interior storms....almost invisible

Exterior storms on the front of the house.