Jimmy & Patsy's Adventure
Remember Owen, our backup excavator? Well, Owen has hired a new helper. They are really good friends, almost like brothers. His name is Hayden William Sapp. He doesn't talk much but, at 8 pounds, 2 ounces and 20.5 inches tall, he promises to be a good worker. Hayden has only been a resident since December 27, 2004 and needs to apply for a work permit before he can get started working but, Owen has already begun training him to "move dirt."
Welcome to the "Sapp Adventure," Hayden!
The decking has been finished and it looks great! It took longer than necessary to complete as the hidden fasteners were a pain in the neck to install. The result, however, is worth the extra time and expense. Well, the time anyway. :-) This view is in front of the dining room. There will be steps off the far end going toward the back of the garage.
This view is also in front of the dining room with the deck wrapping around to the front of the house. We plan to use the same oil finish as the rest of the house. The oil will darken the wood, of course, but won't change the color. It will end up looking like mahogany. The oil finish is by "Super Deck."
The sheathing has been put on the fireplace in preparation for the stone. This view is from the kitchen across the granite island countertop. Needless to say, it is going to be awesome when the stone work is finished. Now try to visualize the cedar mantle on against the stone. So many things to think about. It makes my head hurt. :-)
We wanted the mantle to "float" above the fireplace with no supports. We had two 3/4" pipes installed that will fit into holes drilled into the back of the mantle. We also had an outlet installed just above the mantle so you can't see it from the floor. The outlet, of course, will be to plug in our electric stockings hung from the mantle with care in hopes that Saint Nick would soon be there. :-)
This is kinda boring but I wanted to show how the mantle pipes were installed. In the top photo, the pipes pass through a hole drilled in a 2x8 mounted on the inside front of the fireplace. The other end of the pipe is screwed into a flange screwed to another 2x8 mounted on the back wall of the fireplace. Hopefully, this will be strong enough to support the 65 pound mantle.
The deck rails were delivered today. They will have round "pickets" between the top and bottom rails. We are using the same rails for the staircase.
They have begun installing the insulation! I tried to get a photo of them on their "rolling scaffold" but they were finished before I got back with my camera. Well, not completely finished as all the exterior walls, ceiling, and bathroom walls are also covered with plastic. There is also a corrugated foam "spacer" between the insulation and the roof to allow for ventilation. You can see what it looks like in the next photo. Bored yet?
This is the last insulation photo! Yippee!!
We had all the "heating zones", bathrooms, and the pesky laundry room insulated. This is the down stairs family room with the bedrooms and bath in the back. This will help to control the environment for each room and it also helps to "isolate" any snoring guests! :-)
Using a little "photo magic," I wanted to show you a few "great room" panoramas to help put things in perspective. From left to right this image begins with the "window wall" in the great room, door to the deck, dining area, door to the deck from the kitchen, kitchen and kitchen island, door to the bedroom, back wall of the pantry and laundry room, and finally, the fireplace.
From left to right this image, taken from the dining area, shows the "recess" for microwave cabinet, door to the bedroom, hallway to the garage and laundry room with kitchen island in the foreground, pantry, front door, steps to the lower level, fireplace, and great room "window wall."
Albeit a little distorted, this view from the kitchen puts everything in perspective, literally. :-)
They have started installing the T&G pine ceiling. It is going to be really something when it's complete.
Yikes!! The scaffolding is already three stacks high. I think they are going to need a bigger ladder! For those who want to build up your upper body strength, try lifting a nail gun above your head a few thousand times. What a job!!
The ceiling is in!! It is awesome to say the least. The corner just to the right of the door to the deck will be covered with a 10" round log. It will have a "corner" cut out of it to fit around the corner and over the "sprinkler pipe" you can see that is headed to the ceiling.
The siding has finally been installed on the front of the house. Now, with just a few pieces of trim and a dab of stain, we'll call this side complete. Just in time too....the neighbors were beginning to refer to it as the Tyvek house. ;-)
At Owen and Hayden's invitation, Patsy and I went to Indiana for a few days. When we returned, all the wallboard had been put in place. The kitchen island will have a granite countertop and the face will be covered in paneling to match the cabinets.
The "really tall door" is the hallway to the garage. This is where the pull-down steps to the attic will be. We plan to put the larger of our fairy lamp cabinets on the large wall. What a "fairy Lamp, you say? You'll will just have to come visit to find out. :-)
We just bought (on eBay, of course) an antique cranberry hall light to go in the front entrance. Surprisingly, new lamps are as expensive as antique lamps. So, bring your kerosene when you come if you want to read. :-)
The "pink panther" is now safely tucked away behind acres of wallboard.
We are in the market for an antique mantle for the downstairs fireplace. So, if you find one that need a little TLC, let me know. We will use some extra "stones" for the hearth.
The plumber has been busy for several days installing the boiler for the radiant heat. I can't imagine what is taking so long. :-) Sure hope this heating system comes with a "book" of instructions.
Burnham, Series 2, Number 209, boiler. It is not very big, (maybe 36x28x28 inches) but weighs 550 pounds. I think the boiler may be "oversized" a little to accommodate the loss in efficiency up here in the mountains. At 8400 feet we have to make sure we get things designed for high altitude - including Plasma televisions. Apparently, he installs a lot of them up here in the mountains and describes them as a "workhorse" requiring little attention and rare service calls. Sounds good to me. :-)
Believe it or not, I have had several requests for a photo of the boiler and "specs." So, here it is. Our plumber recommended (since we know nothing about boilers) a
Wow! Who ordered all these cabinets? We couldn't figure out how all these cabinets were going to fit in our little kitchen until we realized that all the vanities were here too. Oh, the big tall cabinet in the back corner, that's "broom closet". Nothing is too good for our brooms. :-) The cabinets are Naughty Elder. Or, is it Knotty Alder?
As you know, our new home comes with some great views. We thought we had seen them all from every vantage point until now. This view, however, was recently discovered by Shea's Mom during one of her visits. It is the "sitting eye-level" view from the toilet in the master bath. With a view like this, I see no reason for a magazine rack in the bathroom. We will have "binoculars of a rope" instead.
Today, January 29th 2005, exactly 33 years after Steph's B-Day, the boiler was fired up! Yahoo!!