Sunday, March 09, 2014
I have started this blog twice so far, and lost it both times. The first time it was maddening because I had a lot of it done. So, here we go again......
We have been working hard on the house, got all the windows in but 2 and the last time I wrote we didn't have any in.
Starting, before we had any windows on the East wall, just a garage door opening.
Here are Matt and Tom, our friend, working on framing in the opening.
First window in! It is a window for the master bedroom.
Framing in the second window on the East wall.
This is what it looks like on the outside! All the metal must be removed around where the windows are going, and the opening for the window cut out, a frame built, and the metal replaced once the window is framed in.
Photo of the East end of the house after the two windows were put in. Matt had to climb the scaffolding to do the work on the metal.
This shot was taken from the same spot as the shot on the first blog. You can see the difference the windows make in the building!
I didn't go out to the property with Matt last Friday, as I did laundry at my daughter's house. When I got there Saturday, he surprised me by having the double windows finished on the front of the house. The door nearest the windows will eventually be taken out, and we will use the door through the utility room.
I don't take pictures of the inside much because there isn't too much you can see. This shows Matt working on something, and the 2 windows in their spots for the master bedroom. The window straight ahead looks over the porch.
Yesterday, we went and bought the full length glass door that opens into the living room from the porch. Notice there is a step up from the porch into the house.
Here are the door and window that are off the porch. The window is in the master bedroom, and the door opens directly into the living room. The utility room is to the left in the photo.
The north side of the building as it looked as a storage building. This was before we put the one window we put in today. It is on the left of the building, and the smaller window is now gone on that side! The other window will go too, once we figure out where the kitchen window will go!
It is so exciting to see it all come together. Soon, we will start framing walls on the inside and running electricity throughout the house, along with the water lines. Lots to do, yet!
for taking the time to read!
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Since the Texas Star Door was installed, DH has finished running the lines for water and electricity to the RV site. We expect to move out to Deleon somewhere around the middle of March and after that, progress on the house itself should speed up a bit, as we will have more hours in the day to work. Right now, it is an hour out and an hour back, maybe a bit longer than that. At any rate, photos follow!!
Matt, working on the RV hookup. That is the RV pad to the left, the house is to the right.
The rafters are up in the utility room! That is insulation behind them, against the metal roof. We will also put insulation between the rafters. Most metal building houses are at least double insulated.
This was taken today, at Lowe's in Granbury, where we bought a lot of the lumber for framing the interior walls. That is Matt on the flat bed trailer. An employee was helping him load the wood.
I took this picture, looking through the building, from back to front. We cleaned a lot of stuff out of the building today, getting ready to frame the walls. On the very first progress blog, I took a picture of the interior from the front to the back. Right now, there are roll up garage doors on each end of the building. Soon, on the back, the door will be removed and a wall will take its place. In the front, the plan is to remove the door and put up 2 windows close to one another to make a double window. Notice the entry to the utility room at the very back of the photo, on the far left.
Also, today and yesterday, we did the wiring of all the outlets and the lights in the utility room, and the back door outside light. Tomorrow, we hope to start building the walls for the back garage door.
This is all the very latest! The last 2 photos were taken today!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I am so excited! We bought our "Texas Star" door today, I chose it for the entrance to the utility room which is probably the way that most guests will be entering. I have always wanted one of these doors, since our move to Texas. Now, I will finally have it!
This is a close up of the door that I took from the outside, once we got it up. It took a while, difficult to level it because the concrete floor wasn't totally level. The glass is frosted in some areas, and the other areas, breaks the light into rainbow colors. The leading around the glass is black.
This was taken from the inside, looking out. The sun was not on the door yet at this time.
The door in its place as the entrance to the built on utility room. We also laid the water lines in the trenches that DH dug with the ditch witch so those are all in place, now all he has to do is hook the water up in the well house, and put the hydrants in for the RV and the barn. We are doing all PEX lines in the house, so Matt has to put the water manifold in the house.
Some of you may notice too, that we have the top of the utility room totally enclosed now, and the electricity is in place. The box for the power and the breakers for it are mounted on the wall behind the pipe that you see here. It is coming together, but slowly.....
We bought the door at McCoys which is basically a Texas based lumber yard. We have a friend who works in the one at Stephenville. We will also be buying our kitchen cabinets and our other door, along with our siding and two by fours there. We like to deal locally when we can.
It struck me that our weight loss/getting healthy journey is much like our work on our house..........One small step at a time!
Sunday, January 26, 2014
New concrete poured for the utility room floor and porch on the house. This was poured last Tuesday.
Matt, putting up the first wall of the utility room. This is the wall that the window will be in.
More of the walls went up today with the help of our friends.
Starting to put up the USB board which is the first covering for the walls.
The window is in!
This side of the wall is where the entry door will be. I want one of those half glass doors with the "Texas Star" in it!
Yesterday, we rented a ditch witch and Matt dug all the lines for the water and electricity. This shows Matt digging a trench in front of the RV pad, down to the barn.
We have made a lot of progress that last few days, with Matt's son helping yesterday and our friends helping us today. Tomorrow, though, it is supposed to turn cold so not sure how much we will do, but our storage building is finally supposed to be delivered tomorrow! We bought it on the 14th, but they have been behind on deliveries. Watch for pictures of the storage building on my next blog!
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