Pex, Stairs, and Deck

Good news! Last week, we finished stringing the pex through the basement ceiling/main floor. The plumbing is now officially done. Meanwhile, Kalie finished whitewashing the walls in the basement and then started to nail the ceiling. Before nailing the boards, she put down a layer of bubble foil insulation, which acts to reflect the radiant heat towards the main floor…

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Electrical, cabinets, and insulation

We finished siding the back of the building, which was also the tallest and hardest side to complete. It’s shaping up very nicely. Overall, we love the look of the Hardie Board, but it is definitely time consuming. Since the beginning of October, we have been working on the electrical (particularly the kitchen lighting). Since we have a plank and…

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Siding and fir floors

Since the end of September, Kalie and I have been working on various tasks, such as insulating around the windows, doing the electrical, building the front porch, and backfilling up to the house. Larger tasks we are still working on include siding, and floors. For the floors, we machined 2 x 12 framing lumber (hemlock/fir) by making a groove in…

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Roof, windows, and doors

We received our Windsor Pinnacle windows over the weekend. They were delivered free of charge from Vermont since they had us waiting longer than expected. Turns out their distributer left two of our windows on the loading dock, and they never bothered to make sure they were all there, so they are coming back to deliver the last two this…

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Stamped floor and larch beams

We had our basement floor poured and stamped last Monday. It was stamped with a rubber stamp that resembles stone or slate, and a charcoal colored powder was put on top to make it look more dimensional. We also finished the last first-story wall, sheathing, and worked on framing the basement and building the staircase. On Saturday morning, we had…

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Floor joists and walls

We have been working 14 hour days, 7 days a week, and as a result, we haven’t had much time to update the blog. Unfortunately, on Sunday August 5th, we got a huge monsoon-type rain and wind storm that ripped the tarp, and dumped water in the basement. Kalie and I waterproofed it so well, that the water was not…

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Basement plumbing and floor

These past few days, we have been working on the basement plumbing and floor. Drains for the toilet, sink, tub, and washer had to be buried underground, and the entire floor had to be leveled. The numerous rocks made it difficult, but certainly gave us plenty of exercise! Before we can have the concrete floor poured, we have to put…

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We have a foundation!

The foundation is completed, and boy are we glad we didn’t attempt it ourselves. After much research, I decided it would be better to subcontract the poured foundation. So, we found a commercial contractor from Syracuse that was in the Watertown area. Business is extremely slow this year, so he gave us a really good deal.  We got such a…

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