September & October

The Crabapple Retreat is about 95% complete and has been livable since August. The lack of top shelves in the kitchen, the fireplace surround, and a small amount of trim hasn’t prevented us from loving every minute spent in this humble abode. We are expecting to have plenty of time this winter to finish ever last detail. Especially since we are expecting a baby…

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So busy, so good

Jeff and I have been so busy since we started our newest project, the Crabapple Retreat, last winter. But, busy is good, so we can’t complain! We surely chose a hard winter to build. We could have held off until spring, but we had already poured our concrete pad and started the framing by the time the snow hit in late…

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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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