Upstairs next steps

October 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Forgive the super boring post on drywall. This is mainly for Katy, who is helping me decide on paint colors.

Our friendly handy person, Chad, has made great progress upstairs since last I posted. After the mold was remediated and the insulation went in, Chad installed drywall. We toyed with the idea of beadboard on the slopes and ceiling, but decided it was not in the budget. So, we’ll have acres of smooth drywall overhead for now. The drywall is almost finished and next week it will be time to slap up some paint. Here’s what it looks like now.

View from top of the stairs into lounge (south gable end)

Looking back at the stairs (Boogie stretching)

Window seat in lounge

Skylight in lounge

Area at top of stairs, door to office

Looking into office (closets surround window in gable end)

Window seat in office (desk will be to left, closets to right)

Office (my desk goes here)

Down the stairs

Work has begun at 35 Lewis Road

December 14, 2010 § 2 Comments

Bob’s team (Benny) has finished the roof on the street side, framed the skylights, and installed the trim on the driveway side (that’s the “gable end” of the house, thank you Bob).

Unfortunately it rained all day Monday in Georgetown, so they didn’t get any work done. But Bob tells me the skylights are in, so they should get those installed today or tomorrow. The rest of the windows are supposed to arrive this week.

Katy and I set a good example the weekend before last when we demolished the knee walls in one of the upstairs bedrooms. I have to say, demolition is very therapeutic. We also put up several colors throughout the house. We’re leaning towards shades of orange upstairs and greens downstairs.

Upstairs bedroom

We would have knocked out all the drywall on the second floor except for the mess. We promised Bob we would clean up any construction debris we created. The knocking down is super easy. It’s the carting the debris out to the dumpster that sucks. So we stuck to one room upstairs. In December, when we have Mark and Robert to do our bidding, we’ll gut the whole second floor.

Upstairs bedroom

The plan is to take down all the walls upstairs to create a sort of “loft” space up there. Perhaps Mark will build some window seats in the A dormers and built in shelving in the knee walls. We’ll definitely take down all the extraneous trim throughout the house. Katy got us started already.

I’ll post pictures of the construction as they come in. In the meantime, keep those cottage names coming. We’ll announce the winner before we head back up there in late December.

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