Monday, May 30, 2011

Vacation, Life and Fortunate events

               Though Amber and I have not posted lately we have been at work.  Well for the most part at work.  The Hiatus started with a long weekend and then turned into general life which is unpredictable.  The long weekend to visit family was amazing and took place in Orlando, (to boot the weather beat MI's).  Following up to that was the East Lansing art fair which is pretty much a holiday on its own.  Though despite it being a holiday we managed to get all the wood floors unloaded and stacked.  The curve ball and fortunate event was that Doug wasn't killed by a falling tree.  True he does have a fractured jaw..., but he walked away from underneath a 40000# tree.  That being said his studio was totaled and the family and extended family crew worked long hours scrapping and tearing down.
                 I am not sure where the pictures of the damage are, but I'm more about progress anyway so here is where the house stands now....
building the arch

keystone in place

curve in tact

spiral to match the stairs

pseudo wine cellar

the start to a great Gothic basement staircase

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Painting is Done, Moving on to Floors and Fixtures

Between Amber Doug and myself we had the whole house painted by the end of Saturday afternoon and it looks great.  The paint covered in one coat and we ended up having a few gallons extra for any inevitable touch ups we might have.  With the painting done Amber started install the outlets and cover plates while I started wiring in light fixtures.  One of the best points of the weekend happened while Amber and I were looking around the place and realized that the trash being produced wasn't sawdust, or plaster, or chunks of drywall, but it was packaging.  Open and install kind of packaging.  The kind of packaging that indicates an end in sight.  Needless to say though we didn't stop on just plates and fixtures.  When Sunday rolled around we started to dry fit the granite tile and finished the majority of two rooms.  We have a few more pieces to cut and fit, but we should be able to get that taken care of this evening along with setting at least some of the rooms with mortar.  The new goal now is to have all the tile grouted by the end of the week.  

Stone Tile and Spacers

Amber's Paint Covered Hand

I know that there have been a lot of "white wall" type pictures lately but the distinction
of this one is finished fixtures and  Halos on the can lights

No more Gaping Hole

Outlet Covers

Switch Covers

Dry Fitting the Bathroom floors

The First Real Light of the place

Amber Setting Faceplates

Conduit Box Plate

Cutting Tile

Painted and Lit Up!

Spaced and Ready For Thinset

Laying out the Kitchen

Trying to find a straight line

The Pattern Emerges

Pieces Should be mortared some point this week