Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Night Photos: House Renovations v. 2.0.7 (The first glimpse of a floor . . .)

Work is progressing nicely on the house renovations and new addition, and I'm getting excited thinking about how fun it will be to have the new office and photo studio space. Of course, after the big dig was done, and the fittings and foundation were completed, the hole had to be filled in. Truthfully, I have a hard time getting excited about this part of the project, but the little boy across the street has loved coming over and sitting on the "digger." Notice how the pile of dirt is covered with snow, but the work must go on!

I'm including this shot because people are still worrying that I'm filling up my entire back yard with house, but truly there *is* still a lot of lawn and garden back there. Next to the neighbor's garage you can see some yellowish looking dead plants, which are last year's tomatoes that I never got cleared away, and farther back is my veggie garden, with plenty of lawn left under the pile of dirt.

This enormous pile of gravel got dumped onto the neighbor's driveway, and if you look on the left side of the photo you can see that a bunch of lumber also was delivered. Most of the lumber had been moved to the porch by the time I took this photo, but seeing all that lumber was nice confirmation that some actual building was about to commence!

It was great to come home from work and see floor joists appearing over the foundation. (And in case anyone is surprised at my construction knowledge, I had to rely on Google to find exactly what those floor supports are called.)

Finally, this photo won't impress anyone who never went down into my dirt basement which houses the furnace and hot water heater, but I was thrilled with the way the contractors have improved it. This entrance to the basement used to be outside, a major pain in Utah winters if you ever had to go down there. Now the entrance will be inside the new addition, with a trap-door over the greatly-improved stairs. There's now a cinder-block wall on both sides of those stairs, and the wall turns a corner on each side to make a cinder-block wall along the south end of my basement. It's cleaner, looks nicer, and also gives more support for the nearly 100-year-old foundation in that part of the house.

(If anyone is interested, you can see my whole set of House Renovations Photos on Flickr or use the label House Ronovations to see all the posts.)

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  1. I'm loving it Kalyn! Actually, I think renovations and building houses are really fabulous activities and I really enjoy them. I guess most people get focused on the mess. For me it just seems so creative and exciting.
    I really can get excited about the inside access to the basement, that's one of the things I'm very focused on getting if we ever are able to do something to our place in Michigan.
    Power on!!

  2. Woo hoo -- progress, progress, progress! I love it.

  3. I hope your neighbour didn't mind the gravel being dumped in his driveway ;) Looking forward to seeing the finished house.

  4. After seeing it with my own eyes last Saturday, it is really looking good. Your contractors are meticulous. I love new construction.
    All the mess is worth it, Kalyn, when you are living with the results.
    Happy new Office and Photo room.

  5. Tanna nice to know I'm not the only one who can get excited about the steps! My brothers are excited too, since they're the ones who go down there to fix things for me.

    Lydia, it's really nice to see it starting to look like more than just a hole in the ground!

    Barbara, the neighbors have been great. They're college kids and don't mind a driveway full of gravel (plus I am paying them to use the driveway!)

    Wanda, thanks. I agree, my contractor is the greatest. Will be so worth it when it's done.

  6. You must be sooooo excited to see the progress now that floor joists are down and framing will be going up soon (if not already). This is the part that I love - when you can actually see where the walls will be. Keep the Friday photos coming! I love watching the progress.

  7. Wow! You're really making progress now. How exciting!


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