Home Addition – End of Week Fifteen

Baby is due on Thursday (although she’ll probably be late). The house will also be late; we’re still about 3 weeks out from being done. After last Saturday’s flooding in the family room, we dried out fairly quickly. Monday was pretty slow, mostly just waiting for an inspection. After that though, it has been another week full of (visible) progress. On Tuesday we met Martin, the paint guy, and gave him the colors for the rooms to be painted and while he was here he painted the visible edges of the deck. The big rolls of insulation were also dropped off on Tuesday. Wednesday was a loud day between wrapping for stucco and insulation.

Wrapping for stucco

Wrapping for stucco

But by the end of the day, we were almost completely insulated. What a difference it makes!! Even without the drywall up yet the increased warmth and decreased noise are evident. We opted to sleep in the bedroom again, even though it’s still got the plastic sheeting and no window coverings. It was warm and quiet and the bed is much more comfortable than the couch.

Insulation!

Insulation!

The stucco wrapping continued on Thursday and finished on Friday. Marty worked on various indoor items including the tub and checking the plumbing. We had two inspections this week, one for insulation and one for stucco wrap. Harley has had a tough week with all the noise. All the thumping rattles the windows and doors of the old house so it feels like little earthquakes, of which Harley is not a big fan. He has been sticking very close to Clarke and I, often sitting directly on our feet with his tail between his legs. We try to get all of us out of the house for a least a little bit every day. Sunday brought another rain storm but we fared much better than the past few storms since the stucco wrap sealed everything in. There was only one spot of leakage in a corner of the family room which, thankfully, required a lot less effort to keep dry.

Wrapped!

Wrapped!

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Home Addition – End of Week Fourteen

We dried out fairly well after last weekend’s rain. Marty and Scott worked on various smaller tasks this week (more plumbing, wiring, etc.) and one big task…removing the interior wall in the baby’s bedroom and installing the new window. When the sliding glass door at the back of the room was removed in September, the baby’s bedroom (our old bedroom) had no outside access. Egress requires there to be a window which allows for escape from any bedroom so we had to put in this rather large window (which hopefully never has to be used for escape). The view isn’t much (neighbor’s driveway and their kitchen if the blinds are open), but the light is great in the room and we’ll have some good blinds put in, eventually. To prep, we moved all the furniture to one corner and covered everything with sheets. Marty covered up the floor and hung plastic sheeting; it looked like a scene out of E.T. We’ve been sleeping in the living room since this went up on Wednesday.

Protecting the baby bedroom for wall removal

Protecting the baby bedroom for wall removal

We decided to have the whole interior wall removed on that side (instead of just the area around the window) so that insulation could be added. However, when Marty and Scott began to remove the plaster, they discovered that when the bedroom was modified (not sure what year, but it was originally a three bedroom house) they just put the drywall on top of the existing lath and plaster walls. Not a deal-breaker, but it definitely made for more work in removing the interior wall and added an extra day to that project.

Lath and plaster behind the drywall (surprise!)

Lath and plaster behind the drywall (surprise!)

In addition to the original window placement in the baby’s bedroom, we found this, and have no idea what it is. Marty suggests a 1920’s spy camera.

Mystery object

Mystery object

Meanwhile, the stucco guys arrived to set up their scaffolding so when it’s stucco time (this week?) they can jump right in.

Stucco scaffolding

Stucco scaffolding

The floor of the upstairs balcony got done on Thursday and some of the roofing began on Friday (no pictures of the roof, I’m not climbing up there).

Balcony floor

Balcony floor

Marty tarped up on Friday for another weekend of rain. We were in better condition since some of the roofing had been put on, but not all of it. He came over on Saturday for a bit to install the sliding glass door in the bedroom with Clarke’s help and add a bit more flashing (water-proofing) to the new window. Over the weekend, the upstairs stayed almost completely dry this time around but we came home Saturday evening to find the living room partially flooded! The only thing we can figure is that water was coming from the roof drain, hitting the scaffolding and splashing into the space between the old house and the new house. Thankfully, today was a very dry and sunny day.

Things are moving with a stop-and-go motion lately since pretty much every project remaining depends on another project being completed first, and almost all of these require sub-contractors. It has been eye-opening having sub-contractors around. We have gotten so used to Marty and Scott who go above and beyond that I think we’re a bit spoiled. The sub-contractors have been fine and doing good work but that extra little bit is sometimes missing. Or maybe I’m just getting cranky at 38 weeks pregnant. :D

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Home Addition – End of Week Thirteen

Lots of progress this week! More wiring, including cable tv, phone and internet. We’re future-proofing as much as possible even though everything will be wireless one day, that day is not here yet.

Lots of wiring

Lots of wiring

On Thursday I came home from running errands to discover seven people working on the house. In addition to Marty and Scott, two guys were delivering drywall, one guy was running the cat-6 cable (internet), one guy installing the heating vents and one guy was talking balcony flooring with me. The tub was delivered that afternoon and the inspector came by for a rough inspection of the roof area. The drywall for upstairs was lifted through the opening in the alley wall and now that wall is sealed up.

Too bad we can move our furniture this way too

Too bad we can move our furniture this way too

That, unfortunately, is where the good news ends. Before Marty and Scott left on Thursday, they tarped the upstairs in preparation for Friday and Sunday’s rain. At least we have windows that close now, and plywood on the roof, so the bedroom is not as exposed as it had been. Clarke still spent a long time in the bedroom late Friday night/early Saturday morning with every towel and container we own catching drips. Today, the rain hasn’t been as strong, but there are still plenty of drips and puddles.

Rain!

Rain!

The original date for completion was November 15th which is quickly approaching but no longer realistic. We also got “official” word that the house won’t be done by Baby’s due date (November 24th). It’s not a big surprise, but part of me was still hoping that perhaps I was underestimating the speed of the next several steps.

November 3, 2011

November 3, 2011

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Home Addition – End of Week Twelve

Last week Marty and Scott moved onto plumbing, wiring and windows!

Plumbing

Plumbing

Lights & wiring

Lights & wiring

Lights

Lights

Windows

Windows

October 28, 2011

October 28, 2011

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Farewell Hubbs

Today was my last day of work at Hubbs. I’ve been there for 11 years; my only job since graduating college. I’ve worked for everyone in the company. My job description changed more times than I can count. I’ve studied owls, manatees, polar bears, penguins, seals, sea lions and various fish species. I’ve been an assistant, videographer, graphic designer, number puncher, researcher, photographer, fish feeder, sound editor, educator, biologist.

My first job, observing spotted owl behavior

My first job, observing spotted owl behavior

Observing manatee behavior

Observing manatee behavior

Sound recordings with penguins

Sound recordings with penguins

Testing polar bear hearing

Testing polar bear hearing

Fish pens in Mexico

Fish pens in Mexico

High Tech High Science Alliance

High Tech High Science Alliance

Yes, I was laid off while almost nine months pregnant. No, they didn’t lay me off because I was pregnant. I wasn’t the only person let go. The funding for the projects that made up my salary ran out sooner than expected and try as they might, there were no other projects that could take me on. Over the past several months I have been working on various small tasks for almost everyone in the office; it was not a complete surprise that this happened. It’s the nature of the industry and the company that I worked for and the job insecurity is a constant presence. That’s not to say that it doesn’t suck to become unemployed right before having a baby. The paycheck will be missed certainly, but the insurance is actually a bigger hit to us right now. We’re choosing to look at this as a blessing in disguise.

It’s time for my next great adventure…being a mom.

Mommy-to-be

Mommy-to-be

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Home Addition – End of Week Eleven

Lots of little details added last week, but the framing is done! (I think) The guys spent a whole day on the roof, but I’m not crawling up there to see what changed, we’re just gonna go with “the roof is done”. We want the addition to not look like an addition so there is plenty of detail work to keep a consistent look. The parapets on the roof edge are a big part of that. We can see our neighbor’s addition very clearly now from our second floor and it’s obvious that they just slapped a box addition onto the back of the original house. We’ve also carried the curved parapet look into the opening of the downstairs deck and the upstairs balcony.

Detail work

Detail work

October 19, 2011

October 19, 2011

The balcony wall was the last major framing done upstairs.

Balcony wall

Balcony wall

The last portion of the downstairs deck was framed last week too. This is the only part of the deck that will be uncovered. Our old deck was half covered and half uncovered and aside from the BBQ (and Harley’s sunbathing), we never used the uncovered portion of the deck because it was just too hot. The new deck gives us a lot more covered area (covered by the bedroom upstairs) and just enough uncovered for the BBQ plus a few people.

Uncovered deck

Uncovered deck

Next up…plumbing!

October 21, 2011

October 21, 2011

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Home Addition – End of Week Ten

After the previous week’s minimal advancement, it was nice to see more progress this week. The roof framing is done as is the roof framing for the balcony.

October 13, 2011

October 13, 2011

The windows and sliding glass doors arrived this week, but continue to sit waiting until ready to be installed (next step after framing is complete).

Window delivery

Window delivery

The framing progress is currently all on the inside (closet wall, bathroom wall, etc.) so the backyard shots haven’t changed much since early last week.

October 13, 2011

October 13, 2011

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Home Addition – End of Week Nine

Mother Nature was not on our side last week. An early fall storm started lightly on Tuesday and ran late through Wednesday night. Normally, I love this kind of weather, but with the wooden state of our addition, not so much. Monday was beautiful and Marty and Scott got more framing done on the upstairs.

October 3, 2011

October 3, 2011

They got some work done on Tuesday morning before putting up tarps. We spent Wednesday combating the wind that was trying to pull those tarps off and fling them down the street. Clarke was very resourceful and weighted down one side of tarp with towel-wrapped wrenches to keep it from flipping up and dumping the accumulated water into our future bedroom.

October 5, 2011

October 5, 2011

The winds finally died down as the rain really picked up midday on Wednesday. Clarke spent a few hours Wednesday evening sweeping water off our deck and the tarps. By Thursday the weather had moved on and Marty came over and, along with Clarke, removed the tarps to allow everything to dry in time for work on Friday morning. With only two days of work for last week, we’re a bit more behind schedule but at this point, what can you do?

October 7, 2011

October 7, 2011

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Home Addition – End of Week Eight

I missed a few days of pictures this past week owing to various things going on…work, baby classes, general pregnancy (read: tired). The stairs were put in and we can walk around in our new bedroom space. By the end of last week the wall studs were in for the second story.

September 28, 2011

September 28, 2011

September 29, 2011

September 29, 2011

We even have a Harry Potter cupboard under our stairs!

Harry Potter cupboard

Harry Potter cupboard

We got a taste of what our balcony view will be like too. It is much more impressive when it’s not cloudy, but you can see the ocean and the bay.

Ocean view

Ocean view

September 30, 2011

September 30, 2011

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Home Addition – End of Week Seven

A lot more framing happened last week; we can really feel the space coming together. We even had Sunday brunch on our deck (on TV trays). It’s nice to be able to eat outside again. We never use the dining room, except for company and holidays, especially now since it’s full of baby stuff that won’t fit in the garage.

September 19, 2011, beginning of second story

September 19, 2011, beginning of second story

September 20, 2011, family room walls

September 20, 2011, family room walls

September 21, 2011, roof above the deck

September 21, 2011, roof above the deck

September 23, 2011

September 23, 2011

I had been taking one picture a day from the same spot in the backyard until this week when I realized I hadn’t accounted for the height of the second story in my shots. Whoops.

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