The past few days have been busy here, the focus being bi-focal, so to speak. The first, of course, is the old farm house which WILL be repaired - the foundation repaired, the house raised and the tired floor made level again. We have (preliminarily) made the deal with the licensed, bonded, certified, credentialed, AND, well-priced contractor. The expected start date is mid February, with a completion date of this phase (through sub-flooring) of mid March. Now, if only the weather decides to cooperate, I will be most grateful.
To prepare for the leveling, re-beaming, re-joisting, etc., we have to get the old, rotted, broken joists out, and prepare the "underneath" of the house. This includes a lot of "clean-up" type work and the creation of a sump-pump solution to deal with the water that wants to make its way under the house when it rains, snows, floods, etc. (We are at 13 ft above sea level here and literally surrounded by water.)
|Last Summer After Floor Was Removed (Kitchen Area)|
|Walkways Across Failed Beams and Joists|
The second focus is finishing the insulating and wall-covering in the garage. We also installed three ceiling fans which we got from our demolition work at the old Hallieford house a year ago. None of them match, but they are all good ceiling fans and will make a big difference in the summer. We have been pretty satisfied with the work of the two young, out of work, guys we have employed to help us complete this part. They are also to help with the prep work for the old farm house, but we must wait until the rains subside.....
This week we have completed about half of the interior of the garage, and this weekend we will tackle more. One thing I can definitely say is EVERYTHING takes longer, is more work and costs more than we plan...BUT.... we ARE getting there!
|Installing Ceiling Fan #1|
|Installing Fan #2|
|Bringing Plywood From Shed|
|Installing Plywood over Insulation|
|Garage Walls Halfway Completed|
Unfortunately, today it was pouring rain and Joe spent most of the day in emergency water diversion mode.... we must have five hundred feet of black 4 inch flexible pipe carrying water away from places it naturally wants to flow.... I am SOOOOOO ready for Spring!