• Phase 3: Framing

    Second Story Addition Home Tour!

    This post is long over due, but I wanted to wait until more shear wall was up to post it. Every picture I took (before today) just looked like a box of toothpicks. You know how they say, “That’s something only a mother could love”? Well, the pics I took looked like something only the original designer could figure out. Which translated to: totally boring and a waste of time. Sooooo, reeeeemember this? Check it out now! The hole for the front door and the entry room on the right: The stairs SW began and still needs to finish: So that we can get rid of this stupid thing: From…

  • Phase 3: Framing

    We’re Done!!!

    Not really, but it felt amazing typing that. We did frame almost all of the second story walls and we did put about half of the roof trusses onto those walls (not nailed into place but kinda leaning on where they may end up). And I say “we” in the most general of terms here, because I’m pretty sure between work and the kids I only nailed one wall together. Add the heat exhaustion and I can’t remember anything else. Somehow I also took pictures. Luckily, I’m more of a finish carpenter than rough carpenter and so my lack of skills at this point will be made up for later.…

  • Phase 3: Framing

    El Capitán

    Look at this Jolly guy: My dad, for over 30 years, operated a residential and commercial plastering business, but because of the economy they had to close their doors. It’s been pretty sad to watch a man who was top in his field go to a standard employee who drives semi-trucks and holds no authority. My dad was amazing with what he did. He was one of the pioneers for putting foam under plaster to create trims and shapes around buildings – now they sell those pre-made shapes at big box stores. He also had textures that were never replicable and people always paid high dollar to have him do…

  • Phase 3: Framing

    There’s So Much Room to do Activities!

    It’s been a whirlwind of activities here at the Hambel house. Between building an addition, full time work, and last minute trips to the park/zoo/pool before school begins, I barely had time to realize how long it’s been since I’ve updated this blog…but don’t worry, Mike didn’t let you guys down, he bugged me about it almost everyday for last four days he has been home. So, here it is! Last time I wrote we had just had a bunch of our friends show up and help us lift all the floor trusses into place. We are so far beyond that now that I feel like summarizing it all up…