• Phase 5: Combo and Lath

    Hot mop, HVAC, Electrical and a healthy dose of distraction

    This month started with a bang…really. A huge bang to my head or ego or whatever. I’m 30. Yay. The last couple of weeks we have been working on the house, shopping for Christmas and trying to squeeze in a little family time. And Elfie time Can you believe this is our neighborhood? And you think we’re crazy… We’ve also been steadily working towards our combo inspection and took one day off from that to work on our lath inspection (since that one is tomorrow). See the paper on the front? That’s what’s going underneath our Hardi board. The plumbing is officially done, thanks to So Cal Shower Pans who…

  • Phase 4: Pre-wrap

    Up Went the Roof and Down Came the Rain!

    Mike and I couldn’t be happier that we subbed out the roof. After spending several days on the roof tearing it all off in the searing July summer sun this was one job I was not looking forward to. For one, the new roof is 10 feet higher than the old roof and two, it’s absolutely miserable work (and I might have a slight fear of heights). However, watching professionals do it, who do it every day for a living, was one of our best days. We were able to sit back and enjoy someone else working on our house. It made us wish we had a bigger budget because…

  • Phase 4: Pre-wrap

    Getting Ready for Pre-wrap Inspection

    The pre-wrap inspection is coming up and we are scrambling around trying to get ready for it, because once it’s done we can seal the outside of our house and get it rain/hail/snow/apocalypse ready. That’s important because last week we had a little scare. I had to go off for work and Mike was just getting home from work and the weather report said rain, and the clouds in the sky said rain and wouldn’t you guess it, the freaking rain coming down said rain…and ironically the day before was sunny and the day after was sunny but for freak’s sake today was rainy. We also had an inspection we…

  • 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.…