Before - East elevation
Before - South Elevation
Before - West elevation
Before - North elevation
Removing the rim joist and mudsill.
The hous is now bearing on a temporary wall inside the basement
Hope those waterpipes don't freeze this winter
The contractor has arrived with his backhoe
The building permit is nailed to the carport, ready to start excavation.
The old basement walls were formed up against the dirt, makes for a bumpy wall.
John Pullman is a masonry and concrete contractor who will do the excavation, demoliton and concrete work for me.
The old concrete stairwell comes out easily
but he sections are heavy and John struggles to lift them out.
End of the excavation, part of the basement wall came loose when the stairwell was pulled out.
The concrete sawcutters have arrived.
They cut the wall free from the slab
A steel cable around the remaining basement wall
A tug and it falls. Fortunately the house remains standing.
the wall does not have much rebar in it and it breaks in pieces upon landing.
Cutting the existing slab for a clean transition to the new slab.
I need two 8" steel beams to support the existing exterior wall.
Peso checks out the 2x nailer I just bolted to the beam.
We have a big pile of dirt in our backyard.
Temporary supports set up to slide the steel beam into place. It took six of us to move the two beams from the trailer onto the skids. Great to have friends and good neighbors. Forms for the footings have been set.
The concrete pumptruck is getting reay for the first pour.
concrete truck has arrived.
Pouring the footings
Pouring the footings.
Footings are done. Concrete blankets are ready to cover it all up.
We are having a wet winter in Idaho. The beams have been skidded near their final position and the 2x10 supports removed.
Surprising Rachel with a snowball.
John and his crew are setting the wall forms.
wall forms ready for concrete. Steel beam is skidded near the house and three of the skids partially removed.
the walls are poured and covered up to protect them from the cold weather. One section of the steel beam has been moved in place and a 6x6 post is supporting this corner of the house.
We are having a couple of very cold nights in Boise, need to keep the curing concrete covered.
Second steel beam being moved into position. I am using pipeclamps to slowely pull the beam under the wall, then jack it up in position.
An LVL beam carries the existing floor joists on the south side of the house.
Snow again. I am installing the presure treated mudsill on the concrete walls.
LVL beams and 2x10 floorjoists span from the new wall back to the existing house.
Another snowy morning in Boise. With half the floorjoists installed I was able to put floor sheathing loose over the joists to keep snow out of the hole.
Installing 2x6 joists and rim joist where the rear porch will be. The new west wall will be where the 2x10 joist runs. I acquired a framing nailer, very nice tool!
A contractor sawcut the basement slab for new sewer lines.
New sewer piping in basement addition. The chunk of concrete on the left was a thickened slab inside just where I had to dig for the new sewer pipe.
The new basement walls with a tar waterproofing membrane rolled on. I put some sheating temporarily on the joists to keep the snow out.
Sewer pipes to the new laundry room
More snow. The blue boards are insulation foam.
Framing the sloped ceiling / roof area over the new bedroom.
The contractor has put structural fill under the new slab and is installing the rebar for the floor.
A block-out for the recessed floor at the new walk-in shower and waste / vent pipes sticking up through the fill.
The concrete pump truck is back. Today we are pouring the new basement slab.
Pumping the 'mud' inside the basement makes quick work of a big task.
The slab is in and has cured for a day so I can walk on it.
A couple of temporary drain lines for the washer and our temp. shower are hooked up across the floor to stub ups.
Needed a facemounted hanger for this double LVL. Lots of nails and big bolts!
Maggie is checking things out.
Putting the deck on.
I am building a temporary roof structure over the basement addition. this way it is dried in downstairs and I can finish off our new bathroom and bedroom before moving on to remodeling the upstairs next year. The new meter panel is set on a temporary support, the old panel removed and new underground power pulled to the new meter panel.
Temporary roof structure is on, over this will go a waterproofing membrane and some old tarps.
We do find time to fishing every once and a while. A nice trout from Anderson Ranch reservoir.
Bob also with a nice rainbow.
Framing interior walls in the basement.
The new electrical panel is in its place and hooked up.
New underground electrical feed to the new service panel outside. Also conduit for underground telephone service and power/water to our future gazebo in the backyard.
Our cats are very interested in a program about cats.
The washer and dryer have been temporary hooked up in our old bedroom. The temporary suport wall can now come down since the steel beam is carrying the house.
The relocated water heater still sits in what will be our new bathroom. In the background black ABS waste and vent piping and copper supply piping for the new laundry room.
The new bathtub has been installed. I fill it up to make sure the piping for the jets does not leak.
Rough-ins for the shower, in the background the washer and dryer have been moved to their permanent location.
Lots of piping! Copper for cold and hot water piping, black ABS for sewer and vent, the yellow flex pipe is gas.
Rough-ins for new laundry room
I spent a couple of weeks puting all this plumbing in.
The bath-tub with surround. A contractor installed open-cel poly-urethane expanding foam insullation in my exterior walls. Seals it up perfectly and gets a good insulation value.
Insulated walls at bedroom skylights.
Insulation in, the temporary wall is removed and the french doors ready to be installed.
The french doors are in. Check out the crop of wild sunflowers in our backyard.
Retaining wall block for the terrassed garden behind the bedroom.
Lots of concrete block and sunflowers in the backyard. It hasn't rained for months in Boise, the standing water is due to our irrigation.
The new main electrical panel sits ontop the addition.
Weather-proofing the bedroom addition. First comes a layer of peel-and-stick underlayment, then metal flashing and roof shingles.
Sky-lights have the reputation that they leak. It is very important to flash properly.
With some sheetrock on the walls the bedroom starts to take shape.
The peel-and-stick is on, a pre-finished metal drip edge is nailed on.
The first courses of shingles are installed.
the skylights seen from inside. The sheetrock has been taped and a first coat of compound is smeared on.
The old floor joists and cross bracing in the bedroom
a mechanical contractor has installed ductwork for heating and cooling. This one is in the new bathroom. The yellow pipe is gas, the copper pipes are water, the black pipes are waste and there is also some electrical wires in there.
I am raising the bedroom ceiling between the floorjoists and boxing out the joists. I hope this will make the ceiling feel taller.
The raised celing with box beams around the floor joists.
The new furnace, airfilter and supply/return ducts are installed. This furnace will mainly serve the kitchen upstairs and the second floor that I will be building next year.
Installing box beams and sanding sheetrock. It's a mess in our future bedroom.
sanding sheetrock compound creates lots of dust.
It is winter again in Idaho. Fortunatly this year there is a roof over the construction and I'll be working inside.
Peso sits on the temporary roof and keeps guard over the backyard.
Pearl is putting a flexible texture coating over the sheetrock walls to make them look like plaster.
A big stack of glassblock and mortar for the shower splash wall.
4000 pounds of floor tile and thinset mortar for the basement floor had to be carried downstairs.
Temorarily laid out some of the floortile to get a feel for the pattern I want to do. The french doors still look onto a mudpit, but next year we'll build the terrassed gardens out there.
Cement backer board installed where the new shower will be. The strips on the ceiling are where the glassblock splash wall will hit.
Lay-out for the splash walls.
building a form on the floor for a concrete curb that will support the splash wall.
Rebar in the shower curb. The form is ready for pouring.
Shower curb poured, the stainless steel rebar sticking up are to re-inforce the glassblock splash wall.
I put wooden screeds along the perimeter and used a sand/cement mix to slope the shower floor to the drain. It doesn't look like much, but that was another 400 pounds of grout carried down the stairs.
We picked or colors, a tan for most of the field, a dark orange for the accent wall.
All that's left is removing the masking tape and tiling the floor.
I am using Kerdi membrane to waterproof the shower
Getting the first course of glassblock level and plumb is the hardest part.
setting the last glass block of the shower walls.
I had help from friends to do a self leveling compound in the bathroom to level out the old slab.
Mixing thinset and laying tile on a grid I drew on the floor
Porcelain tile in the new bedroom. I am using three sizes in a 'modified hopscotch' pattern.
I like that the joints are not continuous.
At the edges quite a few tile will have to be cut.
Grouting the joints between the tile.
After grouting it is a matter of scrubbing all the excess grout off the tile before it sets up. It takes a while to remove all the haze.
We decided to continue the same tile from the bedroom into the bathroom.
small tile in the shower to conform to the sloped floor
Setting wall tile in the shower. The white spacers keeps everyting in line and pull out easily once the thinset has set up.
Along the ceiling is a diagonal row that repeats the floor tile color. In the niche is a broken stone mosaic that repeats the finish around the bath tub.
Tile into the toilet room
Starting installing the broken stone mosaic around the bath tub.
Grouting the stone with a black grout. It's an ugly job!
Lots of buckets of clean water are needed to clean up the mess.
Finished walk-in shower and bathtub
Inside walk-in shower
Removing the temporary roof off the addition area. Racoon's and our cats have used the 'attic' this winter. The batt-insulation is in rough shape.
A lumber package is delivered for the kitchen addition and part of the second floor.
The floor is cleared, time to start building the walls. In this corner will be the kitchen and back porch.
Jeremy is helping me framing the new kitchen walls. We frame them laying flat, then tip them up and connect the wall sections.
A day of hard work and something to show for it. We raised three wall sections today! Those are some tall walls, 16'-2 1/2"!
West wall of the kitchen going up. In front of it will be a porch.
We framed the walls and raised them without sheating. They would have been too heavy to tip up with the OSB attached. I started cuting a hole in our roof where the north wall of the second floor bears on existing walls.
A hole in the roof so the new wall can bear on an existing wall and a new wooden post inside the house.
Nailing on the OSB sheathing. This gives the walls their rigidity.
A triple LVL header spans over the east wall of the kitchen addition to divert the weight of future construction above to the side walls.
We built a ramp down from the second floor to slide down the sections of old roof I am cutting out.
The hole in the roof is getting bigger. The old blown-in insulation in the attic is nasty stuff.
floor joists of the second floor and floor sheating in place. Notice the 17'-6 3/4" long 3 1/2" x 11 7/8" deep paralam beam. That thing was heavy!
The east gable wall has been tipped up. Through the window openings you can see our view of the foothills ridge line.
Arial view of the deck from upstairs.
The west gable wall is framed, but it is too heavy to raise for the two of us. We have to wait for later this evening when two more neighbors help us tip up the wall and skid it in place.
West wall ready to go. In the middle will be a french door with windows on both sides.
With help from our neighbors we were able to raise the wall. Next thing is to nail on the OSB sheathing.
Kitchen addition and upstairs seen from the backyard.
Removed the roof over the dining room, ready to take down the gable wall. New floorjoists are installed over the existing ceiling joist and provide a place to walk.
We are cutting the roof in sections and load them on the trailer. There are three layers of old shingles on the deck which makes them heavy.
Gable wall over the dining room comming down.
A large silver and a blue tarp cover up the hole in the roof while we are gone for a week rafting the Midle Fork of the Salmon river.
sections of roofdeck and shingles on the trailer.
Removing the roof over the main part of the house.
Not much roof left after another day of cutting through roofdeck and three layers of asphalt shingles.
We cut the last part of the roof into managable pieces and slice them down a ramp.
Jeremey Bluma with a piece of our roof.
Cutting the last part.
I don't know how people lived before the invention of the sawzall.
The chimney looks a bit funny without a roof.
Laying floorjoists over the existing part of the house.
The old insulation is used along the perimeter to keep the new floor warm.
Gable wall and dormers are framed, we are ready for the trusses. Out front new footings have been poured for the porch.
Backside of the house.
A stack of Idaho lumber in the backyard.
floor sheathing over the existing part of the house is mostly left laying loose because I need to get in there later to replace the old electrical wiring.
A stack of brand new 2x10's is waiting to be used on the new trusses. In the top left corner you can see buildings of downtown Boise and the foothills behind.
The building permit is looking weathered. Muzungu is checking things out.
The trusses lay assembled in the backyard. To the left is a stack of rafters that will create the roof over the existing part of the house.
A crane is lifting all trusses and components up.
New timber truss over the balcony.
Trusses and ridgebeam over the addition are set in place.
On top of the trusses goes 2x10 ladder framing. Several contractors are building the roof structure for me.
We run into several problems during the assembly, but fortunately these experienced guys can figure out how to resolve them.
These guys are used to walking rafters. They don't seem to concerned about the height.
Only two days after setting the first trusses roof sheathing is starting to go up.
Upstairs in the addition, looking east.
Upstairs in the addition looking west.
Ladder framing and roof sheathing over the addition.
New roof framing over the dining room. This new room will be a library with a window seat.
The truss over the new balcony.
The carpenters are installing the last of the roof sheathing.
New north wall. The chimney looks right now
Sheathing on the rear (west) side. Large dormers over the biliard room give the room more headroom.
Evening view from our new upstairs room. Tonight is the first football game of the season and the lights are on at BSU stadium
Two F-15's from the Oregon National guard and two warthogs from the Idaho guard fly over the stadium before the Boise - Oregon game.
working on a 'birdsnest on the high gable and finishing off the fibercement fascia boards along the rake.
The roofers have put underlayment on the roof. I'm "dried-in" again.
I made a cantilever scaffold that slides out of the dormer widows so I can safely work on the fascia and soffit boards of the three small dormers.
We rented an high lift to do the final fascia boards on the high west gable. This would be too high to reach safely with a ladder.
Ofcourse we take a ride to see how high the lift can go to get some pictures fo the roof and mountains behind. Notice the snow on the foothills. We had some rain this weekend and a very early snow fall in the mountains. The underlayment on the roof kept us dry inside though!
We also use the highlift to shuttle all windows and even the biljard table slates up to the second floor.
The roofing supplier is delivering the new roof shingles. The deposit them directly on the roof!
Roofers at work
These guys are not afraid of heights or slippery roofs.
I put the tyvek homewrap on the walls to protect the OSB from the rainy weather we expect during fall. If the weather holds I'll keep working on the outside and try to get the siding on.
Roofers at work.
We have a roof again! They installed all shingles except for those on the 'eyebrow' that wraps around the house. I'll do that myself.
The temporary boards at the roof eaves are called "chickenboards" The make working on the roof a lot safer.
The roof is weather tight again. Next phase is installing the upstairs windows and siding on the upper walls. The lower part of the hous still has the old aluminum siding that I'll leave through the winter if neccesary.
The windows are upstairs and ready to be installed.
Fall colors in the backyard. Rachel is cutting plants back for the winter.
We have installed two windows upstairs and I started putting on the fiber cement shingles. It's been getting colder in Boise, too bad I won't be able to paint this year.
Winter again. The third since we stared this remodel. The roof is on and sheathing is protected with Tyvek or underlayment. Next spring we'll continue on the outside.
Fresh snow on the new roof.
I am planing down nice clear straight grain Douglas Fir 2x4's and 2x6's to gue up blocks to build the brackets and rafter tails.
Inisde my shop. The kerosene heater makes it nice on a cold winter day
"You can never have enough clamps" says Norm.
These are the raised panels for the bathroom cabinet doors. All in maple.
Quite the collection of ladders. I am installing brackets on one of the dormers. Also, roofers have put a single-ply membrane on the back porch and balcony.
Close-up of the north dormer with brackets installed. It's ready for paint!
Jeremy has started building the retaining wall for the terrassed garden at the bedroom doors.
Painting the dormer.
Jeremy is making progress on the garden terasses.
I took the old aluminum siding and the cedar shingles of the existing wall, and added insulation.
Removed the old aluminum siding of the existing west wall and stuffing insulation into the framed wall. Still working on painting the north facing dormer. That aluminum 40' ladder is very stable and makes it easier to work up high.
Spring time. Our cherry tree is beautiful this year.
These will be the paint colors. I finished painting the dormers on the roof and took down the shaky scaffold.
The old west wall with new lap siding installed.
Back of the house painted! I removed the scaffold and the covers of the skylights .
Progress on the terassed garden, I have three of the steps poured. The patio downstairs will eventualy have stone pavers.
Rachel captures a picture of a deer in our backyard!
The truss over the balcony has been painted and dowels / splines added. The balcony still needs a redwood deck and railing.
To stay out of the sun (it gets hot in Idaho in July and August), I started installing the upstairs windows and siding on the North side of the house.
A window and shingles on the east gable
The west side with windows and a door frame.
South wall with windows.
scaffold to side and paint the high front gable.
Hot air baloon over the house.
Hot air balloon over the house.
Front gable is finished, next is the high gable on the second floor.
Shakes and windows on the east and south sides of the second floor.
The east gable wall is painted and the scaffold removed
east gable wall
Installing shakes and the brackets on the south dormers. This is as high as my fiberglass ladder reaches.
Fall again. I'm moving back to inside work untill next spring. Hopefully next summer I'll be able to finish the outside.
Nice crop of "boerenkool" in the garden. I installed all upstairs siding and was able to paint it before the weather turned.
Fall colors in the back yard.
We haven't had a frost yet in Boise this year. The tomatoes are still producing.
back yard from the balcony.
Modifying one of the timber rafters, the only tool I have to cut this angle is an old handsaw that is still very sharp.
First snow of this winter again.
The upstairs is heated now, but since the walls and roof are not insulated yet it melts and forms icicles
Second snow fall of the season is more serious. We get about 8", the heaviest snowfall in eight years.
Electrical wiring is installed and inspected.
wiring for electrical and a future surround sound system in this room.
This is where the stereo will sit. I wired for speakers and ran conduit for connections with the computer and television monitor.
A contractor is installing spray-on closed cell polyurethane insulation in the addition.
The trailer is heated to keep the chemicals warm.
A pump heats the chemicals and pumps the two parts through separate insulated lines to the spray gun.
Barrels with the two chemicals that when mixed form the polyurethane insulation. This product is made by bayer.
The contractor spent quite a bit of time protecting the beams and windows from overspray.
The foam insulation is safe after it is sprayed and does not release gasses, but while spaying it it can float in the air and be dangerous. Therefore the protection.
The chemicals are mixed in the nozzle of the spaygun and go on as a liquid that almost inmediately foams up. We are installing 2" in the walls and 3" on the roof to create an R-13 and R-19 insulation value, but more important create an airtight envelope and vapor barrier.
The insulating job is finished in two days.
Next step is to install batt insulation in the rest of the cavity and attach the sheetrock.
Glass fiber batts and then sheetrock on the walls and ceiling
Over the foam insulation goes another 5 1/2" of batts, then sheetrock.
Quite a job getting these 12' sheets gypsum board up here.
Rough framing in the new stairs to the basement. The column will continue all the way the the second floor and support the circular stair
Insulated and sheet-rocked the new kitchen area
new stairs to the basement
Muzungu is supervising.
Maple stair tread for the basement stairs
Stair treads installed.
Stairs and new pantry in basement. The pantry will eventualy get doors, but this will have to do for now.
With the new stairs and pantry in place I can demolish the old stairs. It's and ugly job with all that plaster dust.
The torn-out plaster goes on the trailer for a trip to the dump. I separated the wood waste for recycling. More LEED points!
I have the demolition area tented with plastic sheeting to keep the dust out of the house. Here are the new floor joists installed and part of the lath and plaster removed. Muzungu is still helping.
new floor sheathing installed and finishing up the demo.
Where the old stairs used to be is now the home office.
Installing siding and soffits.
Finally some siding on the south wall. It still has to be painted and I'm adding the rafter tails like I did on the west side of the house. The old kitchen door will also have to go for a set of french doors onto the deck. That's next.
removing the old dining room window
New window, french doors and siding installed.
column wraps on the back porch
Cutting exterior grade MDF, a dusty mess!
glueing-up the tapered posts.
Glue-up of the tapered posts.
Old brick comming down.
tearing off the old brick, I will replace it with new to match the chimney.
Travis is priming the new siding and columns, after this will be two top coats to give it some color.
The deck side with new colors.
North wall with all siding removed. Getting ready to replace the windows.
Sunrise light on the bare east wall.
Installing the new living room windows and tyvek house wrap on the east wall. The ceiling of the front porch is also taking shape.
tounge-and-groove ceiling in the front porch.
New windows are in and hardie siding and trim is going up.
back porch is primed and ready for some color.
Back porch painted.
Another crop of sunflowers.
Boise baloon festival.
Getting ready for the new brick on the dining room wall. We removed the old painted brick with the weeping joints and want to install the same brick we used on the chimney.
first brick going in. These first couple of courses will get burried and don't have to be pretty.
The east side of the house gets shade most of the day. Good place to hang-out on a hot afternoon.
Working on the front porch supports and setting some more brick on the right side of the door.
The front porch is supported by 2x8 p.t. joists. Some more brick also to the right of the front door. My building permit is unreadable by now.
Front porch is in, the brick work almost finished and rafter tails at the soffits installed. Caulk and paint is next.
Front of house with new brick, siding and porch. I still need to trim out the four posts to match the posts at the rear porch.
South side of house finished.
Fall colors, again. This is the fourth year of the project.
Column wraps up front. It's amazing how much time goes into each one of these.
a load of 12' sheets 5/8" gypsum board. Getting these upstairs is definitely a two man job.
We set them upright against the blue ladder, then Tom pushes them up while I pull them inside.
Finishing up installing insulation and hanging the sheetrock.
Tom helps me hang the high boards, below that I use the yellow sheetrock lift in this photo.
I also sanded, chamfered and plugged the beams and trusses. They are now ready to be stained.
Valley-rafters to ridge beam detail with spline and dowels.
Timber trusses over family room.
Through tennon, splines and dowels added. The holes that cover the timberlink connectors are plugged and will blend in once I stain them.
Spline detail on timber truss.
Some late winter snow. The front posts are primed, east and north walls still need to be painted next spring.
I need to first tear out the old kitchen ceiling to have access and build the new ceiling.
Old ceiling gone, furring strips installed or the new ceiling. I'm putting in 1x6 T&G with an added center groove.
Kitchen ceiling going in.
Temporary dust partition for sheetrock work. I hired Brad to finish off the new walls and ceilings.
The beams and windows upstairs and masked off so Brad can spray several coats of primer on the walls and ceiling. Sheetrock mudding, sanding and priming is an ugly job.
The marks on the walls are imperfections after the first coat of primer. They get touched-up before the second coat of primer is applied. After that you end up with a nice smooth surface ready for paint.
Removing the masking paper and plastic. I trimmed out the windows and get ready for final painting.
The goal is to open up the floor in this corner of the upstairs room. This is where the circular stair will eventualy be. All the trimwork and painting needs to be finished before the floor can come out though.
Stairs off the new back porch in progress.
Spring time again.
The cherry tree and daffodils bring color to the front yard.
Once I finish the kitchen ceiling and put in a temporary stair to the second floor the big ladder against the balcony can be re-sold.
Finishing up the new kitchen ceiling and a temporary ladder to get upstairs.
This ladder has been the only way to get upstairs for quite a while. Now, with a temporary stair inside it can go back on craigslist.
Ladder gone and a railing installed. The railing is removable for when we need to get furniture upstairs.
Next are railings between the porch columns and handrails at the stairs.
Front of the house with everything painted.
Railings on the sides installed. We decided to also put railings between the front columns.
Installing railings on the front porch
look what's in our backyard!
I started cutting melamine covered particle board for the kitchen cabinet boxes.
These sheets are heavy and the cut edges get very sharp.
But they have a nice, hard and smooth finish that is easy to keep clean, so perfect for cabinet boxes.
Melamine boxes taking shape, starting to plane the maple for face frames.
The garage is too small with all these boxes.
Planed and dimensioned maple for faceframes. I ended up not using this batch because I found it too plain with very little figure.
Faceframes installed on most boxes. Now glueing up the panels that will cover the sides of the refrigerator.
Pocket screws on the back of the cabinets hold on the faceframes "until the glue dries". (famous saying by Norm Abrahams)
cabinet boxes spread out to finish the maple wood. Pa and Petra are taking a short break.
A kitchen ready to assemble.
Hanging upper cabinet boxes. These are heavier than they look.
Tight fit for the center box.
Lower cabinet boxes set outside to finish the maple.
Petra is painting the porch railings.
First batch of boxes in place.
bringing in the last of the large base cabinets.
Yes, they are heavy.
Secure to the wall, we think.......
Pa laying the bricks for the front window sill.
Petra cleaning the over-paint off the kitchen windows.
We bought some adirondack chairs at the "art in the park" fair for the balcony and front porch.
My dad visited for most of September. He and Petra worked on house projects almost non-stop.
Making Dovetails for the kitchen drawer boxes.
Cutting dovetails on a jig.
Half of the kitchen cabinets installed. Still need to put on the doors and install drawers.
Sanding and finishing the drawer boxes. Leaves are falling again in Boise.
Drawer boxes ready for finishing.
The large bar-island cabinet under construction. It will take four guys to lift this thing off the table once it is finished.
Bar-island cabinet is almost finished on the saw horses, on the work table is the tall pantry cabinet for the mudroom.
Installing drawers and doors.
Snow again in Boise. Only thing left to do on the front is put some railroad ties down to close off the gap under the front porch.
The old kitchen "floats" inside the new. Not much longer.
Tashi helping me disconnect the old sink base. I plan to hook it up temporary inside the new kitchen.
Old sinkbase gone. Maggie joined the team.
Old sinkbase temporary installed inside the new kitchen. The wall on the right is the old exterior house wall.
The old subfloor in the kitchen area is not solid enough to salvage. I tear it out and install new OSB. Also several utilities need to be cut back and capped.
Old subfloor gone. Midas is helping.
Chaos in the new kitchen. Mut be feeding time. I put up a dust partition to demolish the old walls.
Framing the walls for the new mudroom.
My father and Petra came back to help finish the second half of the kitchen. Here the exterior wall is insulated and we are hanging sheetrock.
Petra is painting the finish coats on the upstairs ceiling and walls.
Taping and finishing the mudroom walls. This is the fun part.
This is the "not-so-fun" part. Sanding the joints.
My father is installing the electrical trim upstairs. I'm getting close to a final electrical inspection.
Dust partition gone. Painting the new walls.
Two of the smaller cabinet boxes moved inside. Tashi inspects.
It takes five guys to move the island box inside. I have good neighbors and friends.
That thing is heavy!
The taller pantry box for the mudroom takes some maneuvering to get upright.
It fits, but only barely.
Mudroom cabinets slipped into postition. On the left the island is also installed.
Cause to celebrate. All cabinet boxes are inside.
Petra just finished up painting the upstairs.
Next is painting the kitchen ceiling. Good to get this done before they install the counters.
Tashi finds a good vantage point on the new breakfast counter.
Kitchen cabinet boxes all installed, ready for counter tops.
The counter top people have arrived.
Carrying in the heavy slabs.
Counter top installed, also the marmoleum floor is in.
struggeling to get the drawer slides for the spice rack installed.
These timbers used to be roof equipement sleepers on the roof of a telephone building in Pendleton Oregon. I hauled them home when the contractor intended to put them in a dumpster. After almost ten years I found a use for them.
Timbers sliced-up and partialy planed.
They barely fit through my 12" planer.
gluing up the pieces for a desk top.
A dado will hold a spline to connect the two pieces.
Gluing together the two halves of the desk top.
Building one more bracket to hold the desktop to the wall. It mimics the brackets on the outside of the house.
Getting the supports in place for the desktop. Under the desk, along the wall will be a tray to hide the electrical receptacles and wiring.
Jeremy helps me carry in the desk top.
desk installed. All cables disappear under the desk and run in a tray to either electrical outlets or the cpu.
The living room is getting a fresh coat of paint.
My dad cutting notches in the drawers for the undermount slides.
Sanding and finishing the final batch of drawer boxes and doors for the kitchen.
Kitchen doors, drawers and trim being finished.
Handrails along the stair to the basement is the last item that needs completed before I can call for a "final inspection".
I ordered the maple handrail pieces and am fitting them together here.
Passed my final inspection and received a "certificate of completion" from the city. The building permit sign can be retired.
I built a window seat with built-in hyde-a-bed in the library nook upstairs.
Ginko tree in color
Fall time: the deer are back
Spring time, I need to get outside for a while and decided to finish the steps and retaining wall out back. One more step poured here.
Setting block and crushed gravel for step #5.
Form for step #7 set and ready to pour. Each step takes four or five bags of concrete. Only the top layer two bags are colored.
All nine steps poured, retaining walls set and top soil added. The metal railings on the top landing came from old front door landing. Jeremy welded a vertical post to each and I poured them in the last step. Left to do are adding plants, drip irrigation and to move the arbor.
Spring time again!
A new redbud tree in Rachel's mom's memory is blooming in our yard.
Bogonia's in our side garden.
Maggie and Midas enjoying the morning sun on the front porch. I closed-off the bottom of the porch with left-over retaining wall block (and broke my big toe in the process...)
The deck steps need to be modified to flow around the new porch column.
Back garden with irrigation ditch lined with rocks.
Spring time is colorful in Boise. Until the heat hits and turns everything brown.
Golden Rain tree in full bloom.
basement door and kitchen doors are in. We put gravel in the sunken garden and found a spot for Rachel's dragonfly.
New front door is installed. With this the outside of the house is finished! It's just about impossible though to get a picture of the whole thing because of all the trees around.
House with new front door and our pink flamingo's.