Archive for the 'House' Category

Beach house #40 – A shiny winter jacket

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Because my guys ripped down all the house shingles a little earlier than I’d wanted them to, I needed to get the house covered up again as soon as I could. I got all the sheathing work done on the back and put a nice drip edge along the bottom to prevent the rain splash-up […]

Beach house #39 – New bathroom window

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Did I tell you I found a window for free? I knew I needed a new bathroom window because the window that was in the bathroom before, let into the porch. I thought that was a kind of weird arrangement… and really put a crimp in my plans to put the laundry in the porch. […]

Beach house 38 – In which I flood the floors with concrete

Friday, October 6th, 2017

So after the construction guys finished replacing joists, the new subfloor didn’t match up with the old. The last time he was here my carpenter pointed out that there was now a big dip in the middle of the bathroom floor –  almost a full inch! While it didn’t stand out terribly, there was simply […]

Beach house 37 – Free flooring, anyone?

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

You guys, I am so excited. Look what I scored on my most recent trip to Second Chance. That’s 12 whole boxes (20sf each) of brand-new in-box solid hardwood flooring. Each one of these would retail for around $75-$100 at any big-box store. Guess how much I paid? Never mind, you’ll never guess. Seven dollars each. SEVEN DOLLARS, GUYS. […]

Beach house 36 – Moar sheathing

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Sunday Josh and I tackled the west side of the addition. So many colors of crappy old second-hand disintegrating asphalt-covered particleboard. Here’s a great idea: let’s take glorified sawdust panels that are already crumbling from moisture damage, wrap them in another layer of mostly waterproof material like a saran wrapped sandwich, and hide the whole mess under […]

Beach house #35 – Yet more demo

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

I was joking when, a few posts back, I said I had thought we were done with demo. Why did I tempt fate? Look what we found on the sheathing in the newer section of the house. That fuzzy gray stuff ain’t lint, folks. Mold. Speckled across every single sheet of plywood. No black mold, thank […]

Beach house #34 – OSB

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

I didn’t get any new hardwood flooring laid today, but I did finish the subfloor in the new TV room. Before: After replacing a bunch of the old joists and patching up the old subfloor, it looked even more scabrous. I could have just laid down felt paper and then hardwoods on top of it, […]

Beach house #33 – Shingles!

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

You can’t put felt paper and shingles down on wet plywood, because since they are waterproof they will prevent the water from getting back out and you’ll get mold and other nasty stuff. So I had to wait until it’d dried out. But check it out: Done! (It still looks too large to me, but it’ll look a […]

Beach house #32 – Starting the floors

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Check out the water damage on these floors. These floors were adjacent to the worst of the termite damage, and it shows. They are in really, truly sad shape. Then at some point, someone came in and did these crude repairs. See how they cut into the adjacent boards with their circular saw? There were […]

Beach house #31 – Almost awning

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Got all the carpentry done! Took me a couple days, which is disheartening for such a tiny little structure. And I seem to have – somehow – made it about twice as big as it was in my mockups. …Oops. The better to keep the rain off, my dear. (That is what I get for […]