Archive for October, 2017

The porch that never ends (Beach house #44)

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Side wall of back porch finished: Check. (except for removing the doggie door, which will have to come later). Back wall of back porch finished: Check. No caveats. Yay! Other side wall of back porch… well, damn. That there wall is definitely not framed to code. No way, no how. The whole thing had to […]

One more wall finished (Beach house #43)

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Once the ceiling panels were gone, swapping out the plates & rotted studs didn’t take that long. The sheathing did, though. I used reclaimed exterior-grade plywood from Second Chance and it was heavy. 1″ might not seem like that much, but a full 8′ sheet of 1″ plywood is pretty much impossible for me to lift. I […]

Beach house #42 – Arsonist squirrels

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Once the posts were replaced, all I had to do was remove the moldy sheathing and the studs that had rot problems. But before I could tackle replacing the base and top plates, I had to remove the ceiling panels. First step, take down light fixture. Hmmmmm. The porch light had been connected to the ceiling by […]

Beach house #41 – Starting on the back

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Ugh, you guys, I had been dreading working on the back porch for so long. Putting it off because frankly, it was out of my comfort zone – WAY out of my comfort zone. I can’t believe I didn’t get a better “before” picture, but the amount of termite damage rivaled what we found on […]

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 […]