Dec 24, 2011 - House Build    1 Comment

Days 76 – 79

This was a very mixed week weather wise.  It started off with clear blue skies (but still cold) and ended up with a few inches of snow on the ground.  We didn’t go up to the house until the 21st (day 77) and in the day and a half they had been up there, the whole back side of the roof had been sheeted AND shingled.  The chimney end of the house had also been shingled.

Day 78 and the front of the roof had the sheeting in place and the shingles.  The only area left to do was the roof over the garage area.

Then, on day 79, the snow came.  It was so windy and the temperature dropped so much that it became too dangerous to work up on a roof.  So the team went inside the house to work on constructing the roof shape over the breakfast area windows.  This area sticks out of the back of the house (it is shaped like a bay window).  I can’t say that it was that much warmer in the house for them to work as with there being no windows the wind rips through the whole house.  It did however keep them from the snow.

Dec 17, 2011 - House Build    1 Comment

Days 70 – 72

This week our contractors were on site for 3 days (14th – 16th).  During that time the chimney was nearly completed and the roof trusses were all installed.  The one end of the house was also sheeted, ready to take the roof shingles.

Having the roof shape in place has really made a difference.  The house has a lot more character now, and you can see where the different angles on the roof are going to be.

During this week we have also had to make our final choices on the plumbing fixtures for the bathrooms.  The rough in for this is taking place in the new year and all the parts have to be ordered ready for this time.  We had a difficult time choosing as there are so many.  Also, I found, that all the fixtures that were jumping out at me as being the nicest for our bathroom all cost way too much – one tap was $400 (£260).  I was soon bought back to the real world 🙂