Friday, October 26, 2012

Famously Fast Framers

Our bathroom has begun! The framers arrived Thursday and started cutting, pounding, and building. They were creating the flooring system of beams and joists that would carry the walls and roof, so they just worked in the existing attic.

Imagine my surprise when I went out mid-afternoon to check on the chickens and looked up to see a tidy rectangle cut out of my old roof! I had no idea they were that fast. By the end of that first day, they had the exterior walls framed and standing like a railing for giants around a look-out deck.

Thursday morning:

Thursday evening:
Today is only the second day, but they're telling me they'll have the roof, shingles, siding, windows, and trim in. It's only four hours until sunset (and there is a small chance of rain tomorrow), so as long as it's reasonably dried in, we should be good.

Now I'm starting to panic about plumbing fixtures, lighting, tile, etc. I thought I had weeks to make decisions, but they may start asking me for rough-in info in a matter of days!

Oh, and on top of that, I'm still in the middle of refinishing the downstairs floors. Here is the before:


And after sanding:

I have since managed to get two coats of finish on the floors, but now I'm stuck. I really need uninterrupted time to work on them, but with the contractor and tradesmen coming and going and needing answers and decisions, I can't really dedicate the hours to it. And there is a lot of dust in the air; not something I want with wet, tacky flooring exposed.

So in the meantime, living room and dining room furniture is spread all over the house and porch, construction debris litters the yard, and, oh, I forgot to mention, we had a wiring incident in the midst of yesterday's "deconstruction" and our overhead lights are all out. Thankfully we have lamps. Which makes the clutter around the house less noticeable. I think that's a good thing.

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