the demarcation of space

January 20th, 2010

Kyle and I have begun putting up the interior walls (see the rest of the flickr set here). It’s rejuvenating to see the space start to take shape again—first the exterior walls and now the interior. With each step a visible and tangible transformation follows—this is the exciting part about building, this is what rescues (me at least) from the monotonous turning of thousands of screws and other such bland tasks. On the agenda for tomorrow: take out the bottom and top track for the South wall of the bathroom, because it’s interfering with a window, which was incorrectly placed by a few inches (blast!).

space saving stairs in the mechanical room

January 18th, 2010

mechanical room stairs

after a week and a half of fabrication and installation the mechanical room stairs are complete. dad and i welded them up (check out the flickr set here) and then installed them. it was another lesson in constructing ‘all things not quite 90 degrees’—we have the concrete guys to thank for this one—they promised us the use 1″ thick forms and i wish i’d noticed that they weren’t fulfilling their promise – the walls are anything but plumb and square thanks in part to the forms bulging and of course they didn’t quite get them 90 in the setup either. regardless of stairs’ less than 90 existence i’m quite pleased with the way they turned out. we chose the alternating tread pattern in order to give a full depth tread but requiring half the overall run if we hadn’t alternated the treads.

mechanical room stairs view 2

Finding Will Speakman

January 7th, 2010

A big “Thank You” to Donna and Kevin of Snelling Investigations for helping us find and serve Will Speakman, CEO and representative of Reserve Steel*. Donna and Kevin did an excellent job finding and serving him quickly. We hope we can get our money back, it’s been a frustrating process to say the least.

In other news, we’re still waiting (naively?) for a dry spell to put the waterproofing on the building and in the interim Dad and I have begun constructing a steel stairway into the mechanical room. We’ve also begun wiring lighting and power into the mechanical room.

 

*Reserve Steel promised us sponsorship that included the offsite manufacture and erection (including labor) of our house walls. We paid for the steel upfront and they walked with our money. They delivered a few walls, in time to be on our episode of Renovation Nation, but they were constructed incorrectly and we had to take them apart in the end.

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