Day 66- Posed for Big Things

The last week or so has been relatively quiet at the house while we waited for the finishing touches on the rough-ins and to complete the city inspections. We passed all of these, and by the end of this week the house should look entirely different. We’re finishing the insulation today and we have 130 sheets of drywall being delivered tomorrow morning. The drywall guys will be in the house for the rest of the week and should finish in 4-5 days. On Wednesday, the replacements for the stolen windows arrive, and our kitchen cabinets will be at the house on Friday morning. Also tomorrow we find out if our offers are accepted on three other properties in Patterson Park. One is a major high-end renovation and the other two are smaller jobs that would make great rental properties.

In this picture, you can see the jacuzzi. In the end, we were able to get it to fit as originally intended. We toyed with the idea of moving around the hot and cold water controls and then adding an overhead shower, but decided that there could potentially be a problem with water spilling out into the bathroom. This layout is practical and will solve the spilled-water issue. We’re going to build a tiled frame around the tub with a step up for easier access.

This picture shows a ton of different stories. First off, you can see how serious we were about securing the house after the theft of our windows. The board and the 2 x 4 on the 45 degree angle makes it nearly impossible to kick or punch in the window. Secondly, you can also see the insulation up against the framing. We started insulating but had to stop after we learned the electrical inspection had not been completed. Thirdly, notice Glen, the electrician on the left, busy putting up the black wire, which will be used to install the under-cabinet lighting after the cabinets are put into place. Notice all of the recessed lights in the kitchen- we have a total of 32 in the house. Finally, if you look up in the right hand corner, you can see that there isn’t any bracing between the joists. The framing inspector commented that although not necessary, he recommended putting bracing between the joists to keep them from bending over time. This will be done today before any drywall is put up tomorrow morning.

Here you can see all of the new plumbing, HVAC and electric work on the back of the house. We’re still waiting for BGE to come back and hook up electric service, which has been off ever since it was cut during the first week of work. They came and took our ancient gas meter, but we’re still waiting for a new one.

In this picture, you can see the exact front entry door that we ordered for our house. We basically drove around looking at different doors until we were able to narrow it down to a few options. In the end, it came down to this door or a black, more modern looking one. We chose this one because it just plain looks classy and will let in a ton of great light.

Check back next week!



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