Wednesday, December 12, 2007

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

With the recent undertaking of my most ambitious house project ever, I've decided to resurrect the blog to document the effort....

In a nutshell, we're adding 400 square feet on to the back of the house and then gutting the two bathrooms at the back of the house and turning them into a larger master bathroom and laundry room. A few weeks ago, we had the foundation for the addition poured and I've been slowly working on regrading the ground around the addition and digging out the old brick sidewalk that we discovered in our backyard.

This past weekend, we had a dump trailer delivered and it will be with us for a week. Half of the trailer has already been filled with the remains of the old brick stairs from the back of the house and the left overs of the dirt dug up during the grading process. The same fellow who delivered my trailer already hauled away six cubic yards of dirt that were dug up to pour the foundation.

I have until next Monday to fill the rest of the 24 cubic yard trailer with whatever (lighter) materials I can. So yesterday afternoon, I stripped the old aluminum siding from the back of the house where the addition will go. I'm not throwing the siding away since I can get a few bucks for it from a scrap yard but next I plan on stripping off the very old cypress siding that was underneath it. This old siding is in frighteningly bad shape and I'm trying not to think about the fact that the rest of the house probably looks just as bad under the siding.


At 10:38 PM, Blogger Andrew Kottenstette said...

Uhhh boy! That's my line. When's my royalty check comin', bud!
Good luck Paul.
I'm guessing what concerns you most about your cypress is mold.
I was taught in Austin, Texas that it doesn't rot as easily as other species.
I wonder if you found that free three-dimensional drawing program Google has, Sketchup6. Took me two hours to download in the sticks on dial-up, but it was worth it. It might help you illustrate things to contractors and such, or to your wife, or blog audience.


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