Monday, April 7, 2014

Optimus Preparation

Some of you may be wondering where your updates have been... Well, approximately 3.5 weeks ago our taper started mudding and taping the sheetrock.  It took him literally 3 weeks to finish.  I have heard many a comment about the length of time he took.  Most to the tune of "but a good taper is better than a fast taper".  Well update on that crap:  a slow bad taper is worse than them all.  That is what we got... a slow bad taper.  


Luckily for us, Titus also knows how to tape, so he went around to all the bad spots he found and added mud as he saw fit, and did extra sanding where that was needed.  A task you would hope to avoid when paying for a pro.



But the dang thing is done, and now we get to use his contractor pricing on paint, so that is pretty much the best benefit we have received from our taping cost.


He also textured our ceiling with the knockdown texture.


Although he forgot to sand it off the walls in many places.


Now that the taping/mudding is done, the house is all ours.  Everything that is left to do is up to us to get done.  Some of the remaining todos will be rehired out to our contractor, like installing the front door.  Our garage floor still needs to be poured, however that is covered by the price we payed the mason last fall when our foundation was initially poured.

Anyway, our next step after taping is to prime this whole beast.  So on Friday night Titus and I tackled all the priming prep which consisted of Titus washing all the walls with a damp sponge to get rid of as much sanded mud dust as possible, and me taping everything up that we didn't want primer on.


The windows have been covered in plastic for months to avoid condensation so I only had to tape around the edges of the plastic.  All the outlet boxes and light switches had to be taped up as well.


The tub still had its blue film on it so I only had to tape around the edges there as well.  All in all I would say it took about 2.5 - 3 hours for all of this prep.  Much longer than I would have estimated.


We wanted to get all the prep taken care of Friday night since we were renting out a sprayer from Sherwin all day Saturday.


Next up is the priming!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Chalk Walls

A couple days after we got our lame white spray foam insulation, the drywallers were able to come finish the entire upper level in one day.  That means the next time I walked into our house it looked like this...


The kitchen is above on the left followed by the screen porch doors and then then great room windows on the right (with bottoms covered by leaning drywall).


Dad's up there in the great room.  The fireplace will go between those two windows.


I love our three windows for above the sink.  


The stairs are right off the kitchen.  We debated between having a full wall and a door closing it off to the upstairs but decided on putting in a railing instead.  A small closet is to the right of the stairs, and the master to the right of that.


The plywood stuff is the for the front door that we haven't yet ordered.  The mudroom is to the right of that.  


Across from the mudroom are a couple closets.  Titus wired the house for ethernet and speakers which are all centered to the closet on the left.  Not sure what his final plans are there.


The second bedroom is impossible to photograph due to size.  Here's the tiny view from the hallway...


And the normal sized closet which will probably get some bifold doors.


Turning around you can see back down the hallway toward the stairs to the basement.


I have one tiny view of the second bathroom tub.  Mostly to show how they didn't drywall above the tub since tile is going up there.

Moving on to the master, you can see how the windows match those in the great room with two double hungs surrounding a picture window.  The square windows you see on the left are part of the three windows above the master bed.


Across from the lake windows is the door to the bathroom.  You can see the undrywalled shower wall through the door.


Through the bathroom is the closet which I took no pictures of because it is a drywall cube.  However from the closet you can see the below views.


On the right is where the vanity and thrown will go.  On the left you can see another view of the shower.  If you are observant you can see that our shower will have two shower heads.

The drywall has been finished for about a week and a half and taping and mudding has yet to start... Due to the cold the plumbers ended up hooking up our furnace to heat the house for taping.  We wanted to avoid this to prevent the brand new perfectly clean ducts from getting filled with dust, but our plumber and contractor thought this was superior over using an electric heater.  Hopefully they get started soon!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Where the Money's At

After the windows were installed the plumbers and electricians came in to do their thing.  Then, we were ready for some spendy closed cell spray foam.  This is the moment we had all been waiting for.  All winter long our house was -20 degrees.  But now we had hope.  Hope for a warmer life.  And excitement at the chance to see our house completely purple.

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But then, the spray foamers came and sprayed the lamest white foam everywhere.


What the crap?  We payed out the something for spray foam and I expect it to be purple.  The good news is, it should still block off the lake's abundance of spiders, which is more than that newspaper could say for The Poison House.


They also plasticed the ceiling and blew in the ceiling insulation.  We decided to do blown in insulation instead of spray foam on the ceiling because we aren't millionaires.


They did have to spray foam up the right side of the vault a bit due to the roof line not being insulation friendly and Minnesota being insulation needy.


It is crazy quiet in the pit now.  All kinds of sound absorption in this joint.


We also chose to add some insulation to interior walls for a bit of added soundproofing.


I totally wanted to get that recycled denim insulation but it's approximately 5 times the price of the itchy pink panther stuff so we went breast cancer awareness instead.


We insulated around the second bedroom for future potential babies to sleep in silence.


We had to have it all up before the sheetrockers came, so Titus ingeniously secured it between the studs with a line of crappy duct tape.  Never buy cheap duct tape, it's not worth it people.


We also insulated between our bedroom and the kitchen just for fun.



The white you see is foam insulation.  That is where the recessed fridge will go so the wall between the back of the recess and the bedroom is only a couple inches.  Titus was smart enough to think of getting foam as opposed to the nothing that I thought of doing.


Moving downstairs... The concrete part of the walls will be covered in some sort of shiny foam called Thermax.  I guess with that you don't have to finish with sheetrock right away like you do with the spray foam.  Apparently spray foam needs sheetrock before the house can be deemed livable because it is some sort of fire hazard?  Maybe the terrible burning chemical fumes?  Hopefully spray foam doesn't turn out to be the new asbestos.  That would be a real bummer.


The lake wall is mostly spray foamed.  Titus and I will be sheetrocking this ourselves to save a penny.


Next up, sheetrock.  Then the plumbers finish up the furnace and ducts so we can heat the house warm enough that the taping and mudding doesn't crack!