What’s Next?

Drywall is complete.  The ceilings are textured… had a brief moment of confusion with that.  I told the boss when he came to give me the estimate that I wanted the ceilings to match the rest of the house.   Apparently the boss told the worker that as well but then told him to “use the more modern” texture for us.  I don’t know if he thought he was doing us a favor or what?!   I wasn’t home so there was a flurry of texts between me and Wayne.  The result being, that I just wanted it to match the rest of the house.  My main point from the get go was that I wanted the addition to blend with the existing house so that people wouldn’t really know it was an addition.


Thankfully, the guy listened and changed it.  The ceilings look great now.  The “modern” texture can be found in the 2 closets upstairs if you NEED to see it.  I won’t have to see it and I can live with it there.




What is next?  Primer and paint next week… and hopefully I can start on the flooring.   Then the electrician will come back and make everything live.


The bathroom is still a work in progress.  We have made some new decisions and it will turn out nice.

Unfortunately, I have a BRAND NEW IN BOX Andersen Window that cannot be returned that I will no longer be able to use.

Who needs an awning type window.
2’4″ wide by 2′ high
Brand new in box with screen.





Progress has been made in the last couple weeks.  Progress that is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel!!

First of all… the spiral stairs are functional.  Unfortunately, the installer messed up the hand rail and I am trying to figure out how to get a new one.  It comes from near Philadelphia… anyone want to pick it up for me and meet me in Pittsburgh?


The door went it.   I ended up going with Terra Cotta for the paint color.


Here you can see the major dent that the installer put in the hand rail.  DSCF7333


Then progress began again INSIDE!!

The two windows had to be removed to become doorways.   The one in the bathroom was hiding a drain vent.  WHAT?

The one in the bedroom was hiding electric.   *sigh*

Both of those issues have now been resolved.  The electric went up and over the door.  The vent was re-routed.


And now the openings look like this:


Esther even got to help with the bathroom door!!!!


Insulation went in at the end of last week.  Which means I am no longer heating the out of doors.  🙂



Then today… DRYWALL!

The hallway from the bathroom door to the back door.DSCF7406

Esther’s room


Everyone else’s room… and the cat room!DSCF7408

The hallway from the back door looking towards the bathroom.



I have a walk through video, but my free website doesn’t support videos, so I will upload it in the comments on Facebook.


More drywall and mud/plaster tomorrow.   Paint in about a week!


Builder #3

I haven’t updated in a couple weeks because…


Builder #2 worked great for a week.  He made progress, he had a plan in place to finish up the framing so that we could get the framing and rough electrical inspection and move forward with insulation and drywall.


AND THEN…. builder #2 decided on his weekend roller skating racing… or some such thing… to throw himself against a brick wall and break himself.  He said scapula.   *sigh*


So… now we have Builder #3 and his sidekick.    They came today.   They are as capable as builder #2 so I’m not concerned.  They worked most of the day doing some minor framing things upstairs and pulling the wall in.  Builder #1 failed at that and the end wall was leaning out by over 1 inch!!!   So, they worked at that and fixed it and it is all good now.  They also got the last second floor window in place:




Barring any skating mishaps or other catastrophes, they will be back tomorrow to work on further framing and possibly the spiral stairs.


If they can get the framing done this week, we can get rough electric done and then get that inspected.  Then I move on to an insulation guy… I have one estimate for that.  The second one, will not return my call and has not forwarded me the estimate.  I liked him… but then again, I liked the contractor when I first was dealing with him.


In other news, I changed out a toilet over the weekend.  The shut off valve wouldn’t work, so I turned the water off in the basement, changed out the toilet (not very hard, BTW), and connected it and turned the water back on.  HOWEVER, the shut off valve now leaked!  If I had been able to remove the shut off valve, I would have replaced it, but I could not remove it.   So… called the plumber and got that taken care of in under an hour today, I’m sure it will cost me plenty!



Moving along on Monday

It is so nice to be able to blog about progress again!!


Here is what has gotten accomplished on Monday.



The plumber showed up to install the grinder crock for the new bathroom.   He was suddenly called away because of an emergency at Smuckers… as he left he said “Going to save the jelly.”  LOL!!   He did come back in the afternoon and completed the project.


Grinder crock in place where there used to be some old water softener tanks.  One of which was metal and we put on the curb last night and it was gone by morning.



The Electrician arrived at 7:30 this morning.  He has the rough wiring done for  the whole upstairs.

Wiring for outlets in the halls and bedrooms.  Boxes set for lights in the hallway and smoke alarms.  Wires run for the other lights and switches.    He said that we will probably be ready for electrical inspection next week.  WHOO!



He has most of the framing completed on the second floor.  We got 2 more windows installed today … and by WE I do mean WE.  I had to help hold them and nail them in place from the outside.

The rear window is in place and one side window.  One more to go on the side.   The closets now are completely framed in.  Coming along nicely.


Goals for tomorrow include finishing up any little bits of framing upstairs (nailers) and then working on the framing for the soffitt and other things downstairs.

5 weeks later

5 + weeks since the builder walked off the job without notice, we are finally back underway with a new person doing the work.


We did meet with the former builder but he couldn’t give me a reason I should trust him again… nor would he even try to offer compromises… good riddance.  We are seeking legal action, so won’t share names quite yet.


Last week a few things got done!




I have 2 windows installed on the second floor!   He also has the others framed in ready to insert.  That is on the agenda for Monday.


I have the closet framed in for the master bedroom.


On Monday, the plumber will be here to install the grinder crock… the electrician will be here to start pulling wires… and the builder will be here to install those windows.


I do need to find a drywaller (I have one phone number, if you know someone, please send me their number).


I need to find someone who does insulation.


I need to find someone who can take out a few cracked tiles and replace them in the middle of the floor.  I have replacement tiles already on site.



It is good to see progress again.

Winding up week 4…

As we wind up week 4 of the build, I have to say that I am very disappointed this week.   The beginning of the week, I was feeling good about my builder.  He did good saving my flooring tile in the new bathroom when he was jackhammering… and then… he disappeared for 3 days.   He was here for a very little time on Tuesday (I never saw him), he was not here at all on Wednesday (car trouble) and I only saw him for about an hour today.   Yes, there was 1 or 2 guys he sent here to work, but that doesn’t move things along very quickly.   😦


Here is where we stand on the project today.


Plumbing is roughed in and awaiting inspection on Tuesday.  At that point it will have to have the vent put through the roof.  After inspection, the ditch can be filled in with cement.


One window is installed (the one being moved from the first floor) and the other hole is cut.


Here are the windows from the inside.

Today, they did get walls framed up.   The bedrooms aren’t super huge, but there will be 2 of them.


The hallways will be 4 foot wide.

In other news:


This arrived yesterday… attic ladder… ordered it from Amazon.  They got it here quicker than I could get it from Lowes or Home Depot.



This arrived today.  Should be fun to put together!


My stress level over this project is pretty much off the charts!!   It was supposed to be done and everyone moved before I went on the band trip to Disney.  Now the girls not only have to watch Grandma, they also have to oversee the builder.   I am very anxious and fearful.   I want to enjoy Disney but…   it better be super magical there!!

Monday Mess!

Monday brought with it a whole lot of dust and mess and PROGRESS!

The window has been removed (to be re-used upstairs) so that a large closet can be installed in this room.


The hole for the duct work has been completed and duct work has started being hung.



Yes, all the duct work will be enclosed in a soffit.   It extends around more than 1/2 of the room.   We (yeah… the royal “we”) are going to continue the soffit around the 3rd side up to the closet so it doesn’t look dumb just stopping part way around.  That will give the room a more finished look and the illusion of a tray ceiling… that is what I’m telling myself.  🙂


And then they started digging the trench for the bathroom plumbing…

The builder burned out the motor on his cement saw.  He went to a local hardware store and rented one…. it was electric and couldn’t quite do the deed.  So… he took it back and rented a gas one… he called it a “big boy saw!”   After they cut through the cement with that baby at 6-7 inches deep, the floor still wouldn’t budge, so he rented a jackhammer!!


It turns out the cement floor that is under the entirety of that level of the house (living room included) is 6 inches thick!


What the heck?!   Was the man who built the house planning on driving semi-trucks through the living room or something?  That is the thickness of roads!


After I got home this morning, they have the trench completed.  Plumber comes later today.


What a job!   But, hey, they did great saving my tile flooring!!!!!