FIRE!

Place. 🙂

Did I scare you! Sorry. We got a fireplace and chimney this week! Yay! The Acme Brick crew came out and it took three days to finish the whole thing. Jim wanted an ISOKERN fireplace and I had to look that one up. It’s a brick material fireplace that contains lava rock. It comes in pieces and they put it together on site. It reminded me of playing with Legos. Verrrrry heavy Legos. Here are the pictures of the process.

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This gentleman had a nice smile…and muscles. Sorry Jim, you have nice muscles too.

As the bricks went up and up I started to get nervous watching the scaffolding rise with so much weight on it.

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Waaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!

Toward the end, a little guy was on the roof stacking the heavy pieces by himself. I took this picture, but then went inside the Pink House. I couldn’t watch any more.

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Cray Cray!

When they finished it was fun to see how this side of the house was going to look. I love the three little graduated windows that follow the stair well. I’ll use these to keep a close eye on my neighbor Irl. You really gotta watch that guy!

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The final day, they put the brick inside the fireplace. I had a choice of herringbone and I think most people like that, but I thought the subway pattern was a little more old-fashioned. What do you think?

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I love these high windows on either side. Since this wall looks out on to my neighbors carport we put them higher so we wouldn’t be looking at their cars and boat. Mind you, Martha and Irl have two lovely cars and a cute boat, but I much preferred to view the sky and trees instead.  Call me crazy. Plus you just can’t have too many surveillance windows to keep tabs on “you know who.”

Finally I was happy to get front steps this week. They have a slightly steep rise, but nothing too uncomfortable. It couldn’t be helped since there was precious little room for them. They actually touch the sidewalk.

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So this is what my casa looks like as of the close of the week. We are so happy how it’s turning out. If you’re walking by please feel free to go inside and poke around. There’s a broom and trash can if you’re in the mood. 🙂

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Slow Week

The framers were only here one day last week, but I do have a couple of new additions to our house that made me pretty happy. I had a wild idea to put an arch between the kitchen and dining room but was unsure how big of a deal this would be. Often changes or additions are impossible after framing has begun, but Chris created this in about 20 minutes at a nominal extra cost. I think it’s going to make a nice feature and will look great after the drywall goes up.

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So, this view is from me standing in the dining room looking into the kitchen.  There is a pantry on the left and my kitchen sink window on the right wall. There will be an island in the center just under the archway. It’s hard to visualize with just a bunch of studs but maybe you get the picture.

As of this moment, ACME brick is installing our fireplace and Chris and his crew are installing my front steps. Needless to say, I’m a happy girl today. New pictures to follow tomorrow. 🙂

 

What a Difference a WEEK Makes!

A lot of stuff happened to our house this week. The framers worked on the dormers and back porch and it was fun to see the house take shape.

Ten ft. back porch with hipped roof.

The back is almost cuter than the front. I love the little dormers.

Tongue & groove underneath. GROOVY!

Michael & his crew came back to pour the foundation for the wood-burning fireplace.

Up goes the frame for the carport.

And this is how the front looked at the close of the work day.

Jim and I are very happy about the progress this week. The only grumbles in the Burlingame home came from two kitties who are upset that my blog has been taken over with construction updates. Mulder and Rowdy miss being the focus of the KITTYBUNNYCHICKEN, so here are two cute pictures of them.

Mulder’s favorite position. He’s such a weirdo!

Princess Rowdy always finds the softest spots in the house for her plump little bod.

Stay tuned for house and kitty updates! I’m having way too much fun. 🙂

 

Movin’ On Up…

To the East Side! (I love that song). So this was the progress on our casa as of last Friday.

I put some chairs on the porch and Jim & I had a glass of wine while we admired the view.

Not too shabby.

Today is Thursday and they’ve begun to frame the upstairs.

Master bed/bath, sitting room, laundry room and storage will be up here.

They’ve put in some rough stairs so I can climb to the top and imagine our view from the top.

No complaints!

 

I’ve Been FRAMED!

The framing for the new house began this week. This is the most fun part so far because I can see it really take shape. There’s a new crew working now and some of them are quite familiar to me. I mentioned that Michael (the guy who made the piers and retaining wall) is a quiet reserved person. He’s very focused on his work and not prone to chit chat.

THIS guy–Not so much. 🙂

I’ve known Chris for over 12 years. He framed my yellow house way back in 2007 and he built a carport/storage shed & fence for the pink house in 2014. Chris is talkative, funny and can tell a naughty joke or two. I like his company and we’ve developed a good rapport over the years. He explains things when I’m confused (often) and he has great patience with me hanging around, taking pictures and asking questions. I was stunned at how fast the crew installed the sub-floor on Wednesday.

 

View from the back of the lot

From this vantage point you can see our yellow house and our pink house. (this one will be green)

Then yesterday they began FRAMING!!!

Yay!

Today I might get porches! After nearly 18 months of planning, roadblocks and glitches, the Green House is finally happening. I’m a very happy camper.

Drive by and say howdy. I’ll be perched on the Pink House porch watching the show. 🙂

They’re Baaaaaaack!

Although it may not look like it to anyone who passes by, there has been a good bit of progress at 67 Boardwalk since my last post.

I was so happy to see Michael’s truck arrive last week! I almost ran out and hugged him, but he would probably never recover from the trauma, so I refrained. Basically his crew were there to finish pouring the concrete for the piers and for the remainder of the retaining wall.

Jim wants to drive this little Bobcat so much! Maybe they’ll leave the keys in it and we can go for a joyride some dark night.

After that job, it took a few more days to cover the cinder block piers in the brick we picked out.

Shellman Bluff

It’s made in Macon Georgia. We thought it looked a lot like Chicago brick and we like that look. Up close and in person you can see lots of colors in the clay including green, silver, pink, gray and rust.

The cinder block box is for the wood-burning fireplace. Apparently it needs it’s own piers for support since the chimney is so heavy.

After this work was done, a large truck dumped gravel on the lot and the crew spread it to the edges. Our house we lived in before only had dirt underneath so crawling under it was muddy and messy. The gravel will help with moisture and drainage too.

So this is the view from the Pink House porch as we speak. Soon Michael’s job will be over until he pours the carport and driveway. I don’t know how he feels about a weird old lady watching him and taking pictures all day, but I have really had fun seeing this process. He’s a very quiet guy, but I’ve managed to squeeze a few conversations out of him. 🙂

So now I look forward to the framers. I know these guys well since I’ve been watching them build houses for Gary and GT for almost twelve years. They know me too since I have a tendency to wave and holler “howdy” when I see them in the hood. I’ll try hard not to be a pest, but I make no promises. 🙂