I’ve been talking about the impending deep-freeze for months and hey look, we’ve entered the 2010 ice age in Southern Michigan. Unfortunately Month 8 is wrapping up, and this is a house that doesn’t yet have heat. It does have a extra large kerosene heater in it though, and believe we can get the whole 2000 square feet up to a toasty 65 degrees in about five seconds flat, but we may be sacrificing a few non-essential brain cells to the fumes.
Month 8 Progress: Studs, Walls, & Pipe
With the cold weather we’ve moved inside both from necessity and well necessity.
Just a couple of weeks ago the house looked liked this:
But there have been a few improvements:
Last month our list included:
- Geothermal wells
- 1 fireplace installation
- Building inspection
- The rest of the siding
We’ve knocked all of those things off the list except the siding (of which not a single board has been installed in the last month).
Taking us into the New Year the list includes:
- Getting the geo working (hopefully tomorrow)
- Picking out bathroom tile
- Texturing walls
- Painting ceilings
- Framing in the master bath tub
- Ordering cabinets
Month 8 Injury Report: All Fingers Accounted For
I sliced one open on a radiator vent, does that count?
Month 8 DIYed & Didn’t: Call It A Tie
- Installed blocking (me)
- Installed the vertical portion of the geothermal (MysteryMan)
- Installed all the in-wall wiring for the entertainment system (me)
- Framed out the kitchen closets (both of us)
- Installed some fireblocking above walls and the fireplace (both of us)
And the professionals:
- Insulated the house
- Hung all the drywall
Month 8 Thanks: Mom, We Love You
Really, my mom was my hero this month. Most times I just tell her to come over if she wants to– asking for help is not what I do, per se– but before the insulators and drywallers came, I practically begged her to come help me tackle the disaster-area/construction zone. And then she spent two days inside our 30-degree house vacuuming every square inch of the 2000 square feet with the smallest attachment on the shop vac.
No way I would have gotten through that weekend without her.