Week two was a bit slower in activity. I had several more contractors give me quotes. I should be able to make a decision on a heating & plumbing contractors by Monday at the latest. Building department decided my chicken scratch sketch was not enough information for a permit. How do contractors seem to get away with it but I can’t …. Oh well. It means I’ve been working on some plans which I’ll be able to share with you in a later post. I also added vapor barrier to some of the existing foundation walls so that water will not ruin my newly dry-walled basement when its done. For those not in the construction industry: vapor barrier is a fancy word for big thick piece of plastic; a must for any basement that is going to be finished.
If you follow me on Instagram or twitter you would have seen that I’ve fixed the existing kitchen cabinet doors & spent a lot of time getting a nice upper body workout with a steel grinder on the existing columns in the basement. All but one of the columns cleaned up looking almost new on the first pass.
At the end of the week I got the privilege of going into my daughter’s school and presenting about what architects do to her entire class. It was a ton of fun! My husband showed them cool technology while I showed them all sorts of really cool materials that we use in buildings. I think they learned a lot and they seemed to be fascinated.
After the presentation even though I was exhausted (have you ever spent time with 19 kindergarteners?), I went back to the flip for some limited demolition. I got out the saws-all and had at it.
Ten minutes later, the disintegrating wood studs were gone! Hello, firewood.
Lastly, some promising landscaping appeared:
Accomplishments for this week:
- Fixed Kitchen cabinet doors
- Ground the steel columns
- Close to hiring the remaining contractors
- Demolished a wall
- Added vapor barrier to some of the existing foundation walls
More exciting things to come next week. See you then.