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Mapleleaf Residence: Weeks Four and Five

Mapleleaf Residence: Weeks Four and Five

 Brad modeling our 5-8ths work shirt. Thanks for keeping it clean!

Brad modeling our 5-8ths work shirt. Thanks for keeping it clean!

Sorry we're a little behind with this update; it's been a very busy two weeks.  Here are some things we've been working on:


 
 Lesson learned: put the drywall on BEFORE attaching the stringer.

Lesson learned: put the drywall on BEFORE attaching the stringer.

 Movin' on up

Movin' on up

 Stairs!

Stairs!

If Joyce had to go up and down that ladder one more time, she would have killed us. One thing we didn't build these stairs in time for: lifting 30+ sheets of drywall up to the second floor. Construction sequencing: important. These stairs will be painted our accent color (TBD).


 
 A view of the neighbor's backyard from a hole we made in our new third bedroom so we can...

A view of the neighbor's backyard from a hole we made in our new third bedroom so we can...

 Add a second window the the room!

Add a second window the the room!

 Fixing an exterior wall that was rotting out due to a piece of missing flashing at the roof.

Fixing an exterior wall that was rotting out due to a piece of missing flashing at the roof.

 Volunteer Extraordinaire Melissa peeking at our MISSING STRUCTURAL WALL AHHHH

Volunteer Extraordinaire Melissa peeking at our MISSING STRUCTURAL WALL AHHHH

We have been creating various holes and patching others. Need to get the exterior patched up so we can keep heat in for the drywall mud to work properly. Also, it's getting cold?


 
 Drywall: Everyone's least favorite thing ever

Drywall: Everyone's least favorite thing ever

All of the drywall is hung and in the process of being taped/mudded. We hired someone to do that because we aren't insane.

 Cool thing about construction sites: everything is Potentially Paper

Cool thing about construction sites: everything is Potentially Paper

List of stuff we had to do to complete for the drywall finisher. Did I mention I hate drywall?


 

Countertops, stone or otherwise:

 Marble at the upstairs bathroom vaninty

Marble at the upstairs bathroom vaninty

Absolute black granite at the L-Shape and Carrara marble at the island. Preview of bamboo floor.

 The vanity at the first floor bathroom will be this piece of LSL with a basin sink.

The vanity at the first floor bathroom will be this piece of LSL with a basin sink.


 
 It's looking less barn-like, no?

It's looking less barn-like, no?

We're painting the exterior a very dark gray. We wanted to make it blend in with the roof. Don't worry, we still have something special planned here to break up the monotony.

 This is not a tiny crab; it's a GIANT spider.

This is not a tiny crab; it's a GIANT spider.

So it turns out, when a house sits vacant for 3 years, spiders are allowed to grow to epic proportions. These Orb Weavers were all over the exterior of the house. Brad had one land on him while he was on top of a tall ladder and somehow managed to not die. They were not happy we were painting their house.


 
 I guess he wanted it for his room.

I guess he wanted it for his room.

Helper of the week: Brandon

Mapleleaf Residence: Weeks Six and Seven

Mapleleaf Residence: Weeks Six and Seven

Mapleleaf Residence: Week Three

Mapleleaf Residence: Week Three