Gosh, it’s been over a month and a half since I have provided a status report on the construction project across from our cottage! A lot has happened in the meantime.
As soon as the roofing phase was over, the crews installing the Hardie board and brick were playing leapfrog with each other. They also had to dodge June’s unseasonably wet weather. The lot was totally trashed and the dumpster was overflowing after these tasks were completed.
However, the exterior was completely transformed once they got done! Site cleanup was necessary, of course. Then the painting crew took over the job site. I blurred out the name of the company on their van because I don’t want to give them free advertising. They did some lousy work on our job site, resulting in us forking out extra money to refinish our exterior wood trim and porch columns after only two short years. Pbbttt to them!
By the end of June, it really started to look better! The builder selected a brownish mustard for the main color. I wouldn’t have picked it out, but he didn’t ask my opinion, LOL. More gravel was delivered and added to the garage area and driveway. Insulation was also delivered (see stacks in garage) and installed. Additional site cleanup and earthmoving was completed too.
The sheetrock delivery provided us some entertainment. It came on two flatbed trailers.
Using a remote-controlled hydraulic arm, the panels were off-loaded into the first floor …
… and the second floor!
The past few weeks have been very busy. Sheetrock was installed and the mudding/sanding done. Concrete was poured for the front and back porches and in the garage. Then the painters came back to apply primer paint to the interior. Finish was applied to the decorative corbels in the eaves and bead-board for the porch ceilings. More underground drains were installed in the yard. Lumber for the front porch was also delivered. And a chimney extension is now visible.
Whew! That house is starting to shape up, isn’t it? It's taken three months to get to this point. With the kickoff of the parade of homes and open house in late September, it will be a race to the finish line!