Sunday, May 30, 2010

Done for now

We got through almost all of the list. Some of the items were not completed due to lack of materials (paint, trim, and parts) but for the most part, we scratched everything off the list. We're all wiped out and we even had some help. Vince and Noel came out and gave us an afternoon of their time and Noel even brought food. Thank you guys. It was very much appreciated.

And a very special Thank You goes to Bob Pryor. This wasn't possible without you bud.

Here are some pictures of what we got accomplished in our 3.5 day weekend.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Another update.

So far I've managed to sneak in a 5 hour nap, build all of the window extension jambs, move all of the cedar trim, finish staining the trim, install the extension jambs, some of the trim, and a little more cleanup. Kelly has been painting like crazy and has knocked a bunch more paint projects off the list. Off to bed for now, tomorrow will bring more progress.

1st progress report

1st Progress update---Did a bunch of electrical work, framed in the stairway closet doorway, worked on cleanup in a few places, and Kelly and Kelsey are painting like crazy. Looking like we are going to run out of the Prairie Grass Green colored paint soon. Probably going to plan a trip to town today or early tomorrow. Check the previous post for items scratched off the list.

The weekend thrash begins

This weekend is going to be a real thrash session. Appraiser is coming on Monday so that we can take advantage of the low interest rate right now. The list of things we need to get done is huge. I typed it up at work and I had to trim it down to keep it on one page! I'll update the list as we go. My hope is that the bar & library areas are complete except for flooring by Monday. Coming off of night shift now so I have a couple of 5 hour energy shots helping me get this thrash started!! Wooohooo....sleep deprivation rocks!!!

Here's the list:

Structural Work
Install bar door---Done
Square up theater door---Done
Re-caulk exterior by bottom of stairs---Done
Move all cedar trim---Done
Frame doorway under stairs---Done
Remove wood stove (Didn't get any stone so not necessary)
Install stone on fireplace wall
Raise and re-seal chimney
Cover front edge of hearth

Electrical Work
Install bar outlets---Done
Install bar switches---Done
Install bar lights---Done
Install bar fridge outlet---Done
Run additional circuit for bar fridge---Done
Install Bar fridge---Done
Install switch for Library lights
Install front wall outlets---Done
Install tv outlet & signal wiring---Done
Install light and switch for under stairway closet---Done

Paint bar walls---Done
Touch up ceiling to sculpture joint paint
Closet door---Done
Utility room door---Done
Kelsey's room door
Spare bedroom door
Garage Door---Done
Entry door---Done
Double door---Done
Bar door---Done
Stain Cedar Trim---Done
Stain extension jambs once installed---Done

Trim work
Extension jambs for windows---Done
Trim Windows---Done
Extension Jambs for doors---Done
Trim doors---Done
Mid-trim front wall---Done
Mid-trim garage wall---Done
Install fresh air return grate
Install a/c grate

Clean out under stairs---Done
Finish clean out of Kelsey's room---Done
Organize and clean up theater room---Done
Get snowmobile out of garage
Repair power steering on tractor (parts didn't arrive)
Move Tractor to back 40
Move Nissan to back 40---Done
Move Subaru to back 40---Done
Clean up and organize garage---Done

Friday, May 21, 2010

A very late progress update

Been slacking on my blog duties. There has been a ton of work done around here and none of it has been documented. Since the last update, the drywall sculpture around the bar is finished, the bar patio has been poured, roads to the shed and log yard have been graveled, final plumbing in the master bath done, coax cable (rgb-6) is finished to every room, and we've started hanging doors around Pinecrest Pub. I'll throw in some pictures but there's gonna be some gaps. Haven't been taking as many as I needed too so bear with me. I'll fill in the gaps later.

I also have to give a big Thank You to A couple people. My wife has been putting up with my shit and pitching in more than the average person would ever do. The other person that deserves the thank you is Bob Pryor. He's been slaving away on the drywall sculpture and I have to say, I understand why this isn't in everyone's home. There is a STUPID amount of labor in it. Hanging it is easy. Applying 4 or 5 coats of mud, sanding between each, then caulking it, and then looking at re-doing a coat or two of mud before you can texture it makes it a real job. Been 3 weeks or better of mud/sand/mud/sand...repeat. He has way more patience that I do! Looks great though!

Here's the patio slab forms up with gravel and re-bar in place.

Another shot of the same thing
And you can see what I think of this.....mud is on it's way and I need a beer or more.
Drywall progress. All the rock is up, most of the joints have at least two coats of mud on them.
Good shot of the bar and the progress on the drywall sculpture.
Kelly priming the walls so we can paint soon.
The walls primed.
Shot of the wall texture.
"Pryor Stomp" texture on the ceiling of the bar area.
More bar texture.
Wall texture, heavy knockdown applied by the master.
Library ceiling done with the "Pryor Stomp" texture.
Look doors.
Missing doors again....
Shit...there's a door.....
And another!!
Here's the brains of the outfit. This is called a structured wiring panel. It's the central location for all phone, data, and cable outlets. Inside this box is the biggest mess of wiring you have ever seen, unless of course you are organized and plan it out. We did and it's coming together well. I would like to tell you that it's a work of art inside but we're not quite there. I have to finish up the phone/data end before I reveal what's under the cover.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

With another week of work under my belt it was time to go back to work on the basement bar. The duct work framing needed to be finished, the theater wall needed to be framed, there was wiring to finish up in the library area, and there was some other details that needed finished up before we put up the sheetrock. Once those were complete we started working on what Bob calls a "Sculptured Ceiling". This was one of his trademarks back when he was running his drywall company. It involves adding extra layers of 5/8" sheetrock in a pattern. Might sound easy but it takes some special materials and tecniques to get that heavy sheetrock to hang in places that there is nothing to nail too. The pictures below don't do it justice. I can't wait to see the finished product.

Here's how it looks after all the work...below it is pics of us doing the work.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pinecrest Pub Progress--Sheetrock

I think I have mentioned more than once that I feel very lucky to have the friends and family that I do. Truly, this house wouldn't be here at all, and if it was, it wouldn't be nearly what it is today without the help we have received from these special people. Today we add one more to the list.

Bob Pryor is a friend of my fathers. They met in Missoula during school and from the sounds of their many stories, they were thick as thieves throughout their time together. As they went their seperate ways after high school, they lost track of each other and just recently made contact again. I had the great pleasure of going hunting with my father and Bob this last year and it was a real treat. During that time Bob found out that I had a bunch of drywall to put up and he offered to show me a thing or two. Turns out he owned his own drywall company for many years. Today he proved it.

A special thank you to Bob. Our basement has really started to look good.

Here's what it looks like now, and below are pictures of the work in progress.