Saturday, March 28, 2009

The progress continues

As I type this we have 2 irishmen plastering our walls and ceilings on the first floor. That's right folks, walls AND ceilings. Here is one of their stands with a bunch of muddy plaster on it...

Over the past two days, and the last week in general, we've taken some huge steps. The Choice Woodworking boys finished all of the trim upstairs. This included installing the doors, baseboard and casing around the windows. Sarah and I painted all the trim "Ultra White." It looks great against the dark floor.

Remember the nightmare of a baseboard heating situation in the bedroom?

I'd say it looks a little better now!

I cleaned up the soon to be bedroom and set up a temporary lounge area. This is the Crate and Barrel couch that we bought off of Craigslist.

Our office is a mess right now consisting of the unbuilt bed and tape on the floor from painting the trim. We had to turn our focus to the downstairs as the plaster guys were coming on Friday to hang the blue-board.

Nick and Paul finished some touch ups to the framing. They "blocked out" an area to mount a TV to the wall. We also layed out exactly where all of our in-ceiling and in-wall speakers will go. Note that we have a 42" TV right now, but I conventienty layed out the in-wall speakers so we could mount at least a 60" without any issues :-)

Here you can see how the wires run through the wall to the back of where the TV will be. No cables will be seen!

The hanging of the board went surprisingly quick with just two guys working on it. They were very Irish! We just kept pouring Guinness down their throats as it seemed to make them work faster.

That's not a circus clown. It's an Irishman on stilts.

While the plaster guys worked inside, Nick and Paul helped me remove the 3 piles of demolition that have been building up for nearly 3 months. I've been getting rid of as much of the small stuff as possible in the trash, but getting a dumpster was a must. We had a 20 yard dumpster delivered at 9am. We had a 20 yard dumpster filled by 11:30am. I called them back to remove the 20 and deliver another 15. The 15 is a little more than half way full. We have plenty of stuff in the cellar to fill it (spring cleaning time!) as well as the old first floor flooring. We are hoping to cut the floor out on Sunday and get the dumpster out of here by Monday. By the end of Saturday, we'll have first floor walls that are ready to be primed and painted.

Until next time!

Oh but wait... Congrats to Maureen and Bill on the newest addition to the family! Katherine (Katie) Sarah Gerety was born at 3:42am on Friday morning. Everyone is doing well. Even Liam who finally held his baby sister without any monetary compensation. Congrats Cawley-Gerety fam! We can't wait to see her!

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