Archive | November 2017

Busy Week and Visible Changes

view from Sharon’s front yard (my house sits well off the road)

This has been a busy week, the gas line was finally run to my addition. It goes to a utility building behind the actually living space. I am still quite pleased with my decision to have the gas water heater and boiler located where leaking gas or carbon monoxide, even open flames, will stay outside.

new gas line, well covered and neat

At the last bit of fill work, the gas excavator guys snagged the internet cable, so another day without.

new white utility building, also sidewalk around back of house

On Monday we also had concrete delivered for the utility building floor, the front entry pad, and the sidewalk around the back. It looks great. With all the external work, I have to be careful where it is safe to walk/exit, or park this week.

New water line marking from meter near bench, down between two garden tables. That’s about a third of the distance to my house.

Thursday was water line day – the crew rented a ditch witch to dig a new line to both my house and Sharon’s house next door. We plan to swap water meters. Since we are not really expecting others to join us soon on our retirement property, we are trying to straighten out utilities and such for future when one of us dies and the other may want to sell the other house. The actual line will be put in Friday, and I guess both houses will be without water overnight while glue dries, unless they use clamps. This time we have a long feed of flexible polyethylene pipe (much better than the polybutylene used about 1975-1995) instead of pvc pipe that I know had to be glued, and joints which failed too often for my happiness. I have spent quite a bit of time Googling water supply lines.

The plumber should be in either Friday or beginning of next week to install drain lines for the mini-split air conditioning units. He’ll need to do a small adjustment on the shower drain to fit the new shower pan. Then tiling starts next week.


Another inspection passed and things are moving along

view from old dome, sheet rock up around new electrical panel

The inspector passed our framing, electrical, and plumbing, with just four small items to fix. I sent pictures (it is so much easier now that everything is done online) of the changes. So, things are getting covered. The wallboard is nearly finished, still need to cover the end of the hallway that used to be exterior concrete. The door will be removed at the end of construction and an archway finished off. The angles around doors and windows in the hallway have been a challenge, but they are quite an interesting look. I like it.

my roommates, cautiously exploring the new hallway

The glass block for the shower was delivered last week. All in good shape and I am excited that the bathroom tile and stuff will be started next week.

future reading nook between bedroom and front door

master bedroom from closet doorway

bedroom toward bath, living room to right








Now they have insulation around both the master bath and powder room, ceiling done, wallboard up inside the master bath, and seams taped and ‘mudded’. I like this kind of mud much better than the red clay mud outside. The crew is also framing up the sidewalk and foundation for the utility building. Next week I will have a sidewalk all the way around the back, (front is driveway) hopefully helping to keep the red mud outside. Remembering from the initial build, there was a sea of red clay around the house for months. I think it’s going to be too cold by the time it is done to even hope to start grass seed.

view from back patio to new back door, forms out for sidewalk and pad for utility building

Another item finished is a pressure wash and paint of the old dome to match the color on the addition. I have white around glass (both windows and doors) to brighten the interior, a golden tan everywhere else.

exterior paint complete on old and new domes

The gas line will be run in this week, the utility lines have all been marked with flags and paint. There are so many flags in the area I have been using for a driveway that I need to go through the yard and out the real driveway, for fear of puncturing a tire.

Aww! So Cute.

Just a short note with pictures. Sharon hasĀ puppies available:

Souls’ Ease Goldendoodles has puppies available now for the holidays. We are a GANA Blue Ribbon member in Upstate SC, breeding only multi-generation health-certified parents. Both male or female pups are available and are expected to be 25-35 pounds with straight or wavy coats. See our FB page Souls’ Ease Goldendoodles.

2 girls and 2 boys, ready to brighten your holiday!


We’ve got some color on the exterior of the addition. For some reason I did not understand, they were not able to mix the same color that I already had. But since that has been up for two years, fading some, and each panel catches light at a different angle, making it look different, I just chose a light tan. I want something that doesn’t show the splash of red clay too much. Sharon is talking about a mural on the side that faces her house (the long blank side in the picture). Nothing complicated, maybe a sunrise.

first coat of paint, will need bright landscaping for such a neutral color

There have been delays, waiting on an electrical part, waiting for the gas company to run the line (should be this next week), then wet weather delayed exterior painting. So the crew has cut back a little, just testing the wiring inside. I have taken pictures of all the electrical and water lines inside. This is to give us an idea where to look in future years, should there be a problem. It is a little different digging into a foam wall compared to regular framing. In fact, I am keeping pictures of exterior trenches, too. I guess a scrapbook for future owners might be appreciated.

electrical and water lines in foam wall

The shower pan has arrived, as expected a little ahead of the glass block for the shower, from Innovate Building. I certainly hope the tile work can start the week after next, or I may lose my place with my tile guy.

shower wall will have cement board and tile, faucet in right wall

I found this picture online, from Innovate Building site. It is quite close to what I’ll have, just opening flipped to left side. I will have a barrier-free entry (no lip to step over). Colors are close to what I plan.

We had trauma last night – Sharon and I share the internet access on the property, and our modem/router died. At least we do have smart phones now to check email, but I couldn’t do anything about posting here. We’ve had some irregular service lately, which probably was that router. ATT (Uverse) got a new one to us the next day, on a Saturday! After the first 3 months (problems at a junction box around the corner, but they had to start at the house with each call), I will say they have provided quite decent service. And this makes us quite happy. We may be considered seniors, but we are both retired techies, need our internet.

I am even having a place set up at the living room end of the hallway to use as a charging station and a central place for my router/repeater. Traveling with my siblings and spouses has shown a need for easy charging access.