Thursday, June 30, 2011

Renovation News

The renovation is moving right along. I’m hoping the sliding glass door will be in prior to the holiday. That would make me very happy.

Meanwhile, here are a few highlights since my last blog post. As always, there are entirely too many pictures on my flickr set (HERE).

One of the biggest days of excitement happened a few Fridays ago when we had a concrete pour for the area under the new deck. It was very interesting to watch. These guys really knew what they were doing and the Head Dude was obviously a perfectionist.

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After the pour dried for a few hours, one crew member came back to give it a power wash and acid bath, revealing the exposed aggregate concrete. I never thought I could get excited about concrete, but then I saw this:

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It’s beautiful. I love it.

While I was at The Mannings for my class, the contractors finished the treads on the stairs, which led to a text-message picture of the Hubster’s dress shoes standing on the deck, and me having to ask if that meant we had a door. It didn’t mean we had a door. It just meant that we had stairs.

Since my return, most of the work has been on the vinyl railing. Here’s a peek:

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I’d say that as of yesterday, the railing is about 75% finished. They’re waiting on some long pieces before they can totally finish it up. It’s easy to get excited about this project now that we can really see it taking shape. Hopefully I’ll be blogging about the interior work very soon!

Meanwhile, here’s how the exterior of the house looked as of close-of-business on Tuesday.

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5 comments:

Jessica said...

It's gorgeous! Glad it's going well!

mehitabel said...

Looks great! And your railing looks a lot like mine--well, mine's dark brown, but the same style. Glad to see you're making such great progress!

Trillian42 said...

It's really coming together beautifully!

And I agree - that concrete is gorgeous. Seems so weird to say, but it's true.

SJ said...

It looks fantastic! And I agree with you about that concrete -- it is really pretty. Almost like a tweed yarn ...

Heather said...

oh my gosh! it is going to be so amazingly beautiful when you are done... you might never go in the front door again... at least I wouldn't!!