Backyard Shed Project

So things were moving along at the house. It was finally July and we were unpacked for the most part, but realizing that even with a three car garage, we needed more storage. The reason is we wanted the third car garage to be a work shop. A place for all of our tools and things like that. We needed a place to store the mowers, and all the other gardening equipment. So, here came the backyard shed project. July 4th is the anniversary of my first date with my hubby. We went to a 4th of July fireworks celebration. That was 9 years ago. This year we would be celebrating by building a shed! I know, super romantic!!! We got the shed at Home Depot. It’s a kit, but it comes in pieces that you have to build. The only other thing we had to buy was the floor. It went together fairly easy, but once again, it was HOT! Blistering hot. This time I got burned. Bill stayed covered and we had to keep soaking wet towels on our heads and over our shoulders and backs. What is it with these big projects and the blistering heat? But, we needed to take advantage of the nice weather before Winter set it.

We started by leveling the spot and setting our floor joists. This was the hardest part I think. We’d get one side level but now it wasn’t level with the others. By now, the ground was rock hard and our beautiful green sod was toast, even with all the watering. Once again, it took longer to finish what should have been a simple thing.

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That’s my sweet Dozer in the background. He had Cushings Disease. This was two months before he went to the Rainbow Bridge. He was the best dog ever, and I miss him so much. He LOVED laying in the sun.

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So, Yay, the floor is down. That only took FOREVER!!! Could we maybe get something done today?

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Floor and first wall

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Four walls! Woo Hoo. It’s really starting to look like something now. So excited. I thought we’d be done in no time. I was wrong. We had to do all the inside stuff to help stabilize the structure. There is a loft space in the back and on the upper sides. There was also a work table along the back. At least we were starting to get some shade from the walls.

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The trusses really made a big difference, now I knew we were really getting close. We just needed plywood on the roof, tar paper, shingles and windows. Oh yeah, two barn style doors.

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I have a picture somewhere of my hubby sitting on the roof putting on the shingles, but I can’t find it. So, here she is, the finished product, well, 99.9% done.

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Backyard Shed Project

As you can see, this is in the Fall. The lattice skirt is on, and did you notice the trees? We planted 13 trees and started our flower beds along the sides of the fence, but that’s for another post. It’s been a year already, and I can’t believe how much those trees have grown.

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You tore out WHAT on day one?…and other horrendous projects!

Yep, you heard right, TORE OUT! Day one! What did we tear out? Why the carpet of course. Yep, the entire house of carpet. I know what you’re thinking, that I’m crazy. Well, maybe just a little. I mean who in their right mind tears out brand new carpet, and why? Well, I’ll tell you why. We have dogs. One of those dogs was a one year old Dalmatian. The carpet started right inside the back door. You can see the carpet here. Can you imagine how that would look after a few weeks with new sod that was wet all the time? Right from the beginning, we planned on tearing out the carpet and selling it. We knew we were going to paint the sub-floor until we could afford to put in bamboo throughout the entire house. So, that’s exactly what we did. Check it out.

Torn up carpet

We sold the carpet from the three bedrooms to the landlord from our temporary housing and the rest we put on craigslist. BTW, carpet is HEAVY! Talk about a workout. Day one and we were already exhausted and sore, and this was not the worst of it. We also had to put up thirteen blinds and five ceiling fans.

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But still there was something worse. The most horrendous project of all…we had to put in a fence! We couldn’t officially move in until the fence was done because of the dogs. I wasn’t worried at all, we had put in a fence before. We rented the auger and had all of our supplies ready to go. The weather started out cold and overcast (June 1), which is a good thing, except for the mud.

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Well, where do I start. It should have taken us one day to dig the holes and set the posts, one day to do the stringers and start nailing boards, and another day to finish nailing boards. So, like 3 days and in between tear out the carpet and get the floor painted so we could move in with the dogs. It took us NINE, that’s right, NINE DAYS to almost finish the fence! Here’s why…

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Can you see what my hubby is doing? He’s jack hammering the holes!!!!! On the very first hole we hit rock a few inches down with the auger. Solid rock. Hole #2, rock, hole #3, rock, and on and on and on. So we took the auger back and rented a jack hammer. Horrendous job. We went from super happy to super grumpy, and to top it all off, it got hot, really hot. My hubby started working without his shirt, and even with sun screen, he got fried. We finished the fence the day before we had to go back to work, and had to complete the gate that Monday. Here’s what it looks like.

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One board to go. I had to force that smile out of him.

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Gate

The beautiful gate. It meant that this project was done.

Luckily for us, our good friend Lynn brought us lunch, we really didn’t do much eating over that nine days so we were super cranky. Thanks Lynn!

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There were a few bright spots to that first nine days in the new house. Besides, the hideous fence job, installing five ceiling fans, hanging thirteen blinds, these came…cue my smiley face! ūüôā

Frigidaire Professional series slide in range and microwave

Frigidaire Professional Series french door fridge

Frigidaire Professional Series dish washer

So this was a bright spot in an otherwise tiring and stressful week. But…we finished the fence, and hung the blinds and ceiling fans, painted the floors and moved in! So yay, now to relax a bit. Mmmmm, not so much. Stay tuned to our next project.

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The House…Where We Left Off

Hello everyone! So you’re probably wondering if we EVER¬†finished the house. We have been so busy working on projects that I haven’t even had time to do posts about them or about the house. So without further delay, here we go. Where the heck did I leave off? ¬†Oh yes, my last post was April 25, 2014. I had posted what had been done up till March 14th. That was WELL over a year and a half ago!!! I seriously can’t believe it’s taken me this long to finish this post. ¬†I’m not really good at this, in case you didn’t already know it. ¬†This is going to be long, so sit back and enjoy the ride. So the outside brick and vinyl had been finished. The inside had HVAC done and electrical boxes were in. I didn’t get many pics of the actual wiring, which I really wish I had, but here is what happened after that. HVAC access Garage door opener Nothing too exciting there. The access door to the HVAC system and the garage door openers were installed. They usually don’t install the openers¬†until after the drywall is installed, but the drywallers were behind schedule, thanks to the weather. Wall Plate Pipe Wall Plate with pipe Central Vac Y Connector This is the central vac my husband and I installed. I had planned on doing a seperate post on how to install central vac, but I’m not sure I got enough pictures. I may re-visit this and draw a map and do a small tutorial on how to install it. It was like 30 degrees in the house and my poor husband had to get himself into some tight spots, but we got it done and I love it. We installed central vac in our last house, and I can’t say enough good things about it. If you’ve been contemplating it, you should definitely do it. Another project my husband and I took on was putting insulation in the garage. It wasn’t part of our package, but they let us do it ourselves, thank goodness. We don’t have insulated garage doors so it’s still cold in there, but hopefully we will eventually. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The very next day the insulation guys came and started to insulate the house. I was so excited, because I knew the next thing was drywall. master with insulation Eat-in Kitchen with insulation So this is the master and the eat-in kitchen. I don’t know what happened to the rest of my pictures, surely I took more than two pictures. Drywall delivered Drywall and kitchen arches On 4/2 they delivered the drywall, but that’s it! I was excited and beyond frustrated at this point. I just wanted to move into this house, so we could get settled and start on some fun projects. This is the very next day… The master ceiling. Not a tray, but I still like it. Master ceiling This is looking towards the dining room. Dining room The kitchen arch. One of the things we love about this house. kitchen arch This is, of course, the best room in the entire house! My craft room. craft room To say I was excited at this point would be a mild understatement. They dry walled the entire house in ONE day! One day. I still can’t believe it. If they could have gotten in there on their regular schedule, we could have been in a lot sooner. Well, you all know how behind we got in the framing stage from this earlier post. They came in the next day and started mudding and taping. I don’t think they finished in one day. It’s a not a huge house, but it’s not small either. Here are a few pics of that process. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The next thing to come was on 4/9. It was a biggie. meter box installed Once the meter is installed, then they can regulate the temperature in the house and can really get moving. meter hooked up and passed This didn’t happen until 4/15, but it passed inspection so it was a go! I thought this next picture was fun. It’s blurry, but it’s the only time I’ve seen a meter look like this. Meter at 0 All zeros! Cool right?

This was an exciting day. Cabinets, interior doors, baseboard, door and window casing and the columns for my dining room were delivered. Woo Hoo!
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cabinets

April 23 brought some major changes. Cabinets were installed, and doors were installed. Starting to look like a house now.
Laundry room

Butler's Pantry

Kitchen

Pocket Door in Master

Kitchen through the arch way

We were supposed to close on April 30th, but I knew at this point it wasn’t going to happen. I was so frustrated. We were dealing with cramped quarters, one sick dog and a one year old puppy. I was so ready for this to be over. It took another seven days before the counter tops were installed.

Laundry Room

Sink wall

Stove wall

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Nothing fancy on the counter tops. We were keeping costs down, with a future plan to replace the cabinets and get some kind of solid surface tops. I’m not sure when that will be happening. I may end up working with these cabinets and just getting new counter tops.

So May finally arrived, with the promise that we would close at the end of the month. Quite a bit had to get done. There is no denying that it was getting really exciting. Somewhere between countertops and lights they painted the house. They use sprayers, so it goes really fast. We took the standard paint package, so ceiling, walls and trim were all the same color. We knew we would paint down the road. Anyway…check this out. Lights were installed.
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Dining Room Chandy

Five days later, something very big happened. And when I say big, I mean massive. Our 3-car garage driveway! That’s a lot of shoveling of snow, people, ask my husband, this year we got a lot of snow. ¬†One storm was 18 inches!!!!!

3 Car driveway

Openings for plants

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Basically from this point on it was just little stuff to get us in. I’ll just share the pictures.

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grading and landscape

garden tub

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living room

Keys to the castle

FINISHED

Well there she is! Can you believe it? We closed on May 30th, but didn’t move right in, but that’s another story for another time. I promise it won’t take me a year and half to tell you about that. We’ve had a ton of fun with projects and I can’t wait to show them to you.

Until next time…

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Batten and Board Shutters – First Project For The New House!

Yes! ¬†Can you believe it? ¬†We got to do a project for our new house! ¬†It’s been a long time coming and it couldn’t be an easier one. ¬†If you are wondering if we are finally in the house, the answer is NO. WE. ARE. NOT! ¬†We have about 4 more weeks, but I told my husband if I didn’t so some kind of project, I was going to go crazy. It was the perfect weekend. ¬†My little puppy Boone turned one on Saturday and then we got to go to Home Depot and hang out in the wood aisle. ¬†I’m sure you all know what a batten and board shutter looks like. ¬†There are tutorials all over Pinterest. ¬†I’m not doing a tutorial per se, just showing the steps that got us from point A to Z.

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Photo courtesy of Architecturaldepot.com

So these are batten and board shutters. These you can custom order in pretty much any size and color. I plugged in our dimensions and they came to $216 a pair. Ouch. You can also buy the plastic variety from the big box stores for roughly $100 for the size we needed, and our builder wanted $145 per pair. ¬†We just didn’t want the plastic shutters so we took the credit from our builder on the plastic ones, and decided that we would build our own. This is pretty much the easiest project you will ever do. No, really. If you can cut a straight edge and read a tape then you are half way there. There were several options at Home Depot. Cedar, Poplar, and pine. Cedar is probably the best for an outside application, but it’s pretty pricey. I didn’t want to use pine, because it’s so soft, but I happened to see this pre-primed wood. It seemed harder somehow. Maybe it’s heat dried. I don’t know, but I do that it was a huge savings. We made one set of shutters for approximately $50. We gathered our screws, wood glue, sand paper, paint and headed home. You’re probably wondering why I don’t have all this stuff in stock at home. Well, I do, it’s just all packed away. Seriously, if don’t get in this house soon, I’m going to end up in the nut house. Anyway, here are a few things we picked up.

Batten and Board Shutters

So we measured the window. It was 62″ from top to bottom, inside to inside. We knew we wanted three 1×4’s across for a total of six 1×4’s measuring 62″ long. I’ve seen anywhere from two boards to four, some with spaces, some without. It’s totally up to you.

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Using your handy dandy speed square, mark your line after finding 62″ with your tape. Double check that! Remember, measure twice cut once. If anyone is likely to screw that up, it’s me, I’m always in such a hurry to get started. Now it’s time for my favorite tool, the chop saw.

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Make all your cuts, then you can line them up and decide how big of a gap you want between the boards, if any. I made a jig using my long metal ruler and a square. I clamped them to the table in an L shape so I could pull the boards tight against the spacers. Once you determine your gaps you can measure for the batten or cross brace. Once you’ve determined that, go ahead and cut those. Now here is where you will also decide if you want two or three battens per board. We decided on two. If we notice the boards starting to warp, we may have have to add one in the middle.

So, now is probably the time to paint your board, especially if you are doing black over white. It’s so not fun trying to paint in a 1/4 inch gap once they are together. Trust me, paint first. We didn’t. We wanted to get them made so we could test them on the house. What a pain. Anyway, put the top and side of your board against the jig, put your spacers next and pull the next board tight against them. We used our finish nail gun and wood glue to hold them together long enough to flip them and put in screws from behind.

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We loved it. So we headed home and made the second one. Then the fun of painting began.

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Looks like a three coater to me! I eventually had to move back to the garage, the sun was too hot and was drying the paint too fast. In between the first and second coat of paint I sanded with 320 grit sand paper. This helped make it super smooth.

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Coat number two really made them look great.

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So I finished my third coat and they look amazing. I will put a clear sealer on them for added protection. Oh and I have enough wood left over to make a set for a little 24″ window!

Board and Batten shutters

I love them. Unfortunately, we can’t install them until we actually close on the house. Supposedly that is the 23rd of May. We shall see. Oh and don’t judge the garage! It’s a temporary rent situation and it’s only a one car. Hard to keep neat for 7 months!!! LOL. Anyway, thanks for hanging around. Come back and I’ll show the shutters on the house once we move in. Oh, for our next project…something similar to this.

Batten and Board Shutters

Till next time…
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The House…So Close, Yet So Far

Hey everyone!

Well, you will NOT believe all that’s been done on the house since my last post on February 27th. We have come so far, but still have a way to go. I chronicled up to the 21st because things were happening so fast, I couldn’t keep up with them. I’ve got so many photos downloaded that I have to edit, that I was overwhelmed and didn’t do anything. Very productive of me. I can’t believe I didn’t do a single post in the month of March! Yikes. Anyway, let’s see if I can get this ball rolling again and get you updated. Ok, February 27th was my last update. Wow, I really need to get my stuff together. Here we go.

Here are both tubs installed. The bow front is in the master and the shower/tub combo is in the hall bath.

The house, so close yet so far

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Gosh I was pretty excited at that point. That was 2/27 and the house still isn’t done. The brick was started right after this. That got me really excited.

The house, so close yet so far

There is a brick skirt on both sides and the back and the front is completely bricked. I wish we could have done brick on all four sides, but it’s just too expensive.

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That last picture is my craft room. I just love that room. That awesome window let’s in so much light. I can’t wait to get in there. While the brick was getting done the HVAC was going in. That’s not very exciting, but let me see if I have any pictures.

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See, not exciting, but a huge step closer to drywall. There are a million things that need to get done before drywall can go in. Another one of those big things is electric. This was fun to watch. I just don’t know how these guys learn all this stuff. There was wire everywhere. I actually wish I knew how it all worked.

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I didn’t get many pics of the wiring, but you’ll be able to see it in other pics I’ve taken. ¬†Up next…siding! ¬†Yay! ¬†This really made the house look like a house and look really awesome.

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Amazing change right? I love how the back of the house looks.

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So that’s what it looks like done – on the outside anyway. So much more has to be done. My next post I will show you the central vac my hubby and I installed and you’ll see the insulation go in and finally the drywall. I’ll have another post for you soon, I promise.

Untill next time…
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