Diary of our upstairs- personal residence

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This is a little late starting, but I'll catch up quickly from planning to mid-project in this first post.

We have a small house, started off at 750 sq ft when I bought it. I've added a sunroom (in 1995) and extended our bedroom (in 2001) bringing the house to 1100 sq ft. This year the roof was leaking so it was time to decide if we wanted to change the roof line when we replaced the roof. We added a 500 sq ft second floor. 

The work started this November 13th, and the framers were done before the end of the year. The outside is now complete. For the inside- the contractors took care of some of the insulation- air sealing so that the electrician still has access to what he needs.  For the rest - we're taking it from here!

We've got a favorite electrician, who will come in early March. We've been talking to HVAC people, have three bids already. The first floor has forced-air gas system and it's looking like we'll go with a minisplit system for the second floor. Then we'll do the drywall and trim. Probably hire out for the flooring, or maybe we will do it. We're not in a rush.

First week:

Week 3:

Exterior finished

We can't afford to re-side the whole house right now, so we picked a color that coordinated well with the existing.

More updates on interior progress as we have them. Pretty boring looking right now.

Ok, electrician is coming March 1, We're going  to go for LED strip lights pointing upward from exposed crossbeams. With a couple of can lights on the sloped ceilings. That will be interesting to see how it looks. 

The plumber came for a bid a couple of days ago- he probably won't do his work until close to April 1. 

We talked to four HVAC guys and the score is 3-1 minisplit vs ducted. We haven't decided between the two finalists of the HVAC companies- will do that soon. 

So it looks like maybe we will pass the mechanicals inspection sometime in April, then insulate after that.

We have an old chimney in the garage. It's no longer used. If it were made of small bricks we would certainly take it down ourselves (we've done that before), but it's made of huge cinder blocks that would be significantly harder to remove. Any suggestions for what sort of contractor we should call to take that down and how much that should cost?

Last week our contractor told us about some free maple flooring, well, free if we pull it out. So we did.  450 sq ft of 3.25" wide maple, excellent condition. It's now upstairs, fully denailed (we made a YouTube video showing how) and stacked up waiting for other mechanicals to go in. Retail price $7.50 per sq ft, our price- sweat. Some of the boards became damaged on removal, not sure if we will re-rout the edges as needed, or just buy a few replacement boards. We may still have more than enough for what we need.

The electrician is more than half done. He'll finish this week.

Electrician finished, we'll range for the rough inspection this week. Meanwhile we have been inviting plumbers over and collecting bids. The first bid in seems high, but we don't have anything to compare it to yet. This is just for the rough plumbing, install pex supply lines, drains (but without hooking up the drain to the existing sewer), supply shower base and include that, but that's it.  How much should that cost?

Been checking off several smaller items this week...

Passed rough electrical inspection.  

Met with the contractor this week to tweak the bathroom layout.  Decided on a 36 x 48 shower, toilet closer to the door. Continuing to collect plumbing bids.

Found a demolition contractor to take down the unused chimney from the garage- that will mean a good deal more space in the garage.

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