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Posted to Metal-Buildings by Caleb in Conroe, TX on 4/23/2018 9:22:50 PM

Steel Buildings Houston

Understanding the prefab building construction process is crucial to getting the best bang for your buck. 

A breakdown of the steel construction process can help inform you why prefab buildings are an excellent choice. Consider these steps of the process:

Step 1: Contact Prefab Building Supplier

The first step in the prefab building process is to contact a reputable prefab building company. Depending on your needs you have a few options. You can purchase the building kit alone or you can contact a prefab building construction company. The most cost efficient method is to contact a turnkey metal building company that provides prefab building kits. You can save money by dealing with only one company. This will make the construction process less stressful.

Step 2: Drawings and Design

For a majority of prefab buildings, professional permit drawings are generally required by your local governing authorities. This is not always the case; however, in most cases it is, which is why the drawings and design phase is so important to display your building structure. This phase is also critical because it allows you to design the perfect building for your needs. Most prefab building distributors have some sort of image to show of what your building may look like. Berkeley Buildings takes the design process to the next level and offers complimentary 3d designs. Check out our portfolio of designs – Prefab Building Kits.

Step 3: Engineering and Manufacturing

Once the drawings and design phase is complete, your building will be sent to fabrication. Based on the engineering specifications of your metal building, your building will be fabricated in accordance with the IBC (International Building Code) for your geographic region.  Depending on the complexity of your steel building, manufacturing and shipping usually takes between 6-8 weeks. If you are considering one of our Houston Crane Buildings, it could take a little longer. For an additional cost, a smaller standard prefab building can be delivered in as low as 3 weeks.

Step 4: Prefab Building – Site and Pad Prep

This step is the most critical in the prefab building construction process. If your project requires permitting by a governing authority, your site may need to be designed by a civil engineer. Civil engineers are responsible for conducting, soils reports, boundary and topographic surveys, storm and drainage requirements, and more. The pad prep is crucial as well.  The proper base mixture is important in the pad creation, the correct mixture is generally known as select fill. Civil engineers assist in the pad prep requirements. Upon pad preparation, installation of the concrete foundation framing and the building’s anchor bolts can begin. It is crucial that anchor bolts are precise. (It is beneficial to use a turnkey prefab building company to provide the slab, building and erection. This allows for a professional to place the anchor bolts in the correct locations.)

Step 5: Prefab Building Framing

Upon building delivery, erection is ready to begin; building framing is the first step. Steel building kits come with rigid frames which are durable and long-lasting. The Metal Building framing process consists of erecting the building I-beams and support columns in the correct locations, set by anchor bolts.  In addition, this process includes the installation of rafters, wall girts, roof purlins, eve struts, proper bracing, base angles and more.

Step 6: Prefab Building Sheeting

Upon framing completion, building sheeting can begin. This process includes the installation of wall panels, roof panels, and if included, insulation installation. There is a large selection of wall panels and roof panels from which to choose; however, PBR panels are the most commonly used. PBR panels are panel where screws can be seen. Depending on the metal building colors chosen, this is where you will see them come to life. It is imperative that your metal building erector uses weather stripping during the sheeting installation to protect from precipitation issues. In addition to the metal building sheeting, this step also includes the installation of building eve trim, (gutters if applicable), corner trim, closure strips for eve and/or base, and more.

Step 7: Prefab Building Accessories

Once your building is framed and sheeted, the final step in the building process is the installation of metal building accessories. This is where the installation of applicable accessories such as overhead doors (rollup doors), walkthrough doors, windows, vents, exhaust fans, louvers, skylights, wall lights – light translucent panels (LTP) beings. If you are considering one of our commercial steel buildings, then your options are endless.

The advantages of a Prefab Metal Building

The prefab building construction process can be overwhelming for unfamiliar builders; moreover, it can be streamline when completed by a turnkey prefab building construction company. Prefab building construction by professionals can outstanding product which can be used for commercial and residential purposes. Popular commercial building kits consist of churches, strip centers, auto shops, plane hangars, storage buildings, metal garages, metal barns, storage sheds, horse barns, business warehouses, boat and RV storages, wedding venues, and more. Popular residential uses consist of barns, shops, barndominiums, Boat and RV storage, and garages to name a few.  With Berkeley Buildings, you can buy with confidence and buy direct.


Understanding the metal buildings construction process.

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 4/21/2018 3:01:43 AM

So winter returned this morning with incessant wind again, and some snow.  Moisture is welcome around here this spring as we had so little snow, that fire danger is extreme. So it was a good thing. But it did prevent Sandra from working outside sanding the handrails.  And I stayed in for good measure as well. Lord knows there is plenty inside. Sandra went ahead and lacquered the live edge we are using to make the half bath vanity and then proceeded to resand the top surface of the stair treads leading up to the fourth floor, taking off the protective film we have placed on them with the wild idea it would protect them during construction.  Well it did for a month and then it began to get worn through and get more so and more so.  After a thorough sanding - stain! What a chore! There are sooooo many surfaces to cover.   But it looks great to have them stained.  Unfortunately neither she nor I got photos yet. So later.

For my part, I started creating the metal railing for the stairs.  Each square tube has to be cut and fitted individually between two pieces of angle iron that has been attached to the stair frame. Then welded.  The assemblies will then be removed later to finish welding, clean and be painted.  

Late in the day, the first order of doors arrived by truck on an 8’ pallet along with the beams for the kitchen on a 14’ pallet.  I am so happy we have that Skytrak!


First metal rail section done.
Further along. I got the entire first floor to second floor done in one day. This will go quicker than I thought - I think ??

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Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 4/20/2018 1:50:37 PM

Tuesday was the day the granite guys were supposed to show up - and they did, although late because of an accident on the interstate.  Typical spring winds with 45 mph gusts were whistling when they got here.  There were 14 pieces of granite that had to be lifted to the 2nd and third floors which was accomplished with the Skytrack and a boom setup they had brought with them.  With ropes clamped to the bottom corners to steady each piece as I lifted it, we slowly and safely got them up to their respective floors.  We waited for a momentary calm and held our breath when lifting the main island panel that was over 5’ x 10’ but all went well and they set about getting the panels laid down.  A word of caution, make sure you’re present at all phases.  As I was busy running the Skytrack, and later work was going on two levels and you tend to be awed by the changes taking place and not paying attention as you should to the details they are doing, mistakes can happen.  For us they pulled back a piece of romex into the cabinetry that needed to be left hanging out through a groove I had made at the top of the cabinet.  Fortunately, by removing the dishwasher and a drawer in an adjacent cabinet, I had enough access to pull it back through.  And then yesterday, Sandra said “I can’t get the spice racks to pull out”. They flank the stove and with legs on front, they are made to look like cabinetry.  Well, they do look like it so well, the granite guys glued the countertop to them! Honest mistakeon their part, but if I had been watching more closely, I could have caught it as they were doing it.  Should be a relatively simple fix with an oscillating blade and a little time, but time thay could be spent elsewhere.  Moral of the story, watch their every move! 

Now, they still have to finish the shower curbs, which they had planned on doing before they left. But now the remaing pieces turn out to be too short and will have to be made again.  They have another job in town next week and will bring the new material with them and finish it. I hope.  It’s been over two months on a very simple and small job.  I am over this!

I’ve gotten the three kitchen sinks in and plumbed.  Need a supply line or two to finish them. But the faucets, airgaps and soap dispensers are all in. The master sinks have faucets set and supplied, but I need to get p traps and tail pieces to finish them.

Tuesday, the steel for the stair railings arrived.  Shipped up from Albuquerque.  The 1” tubing was cut into 8’ pieces and was covered with cutting fluid, so I had to wipe each down and then again with lacquer thinner.  Once welded up, I’ll clean once more before painting.

Sandra had been working on the live edge material a little at a time.  Made bench seats for the girl’s rooms and some shelving.  Just started on a top and shelf for the half bath sink. I need to come up with a support for those so they can float without haveing a cabinet.

Half of the doors arrive this afternoon.  They are for the third and fourth floors.  So we can continue to try to finish off those levels in out spare time;-))

Well time to go to work!


Lifting granite slabs one at a time.
Getting a slab ready to lift
The big one
Liftoff of the big one
Kitchen with granite done


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Posted by Complete on 4/17/2018 4:40:19 AM

This is exciting” is never going to be something you say or hear when water damage strikes your home, in fact, it’s exactly the opposite. When a water damage disaster does strike it is important that when faced with a water damage, you stay calm, think clearly, and act fast. Here are a few tips that will help ease the stress and make the restoration process run a lot smoother.

Be Prepared

Heavy rainstorms, pipe leaks, sewage backups, etc. can happen at any time and at any place. If you can ensure that you are prepared for any of these to happen and ready to act if they do, it will lessen the panic and the headache that typically comes with it.  Airbrick protection, sandbags, and pumps are all widely available – the initial investment in at least one of these could save you a lot more in the long run. Another very important way to be prepared is to make sure you have insurance to help keep you covered in the case of a water damage restoration in panama city.

Home insurance is essential. Whilst your personal belongings can also be insured, the damage caused by floods can be extremely extensive, so it’s important to have a backup.

When the flood hits

As the flood hits, there are a number of measures you can take to limit the damage, but before you do, ensure that it is safe. Flowing floodwater can be incredibly powerful and can easily hurt someone, if not worse. Access the situation carefully and ensure that the water isn’t accessible to electricity. If you come to the conclusion that it is safe, always make sure you wear protective gear such as rubber boots and rubber gloves. If you are unsure, it is always better to wait for a trained professional to take the proper steps for you.

First, you’ll need to isolate the problem area and cut off the water flow. If it’s an internal damage, turn off your water, gas, and electricity. In the case of an external flooding, use tools such as towels or sandbags to stop the flowing water.

After you have stopped the damage from worsening, take pictures. You will need evidence that what was damaged was, in fact, damaged by the flood for your insurance claim.

Now you will need to move valuable and electrical items to a safe, dry spot (whether that is on or off the premises) as soon as possible to ensure that the damage doesn’t get worse or spread to anything that hasn’t already been damaged.

Once you’ve taken these steps, you’ll want to make a couple calls, first to your insurance agent and then to a qualified restoration company, such as Complete DKI. We will act fast and efficiently to get you cleaned up properly without the risk of further damage, such as mold.

While you wait, if it is safe to do so, you can begin extracting as much water as possible. You can do this with towels, a mop, buckets, or a Shop-Vac that you may have on hand.

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 4/13/2018

Finally after the third blower arrived, and it was tested before shipment, and it didn’t work, I delved deeper into the entire unit.  While I had power going the the motor, it still wasn’t coming on.  Dug around the wiring schematic and then looked inside, which wasn’t easy as things were hidden pretty well.  But finally [!] I saw that the neutral wire was not connected to the receptacle for the motor wire.  After several minutes of squirming one hand and arm, then the other trying hard not to slice either on the sharp edges, I was finally able to connect it to the receptacle and voila! It works!  So much consternation for a simple issue.  Ok so no the front sections of the hood cabinet are on and we are waiting for cabinet lighting to arrive so I can install it and set the crown moulding.

Second level stove arrived and is installed {it is soooo ugly.  Sandra has laid down the law that I will not order anything that is visible ever again}.  But with that set I was able to call out the propane company to come out, check everything and then they can call for an inspection.  They had a couple of comments which I took care of in short order and am ready for the inspection.

I have been focusing on the stair railing as we work towards a CO.  Headed to Santa Fe to pick up some more doug fir for it.  Not everything is intuitive until it starts getting laid out.  I originally had the top board higher than it is now.  On certain sections, I will use 2x8’s instead of 2x6’s to keep proportional look on taller section sections.  I have a bunch of steel tubing and angle coming Tuesday for the intermediate rails that will have to be welded or brazed together.  Get to try my rusty skills out.

Granite guys come out to install on Tuesday as well, and half the doors should arrive next week. In the midst of all of this, Sandra created a punch list for the fourth floor.  I love punch lists as it helps my A,D,D self complete the miriad of little things that don’t take long to finish, but for which I always have an excuse to put off doing in the name of getting other things started.


Kitchen hood finally near completion save for crown moulding on the top of it and surrounding cabinets. The crown will reach the ceiling and cover the vent pipe.
Another truck load of live edge wood. We traveled to Nashville to pick up what we purchased last Thanksgiving and bought another truckload as well.what shows on top here is a 2” thick slab of Cherry about 8’ long. It was an huge sum of - - $95 ;-)

Posted to MesaBarnHouse by Amanda in Mesa, AZ on 4/11/2018 3:36:34 PM

We laid the epoxy on the floors on Saturday. I can’t say I love them, but I don’t hate them. There are some repairs and touchups that we need to figure out, but it is what it is. The living room garage door went in yesterday. It looks really great! My only complaint is that the door is black and the stairs are more of a bronze/brown tint. I wish we would have did the stairs darker. That is all on us and once again it is what it is.

Electric company installed a pole in front of our property and ran electrical across the street! We bought the PVC, we just need to trench now. So close to having power!


We bought some cheap vanities at Lowe’s and my sister was nice enough o paint them for us. We brought those inside and set them in the bathrooms. The kitchen cabinets are being installed starting today. Counters are being measured next week. 




Living room garage door
Epoxy floors
One of the vanities
Electrical pole installed and power brought across the street!

Posted to washougalhome by Rob in Washougal, WA on 4/7/2018 5:41:42 AM

Paint on the eves, left over blocks for a fire pit seating area, and a BBQ.


Posted to washougalhome by Rob in Washougal, WA on 4/7/2018 5:39:22 AM

With the sides on, and the roof plated, it was time to get the garage doors on. 


Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 4/7/2018

Getting up this morning I was in the mood to get some of the "smaller" chores that had been piling up around the house.  There are always things like that, not quite large enough to dedicate a full day to them but which still needed doing.  That's what I decided to tackle today.

My original plan had been to take the opportunity to move the remaining ICF from the shed up into the garage, but the higher winds whipping thru the canyon made that a poor choice.  So I decided to pull up the raspberry canes that had infested the area down along the driveway instead.

Right off the bat I was in for a pleasant surprise....the recent rain had left the ground very soft, and so rather than wrestling with the canes I was able to more easily pull them out root and all.  That in turn was very good news since that mean there would be a minimum of regrowth from roots I left in the ground; if I was able to pull them up completely they'd have to recolonize rather than just regrow.

Working my way down the road I found all kinds of bits of old concrete and some old pieces of Styrofoam from the build, both of which required collecting up more 5 gallon buckets to gather properly gather each for disposal.  I eventually decided on dedicating 5 buckets to gathering up the raspberry canes and reserve two others for collecting old concrete for recycling.  My plan is to take everything down next week at some point; by then I'll have gathered enough Styrofoam and concrete to justify a trip into town.

As I worked my way down the driveway I ran across a large cardboard box...well, what was left of a cardboard box.  Turned out this was what the rock facing on Tanglewood itself came in, and somehow they'd left a box of it stashed semi-under the porch during the finish up.  So I fished it out, tossed the remaining cardboard scraps and 2x4s into the trash, and took time to sort out the useful rock.  I got a fair amount of whole pieces and about double that in cut pieces; the whole ones I plan to use around the door in the finishing step of its installation later this summer.  That interlude took a couple of hours interspersed with pulling raspberry canes.

By the time the day was done I was too, that's for sure.  Lots of back and forth trudging up and down the driveway today.  Still, it was a good day--I got the raspberries cleared out from part of the front of the house, collected some more bad concrete and waste Styrofoam for disposal, and unexpectedly just about tripled my available facing rock for ultimate use on the door!

A goodly day overall, I'm calling it!

Steven in Colorado

Posted to MesaBarnHouse by Amanda in Mesa, AZ on 4/6/2018 3:19:39 PM

this week we painted and spent a lot of time prepping the floor for epoxy. We scrapped, swerved, mopped, pressure washed, buffed, grinder, filled cracks, cleaned again. Epoxy is going on Saturday. I am a little nervous how it will turn out. 


Siding almost done
Kitchen/living room painted and floor cleaned

Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 4/6/2018

Well now, been a couple of weekends working steadily around the garage has finally allowed me declare "completion"....for certain measurements of completion, anyway.  The garage cleanup is (for now) done.

Mind there's a lot of stuff still not quite as "cleared out" as I'd have liked from the last report.  The tools are all nicely cleaned up and put away other than a tiny handful of a couple of things needed for the next major project (drywall inside the door).  I've purchased the handles necessary to repair a couple of other tools (smaller sledgehammers) and moved the power tools over to one row where I can work with them down the road.  There's been a lot of sweeping of course.

The 4" socked drainpipe is all stacked in much more orderly piles in one of the garage bays, the winter tires have been stacked away onto shelving off to the side, and some old cardboard and wood which has been collected from around the garage and already been burned.

Looking forward to tomorrow I'm going to start moving the leftover ICF that I'd stashed up by the shed when I rebuilt it (I was able to move about half of it; more in a few days after we get a bout of rain) and then I want to tackle an old box of the rock siding they apparently just left when the crews were done.  Along the way I'll pull up as many raspberry canes as I can (they literally spring up like weeds up here on the disturbed soil) and either burn or dump them depending my preference at the time.

With the garage done (well, as done as it's going to be) I can now look forward to the next series of projects.  I think I'll be dividing my time between the drywall inside and looking again at dealing with the leak.  I've was able to make a dent in it with my work around the computer room door but there's still water coming in, and I'm thinking now part of the leak is from the rooftop on top of the tower.  They used the same (bad) technique to build "crickets" that would supposedly divert water towards drains.  Probably would have worked a LOT better if they actually removed the water first...the slightest leak would undermine the cricket overlay, and that's exactly what has happened.  I'm thinking formed concrete is likely the way to go.  We'll see.

One project down, more projects to go!  Keeps ya busy I reckon.

Steven in Colorado

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 3/31/2018 11:34:29 AM

So the vent hood company has sent out two motors.  Not easy holding the heavy thing above your head getting it in place and getting screws started.  Neither of them worked.  They sent out another one yesterday, supposedly tested it first, but that was supposed to happen on the second one and didn't.  Should arrive by Tuesday and we'll try again.

Got the last bathtub set yesterday after getting its faucet hooked up.  The faucet required cutting sheetrock and thus took a few days to repair.  Really tired of patching sheetrock!  And will have the last two toilets set byt the end of the weekend.

Stove for the second floor arrived and I got it converted to propane.  Will get a flex line for it Monday and see how it works.  Drilled into the concrete lintels for brackets for the newel posts for the stairs and started laying out the railings.  Going to be a bit of trial and error to see just what I want.

Time to think about ordering glass for the showers, or at least some of them. So I'll get some mesaurements this weekend and contact the fellow I used on the Mutton Bustin project in Nashville.  He's in Florida and can deliver all the glass and hardware for half of what it is from local shops. It's not too difficult to set the glass, just heavy and requires two people.

Posted to MesaBarnHouse by Amanda in Mesa, AZ on 3/28/2018 10:35:27 AM

Man, time has been flying by! I have been so busy with the house, work (travel), personal life.... I am feeling tired and ready to be in the house! Every weekend working at the house and all weekdays working on getting out of the rental has just been exhausting. The lease on our rental is up in the end of April and we hoped to be out, but that is not going to happen. We are now shooting for the end of May. Drywall was completed about a week ago. We spent a few days prepping the house for paint. We used a leaf blower to blow out all the drywall dust.... so much dust! Then we taped off the floors, windows, and doors. We hired a friend with a paint sprayer to come prime the hole house and paint all the ceilings. We got all that done in one (long) day. This last weekend we got the main living area painted (kitchen, living room, loft). At the peak of the house I had to stand on a ladder on the scaffolding. It was pretty scary! We have also continued to work on siding, we have made good progress and are probably 90% complete, but then I feel like we have a lot of detail work to go. Cabinets were delivered last week. We had them put them in the garage. Appliances were also delivered to the garage. We had a nightmare experience with Home Depot. When I ordered them I didn't check a box to put in the delivery address (vs the billing address which is our rental). And we talked to them several times and they could not change the address without canceling the order and redoing it, but we bought the appliances at black Friday so we could not be guaranteed the same prices. We ended up bribing the delivery guys and apparently $40 wasn't enough, but $80 was. I am feeling annoyed, but glad it is over. Hopefully they all work! My husband has been working with our electric company to get power to the house. Both our permit and theirs has been approved. They should be placing a pole at our property line some time soon, and my husband plans to trench the line out on Friday. I think the current completion date is April 18. We decided to do epoxy floors. We have a neighbor that is getting ready to build a house that does garages for a living. He volunteered to help us out since my husband has been giving him the good contractors we have used and he has been answering questions. This weekend we have to prep (clean the floors) because he is coming out the weekend of April 7. This means we will have to pause the painting, but we need to do this so we can get the cabinets installed next. I need to get some pictures from the family because I have been bad and haven't taken any. I will try to post some soon!

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 3/24/2018

So the water damage ended up being pretty well contained with only a few more planks to have to be removed.  We’ll save that for the future as that level will be finished after we move in under a CO.

Sandra was able to install nearly all of the drawer and door pulls.  We’re missing a few to finish the job but getting over a hundred of the suckers drilled and installed was a labor of love for her.
The granite guys came out to template the counters and finish the shower curbs and niches. Well, they got the templating done, but STILL didn’t finish the rest.  I swear I am over this.  I did get them to get the master’s curb done so I could set baseboard, which then allowed me to set the tub.  One tub left to do.  

Dishwasher drawers came, as well as the main level fridge.  Got those up to the third level.  A stove for the second level arrived damaged and we refused delivery.  AJ Madison, whom we had ordered it from was fantastic! Showed them a picture of the damage and they sent out a new one the following day.

Today I was able to get the 700 lb stove for our kitchen off of the dolly I had made for it.  Wasn’t sure how I was going to do it, but again using lever techniques (and a low profile car jack) I was able to slowly, stepwise lower one end and then the other until it was fully down and I coild slide it onto lower boards and repeat the process.  Now in the process of relocating the gas line and electric, as this stove doen’t have an open area across the entire lower back.  And a year or so ago when those utilities were being installed, a stove had not been chosen so- - A lesson to ya’ll, plan your appliances early, early on. I should have everything relocated tomorrow, the stove set and leveled, and will try it out.  Earlier this week, I did the LP- high altitude conversion.  Hope it all goes smoothly!

Not sure if I said before, but we have half the doors ordered and they should arrive the week of April 15th.  And next week, I hope to begin scoping out the stair railing.  That is a biggie to getting the CO.


The stove last December when it was sitting on the homemade dolly. It is sitting about almost a foot off of the floor.
Stove off the dolly and onto the floor!

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 3/21/2018

Last Wednesday, just before we left town for a few days of R&R, I was working on finishing getting the remaining vanities connected, both water and drains. I was moving along nicely.  The faucets I was using allowed the use of a 3/8” copper line with a rubber gommet to seal it to the faucet.  This allowed for a clean installation. So I’m down to the last vanity, and I walk over to where I had been cutting PVC for the drains, and the floor is FLOODED!!  I cut the main supply as quickly as possible.  Turned out that one of the connections on the 3/8” copper had given way and slipped out.  What to do?!  Water throughout one bedroom, which did not yet have hardwood, but went across the hall to the main area and another bunk where both had hardwood.  Began vaccuming it up and took about 30 gallons out.  The vanity where the failure occurred was full of water.  Pulled drawers and set them outside to dry.  Then pulled up some of the hardwood to survey the extent.  Fortunately, in the greatroom, the water stopped within the first board or two and exited through a seam in hte subfloor.  In the bunkroom we’re not sure how far it got but suspect something similar but are waiting to see how the wood responds before tearing everything up.  As of our return yesterday, it actually looked pretty good.  Very little cupping, and having had a flooded floor once before, they can settle down significantly as they dry.  The whole thing was unbelievable.  But I try to be a “glass half full” type of person and realize that if the issue had happened while we were gone for five days, the second level of the house and the garage ceiling would have been total losses. 

I’m in the process of swapping out the copper for flexible lines with fittings, and will turn off the water every evening when we leave and certainly when we leave for an extended time.  Just when you think all is going along just fine - - - 

Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 3/12/2018

Well now, I was able to spend the afternoon doing some garage cleanup and actually made some good progress.

I finally have all of the tubs of nails and screws and miscellaneous all sorted.  The resultant and badly oil-stained boxes that were holding all of this debris have been moved into the living room for (eventual) burning, and I did yet another round of sweeping to get everything that all of this stuff had been sitting on.

I also got a few more tools put up onto the pegboards and then started sorting containers to hold the big nails/screws that I had left over from building the original shed.  I'll have to do more of that later this summer (tearing down the last of the old shed is on the Summer To Do list) and I'll no doubt have to figure out a better places to store all of these things right now (an old Dickey's BBQ cup).  But that's down the road.

I think maybe I'm going to need two more good days to get that garage finished up.  I've basically now got the room to start moving the BIGGER stuff around (such as the pedestals with fixed power tools).  Once that's all down I've got to move the remainder of the scaffolding from the garage into the house in preparation of working on the antler chandelier (gotta work up there and that means scaffolding).  I can then move back all of the coiled pipe that will be used later this summer and I frankly think I'll have freed enough room to actually pipe the Gator inside!

But that's down the road.  For now, I'm just glad that the end of this particular phase of the festivities looks to be in sight!

Steven in Colorado

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 3/10/2018

The great thing about ready to assemble cabinets, is you save about 40% over the cost of ready built semi custom cabinets.  And much more if you install them yourself. The downside is the time to fully assemble them.  While I spoke of having to asemble the boxes a few weeks back, drawers, drawer fronts and doors all need to be installed as well. And this takes time.  But in the course of a few weeks, everything will have been assembled and installed and we will have saved an unbelievable amount of money over either buying from HD and installing ourselves or subbing out the entire job. 

We are just about finished with getting all of that done, minus the heavy crown and other mouldings, but as soon as we can set the main stove, we can set the last two base cabinets and get the granite guys in to template.  The stove is waiting on an LP high altitude conversion kit that was supposed to be ordered last fall when we ordered the stove, but the salesman was lax about doing it.  Seems that the new orifaces are very specific for altitude, changing every 1000 ft in order to be correct.  So Sandra explained the elevation we live at and the kit should be sent out Monday.  As heavy as the stove is, I want to move it into place while one set of side base cabinets are still out, and after the conversion is finished.  It would be a struggle to get it out and back in with the base cabinets fully installed.

Posted to MesaBarnHouse by Amanda in Mesa, AZ on 3/8/2018 8:42:28 PM

The drywall company has been doing a really good job. They got all the drywall hung and the screws in by the weekend. We had the screws inspected on Monday and everything passed fine. Then drive wall came back out this week and they've been cleaning up and taping the edges.

We have been working on the siding still. A big dust devil came through over the weekend and blew over the Porta potty and the ladders it was pretty crazy.


Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 3/6/2018 9:01:41 AM

Sunday, I set the upper cabinets. Included was a large cabinet for the range hoodwhich Ray helped me lift into place.  Question came up as to what hieght to set that at.  We went and set it even with the top of the others.  Well yesterday I went and installed the 70 lb hood inside, took away the scaffolding and ...... realized it was too tall. I would have have to nearly stand on tip toes to reach over the stove and get to the controls.  So back goes the scaffolding, out comes the hood, I drop the hood cabinet down 6 inches, reinstall the hood, and we are good to go, finally.  Waiting on a backordered blower for it which should be here in a couple weeks.  I’ll run the base cabinets along this wall today. I have a couple pantries to build but we’re nearly done setting the cabinets. Feels really good.  Still have drawer faces etc, but just to have it all set in place will be great!

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 3/4/2018

With the flooring done, work has shifted to setting and final assembly of cabinets.  That has moved along pretty well with only a couple of hiccups.  The cabinets that make up the china hutch around a large window are up, and while they need moulding at the top and glass in the doors, are set in place.  The island took over a day to set, primarily because the floor isn’t level underneath it.  That has had me scratching my head as to why - probably because of the swelling of the subfloor that took place.  Everything needs to be perfectly level, perfectly square.  As one set one side and work around, constant checks with a long straight edge are required in order to keeep everything in alignment.  It just takes far  more time than one can imagine.  But all turned out great in the end.  I may attempt to put up a couple of wall cabinets today. Woild be nice to get some of those off the floor.  Sandra has been doing a fantastic job of installing the drawer glides.  Very tedious work and involves locating and screwing the glides to the back of the cabinet and to the face frame.  It is something that I have traditionally done, but she took it on and that has made this move forward a whole lot faster.


China hutch assembly. Put together from individual cabinet pieces.
Island cabinets. Sink is set in place, dishwasher set in place. Drawer fronts need to be put on, once Sandra figures which fronts go where. Not as simple as it sounds.
Backside of island. Doors and false panels are on.
Drawer fronts, doors and false panels laid out in the great room as Sandra tries to figure what goes where.
Main living area with the floor finished. Nice to be soooooo clean!

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Posted to MesaBarnHouse by Amanda in Mesa, AZ on 3/1/2018 9:07:50 AM

Two weekends ago we spent the weekend prepping for drywall. We put in 2 attic doors (with ladders), boxed out the area above the cabinets, added some cheaper insulation to the garage and between some internal walls, made shower/bath shelves, cleaned, etc. This last weekend we went back to working on siding. I feel like we made pretty good progress, but still a good amount to go. Drywall finally started this week, but they were a week late. After a week of excuses from the team lead my husband had to call the boss and yell at him. They immediately got 2 guys out there working. It is frustrating that it has to come to that, but they are there now and they seem to be doing a good job.


Front door installed
Siding in front
Siding in back

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 2/28/2018 9:33:11 AM

Ray and I spent the last two days putting in the flooring on the main living area.  And it’s done.  Actually begins to finish off the look of the place!  Sandra and I started the china hutch cabinetry that fits along the north wall.  We need to look for the rest of the pieces today and try to finish that off.  Will also begin putting together the replacement wall cabinets so we can begin to set those.  Sinks and dishwashers arrived yesterday. 

Inspector came out on Monday to review the downstairs venting for the fireplace and passed it. So I can go ahead and close the ceiling back up, tape and mud it and Sandra can repaint.   But that’ll take a backseat to working on the cabinetry.  Only thing left on the plumbing is the final, which will require all of the vanities and sinks to be connected. 

Granite guys are to come back today to do the stuff they have had ready for a few weeks now.  Once we have the cabinets done, they can come back and template for the rest of the job.

Got door quotes back and need to sort through them.  We’ll probable make a few changes to eliminate some custom widths as they came in hugely expensive.

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 2/25/2018 2:16:47 PM

I got a call from our landlord yesterday morning.  He is looking to sell the house we are renting and wanted to run the prospective buyers through this weekend. Wow! That was a bolt out of the blue! He did confirm however that our lease is through June and he will hold to that. So - that makes us double down on getting an occupancy permit a nd move in by that time.  Now technically, all you need for the permit is to have a working kitchen, a bathroom, railings on the stairs, walls covered, and electrical and plumbing completed.  Final finishes, including flooring, tile, painting etc are not necessary.  But we don’t want to be traipsing over a living area to get to finish areas above.  So our original plans remain intact - finish the house from level 4 and work out way down.  Our  main level for Sandra and I is Level 3, which would mean only two levels would get us moved in & out of construction zone. However, all the way to level 2 still needs to have the plumbing and electrical completed for finals on those necessary for the occupancy permit. That means all the vanities needs to be hooked up, the kitchen sink on that level needs to be hooked up etc. So, a fair amount of work needs to be finished in addition.

Was that confusing enough?

Sandra and I finished the kitchen ceiling.  A new load of aspen was much straighter that what we had left from the original load last fall.  This made running it a lot quicker. Moved cabinets around so we could clear a major portion so we can begin running the living area  floor on Monday, tomorrow.  Over the last couple days, I’ve moved about 5000 lbs of flooring up there.  Thank God for the Skytrak! 

I’ve been getting 4th floor vanities set, with water connected.  Need to order p-traps and finish the drain connections and we’ll be good.  At the same time, will order toilet rings (I’ve switched to using foam rings instead of the traditional wax ones) and we can begin setting the remaining six toilets.

We held the granite guys off last week as winter has returned (arrived) with a vengeance and we figured they wouldn’t make it up to the site without 4WD. So hopefully they can get up here this week.

Got both fireplaces started yesterday.  They seem to work just fine. Inspector didn’t show last week, so I’ll call him so he can inspect the vent line of the lower fireplace and I can close it up.


Third floor living area ready to get hardwood.
Fireplace with the additional gingerbread added on the top.

Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 2/25/2018

Well now....I did get the trash taken out but I didn't get too far into continuing my Great Garage Cleanout when I got sidetracked.

I had puttered for about an hour and ate some lunch, then decided to get readings on the propane tanks before continuing the work.  So I activated the garage door, walked over to wait for it to clear.....and saw a three foot tall, 60 pound poodle just standing there staring at me.

Well now, that's unexpected.

She was totally calm, completely following any voice commands.  I brought her into the house and got her some water, sent out some emails to various folks about her sudden arrival at my house, and then did some checking up and down the road to see if anybody nearby had lost their dog.  There was nobody in either direction, and checking the snow I could see that there weren't any tire tracks anywhere....wherever she came from it wasn't from the road.  I could only assume she came overland.

A bit of internet searching and I figured it out.  Her name is Loretta; she's the "dirty white" dog on the left in the pic below.  Her partner in crime is Lee, about the same size but a gray/brown color, who also had run off that same day--they had ran off from a trip to a quarry about 5 miles or so as the crow flies from my place.  I was able to get Loretta down to her owner late that evening (night really), but as of this writing Lee has sadly not yet been seen.

So, this all took me away from my Cleanout duties but it was for a good cause really.  The clean up will have to continue next week!

Steven in Colorado


Loretta is on the left; Lee is on the right.

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 2/20/2018

Tubs and associated plumbing for the fourth floor all came in water tight. Got the two vanities on the same floor installed, with final hookups yet to do.

Started finishing the kitchen ceiling that the stone guy started some months back.  We had to wait to finish until the tubs were in upstairs, which had to wait until the floors were in.  Long runs of aspen T&G which are mostly not really straight.  So takes some significant time and two people, they being Sandra and I.

Monday we should start on the remaining wood floor on the 3rd floor -  kitchen dining room and great room.  About 1800 sq f.t worth.

Remaining vent pipes for the second floor fireplace came yesterday and I got them set today.  Inspector is to come back on the 22nd, but I’d better give him a shout to confirm.

Sandra ordered kitchen sinks, and dishwashers.  Second floor sink and dishwasher can get installed when they arrive.  Third floor once we get the floor and cabinets installed. We made a list of all the doors and have started to go out for bids.  A total of 28 doors.  

The granite guys are supposed to come back Saturday and do the install on the shower curbs, and 2nd floor vanities. 

Ray found a couple more things to add to the fireplace to take away from the stark top. They certainly do!

Things are moving along!

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 2/18/2018 2:07:14 PM

That’s what I needed yesterday to assemble the faucet set into the tub of one of the 4th floor bathrooms.  Unlike all the others where the faucet is exterior, this one sets into the top rear face of the tub.  It’s a deep tub and trying to reach from the bottom and the topside at the same time needed someone with very long arms, or two people and Sandra had left for the day when I attempted it. After a couple long hours and many choice words shouted to no one, I finally got it all assembled nad proceeded to hook up the water lines, and drain.  I’ll get the drain on the other 4th floor tub done today and test both units for leaks.  If all goes well, we can start finishing the kitchen ceiling, which, Sandra reminded my A,D,D self, needs to be finished before the floor goes down.

Ray has nearly finished what he can on the fireplace. Bottom rows of stone need to wait until the hearth stone and the floor are in.

I went and set the second floor island.  Was going to set the units against the wall, but we are missing a piece of filler board.  Need to get hold of the cabinet company and get that made and shipped.  In the meantime, I can set a temporary filler so I can go ahead and set them against the wall.  Sandra ordered the farm sink and dishwasher for that floor as well.

Sandra’s staining baseboard and as it’s getting finished, I’m installing what we can without having doors and trim in place.

Got the three small baseboard heaters installed on the 4th floor and tested them.  They work. And got the vent pipe for the second floor fireplace through the ceiling and through the outside wall (after bringing out the jackhammer once again).  Now waiting on another section of pipe to finish it off.  That’ll be done this coming week.

So I’m thinking we are making great progress, when a fellow comes by to look at the house and remarks “You sure have a lot to do if you’re going to get in the house in June”
Besides being a bit of slap to my pride, it’s become a challenge to prove him wrong. Game on!


Fireplace nearly finished. We are looking for something to sit on the top to finish it off, and there will be a very bright, colorful painting that hangs on the front. Granite guys need to template the hearth.

Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 2/18/2018

With a second day of decent weather this weekend I was able to finally tackle the pipe.

For the most part this was pretty easy.....roll it out outside, clear out the space it was in, figure out where it's going to go.  I discovered some horrid messes however in a couple of the pipes...turned out those rolls of pipe were just perfect for some mice to decide to build little nests in the first two or three feet of the pipe.  They had drug everything into there.....bits of paper towels, leaves if they'd been able to, lots and lots of peanut shells (I assume they wanted those to lick off the salt).  I had to figure out a way to get all of that mess flushed out (a nice bit of flexible PVC pipe worked perfectly).  I then pondered for a moment about how to prevent mice from doing this in the future, and finally decided to rubber band some flexible mesh (left over from a failed screen for keeping bugs out) over each end.

One long and dusty afternoon later, there are now 17 rolls of pipe nicely capped, cleaned out and stacked along one garage bay.  There was a lot of sweeping, much extraneous dried mud cleaned up and dumped out into the gravel of the driveway, and enough bags of trash to now make another run to Ye Olde Trash Transfer Station next week. I think there's actually space cleaned up now that I could actually get those other five of rolls....hmmmm...........

But that's overall that's a good thing, really. I'm not by any means done yet, but things are done enough now that I can see and start moving and putting away the giant piles of tools taking up most of that bay of the garage.

And that is progress......

Steven in Colorado

Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 2/17/2018

After a bit of a sideling from last week (a bit of bad weather combined with too many other chores) I was finally able to pick up where I left things last time around.

With much of the "messier" stuff, Styrofoam and the like, all cleaned up and properly disposed of it was time to tackle the biggest thing in the garage--dealing with all of the socked and coiled PVC drainpipe that's been camping out for a year and a half.

Back in the summer of 2015 I started buying rolls of socked (encased in cloth to keep dirt from trickling down into a pipe to block it up) PVC pipe at the local Home Depot.  The rolls are 100 feet when unrolled, and are sold in coils that are roughly 5 feet across and 3 feet tall.  The local store usually only has ONE of these puppies at the store at any one time (I assume there are a couple more in the back room somewhere), and some back-of-the-envelope calculations showed that I needed ~2200 feet of pipe on both sides of the road from one end of the property line to the other.  Simple math showed me that with100 feet per roll, I'd need about 22 rolls.  So I started buying it when I was in town and near the store, stacking up in the garage gradually over the summer.

Unfortunately winter 2015/2016 came before I got to the project and by then the garage was already in a bit of a mess, so I tabled buying more pipe at that time.  Then in the spring of 2017 I had three things that took my time and attention--my unexpected illness, the replacement of all of the charge controllers, and then the race towards finishing up the door.  Got the charge controllers done okay, but I didn't quite make it to the end before finishing up the then things got cold.

So here we are with the Garage Cleanout.  I got the basics of the garage cleaned up enough to move around in, and so the next step was getting all that pipe under control.

Much of the cleanup was moving boards and other types of PVC pipe (plumbing fixtures, that kind of thing) into their proper places.  The boards are mostly pieces of 2x4s, 2x6s, and 2x8s that are in good condition and shouldn't just be burned, so I had to find a place to stack them.  All of that took a part of the day, but at least by the end of the day I could see how I could start moving, stacking, and re-ordering all that pipe.

That's tomorrow....but progress IS being made!

Steven in Colorado

Posted to MesaBarnHouse by Amanda in Mesa, AZ on 2/16/2018 9:49:44 PM

We spent the weekend finishing up small things/prepping for insulation. Insulation was completed yesterday! Once again, I can’t say enough… I love going to work and coming home to see work done haha! We decided to do foam insulation in both the ceiling and walls. It was a bit expensive, but being in AZ it gets really hot in the summer, so we thought it would be worth it. We are going to buy some cheap insulation (and install it) for the garage and some of the interior walls. We are scheduled to have the front door go in on Monday and drywall next week. We will spend the weekend prepping final details for drywall and if we finish we will go back to siding.


Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 2/13/2018

The master areas have had the wood floors installed and the second floor has two bedrooms and half the great room done as well.  We’ve installed all the shower fixtures and are slowly working on three of the four bathtubs.  The granite folks were supposed to put in the shower niche bottoms, set all of the shower curbs and the four vanity tops on the second floor.  Turned out to be a total mess yesterday when they showed up 4 hours late with less than half of the material.  Total disconnect within their organization.  Sandra called this morning and read them the riot act.  The owner was totally unaware of what had happened, but promised to review with his crews and correct.

We got together with the local welder on Friday to explain the supports we needed to hang the hollow log onto the fireplace.  He had them finished today and they were set in place.  Basically two large protruding J-hooks.  With these set, Ray can finish setting stone.  We are really hoping that this will wrap up this week so we clean up the area and get it ready for flooring.  Right now it has become a total mess.  

I replaced the cabinet fronts on the second floor set once that area of floor was in. Really a pretty easy job. Looking forward to getting the main level done, but not until all is clean and the floor is in. 


Fireplace with more stone on, and hollow log set.

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Posted to MesaBarnHouse by Amanda in Mesa, AZ on 2/8/2018 11:37:26 PM

We finally finished electrical and passed rough in inspection!!!! We have a few small things we are finishing up and insulation is scheduled for 2/13 and then drywall is scheduled for 2/20 (our next inspection is after drywall goes up, but before mud). We have been busy working on the siding. Everything is slower than I expect it to be in my head. We bought some cheaper unfished cabinets for the master bathrooms, and my sister is working on painting them for us. Also, we have been working with the electrical company on the plan to get electricity to the property. 


The lease on our rental is up in the end of April, so I feel like we are getting to the mad dash at the end of the race! We really want to be out of there ASAP due to all the problems we had with them in the fall. We will see what happens, we have a camper so we are debating about moving into that if the house isn’t quite finished in time.


Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 2/8/2018 2:07:19 PM

The fireplace is starting to emerge as a finished item after we got an inspection on Tuesday and Ray was able to begin wrapping the framing with lath. Stone was started yesterday and should take several days since the curved sides take time.  Ray also needs to get brackets made and set for the new hollow log that is going to be placed across the front, but the initial results of the stone look good.

Sandra and I have been laying out flooring on the second level for acclimation, and yesterday started fastening the master areas - BR, closet and bath.  We should finish that today.  

Started work on getting ready to set vent pipe for the second level fireplace.  Had to cut open the ceiling in a bedroom to have access to a joist bay to run it in. Not pleased to have to do it, and the venting should have been run before the sheetrock was put in, but was one of those things I put off.  So now will have to patch a 12’ strip and repaint once the venting arrives and is set and inspected.


Ray, the artist who is building the fireplace on the main level.
Horizontally placed hollow log that Ray found in the woods. Final location will be about a foot higher than it is shown here.
Stone started. The face above the fireplace will be straight, while the sides will be curved as shown here
Flooring in the second level laid upside down to acclimate for a few days before putting down. We’ve seen just a hair change is moisture level in the already very low numbers.

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 2/4/2018 9:08:20 AM

By the end of the day yesterday, we finished laying the fourth floor.  A total of less than four full days to lay 1100 sq.ft.  Or about 20% of the total flooring.  And that was including the ever time consuming hundreds of trips up and down the stairs to get the flooring up to that level.  We’re talking 3500 lbs of flooring hauled up those steps a few boards at a time. Sandra is out of commission while her remaining real knee recoversfrom that workout.  The other two floors should still be work, but there is no changing levels once the flooring is lifted up to those levels with the Skytrak.  I’m going to lay the high density sound material in the master bedroom, bath and closet today and bring up flooring to acclimate.  Would really like to get the floor in before the granite guys come back with the shower curbs as the face sits on top of the floor.

Meanwhile Ray is slowly proceeding on the fireplace.  He found a hollow log in the forest that I need to help him get out today.  He thinks it’ll fit in wonderfully.  Until we see what he has planned, we’ll hold our thought.  Great artist, but he keeps everything so fluid, it feels like nothing will get finalized.  The electrical inspector couldn’t make it to reviewthe additions I made for lighting for the fireplace, but said he didn’t want to hold us up and to move forward. The mechanical inspector said he’ll be here Monday, tomorrow, and we shoild be good to go to start closing up the framing, if Ray can finalize his ideas so he can place proper bracing and attachments.


Floorings pics from the top of the stairs

Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 2/3/2018 11:50:04 PM

So now that I've got those curtains up I figured things were about as done as they could be until I get the chandelier up there, so I decided to turn my attention to a more down-to-Earth annoyance.  As it happened, issues with the last thing I did (the curtains) kinda led towards the next item on the list.

I had started to put away tools and such that I had accumulated during  work on the door and the curtains.  Ladders, hammers, screw drivers, about 10 different kinds of stain--I'd dragged a lot out there over the course of the last few months.  And as I  started to clean things up and put them away, I quickly ran into a dilemma--I couldn't put things up.  The garage was SO FANTASTICALLY MESSY that I couldn't physically store away things that I was trying to put away because there was an unorganized mess there.  I did what I could, but I realized that the next step was clearly to get the garage cleaned up a bit.

So that's what I resolved to do.  There's a great mess in there as it is so I know it's going to take some time, but I got a decent enough start at least.

Today's chores were focused on cleaning up the much of the recycles that had built up in various corners of the garage, and trying to clean up some of the muck I'd been dragging in for the last few months.  Along the way I fixed a couple of minor things around the house, so  that was a win.

The recycles were relatively easy to take care of.  There were several trash cans that I'd been putting them into for a while and (as it happened) several mice had found their doom falling into the can and then unable to get out.  I got everything bagged up put into the pile of trash for eventual delivery to the transfer station.

Along the way I sorted out a lot of cardboard and a bit of Styrofoam; the Styrofoam is planned to be delivered tomorrow as part of my chores.  The cardboard got cut up and added to the burn pile for eventual usage.

After that I dig a lot of sweeping--basically mud that had been tracked in by the Trailblazer and then dried into dust.  I by no means whatsoever got everything -- there's a lot of bits of accumulation over the last few months -- but it's a start.

More to come though; it's going to take a few good weekends to tidy this mess up.  But it needs doing or I'll never get tools organized enough for any future fun....

Steven in Colorado

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 2/1/2018 9:19:55 AM

And flooring started!  All the accent walls we had planned, are up with the exception of trim.  Based on the first bedroom, and the reaction of the trim as it dries, and the fact that wood floor needs to be installed  before final length can be determined, we’ll wait until the floors are in.

So yesterday we started installing the floor on the fourth floor.  Getting started up there is a bit of a process with the number of rooms that are involved and rooms mean doorways and walls to contend with.  And we ran through all of the material we had staged up there. Need to bring more up, and if the moisture content is ok, we’ll continue to lay more, if not, we’ll hold off.  I’ve got plenty of other things I can work on, it’s just so nice to see the floor going in!


Upstairs, we’re using 6,7 & 8” wide planks, one would think wide planks would speed things along, but the long lengths(up to 12’) and width, actually makes it more difficult to get tongues and grooves to match up. The green material is a high density foam product that is supposed to dampen noise to below

Posted to NorthPoleHome by Tim in North Pole, AK on 1/29/2018 7:39:31 PM

Here are some pics of the exterior and master bath. We had a hard time with a contractor for the siding and paint.  I fired the painters after they dragged their feet all summer and hired a new crew.  They were done in 3 days.  Just some trim work, master bath cabinets, then we're done!  Hoping to be done in 2 months, and then onto building a 36x40 shop for my business. A few of these pics keep loading 90 degrees off even though they're straight on my computer.  I don't know what's going on there, but enjoy!


Back patio made from rock taken from a state material pit. Got free permit from state and picked it for free, My wife made it and it's finished now with a fire ring, but covered in snow right now.
Balcony with custom made metal panels in the railing. One of my customers made the railings for me. He's also making the interior staircase and catwalk railings too. These panels are Alaskan wildflowers: fireweed, wild iris, and forget-me-nots.
Closeup of one of the railing panels.
Front of the house painted finally!
South facing side of the house painted, with the solar water heaters still working!
Back of the house.
Front of the house from the driveway.
Looking into master bath. Toilet in it's own room on far side, with pocket door. Cabinets ready for install and counter top.
Custom tiled shower. Still undecided on installing a glass partition or not.
Deck mounted soaking tub.
Close up of the shower floor.
Front entry all tiled up. Just need some walnut trim, and motivation to finish it now.

Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 1/28/2018 10:12:19 PM

Well it took a little bit longer than I'd planned to get to the other windows--just too many chores to do last weekend--but I was finally able to finish up the curtains today.

Given all of the measuring and testing and re-measuring and re-testing a couple of weeks ago I had been able to refine what needed to be measured and marked much more quickly.  This time is really only took two days, and one of those was cleaning up much of the mess that had been building up from a very long construction.  

I got the laser line in place pretty quickly first thing in the morning, then took a break for lunch before starting the drilling and the curtain layout.  It all went pretty quickly and I think in retrospect I've definitely got this all down pretty clean now--when the time comes to work on other stretches of windows (like the long upstairs hallway) I'll know what to do I think.

So there's not really too much to tell other than the dry basics of climbing and drilling and setting and measuring everything.  According to my internal cameras I set off the motion detectors up there 105 times during the course of the day--but I guess it's a goodly workout!

The Great Room Curtains are finally done.  I think what's up next is to spend some time cleaning up the tools and cleaning up the badly needs it, and I need to get all of the tools I've traipsed in over the last few months anyway. The place is a frick'in mess.....

Steven in Colorado


The windows...they have no idea what's going to happen to them.....
One curtain rod up and straight....
...and they're done! Very nice; the curtains aren't quite centered yet though.
Boom chaka-laka!

Posted to MesaBarnHouse by Amanda in Mesa, AZ on 1/25/2018 4:25:35 PM

It was cold last weekend and we got some sprinkles, so we decided to get some items taken care of inside. The new electrician identified that there was several wires run wrong, so he had us pull the bad wires out, we built the pony wall for the bar, built a stand for the dog wash area that will be in the laundry room, and made some other small repairs. We also continued hanging furring strips and painting 2x4s for the trim. Wood house siding was delivered this week. We are having some family help this weekend on the siding, so hopefully we will make some good progress. Work with the new electrician is going well (besides costing us extra money), hopefully they will be done soon.


Metal siding started
Pony wall for bar
Dog wash area

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 1/24/2018

So after Sandra has gotten much of the rough cut sanded and treated, and the tile guy finished the showers on the fourth floor, we went and put up the accent walls in two bedrooms up there.  Went pretty quickly, a few hours each.  I started putting down a sound absorbing underlayment for the hardwood floor in preparation for getting some up there to acclimate and lay in a couple weeks.  But was taken off that task by the arrival of the flexible vent for the main fireplace.  Need to get that in so Ray could continue on his work.  When we poured the concret back in mid 2016 I had placed a piece of 8”duct in the forms as the opening for the vent as that diameter was supposed to be 7”.  But wouldn’t you know, the flex that I decided to use is 8” as well.  So out came the hammer drill to ream out the hole and we finally got the vent pipe through.  All the best laid plans....



Accent wall being installed
Finished wall

Posted to NorthPoleHome by Tim in North Pole, AK on 1/22/2018 2:37:28 AM

I forgot about this one.  We insulated the back porch and finished it out with tongue and groove, and bead board.  Very nice to sit out here in spring-fall. We don't keep it heated but it is insulated so with the interior door open to it the heat warms it up in a couple hours during the winter.


Applying some chair rail between the two different wall coverings.
View from one end. If it was brighter this time of year I would have a better picture of it finished now.

Posted to NorthPoleHome by Tim in North Pole, AK on 1/22/2018 2:31:11 AM

Here are more pics of the kitchen. 


View from dining area.
Island with masonry heater in background.
From the living room. I didn't have enough small mosaic to totally wrap the island so I used larger mosaics on this side of the island with very similar colors.
Closeup of the back splash and counter top.
Close up of the island.
Custom pantry adjacent to the kitchen.
Pantry doors.
The form for the counter top. Broken glass laid in place, then concrete poured on top, so it's actually poured upside down. When pouring I let the poured concrete hit a piece of scrap foam and then run into the form. If not, the flowing concrete will disperse the glass.

Posted to NorthPoleHome by Tim in North Pole, AK on 1/22/2018 2:21:49 AM

Here are some pics of the kitchen construction.  We worked on the ceiling and floor while waiting for the ordered cabinets to show up.  I made the concrete counter tops in the garage.


So this was our temporary kitchen in the garage for about 4 years while building.
We put tongue and groove pine in the ceiling and coated with polyurethane.
Tile in the dining area
Friend and my son helping out.
The tile continues through the kitchen, the pantry, and into the front room.
Polishing the concrete counter tops with a wet grinder.
Applying a sealer to the finished top.
Mosaic tile and grout back splash
Hand made pulls from a local blacksmith.
Hand made knobs from a local blacksmith.

Posted to NorthPoleHome by Tim in North Pole, AK on 1/22/2018 2:08:59 AM

Wow!  Time flies when you get busy with other stuff in life and it drags the project on longer and longer.  I've been awfully busy but I finally made some time to post some updates for the last 3 1/2 years.  I'll have to break it up into a couple different posts though.  On with the pics!


We had to strap the house with 1x4s in prep for siding. This is the south facing wall with solar water heaters. I rented a man lift for this part.
View of the Alaska Range from above my roof.
Front of the house.
We sided it with LP lap siding. This took quite some time to get it done due to the contractor dragging their feet.
View of the front entry. We weren't able to have it painted until last year. Problem with the contractor.

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 1/20/2018 1:43:01 PM

The work on the main fireplace has slowed down.  I ordered the vent kit, which should be here Monday, and I have to run electrical to both the unit and to any places we want lighting.  And then both of those have to be inspected.  So Ray can work on the tree trunks and get them fully cleaned and finished and can finish building the hearth while the other stuff happens.  I’m framing out the lower fireplace and running the gas to it.  

We ended up going to Pueblo, CO on Thursday as they had stone in stock that we liked.  While there we also found stone for the lower FP, but we’ll need to order that and retiurn to get it. 

Tile guys finished showers on the 4th and third floors.  They’ll move to the second floor next week to begin the last three showers.  Granite guys will come up after all of the showers are done to template the curbs and niches. I’ll bring some flooring up to the 4th floor to begin acclimating.

A bit of the replacement cabinetry arrived yesterday. More to follow. And Sandra is making great strides with the rough-sawn boards, sanding and applying the chemicals.  As they are pine, they react far more quickly than the aspen, and we should be able to start putting them up before too long.  Just want them to dry out some more before we do so.

Posted to MesaBarnHouse by Amanda in Mesa, AZ on 1/18/2018 9:09:55 AM

Pretty productive weekend. We got 5 exterior doors installed (garage exterior door, garage interior door, back door, and 2 storage rooms off the patio). We got the whole house wrapped in the protective layer and foam, finished staining the posts on the back patio, and worked a little more on painting the eaves. This week the wrought iron company that made the spiral stair case came and installed it. We didn’t know they were coming, they just showed up, and drywall isn’t in yet, so hopefully that isn’t a problem. We are signing an hourly contract with an electrician today and they should be able to start next week. It is a real licensed/registered company that has been open for several years, so hopefully everything goes ok. We had a hard time finding a company that wanted to take on the job. 


This weekend is supposed to be cold, but hopefully we can work on the metal siding some more and paint eaves/the wood for the trim. Goal is to have electrical done by 2/2 so we can have insulation and drywall done in February.


Spaceship house! Foam is all silver
Installed doors and stained post

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 1/18/2018 12:27:18 AM

So the main fireplace os starting to take shape - a shape that seems evolve each day.  The latest evolution is to take the normally sharp edges and round them significantly to soften the look and tie in with tne curved roof.  It’s different, but I think it’ll be something that will work and certainly create some buzz.

I’ve gotten the gas line connected and the fan installed for it.  Need to bring power over from a nearby receptacle.

Sandra went to Albuquerque to try to find stone in stock for it. We’ll go down in the morning to pick it up.  

I decided to start installing the 2nd floor fireplace as well.  Will do thtis one more traditionally and by ourselves.  

Tile is going soooo slowly.  These guys are running at half the rate that I did.  But I’m not paying by the hour so I won’t complain yet. As soon as they are done, I can bring hardwood up to that floor to acclimate.


Early look at the fireplace. Shot is at night with the new ceiling lights installed. I had concerns that I might need more light when Imwas installing, but turns out that it is sufficient
Framing going up.
Framing finished

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