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Posted by Mike & Carolyn in Smithville, MO on 7/22/2008 4:59:55 PM

And the never-ending story of how to balance everything continues. Work, Family, The House Build, The Budget!  It seems that the budget never wins.

Things are still going SLOW... silly me, thought it would be a little easier after the baby arrived. Being that I couldn't do much in the last months of the pregnancy, and I tried, who would think that painting would be an impossible task... well fellas, try it 9 months pregnant on a 90 degree day.  And if you have read the other posts… I didn’t know it at the time, but I was pregnant when I fell off the roof. Everything turned out fine. Except the house is not completely painted yet. Can’t believe that she’s 8-weeks old (on Friday) and not much has happened.  The times that we have attempted to work with her at the site it has been too hot for her, or the bugs have been out, or she just wants us to entertain her… she’s so high maintenance.  (Kidding of course… she’s 8 weeks old!)  But it has made it difficult to accomplish much.  Maybe after the HVAC is complete she’ll be happier on the site. Until then, it’s daycare for the workdays!

On to drywall. We have been waiting a LONG time for this.  Shopping for estimates. Trying to get the best deal, if there was one to be had.  And saving our pennies to pay for the job. Well, we committed, or is that should be committed, probably both. We hired a contractor that was not the lowest price, but very close in price to the others.  The reason we went with this contractor over the others was the list of things he gave us to do BEFORE he could install the drywall. Now why would we hire someone that gave us work to do before we could pay him to do his work?  Everything he listed was things that needed to be done before the drywall could go in and NOT ONE of the other 6 or so contractors mentioned one of them when giving me their bid.  Would they have done the things for me… installed a hose bib in the garage so they have access to water… don’t think so.  The list was not too long and some of the items I added through changes.  Regardless the list is almost complete and we will have drywall up in the next week or so. After which we are hoping to make so quick progress. We also got the concrete guy to come out and give us an estimate and after I sell my firstborn on eBay we will be able to afford a concrete drive.  We'll keep you updated on the progress or possibly the auction number so you can bid.

Items from the drywall guys list to complete included;
- Fir out both sides of ridge beams for a better look (3 total)
- Complete Electrical main line hook up
- Complete main water hook up with hose bib for water access
- Move lighting in loft, add cable and 2 electric outlets in loft
- Add heat/cool duct to loft
- Fix dryer vent
- Add wood cover to wire chase so drywall can be attached
- Remove blocking from south wall
- Clean up all the ‘clutter’ so guys can work
- Cover vents to keep drywall junk out
- Rent dumpster (for site and drywall clean up)

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