Our House Building Adventure

We bought 3 acres of raw land in Wyoming... started clearing it... dug the basement... poured cement... and started framing!

This blog details our house building adventure... building our new home... ourselves!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pantry-finished wallboarding and...

Friday was a productive day. We feel as though we made some good progress! Here's a little summary. Sorry no pics or video. I'm borrowing Rich's computer because my Macbook is down... sigh...

We finished putting up the wallboard in the Pantry. It's all taped and ready for mudding.

I continued to work on mudding. Mostly yesterday I sanded the ceiling. It's official... my skin does NOT like sheetrock dust. I've got the red bumps today to prove it. Will have to protect my skin... maybe buy a special suit.

Breakfast Nook
Almost done... a few more sheets of sheetrock to go... of course... in the most difficult of places... the cathedral ceiling!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

mud... mud... mud...

I'll be mudding the kitchen over the next several days!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Graying all over!

I've just finished work for the day in the kitchen. Made some awesome progress...mudding & sanding!

Oh my gosh, you should see me! My hair is no longer golden light brown... but is GRAY! I'm covered in drywall dust!

I feel really good about how work went today. Guess that I'm getting into the groove with my "Mud Artiste" hat on!

But seriously... tomorrow I will dawn a bandana on my head!

A Video of How To Apply Mud to Finish your Sheetrock Walls

This is what I'm up to NOW!

Here's a video of how to get your walls ready for primer! Mud... Mud.. Mud..

Our Kitchen has walls!

We've been working hard... I mean... with great determination!

Rich and our oldest son Matthew finished putting up the wallboard in the kitchen on Saturday night. YEAH!!!!

However... the adjoining breakfast nook is still without walls/ceiling board. It's going to be a little tricky to finish because of the cathedral ceiling. We hope to get that done tonight!!!

Today, I will continue mudding & sanding the ceiling & walls in the kitchen. Can't wait to get to the priming stage!!!!

I made a video to share with you so that you could see our progress... but alas... my macbook didn't like that last software update... and is... well... incapacitated right now... sadly... Can't post any more pics/video until I figure out how to fix it! Sorry!

Friday, January 22, 2010

More sheetrocking going up in the kitchen

Well the kitchen is really taking shape!

Rich and his unwilling teenage helper (our older, almost 16 year old son) are putting up the walls today!

It's looking pretty good!

I'm doing a 2nd coat of mud in the dining room.... mudding... sanding... I AM a self-proclaimed MUD ARTISTE!!! I AM!!!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Celebrating each step....

Goal... be ready for kitchen cabinets by the end of January!!!

So to that end...

-I finished the first coat of mud on the Kitchen Ceiling!

-Rich added bracing to the studs to support the stainless steel vent hood.

-And... another the top piece of the west wall went up!


Monday, January 18, 2010

Kitchen Ceiling.. Mud begins

Today I taped all the joints in the Kitchen Ceiling and began filling screw holes and seams with mud!

Tomorrow all seams will have their first coat of mud!

Rich is planning on starting the walls tomorrow.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Kitchen Progress!

Rich ran the wiring for the Vent Hood this morning... then the rest of the day was dedicated to putting up ceiling board in the kitchen.

I am very... extremely... happy to report that: We have a ceiling in the kitchen!!!!

While the guys worked in the kitchen... I did some mud work in the dining room. It actually went really good today! Having the mud the consistency of sour cream really makes a huge difference in how smooth you can apply it!

I'm finally starting to feel more comfortable with it!!! Which is a good thing... because I have LOTS & LOTS of mud work yet to do!

Color Scheme...

I seriously have to decide on a color scheme!!!!

The ceiling is going up in the kitchen NOW!

-The stove vent has been wired....
-The cabinets are being built...

Colors???? I love warm earthy colors.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Taping & Mudding... Mudding & Taping...

I worked in the boys' bathroom today putting on another coat of mud.

On Saturday I finished taping the front hall & tonight I began taping the kitchen.

I'm afraid that is going to be my life for a while yet....

I'm done for the day now.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Video Kitchen Update 1/9/10

Video update of work in the kitchen... sheetrock!

The beginning of a Kitchen Ceiling with photos 1/8/10

The beginning of a ceiling in the kitchen. Photos taken 1/8/10.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Ceiling sheetrock in kitchen

The sheetrock for the kitchen ceiling has started to go up!

Houston, cabinets are a GO... I repeat...

Got the final drawing of the cabinets!

Way cool!

They will be Oak with Red Oak stain. I'm going with a simple look for the doors to go with my theme of Antique Mission for the whole house.

I've decided on Red Oak stain because we love antique furniture... so whatever we pick up will on future antique adventures will "go" with the kitchen!

OK,,, so let's get to work now!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

The Cabinet Maker is coming tomorrow!

Heard from our cabinet maker today. He's coming tomorrow for final measurements!