Look at that, another week has gone by, so it’s time for a Bobcat report. I admit that it didn’t look like much happened, but then once I heard the story of its most recent inspection, I realized there actually WAS a lot going on this week. The best news is that it’s drywall time, baby!
What happened? I guess it’s good that the inspector is a real stickler for details, because you do want your house to be all up to code and to not fall down or anything like that, but still, some of the things he asked for were surprising.
For example, see that shiny bolt in the floor next to the wall? The inspector insisted that a number of these be put around the perimeter of the lower level of the house. It hasn’t moved in 30 years, but who knows, maybe next week it was going to shift. I’ll rest easy knowing the giant bolts are there. He also insisted that some sort of joists be put in under the stairs, in the part where no human can really crawl. Again, 30 years of successful stair-hood wasn’t enough.
And then there was a huge deal about the drywall. He insisted the new match the old, which, of course, is not what is usually sold anymore. He also was very firm that the insulation be changed slightly, but in a width that is also no longer commonly available. I have to give Ruben the GC a lot of credit for calling lots of places until he found what we need! It even costs a bit less.
But what to do about the big piles of scary pink insulation all over the storage areas? The contracting team is going to put all of it in the ceilings of the downstairs new rooms. It will help keep the rooms nice and warm, and provide a bit of a sound barrier from all that noise I’m going to make upstairs. Maybe I’ll take up tap dancing or home bowling.
Another thing that HAD to happen was a lot of fire rating stuff. The orange foam you see in many of the photos is fire retardant stuff, required because there is a gap between walls (all that weird concrete). We even have EXTRA smoke detectors to change the batteries on, too. Happy to be safe.
Other plans were not so successful. My faux windows are not to be, sigh. But extra lighting was installed in the office (see photo of a can light), and I ordered us some great lamps from Costco, that provide daylight quality lighting as well as extra USB ports. Score! Just $40, and I will now have one in every single office other than the home ranch, which is next to a window.
It was great to see a bathtub in the new bathroom (all covered up to keep it safe), and to see how nicely the new room flows, with the stairs going up to the bathroom and storage area (also known as dirt and rocks). We even get a “special” door in the hallway toward the wine room so we can access more dirt and rocks (and a dehumidifying fan).
The plan is now for the contracting team to get all the drywall up, then concentrate on getting the upstairs rooms done, so that we will be able to move the rest of my stuff in when the Braesgate house closes on March 10. Anita and I will still stay in Villa Park until Bobcat is DONE, at which time all her stuff and the few things of mine that are in VP can move. Yep, two more moves. This has been a complex series of events, but I can see light at the end of the tunnel. Soon I will ONLY have two houses to live in, the ranch and Bobcat, you know, the thing I thought would have already happened two years ago!
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