Since our last installment of Pope Residence updates, there has been a lot going on in the back of the house, as well as important infrastructure work. In fact, so much is going on, I can’t get this article written to share photos with you!
Since our staircase plan got approved, the team has been working to make sure the back addition to the house will be sturdy enough and level enough to make things look right.
Over the weekend, while Randy is getting close to finishing all the brick repair, Chris and Easton did some impressive house leveling. They also replaced a huge beam that had a lot of rot. I was really impressed that they were able to keep the walls up while doing that. It looked scary, but now looks strong and like it will be at least close to level.
Back of the House Movement
On the other side of the rear of the house, they took down all the siding where the entrance to the former laundry room was and rebuilt it. There is now a window where the door was. The window was salvaged from the room that was torn down, so our commitment to re-using materials is still going well. In fact, when they put the siding back up, they re-used what they had of that, too. We still had to buy a little more wood, but nothing got wasted.
We have all the material to build the stairs, but first had to move the back door over to the edge of the room, so there will be plenty of stair space. Easton did a great job making the siding look less awkward where the door moved.
Maybe next week you’ll see new stairs! You may also see more new windows, since we realized we can now add a window to the full bathroom off my office as well as one in the stairwell, to bring in much-needed light. We MIGHT have an old “stained-glass” window to put in the bathroom, if it’s not too broken. That came from the Rattlesnake House way back when and has just been sitting at our house waiting for a good use. Or we might not, so there can be a window that opens.
We Have Plumbing
The past few days have resulted in a flurry of plumbing activity, including new pipes everywhere, so we won’t have iron ones. There was a tree growing right where the sewer pipe came out, too. That is a future nonexistent tree! We don’t want roots in our pipes. All the bathrooms are now ready to get their respective fixtures, which is pretty exciting! To be able to run water will be great. The plumbers will be back later, but the main stuff is done. It gets inspected tomorrow.
We Have Electricity
Another thing that will be great is to be able to flip a switch and get lights to come on. The electricians have been back this week making sure that happens and wiring for all our lights, even TWO front-porch lights. It’s all been inspected, including our new breaker boxes, so all we have to do is disconnect and reconnect to the new service, says Chris. They put up a few temporary fixtures so the workers will be able to see in the house while working on the next phases of the project.
Having these major pieces of infrastructure done is GREAT. All the various subcontractors and our guys supervising the teams are doing a fine job.
Those of us who aren’t construction workers haven’t been sitting around doing nothing. Kathleen and her daughter, Nicole, spent a lot of time last weekend scraping paint off the door frames. They found beautiful wood grain and lots of interesting old paint colors, mainly shades of pastel green and blue.
Since I have them, I’m going to include a few more photos of the work done this week, so we can remember where we were, someday when it’s all under control and we are working in our beautiful, climate-controlled offices with great floors, lighting and walls!