You haven’t heard much about the Rattlesnake House project that Mandi is renovating to be your future house. That doesn’t mean nothing’s been happening, though. And more will be happening soon, because we are going into renovation overdrive!
For the past couple of weeks, Ryan has been getting the project ready for drywall. First, he had to raise the electrical outlets in the new kitchen area to be above where the cabinetry will go. You really don’t want to plug your toaster in through the cabinet door! We will have to put in some foam to replace what he had to remove, but that won’t be too bad.
Next, he got to work on the water lines. One thing he did that is really nice is to thread the hot and cold lines to the second floor through ceiling joists (not the ones holding up the house; I asked). They were just sorta hanging before.
The hardest thing Ryan did, though, was move all the kitchen water to where the new kitchen will be. That sounds simple, but the underneath of the house is “interesting,” to say the least. There is all sorts of chicken wire and other stuff under there. I think it’s to keep critters from setting up residence down there (and we approve of that). But, it did make Ryan’s job harder.
He did it, though, and there are nice fresh connections for the new sink, and a plug for the future oven. We just realized there is not a water line for the dishwasher. Hmm, that will need to happen, because Mandi deserves that dishwasher that’s sitting in the closet!
Ryan has done about all he can do by himself. So, we decided to call in the big guns. The trusted big guns.
We have sent our contractor friend, Chris, who worked on the Taylor house, a
Statement of Work, and he is getting ready to start getting the house DONE. We have ordered the drywall and flooring, so he’ll have plenty to do for quite a while. He’ll also finish the outside and build out the bathrooms.
As you can imagine, we will have lots of pictures to show you!
PS: we are also hoping Chris will help us get a shower in the cabin at the ranch, where Tyler our ranch helper is now staying. He needs a shower. (OK, he uses one, but it would be nice to have one in the house!)
Once we are done with this place, we look forward to many hours sitting on the balcony looking at sunsets. We’re getting there!