Tuesday, February 19, 2013

And There Was Light...

The lights are on.  I don't really know if I'm able to project my happiness across the internet to you, but THE LIGHTS ARE ON!!!  A minor paperwork foul up left us waiting for the power for a little longer than expected, but once everything was sorted out SaskPower was at the Studio within a couple hours and 10 minutes after they got here we were in business.  It's so much easier to work in the Studio without tripping on extension cords and dealing with work lights in the vast dark Canadian prairies. 

Lights are defiantly an improvement of the working conditions but honestly its about to get better as soon as we get the heat on.  A couple of things need to be finished before we can turn that thermostat on... like installing the thermostat.  But also finishing up the insulation above the bathroom and bedroom ceilings, and installing the exhaust fan for the bathroom at the same time.  Putting in a proper door, and building an insulated access door to the attic.  There is no point on heating a poorly insulated building.  So in a moment of insanity (and also because I knew Jeremy really didn't want to do it) I volunteered to finish insulating the attic and to install the exhaust fan.  I give Jeremy a lot of credit for his dismissive shrug, and not showing the panic that must have been going through his mind.  An hour or so later I was done, sorry no photos... I was too busy.  

Nothing but bills from here on out. 

 Anyhow while I was busy inhaling fiberglass Jeremy was installing the next exterior door in the back porch.  Step one was to measure the door... Step two was to build a new frame on the interior wall to mount the door, and step three was to cut a GIGANTIC hole... Does that hole look too big?  That's because it is too big.  Luckily this isn't an exact science and nothing a level a whole ton of shims and some spray foam can't fix.  Jeremy has also been puttering around finishing off projects here and there getting ready to turn on the heat and set me loose in the Studio with a huge bucket of mud and some tape.  I'm optimistic about mudding the Studio alone... but I'm not entirely certain how it's going to pan out with the 15 foot ceilings, and some fairly obnoxious gaps... But I'm up for the challenge  plus it'll be warm in there. 

Back Door Before
Back Door After... needs trim. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Is There Light At the End?

Light.  How I miss having light.  Jeremy works almost every evening on the Studio using an extension cord and some work lights.  It really doesn't help having such a long dark winter.  But there is light, at least at the end of the proverbial tunnel.  As all of the electrical is finished and literally waiting for SaskPower to come and tie us into the grid (literally a 5 minute job).  

In the meantime it's time to get serious about drywall and finish all the little bits and pieces that didn't seem important at the time but now are glaringly obvious.  Drywall doesn't do itself and sometimes it pays to bring in some relatives... Like the in-laws.  So with Papa working with Jeremy on finishing up the drywall we started, and Grandma entertaining the kids outside, I got to do some sewing... To my never ending shame I'm sure.  I'll cut this short and show some before and after photos. 
Bathroom - Before

Bathroom - After

Main Room West Wall - Before

Main Room West Wall - Half Way...
Main Room West and North Wall - After
 Everything is really starting to come together in there.  Some times when you drywall a space it seems smaller than before, this space feels exactly opposite.  It's much bigger feeling, mostly because it isn't as full of building materials, and the ladders are put away.  As soon as we get some heat in there it will me my time to shine and the mud and tape derby will begin!

Man of the Day

Drywall Apprentices

On to doors.  This is the back door to the studio, it's approximately 27 inches wide, considering that standard exterior doors are between 32 to 36 inches wide, it's a little door.  This is of course ignoring entirely the fact that it is a couple of planks nailed together with some cross braces (aka: a barn door).

So as we 'finish' the major framing/construction of the Studio there is still more to do....  The new door is stashed away in the shop for now awaiting some form of ambition which after a marathon weekend I don't blame Jeremy for motivational apathy.

There is also a door between the back porch and the North wall (pictured above) that sports this awesome door knob.  Now I'm not really much for sentimentality but this knob is so cool!  Plus it comes with a groovy key.  Does anyone know why the key has been blunted?  Should I take it somewhere and get a new ring attached or just leave it as is?  Anyhow one way or another this door/knob/key are staying in the Studio.