Blown In

We know some freakin’ fantastic people.  Stephen T. said he was available if I needed help.  Out of the blue.  Like I said, fantastic!  He fed bales of insulation into the blowing machine while I hung out in the attic, aiming and distributing the product.  It looks like snow.  We had a little extra material so that went in too and we probably have r-55 up there.  Like the drunk octopus ductwork pictured below?  We heaped a little extra over those and even used some spare batts.

62-Attic Before Insulation             62-Attic After Insulation

We took partial delivery of our interior trim – most of it from Melissa’s dad (what we worked on in his shop) and partially from an outfit called Quarter Sawn Flooring.  The base will be flush with the drywall – 6″ on the first floor and 4″ on the second (I’m holding 4″ up on the 1st floor in the picture.)

62-Trim Delivery             35_Zabel-BaseDetail

62-Trim In Place-01             62-Trim In Place-02

Stephen and I got to work to the music of the drywall crew as they slam bammed through the house hanging drywall.  And auto-tuning still doesn’t sound any better in Spanish.  It’s starting to look like livable space!  

Our esteem for the builder goes up and down; down regarding his lacking sense of urgency and coordination.  But when we pointed out a lot of screw-ups by the drywallers (and their blatant negligence of the wood stored on site) he had our back.  Anything missing or damaged, they have to replace.  They might get kicked off the job too.

62 Drywall Progress

We’re on the verge of a lot of finish work, so I redrafted a schedule and our move in date will likely miss the 9 month term of our construction loan (even without our involvement factored in).  Regardless, we have a lot of fun stuff coming up and I will try to keep on top of progress here!

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3 thoughts on “Blown In

  1. Steve – Jack and I went to the Home Show last week to get started on our kitchen remodel, and we met your builder! He had your house plans at his booth. We told him we were your neighbors and he was giving us all the excuses as to why your house is behind schedule. Yeah…he did not make our list of contractors to consider. I finally told him I was an architect as well and he seemed less than interested in us too.

  2. I did a search for flush base and came across your blog. How did your flush base work out for you? The condo I’ve had built has flush baseboards all around, and they’ve proven to be a nightmare. The baseboard and drywall are not fastened to a common backing except for studs every 16″, and in between these studs, they weave in and out independently of each other and the reveal becomes an uneven mess, especially as the poplar baseboards bend and twist over time. How are you making sure that your baseboard and drywall stay together along their entire lengths? Thanks.

    • Thanks for reaching out! This was an “interesting” part of the build. Just before drywall went up I asked the builder if he wanted to add blocking in the wall just for this detail. He had no idea what I was talking about (proof of how carefully he read the drawing set). He asked and his drywaller didn’t think blocking was necessary. We actually haven’t had any problems with the drywall and base weaving perpendicular to the wall, but the bottom edge of the drywall was never straight or level to the floor, nor was it finished well. After redoing it unsatisfactorily for the 4th time I went forward with it anyway. The builder later said, “gosh, I guess we should have nailed up a strip of plywood and set the drywall on top of it to keep the bottom straight and level. Tee hee.” which is exactly what I suggested before drywall started. It was hard to keep the base tight to the uneven drywall, and I caulked it as it went in. Our base is oak, so somewhat harder than the poplar, which helps. If I did it again, I would require blocking behind the joint , and I would strongly consider 5/8″ drywall instead of 1/2″ AND a metal reveal edge at the drywall for the best finish like this: http://www.fryreglet.com/shape/pdf/10862511457_RevealBase.pdf, with a detail like the one BUILD LLC uses illustrated in their second drawing here: http://blog.buildllc.com/2010/10/3-modern-base-details/

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