The house behind us was framed out and the third story has yet to be built. Apparently there is a walk-up attic which means this house will just keep getting higher and higher. Now I am not even sure a hedge of pleached trees will suffice.
Our planned 8-foot fence isn’t going to touch our privacy issues, so I have a phone call into a local landscape architect as we need a game plan. There will be a walk-out deck on the house as well which will look straight down into our backyard from above. We need trees. Now.
We took out the tree just in time for digging to ensue. We were alerted that trenching begins tomorrow. They will be digging on the left side of this black temporary fencing all the way from the new house to the street out front.
Now that the oak tree is gone and the stump ground out, the garden restoration work can begin. As the HVAC work comes to a close, we will be left with a new heating and cooling system. Unfortunately we are also left with this beast. Nothing that a little fencing and landscaping can’t fix.
Even though this odd bump out will disappear with the addition, our window restorer was kind and motivated enough to restore the wood siding so it looked presentable in the meantime. He spent the afternoon on the ground to tackle that basement window beneath the bump out. It is a shame it’s tucked away as it looks pretty darn good for a basement window.
Meanwhile, inside there are holes open in walls for new plumbing.
Plaster dust in every room, on every surface.
And, as you can see the plumber and electricians have everything set up and ready for the walls to close this week. This wall will include both sinks and the toilet.
This shower is being set up for a steamer. The steamer unit will sit in the wall above the new laundry chute. A laundry chute!!!
This is the opening to my new closet. There will be a pocket door and an L of hanging and storage space. More of the nitty gritty of the closet layout to come.
The is is the view from the new bed wall into the bathroom. You can see where they left space for the inset medicine cabinets. The windows are boarded up as they are being replaced soon.
And, a little something I have to take care of tomorrow. The HVAC crew ran the ductwork in a shared closet between two bedrooms that looks like it may be easily damaged. We removed the shelves today and will ask them to tuck the ductwork into the corner and then the shelves will be cut to work around the tubing.
And, Dr. Rettew’s ghost came knocking through the house again this windy afternoon. Alas it was a westerly window that needs a bit of attention to quiet it down.
Another busy week ahead. Tomorrow is Christmas Day! 14 weeks ago I applied for gas and tomorrow is the big day. We are converting our heating system from oil to gas and the process can now commence. Expecting the gas to take much longer, we had the oil tank filled to the halfway point on Friday- Friday!!! Anyone know how to move oil from one tank to another? What a waste! We knew once we had the tank filled, PECO would suddenly move us to the top of the queue and what do you know?!