Sunday, April 24, 2011


Well, I finally took photos of the basement. Unfortunately I didn't take any true "before" photos so you will get the photos taken after the demo. :)

This photo is of the future "Man Cave"area. We didn't do any demo in this area except for removing things that were stashed in the rafters & a heater from the wall on the right:

This is the exciting electrical that we found after pulling down the Sheetrock:

 The 3rd bedroom. We demoed the walls seen here, repaired a hole where water came into the room and sealed the concrete (white paint:

This is another view of the room. We will soon replace this window with a larger egress window:

And the window well has been dug and somewhat put into place:

This starts the work that we did this weekend, self leveling concrete. We did the main room and the bedroom. It didn't completely solve the level issues but it is much better than it was before:

And Captain had to leave his mark:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring in Utah

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Construction Update 2

Well life has been busy here with construction, work, and the end of the school year for Kappa. Work has been very busy and I ended up bringing work home over the weekend a few weeks ago. I was going to bring more home during the week but Janice, being a great boss, said not to. So I just dealt with it at work.

Kappa has been busy since 2 out of my 3 schools I'm over gets out in 1.5 weeks. I love the end of the school year because it means that there is a slight glimmer of hope that I will be above the waters in a few short weeks. I have also received information on traveling to ACS in June so I am excited to be traveling back to Ohio.

On the renovation front we have been very productive. We have finished the demo but only by doing it in a snow storm and taking two trips to the dump to get everything done. While in the middle of demo we all of the sudden had a flood of water in the basement. We knew that there had been water in the basement before but we didn't know the extent it was. It seemed that once we took out the old framing the hole was open to flow. We ended up filling our wet/dry vac 3 times (with 10 gallon bucket). We have since filled the hole and we don't have  (knock on wood) any new leeks in the basement. We have also dug out the window well for the egress window and we have also ordered new windows.  So overall we are doing great.

This weekend we will be using the self leveling concrete to somewhat level the basement floor and possibly getting the window well secured to the house. I've been meaning to take photos but that will have to be a later update...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Construction Update for Week #1

Well, its been about a week and we have made great progress on the house. The major progress occurred on Saturday when we had a beautiful day, not really sunny, but pleasant temperatures. Scott's Dad and brother helped put the closet doors on. I LOVE how they look, and now I need to get my act together and make the covers for the front of the storage bins.

While they were working on the doors I was working on digging out the roots of the pine tree that Scott & family chopped down last spring.

Scott came through after and cut all of the roots that I was able to dig out. The thing that amazed me was the size of some of the roots there were down there! After an attempt at getting it to come out Scott's dad was able to have it come out with a little 4 wheel drive and some coaxing from the truck.

After a small break Scott and I went down to the basement and started demo on the walls down there. We were able to get 2/3 rooms of the old materials into the car and taken out to the dump. We didn't get all of the demo done over the weekend because of a snowstorm that hit SL with a furry on Sunday. So we will be finishing that potentially on Wednesday night.

Tonight Scott got the chain saw working again (well, put a new chain on it). He started by chopping the stump down and then cutting the rest of the trunk that they cut down last year.

After he was done we ended up with 2 benches and a stump to allow us to have people over and hangout around the fire pit!

Doesn't he look like a proud carver?

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Well back in March Scott took me on my first snowmobiling ride. If you didn't know, Scott is a avid rider and goes probably once a month.  I am sure you are wondering you have known each other for just under 2 years and you just went on your first ride? Well, this is the first time in our relationship that both sleds have been working at the same time. :)

We went the Sunday after Ashley and Eric's wedding and had a wonderful ride on the Mirror Lake Highway and I only had a small mishap. The day before it snowed in the mountains and we had about a foot of fresh powder with the two of us making most of the first tracks of the day. The day went fairly smoothly and only one mishap with me and the machine (had a nice bruise on my knee for about 2 weeks and it is still sore). It will be nice to go up again and with all the snow that we have had recently I am sure if we wanted to go again we could...  Enjoy the photos from the day!