Sunday, June 10, 2012

More Construction Tales From The Slanty Shanty

Welcome to another edition of Construction Tales From The Slanty Shanty *cue old time radio mystery music* This week we got everything straightened out with the city and are BFFs again. So, we picked up where we left off with the addition. Here you can see all the rebar that they laid down to give the basement floor some structure:

Sadly, we weren't around when they had the super cool concrete truck out pouring the cement, but we did get this awesome action shot of guys smoothing it out:

And this is what the finished product looks like..all slick and shiny...

That picture makes me want to go ice skating for some reason... Anyhoo, after the basement was finally finished the crew was ready to frame the actual addition! But! Since this is the Slanty Shanty, they have to even out the floors in the old house so that they will be level with the new addition. This required a scary amount of reinforcement of old support beams:

Looking at how rotted things got under our house, the hubby and I sometimes think it's a miracle we didn't just walk through the living room one day and fall through to the crawl space.

After they finally got things all nice and level, the crew was able to come out and start working on the framing of the addition:

We wrapped up this week by checking on our house this rainy Sunday. We were startled to find our back door marked this way:

What dangerous thing could be behind it? A tiger? A lady? A pack of rabid wiener dogs? Nope, just a really wet floor to our addition:

Sigh...only a few days old and already our basement is flooded:

Well I don't want to leave this post on a down note, so I thought I'd give you a little update on our friend S.Jack. Remember him?

It turns out that S. Jack was a boy who lived next door to our house when the previous owners put in the hardwood floors. He snuck in and outlined himself on our subfloor. I actually think it's kind of cool that we have his portrait immortalized under our floor. Maybe some day, years from now, future owners will uncover our friend S. Jack and wonder about him too.

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