This weekend saw great progress on our interior framing. First we had to frame in a header for the doorway to the guest bathroom. From the picture above, it looks like we must be putting in a massive entrance to the bathroom. We will be installing a pocket door so the header needs to be twice the width. It will also support the ceiling/storage platform above the bathroom.
We will be using this beautiful fir and glass door that we have had stored for a number of years at a friend’s house. (Thanks, Kay!)
The glass will let light into this bathroom which is the only room in our house that has no window. And don’t worry, shy friends, the glass will be obscured.
Next we framed in the guest bedroom closet. There were some challenges as there are lots of odd angles involved.
It’s not a very big, but then again we don’t want our visiting friends and family to bring too much clothing.
There will also be a storage platform above this closet.
By Sunday, we had the pocket door hardware and framing installed. Now when you look at the picture, the doorway is more to scale.
Since the shell of our structure is not fully waterproofed, we have had to deal with water seeping into the house making for unpleasant working conditions. Concrete is a very porous material. A friend turned us on to an amazing product with a rather silly name. “Hey’Di Powder X System”. This stuff is amazing! You take a handful of this powder and press it into an “active leak” and just like the story of the kid sticking his finger in the dyke, the leak stops…. for the most part.
We, and by we, I mean mostly Jeff, have eliminated all but a few persistent leaks. But even those are minor drips now. This is really just a stop-gap measure until we can save up for the real waterproofing, which will be installed on the exterior of the shell before its buried. But the drier conditions are certainly making it more pleasant to work inside our house.
Have you thought ahead about selling tickets for public showing – to recoup expenses?
Thanks for all the encouragement. Sometimes we really need it. Steve is the big reason why we’re able to do what we’re doing. He really is one of the smartest people on the planet. I just do what I’m told. (He saves the grunt jobs for me).
As for charging admission: see my as-yet-unplished novel, “The Three-Dimensionality of Clouds” about paying to visit the house!
Jeff, let us not discount Mr. or Ms. A’s suggestion to sell tickets. Just incase we need a little more above and beyond your novel royalties to pay for the Thermal Bubble Massage option for the bathtub I want. And to answer the question about background education/experience. Aside from being blessed with the “Clever Gene” (I got that from my dad), My sordid past includes owning a custom furniture and cabinet business, doing house remodeling and building boats.
Spent a most enjoyable adventure this morning and early afternoon reading your blog. I am so impressed with your efforts and accomplishments! It is a joy to see your progress. Thank you for sharing.
If the dry concrete shell had been fully weatherproofed, would you have been able to leave the two layers of foam insulation board in place? I thought it looked really nice. Seemed to me to be such a loss to scrape it off. I am also enamored of Dozy and Dumpy. Those guys are tough hard workers.
Best wishes for your continued progress
Dumpy is now for sale. (he doesn’t work well on a hill) Just wait until you see Pugsley, the latest member of our family.