18 June 2016

We live in a small 2 bed 2 bath house.  We have 2 kids and 1 on the way.  We have the mother- in- law in the house.  We didn't have enough beds for all the bodies.

 Last year I had made the platform and the drawers for the queen mattress.  I added on the twin bunk and rails, panels, and ladder this year.
The bed is up on blocks here to make it easier to stain and finish.

Drawer galore.  We don't have room in the bedroom now for a dresser so the dresser is under the bed.

This gate keeps kids from falling down the stairs in the middle of the night.

I textured the wood grain.  It makes the bed look so much more rustic and substantial.

Installed in the bedroom.  This little guy can sleep in style now while Mommy and Daddy sleep in style below.  The bed is extra sturdy and won't shake - an important feature for this set-up.

02 June 2016

I made a model gazebo with my Jr. High students in study skills.  I designed the gazebo several years ago but never built it.  This is at a 1" = 1' scale.  This is held together with hot glue.

18 May 2016

I put a new tile counter top and a tub surround in for a new client of mine.  I hadn't done a counter top before but I know how now.  The bathroom still needs to be painted in these pictures but someone else is going to paint the bathroom.
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03 January 2016

New Bathroom - Simla

Here is video of my new bathroom.  Below are pictures and explanations.

Here it is.  I have been working since 2014 to get this new bathroom in my house.  I started working on it every night and almost every weekend since Sept. 2015 until now (03 Jan 2016).  It was just an ugly little non-functioning room in the back corner of my house where the old stairs used to be.  Now it is the most attractive feature in my house.

This ugly little porch is where you used to enter and exit the house before I put in the new bathroom.  Now it can be torn down.

In 2014 I put a new exterior door in the house knowing that some day I would put a new bathroom where the old door was. I built these wood steps this fall because this is one of the principal entrances to the house now.

I installed a new window because I knew that I wanted an operable window in the shower to let condensation out.

This is the new window from inside the shower.

I wanted soap dishes in my shower so now I have plenty of them.  I had dead space behind the shower since the room is wider than the shower pan so I capitalized on the extra space and framed soap shelves into the shower.  I had never tiled a shower before; only a few floors.

I had to frame the shower exactly to fit the shower door.  It was a very tight fit- almost too tight.  It was hard to know exact thicknesses of plywood, backer board, thin-set, and tile.  It is a good thing I leveled my shower pan in a bed of mortar or else the door would have never fit right.  The opening above is to let condensation out of the shower.

I wanted plenty of light in the shower so I put a recessed light up in the ceiling and tiled around it.  I won't get a moldy ceiling now with the shower completely tiled, the condesation escape opening, the new window, and the new exhaust fan I put in.

This job was a huge electrical endeavor for me.  I really only knew how to hook up outlets, lights, and ceiling fans before.  I had to add a new circuit for this bathroom with GFCI outlets for the bathroom.  I had to get into my electrical panel to hook up the new circuit on a tandem breaker.  I have been reading a lot about electrical work since I moved into the house.  I know one day I will have to move the panel.  For right now it is still in the bathroom.  I left plenty of extra wire on my home-run so when I move the panel I won't have to splice in a junction box or anything like that.

As with the electrical, I had never done so much rough-in plumbing before either.  I have also been reading quite a bit about drain systems and water lines since we moved into the house.  I have made many trips to the plumbing supply store over the past few months.  Those shark bite fittings I used are expensive but I love their quality and versatility.

When I was building this new window well last spring (2015) I also excavated for the new sewer line in order to tie my bathroom drain system in.  I excavated it all by hand.

I had to frame in a new pocket door since I wasn't going to have the door swinging in to my kitchen or swinging in to the bathroom.

I spent a lot of money on nice fixtures and I took my sweet time reading and following all the directions.  The experience I gained from this bathroom in monumental.  Now I am confident that I can build a brand new house and do EVERYTHING my self - If I feel like it.

27 July 2015

Barn Remodel

In the center of the photo, between the windbreak and the house, you see the barn I have been working on remodeling all summer.  It is in a beautiful, isolated spot smack- dab in the middle of acres, and acres of wheat fields out here in Eastern Colorado.

 This is the before shot.  It was used to store grain in the old days.  They would pile grain in there with tractors and store it.  All the pressure of the grain and tractors hauling it in and out would push the exterior walls out over time.  Additionally, the raters were not adequately braced at mid-span so the roof was sagging.  These old doors on each low side of the barn were the only way in and out.  It was a mice paradise in there when they used to store grain inside.  Yes, we cleaned out all the dead mice and mice feces in the wall cavities before putting new metal siding on.  Now it doesn't reek inside anymore. 

 We, (the owner and I) did a lot of interior framing to shore up the sagging roof and pull the exterior walls back in line.  Above these interior walls is a ceiling/floor that keeps the exterior walls from pushing out again.  There are 4 shear walls tied in to each exterior wall on each side of the barn now.  There are 4 rooms 8' x 8' on each side for storage or craft use.  The middle is an enormous corridor which will accommodate the owner's 13' tall camp trailer; hence the 14' tall custom made door by your's truly.  

 I hope this picture is proof that we got the sag out of the roof.  This shot before I fixed the rafters looked like a ski jump.

 Here is the back side of the barn.  Those are 20' panels on the roof.  It was a big job for only 2 guys.  

This is how I got the ridge cap on.  The roof is a 7.5/12 with new metal roofing.  It is too slick to stand on so I  had to put up roof jacks and planks all along the peak.  I put a 33' extension ladder in the bed of my truck along the slope of the roof.  This way I had access up to my plank line.  I used the safety rope and body harness to tie my body off to the roof when putting up the roof jacks.  It took all day but the ridge cap is on and I didn't get hurt.  The ladder wouldn't not have been very stable on the ground.

Here is a picture of Your's Truly putting on new fascia all the way around the existing roof.  There wasn't any existing fascia at the eaves.  The fascia at the rake was rotten and falling off the roof.  That is the old tin you are looking at up there before we got it all off.  F. Y. I.:  That old tin comes off well if you get under it with a long (7') bar and roll it up like carpet.   Also notice from this picture that I framed in and installed new windows and a new man door.  

Well, putting on that new fascia really made this old, ugly, pig-of-a-barn into an attractive lady dressed to kill; in red.

We framed this opening for a new 10' x 10' overhead door.  The door has just been ordered and hasn't arrived at the job site yet.  I'll have to go back later and put this 10' door on.
There was no way to get a 14' tall over-head door on this opening because such a tall door would have required more room above it than we had in order to accommodate the track; so I said, "I'll make a door".

 And that I did.  We didn't have enough full pieces of red panels left so we came up with a sharp little design for the double in-swing doors we made.  We incorporated the panel laps into our design.

Just to give you an idea of how tall these doors are, I had the owner pose next to them.  Both he and I are under 6' tall so you can imagine how we 2 dwarfs got these monster doors built and installed; we had his wife help us tilt them up - of course!  

The doors open really nice.  I have each of them on 5 gate hinges and spring loaded rollers as seen in one of the interior photos above so they skate right across the uneven concrete floor and open quite nicely.  Now this edifice is no longer a barn; it is a classy garage suitable to house a 13' tall camper trailer.

We got the over head door on the other end.  It is a 10' x 10' door.  We had to get a special track assembly so the overhead tracks wouldn't hit the trailer when it was pulled all the way into the garage.  The instructions that came with the door were poorly written so it took us 2 days to figure out how all the parts went.  The door opens and closes fine now.   Now I know how to install garage doors.