Photosynth is a blast - here are a couple of new panoramas of casa LeGrow. Expand to full window size for the best effect. If you are curious about making panoramas, try out Microsoft ICE.
Okay - it has been a really busy month finishing school and getting ready to move so we've gotten a bit behind on the blog. But the progress on the house has been proceeding at a fast pace! The other day we were out there and there were probably half a dozen trucks out front and crowding the park down the street.
Since the last update we got insulation, the drywall crew came in, a trench was dug, an excavator invaded the yard and our posts were installed.
Insulation went up really quickly, they were in and out in about two days. The new fiberglass is a far cry from the sharp stuff I remember putting into the cottage as a kid. Back then there were actual shards of glass that would get stuck in your hands. These days it's almost as smooth as cotton! The guy putting it in didn't wear any gloves or a mask! We made a last minute change and decided not to reuse the old bathtub, the plumber got us a new one and install both the tub and shower in the kids' bathrooms. Drywall arrived in huge 12' sheets, there must have been 5000 lbs of it stacked around the house.
Electrical guys came back to start connecting us up to the powerline - we need buried lines for our renovation, so they had to dig a trench across our neighbor's property up to ours. We had a little problem along the way... remember the oil tank? He wasn't alone, yup, we found another abandoned tank... probably 60 years old... half full oil...
Show must go on, so while the excavators were digging up the oil tank, they also took a spell removing our front patio, somehow they got their excavator through the carport down in front of the house, then they did a little tour along in front of the house. Check out the video below (takes a minute to download).
Roofing guys were having a blast adding the skylights - they use torches to melt the new roofing material down onto the old one to create a waterproof seal. The skylights look amazing, they bring so much light into the house.
And finally the columns have been installed - they look great!
Check out the interactive panorama as well, the room is really starting to take shape. The house was about 90 degrees today, they have heaters and fans all over to dry all the taping on the drywall.
The end of the school year is always busy for the LeGrow tribe and we've fallen behind on the blog (fortunately the work on the house has continued!). There's been a lot going on over the last two week. The windows have gone in (they look great!). The electrician has finished all of the wiring, he installed the can lights and has done all the low voltage: internet, phone, cable, more internet, security and speaker wires - Ian might have gone overboard on the CAT6 for the internet! Poor electrician, we had a lot of requests along the way and asked for more lights after he was done - this was really hard to visualize in advance. The plumber finished all the pipes and attached the valves in the showers. The heating guys also finished up with the furnace. Pretty much everything in the walls is done, we're almost ready for the insulation and sheetrock! Some bonus photos below of Kyle & Chloe as well.