Category Archives: Planning

Paperwork and figuring things out

Do I Need a Summer List?

I just realized I have not made a summer list. I’ve been thinking in terms of cleaning up from the drywall and setting up for guests later this summer instead of progress on the house. But as summer rolls around, … Continue reading

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Recovery List

Today is the one month anniversary of my latest gut operation. This one was much easier to recover from, although my recovery list is not nearly finished. Put on outlet covers–about 2/3’s finished but didn’t realize I’d have to reset … Continue reading

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List for my month of recovery

I’m working on a list of low energy tasks for post-surgery progress on the house. Once we are sure the drywall and painting is completed there are several tasks that are pretty easy and should not take much effort. Shopping … Continue reading

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Drywall Prep: Moving Stuff

Tools, furniture, kitchen–moving it all out to the garage, which is of course not large enough so quickly ordered two storage units from MyWay to hold more stuff! We packed the garage as tight as we could. And all the … Continue reading

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Drywall Preparations

We have had two vendors look at the job and each says they can do it. We are awaiting the estimates. But there is a lot to do before the crew can come in and drywall. I’m thinking it is … Continue reading

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What about a Winter List?

We are two weeks into the new year and it is time to consider the plans for this winter. We are working away at the house. So much so that it will be great to take a little time off … Continue reading

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January 1, 2017-Retrospective of the First Five Years

Today we have owned the house for five years. That is a sizable amount of time and one that seems unbelievable when we look back at our LEED project. I created a retrospective report but moved it to its own … Continue reading

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It’s Fall!

So with the change in seasons as well as my immediate health condition, a new list is proposed. First look back at the summer list. Summer 2016 List Finish building walls Finish membrane on ceiling Move electric box in utility … Continue reading

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Cooling and Thermal Mass

We are finding that the house holds heat well. In winter that is a good thing. In summer, it is more difficult to cool the house. It gets cool at night in Colorado. The humidity can go up at night … Continue reading

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Summer List 2016

Yeah, yeah, I know that these lists are kind of a joke. Very few projects seem to get finished yet we keep working. Kind of crazy isn’t it? Nevertheless, here is my list for the summer, now that it is … Continue reading

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Home Again and Bathroom Wall Planning

We have been on vacation with the grandkids for two weeks and just getting back at our daily grind. No really, every day is a vacation, we are retired! Dave is having tons of used topsoil delivered in 7 gallon … Continue reading

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A Study in Contrasts

Oh for a bit of clean looking drywall! These two photos are essentially taken from the same angle and of the same area of the house. Looking from the living room to the kitchen in both cases. On the left … Continue reading

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LEED Rough Inspection

I have been emailing my new project person from Energy Logic for over a year and he has been very helpful, but now I needed to have the rough insulation inspection before we covered more of our Roxul rock wool … Continue reading

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The Gathering

Not of family but of materials. I have been craigslisting for weeks looking for doors for the master bedroom. I may have found some but have to go see them this weekend. I was taken by a set of arched … Continue reading

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Rough Plumbing Inspection

Although we were not really ready for it since the walls are not all up yet and only some of the plumbing is installed, I asked for a rough plumbing inspection to find out if the plumbing I am doing … Continue reading

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Stud Wall Plans

I updated the stud wall plans to reflect a few of the changes from the original drawings. I’m using Sweet Home 3D which I downloaded for free several years ago. When I tried to open it I got an error … Continue reading

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A Door in the Wall

Wall number one now has two sides–meant for each side of the inside entry door. The next step is a door in the wall. We plan to have an airlock entry. This is an old idea, to block off direct … Continue reading

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Thinking about the Tub Drain

Sometimes my brain just trips over itself when trying to solve a problem. I happened to have a lift and turn sink drain from the granite vessel sink installation that I realized had a long enough stem to use for … Continue reading

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Bogged Down in the Bathroom

Sometimes I just feel totally bogged down. While Dave has been busy spreading composted manure he got from a local horse farm and potting/topsoil from a marijuana growing operation–they deliver it for free–on the gardens and flower beds, I have … Continue reading

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Friends Visit and Suggestions

We had a wonderful time visiting with some old friends from Indiana for the weekend. I talked their ears off about the house projects. It was so nice to have someone knowledgeable to get their reactions and suggestions. Steve has … Continue reading

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