Friday, January 9, 2015
Old Mother Storage
Cleanup proceeded today on the Parental retirement home and storage shed. This is the front of the little building my Mother insists she wants to live in. I got most of the left overs, scrap, ladders, etc. out and piled on the front porch today.
Here's my first wheelbarrow load of tools, nails, etc. going back to my workshop. It's amazing how much stuff get's used for a project like this.
Here's the back corner where Mom sat and supervised the entire ordeal reading her Nook and talking on her phone and then getting up to sweep up my sawdust and wood shavings every 10 minutes or so. When it warms up enough the corner to the right of the right-most chair will actually be pulled out so that a doorway can be installed and the little bathroom and kitchenette addition added on. Personally I think it would be fine to dig the stuff while the ground is frozen but hey what do I know? She's the one who is going to have to drag herself over to the house to use the facilities until the addition is done.
Back half of the South wall. Yes she had em install a power outlet every four feet which meant not one sheet of paneling went up that did not have to have the outlet measured and cut out. Thanks Mom!!! The side walls are 38 foot long so, well, you get the idea. She said she wanted plenty of outlets so not to overload anything, when I mentioned that each wall was on it's own circuit breaker so technically all the outlets along that wall were still one line she just looked at me.
I don't think she really understands electricity but she loved the little dancing elf I brought over on day one to keep me company while I was working. I guess she is going to keep the dancing elf.
Front corner. I actually need to put up a bit of thinner trim between the two windows yet because what she had me using was too wide so technically I am not totally done yet. I had to piece all the leftovers from that rock-looking paneling for this wall. Oh well she likes it.
As soon as I had a section of wall finished she was right there with some sort of wall hanging or knick knack to put up. Here is her coat rack and a hat rack with a horse on it.
So there ya have it. A tiny one room shed that as my wife puts it "Looks like a 1970's era trailer" of course I counted up all of the expenditure on the place last night and she spent a whopping $9700.00 to get into and finish the little building off. That included leveling the pad, buying the gravel (some of it I already had) along with all the materials. Labor of course was free other than the electrician who she didn't need to hire as I could have wired the place too but she has liked that guy for decades and couldn't resist hiring him. Twenty years ago she used to go on and on about how good looking he was.
The entire 38'x14' building is totally covered inside with R-11 insulation and I must say stays quite warm even in this last brutal cold snap we had using just a little space heater. Of course my Mother likes it about 20 degrees warmer than I do so she had to go buy herself a bigger space heater as well. What she is going to do if the power goes out is still kinda up in the air at the moment though.
What I am excited about now is that I can finally get back to work on the things I need to get done before Spring arrives. Once the ground begins to thaw I have a lot of fencing to do but I was really hoping to get the old one bottom plow I have in the barn reading to go this Winter.
I also need to get back out and cut some more firewood. As usual.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!