Monday, October 18, 2010

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends...

OK, so its been a quiet week on the blog because we were busy doing so much and not blogging about it.  However...

Drumroll please...

Our bedroom has WALLS!!  Yes, its true!  SO exciting.  So this is how the whole thing went down.

On Wednesday we got the heads up that the drywall guy would be coming on Saturday.  Panic mode ensued as we didn't have any wiring done.  Or insulation.  Or any of those helpful things which need to happen before drywall can happen.  For two days we ran around in tight little circles by ourselves.  On Friday we realized we weren't going to make it without some significant help, so we waved the white flag and called in the big guns.  Four sets of big guns, actually, and two sets of slightly smaller ones, belonging to helpful people named Bret, Jon, Joe, Kate, and the in-laws, Charlie and Susie. 

Our friends are HARDCORE.  Seriously.  We commenced work at 8pm on Friday night and at 3:30 in the morning, the helpers trooped out of here.  3:30!  (No, our friends are not available for rent.)  We are still pondering how best to thank these people, roses and champagne fountains just don't seem sufficient for a labor of love such as the one that happened here Friday night.  It was amazing.  Drywall was hefted from the truck up to the house, from the house into the backyard, into a rope harness and up through an outer window.  Six outlets went up, insulation went up around dormers and on slanted and angled surfaces.  Shimming and furring and all sorts of other awesomeness happened.  A midnight warm brownie break fueled the final push to the finish. As the last piece of plywood went camera died.  So the only good pic I have of the night's activities is the below:

That's Joe and Jon hefting in a sheet of drywall.  Looks easy, but Joe is about 10 feet up in the air on a ladder and a sheet of drywall weighs 75 lbs.  HARDCORE.

The next morning (me running on four hours sleep, Fred on zero) I snapped the following pics before the drywall guy came:
 Yay insulation and plywood!  The plywood is so that the windows can sit in openings of the right depth.  And see that outlet box there?  Wired it myself!

 Hello lovely insulation!  The shiny stuff had to be laboriously cut by hand to exactly fit the mismatched sizes and angles of the studs.  Lucky for us we have anal-retentive friends named Jon and Bret who come armed with their own knives!  Can't thank those guys enough.

 Oh insulation, I look forward to you keeping me warm in the winter.  Check out the red duct tape.  We didn't have quiiiite enough insulation and we had to get creative.

Shortly thereafter the drywall guys came and hung all the sheetrock!  Yay!  The next morning, (while we were playing hooky, more on that later) Tracy the Taper came and did the first round of taping and mudding and now the room looks like this!

 This is the view from the hall, see how awesome our windows are going to look?

 The left hand dormer.

 The right hand dormer.

The awesome window bank.

The right dormer and you can see the door to my closet in this pic on the right side.

What will be the door to our bedroom in the center, closets on either sides.

Beautiful high ceilings!

Remember how it used to look?

 Now it looks like this:

Yay!  If you are one of the amazing helpers from this weekend, thankyouthankyothankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou.  This post wouldn't have happened without you and having walls is SO exciting!  The mudding should be done on Friday, painting and windows maybe this weekend, carpet early next week and then we're good to GO!  Wheeeeee!


  1. awesome! i cant even believe it's the same. can't wait to see it in real life.

  2. Wow! You guys are really making some progress! :) I'm so glad you're blogging along the way, it's going to be so great to have those before, during and after pics to see how far you've come. Love it!