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Our House, In The Middle Of Our Street

By Wyatt Earp | July 30, 2009

No Roof

Well, the construction team is here, and as you can see by the photo, they are kicking shingles and taking names. Our roof is off – at least the part of the roof that will be raised – and they guys spent yesterday removing the beams. Today, they will be moving inside to put up ceiling supports, so the first floor can support the new weight above.

There was a lumber delivery at the end of the day – you can see that in the photo, too – and our driveway is being taken up by a massive dumpster. Kyle and Erik want to play inside of it, and the wife joked that they could fill it with water and turn it into a swimming pool.

The boys thought she was serious.

The addition is expected to be completed in a few months, but so far, everything is going well. The kids are excited about getting their very own bedrooms, and even more excited that they can watch SpongeBob again. The DIRECTV satellite dish had to come down on Tuesday, but the techs came out yesterday to reconnect everything. The dish is on a pole in the corner of the backyard now, and it is cemented into the ground. That was the best choice, since the renovations call for a new chimney and a new roof for the entire house. No sense is putting the dish on the other side of the roof for it to be taken down again.

The team put a tarp on the open roof, which is good. Unfortunately, it rained all afternoon and evening yesterday, and we have a few minor leaks and a partially water-damaged living room ceiling. That’s not so good. Thankfully, they said they’ll fix that, too.

So, now you’re all caught up. I’ll post relevant updates as they occur.

Topics: All About Wyatt | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “Our House, In The Middle Of Our Street”

  1. Randal Graves Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 8:00 am

    “There was a lumber delivery at the end of the day”

    - Good, I’m thinking about building a skate ramp at my house. I have have to stop by in the middle of the night for some wood shopping.

  2. Maggie Mama Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Something very eerie looking at your home minus a roof, isn’t it.

    It will be so worth it though.

  3. USAdmiral Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Renovations are never pretty. At least it saved you moving to another house.

  4. AJ Lynch Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Tell the boys to stay away from that dumpster. Did you see the story about the kids who was dumped out of his father’s dump truck? The guy took his kids to work and they were playing on a dirt pile or on a truck and the operator never saw or heard them.

    So make sure they stay away Wyatt.

  5. cbullitt Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Congrats Wyatt, more places to hide from the kids when your done. To commemorate the occasion; an apology, of sorts, about yesterday’s post is in this one:

  6. MUD Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    The toughest job I have ever had was surviving the building of our house here at Rabbit Run. There is no end to the selection of things like paint, rugs, electric lights and even switch plates. We finally decided that if it was pretty, she did it. If it was functional or mechanical it was my job. Yes, the biggest surprise will be when she wants to exceed the carpeting/floor covering allowance to get that carpet that is just one grade better. We don’t even talk about the tile anymore. MUD

  7. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    The NY Times just had an article on dumpster pools. A liner was put in a newish dumpster, filled with water, and a filtration system added. I think your wife is on to something. Your children deserve a dumpster pool- it’s so cutting edge!

  8. Doghouse Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    It looks like one of those photos of a house that was hit by a tornado and had its roof ripped off.

    Looking forward to the “after” pictures.

  9. crem9052 Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    For GOD sakes man, when your finished get yourself some central air.

  10. The Girl Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Sweet ! Good luck with your renovations.

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Randal – Well, say hello when you drive by. I’ll be the one with the sniper rifle sitting in a rocking chair.

    Maggie – yeah, it is a bit unsettling. The ominous rain clouds didn’t help, either.

    Admiral – Hell no. We’re lucky. Our neighborhood is nice and quiet, chock full of police officers and firefighters.

    AJ – They are more concerned with watching rather than getting involved.

    cbullitt – Well crafted.

    MUD – They are working inside and outside the living room today, putting up ceiling supports until the new beams are put in. So, I now have six people in my Fortress of Solitude – the basement – and it’s pretty cramped here now.

    Mrs. Crankipants – She wants a pool. I want to keep my fabulous Zoysia grass backyard. I win, if only because our electric wires come straight across the middle of the yard.

    Doghouse – As am I. I just want another bathroom in the house.

    Crem9052 – It was one of the first things we asked for. We’re getting it.

    The Girl – Thanks! Can’t wait until everything is finished.