Update: Drywall.

I’m starting to lose traction on my blog. Things are moving so quickly, I’m having trouble keeping up. I should probably fashion a helmet with a camera attached, so I don’t miss anything. I annoy my father enough as it is, though. (“What did you say the difference between semi-gloss and low lustre are again?” “Wait… why are there nails AND screws in the drywall?” Ummm… can you look at these 27 different outdoor light options I’m considering?” “What do you think of this tile layout?” “How long til I can move in??”) Can you imagine if I showed up to the jobsite with the Blog-o-nator Helmet?

Anyway, these pics were taken yesterday. Today they finished hanging 95% of the drywall, and Kenny cleaned up the mess. Keith talked me out of flat paint. And my good friend Julia @ Rock and Tile ordered my floor tiles, as well as some croc skin* tiles… more on that soon.

(*No crocodiles were injured in the making of the tiles.)

The red really brings it all together, eh? Maybe I should try putting the window treatments on the INSIDE, though.
The red really brings it all together, eh? Maybe I should try putting the window treatments on the INSIDE, though.
Staircase and landing.
Staircase and landing.
View from the loft to the dining and living area
View from the loft to the dining and living area
My office... before Kenny cleaned it spotless today.
My office... before Kenny cleaned it spotless today.
Looking out of the upstairs bathroom into the hallway out to the loft
Looking out of the upstairs bathroom into the hallway out to the loft

"No ants are ever getting in this house" -Dad

My insulation is in, and this baby is 100% sealed shut. Standing in my house is like standing in a vacuum. My ears ring, and I feel like I might float away at any moment.

Everyone's signing the studs.
Everyone's signing the studs.
R38. This stuff is gonna keep me warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
R38. This stuff is gonna keep me warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Fiberglass on top of 1" spray foam. They caulked everywhere too. No ants are getting in this house!
Fiberglass on top of 1" spray foam. They caulked everywhere too. No ants are getting in this house!
In other news, I have a mahogany patio outside my kitchen door! Thanks, Tim! It's beautiful.
In other news, I have a mahogany patio outside my kitchen door! Thanks, Tim! It's beautiful.
And in more news, I have some new black concrete stoops at my front and back doors!
And in more news, I have some new black concrete stoops at my front and back doors! Plus my amazing siding is finished. Thank you Bruce and Susie!

The veins, arteries, lungs, and poop chute

Dad has a wonderful analogy of what building a house is like. He says it’s like watching a soul be created. It starts off as a dream and a hole in the ground. Then you watch the skeleton go up, and the skin goes on, and then the veins and arteries go in… and all the while it’s forming a personality and a life of it’s own. I guess we’re at the veins and arteries stage now.

Joel Stickler has started working his magic with the electricity.
Joel Stickler has started working his magic with the electricity.
Galen and Robbie are putting in the HVAC.
Galen and Robbie are putting in an energy efficient HVAC.
Mike and Zach are putting in the septic field.
Mike and Zach are putting in the septic field. (Frankie thinks this is some MAJORLY satisfactory work! Approved!)