It’s been four weeks since construction began.  We’re almost closed in.  Friday after Thanksgiving, and my family has the day off…as does our Contractor.  It’s a pleasant reprieve from the hectic push of project deadlines all trying to get bid before the holidays.

In the belly of the whale.  It’s a shame this will all be concealed by drywall.



What comes down must go up.  Demolition.



Demolition took only a few days, but was the hardest to work through.  Especially the masonry gables coming down. My brain was completely frazzled by mid-afternoon. Having learned my lesson, I vacated to the public library on the day they brought down the chimney.  It can only go up from here.


Floor Joists.




The Roof.  Framing and Sheathing.





I’ve put off writing my first blog post, trying to decide what topic would be worth the start.  And finally, I have a reason to blog.  We’re beginning construction of a second floor addition at our 1939 house (read: home office).  As an independent spec writer, I work out of my home and travel to my architects’ offices for meetings.  We’ve moved ourselves into the basement over the last week or two.

And now today, Day One, I’m attempting to work through the noise, trying to gauge the intelligence of this decision.  Our cat Wrigley has a brain the size of a walnut, as I learned from some nature show.  I never knew if they meant with or without the shell, but based on my cat, it seems to vary day to day.  Today, he has a walnut-with-shell brain, and he’s even smarter than me – he’s hiding in the darkest reaches of our basement spare bedroom’s closet.  If I could fit in there with my laptop, I’d join him.

The Contractor’s work today consists of delivering a dumpster, laying OSB to protect the existing 1st level wood floors, taking down our wood doors, and taking the plaster ceilings down.  I said “laying” OSB, I should have said “dropping” OSB.  But that step is done, and now they are unscrewing the door hinges from the frames. There’s a lot of thumps, and the sounds of drilling and dragging.

Here’s a quick “before” picture from a couple days ago.  It’s already dated because as of five minutes ago, there’s now a dumpster in the driveway.  I’ll be tracking construction progress in future posts.  But today, I need to get back to my work – with some headphones.

Before – View from across the street.  Goodbye green grass.