12. Catch up Post

This is how Bob and I are living in Truckee.

The perfect living room?  Not!  Notice the garage thru the window-this window will be gone.

The perfect living room? Not! Notice the garage thru the window-this window will be gone.

Temporary kitchen.  It is amazing what you can cook in a microwave, rice cooker, crock pot & wok!

Temporary kitchen. It is amazing what you can cook in a microwave, rice cooker, crock pot & wok!

We put all new windows in the house during late July and early August.  Except for the windows on the main floor all the windows are the same size as before.  They needed to be replaced since they were fogging and not as energy efficient as we needed.  It’s great to have nice, clear windows but we gave up a little glass space and Bob will need to trim out each of the windows inside the house as time goes on. (Bob knew this of course, but it was a surprise to me!)

Sample of new windows from the inside with trim to fix.

Sample of new windows from the inside with trim to fix.
Many also lost the wooden sill.

The large pane windows on the 3rd floor loft were replaced a few weeks ago.  Except for one window near the tree branch that could not be replaced until the electrical panel was done.  So for a week or so we had this great open air view through our bedroom door!

3rd Floor windows all out.

3rd Floor windows all out. The one near the tree branch was out for a few weeks.

View from the 3rd floor with the windows out.

View from the 3rd floor with the windows out.

New windows on 3rd floor loft.

New windows on 3rd floor loft.

The guys put on the ‘belly band’ which consists of ice & snow guard (the black stuff) all around the house to mark the separation of the 1st floor from the second floor and then installing 2″ by 12″ heavy wood trim as the top of the stucco and the bottom of the cedar siding which is going on.

Garage built with window and new window exterior trim in place.

Garage built with window and new window exterior trim in place.

Belly band going up to separate the stucco 1st floor from the rest of the house.

Belly band going up to separate the stucco 1st floor from the rest of the house.

Elder & Bob putting up the wood trim for the 'belly band'.

Elder & Bob putting up the wood trim for the ‘belly band’.

The guys did all of this, plus putting in the front door (finally).  Wouldn’t you know that after waiting so long for it to arrive, the complete door was 4 inches narrower than we ordered due to the sidelights being 12 inches each instead of 14 inches each.  They had to re-frame the entry as we couldn’t wait for a new door to be built!  At least the door is the correct size and we can live with the narrower sidelights.

The new front door.

The new front door.

All windows and doors are now in on the main level.

All windows and doors are now in on the main level.

The past week (August 12-18th) was all about getting ready for the stucco contractor. They needed the 1st floor exterior ready for stucco which means that all the door & window trim must be installed and stained. Each trim piece had to be beveled toward the stucco side and each cut had to be stained prior to going up.

Trim almost complete. belly band complete and building paper installed  at areas with trim.

Trim almost complete. belly band complete and building paper installed at areas with trim.

On Sunday, August 18th, we took a drive to Portola, CA to check out the Railroad Days making a long round trip to Reno for supplies.  Turns out much of the activity was Saturday so it was pretty quiet in Portola.  The drive was beautiful and we stopped and had lunch near the Feather River just across from the old WP tracks that run from Portola to Reno.

Feather River-so beautiful!

Feather River-so beautiful!

Next post–will be the stucco going on and cedar siding going on.  It’s starting to look like lots of progress now that the infrastructure (gas lines, water lines, waste lines, foundation and electrical rough) is done!  Thanks for checking in!

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6 thoughts on “12. Catch up Post

  1. The house will look finished from the outside very soon. It will be all buttoned up for winter. it looks very nice. Will you be changing the color or the trim color? I noticed the front door looks brown in color, it is stained wood or painted brown? We are still painting ours, it is 2/3 done. The parts that are finished look good. Enjoy seeing your progress.
    Betty

    • Since you are living this at your house, you are correct. Soon the outside will look done but there will still be so much work inside! The house will be all cedar horizontal wood on the 2nd & 3rd floor and off-white stucco and stone on the 1st floor. Today, 9/10/2013, they are supposed to be putting on the final color coat of stucco. The cedar is going up simultaneously on the rear of the house-that started yesterday. The doors were ordered to match the new window exterior frames. I think it is paint. Thanks for your comments, looking forward to visiting your place soon. Hugs, Vicki

  2. I’ll better stay away a little while longer or I’m sure you’ll put me to work! Looking great guys…. you’re doing a terrific job. Promise to stop by real soon… Hugs, Anna

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