17. Slowing to a snail’s pace…

Well, now it’s just Bob working away at Truckee.  Larry and Elder have moved on to new jobs for the winter.  I am staying in Hayward to take care of my parents.  So Bob is working to progress things but tells me it will be much slower from now on.  That’s OK-we have already accomplished so much and limited help was planned!  So updates will be fewer and less pictures of major changes.  But, never fear the work continues.

Tuesday, 10/1, they started the skylight side of the house.  Here is a picture with the holes through the ceiling & roof sheeting..

Skylight holes open to the outside.

Skylight holes open to the outside.

Here is a picture with the skylights from the roof side. Sierra Sage Roofing has done a wonderful job with our roof and the skylights look great!

Skylight holes from the outside.  Due to the angle they look smaller.

Skylight holes from the outside. Due to the angle they look smaller.

Skylights being installed.

Skylights being installed.

Here is a picture of the living room with all that wonderful light!

Let there be light!

Let there be light!

Bob continues to work on the new deck.  Here is the first set of stairs completed on Wednesday, 10/3.  Notice the extra piece of wood on each step.  New regulations require that a 4inch diameter ball cannot fit thru the treads.  But of course, the standard stair height must be kept, hence the additional wood.  A nice detail to slow snow removal in winter and add time to getting the stairs done!

First set of stairs.

First set of stairs.

Bob continues this week (10/14-10/18) completing the deck.  He has to take each board, some of which are 20 ft long by 2 inches by 6 inches, to the back yard and stain them on four sides.  Then after they dry he brings them up to the deck to install.  Usually, I would be painting while he works so this is slowing the progress along with the weather.  He is limited to the time he can stain and work on the deck because of frost on the deck joists in the morning and if the day heats up enough to dry the stain.

October 9th snow

October 9th snow

October 9th snow

October 9th snow

Meanwhile, the sheetrock and texture has been finished in the house (not in the new garage which is another story) so when Bob is not working on the deck he is priming all the sheetrock and starting to paint all the new walls the wall that were patched.

Bob came to Hayward this past weekend for a short stay.  Then he loaded up another truckload of firewood and headed back to Truckee.  He is hoping that by November 1st he can start getting the cabinets installed in the new kitchen.  More pictures soon!

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