Thursday, May 24, 2012

Making Progress

Thanks to all the help from our friends and family, 
we are making progress on the deck!
Brad digging holes for footings.
That was hard work but we didn't get deep enough, so we had to rent the power auger!
Footing holes approved by step, filling forms with concrete!
On Saturday we had a big crew to help fill in around the footings, get the ledger on the house and put up the beams.
Putting the beams together.
Beams are in place!
Now, we start on the joists.
Tryg wants to get in on the action!  He likes to measure.
Joists are in and now we added the end joist.
So, it turns out there are a lot of steps involved in creating a deck.  
We still have some work ahead of us, 
but we can actually see the deck platform now!  
I'm excited!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

In Process....

So, we have some pretty major projects going on at our house right now.  You can tell by the dust, plastic coverings and the complete and utter mess our house as been for the last 2+ weeks!  Hopefully we'll be working only on the outside very soon though.  At least then we can remove the plastic covers and some of the sheetrock dust!

We are adding a door out from our kitchen into the backyard.  We are also having sheetrock put up on the top half of the fireplace (you may recall from this post).  I am SO excited that things are actually happening!!  Erik and I both have a hard time getting things started and then completing them [I tend to blame him more for this].  I think I blame him because it seems to drive me crazy to have projects that we have not even started or are stuck at a half way point.  I don't know if it bothers him or not, but it doesn't seem to.  I think that makes me even more crazy! 

We'll need to do a little painting and some finish work inside and then we can focus solely on the outside.  The door from our kitchen will soon {I hope very soon!} open onto our new deck!  The door and deck plans have evolved, actually quite rapidly from the first stages.  We have known that we've always wanted a door out from our kitchen [even before we bought the house] because, until now, the only way to get to the backyard is to go through the garage.  

At first we thought we'd go in stages...
1.  Door with steps down to yard.  
2.  Bigger platform out to stairs so we have a little bit of a landing before stepping down.  
3.  12x12 deck off the back.  
4.  Pergola on the deck (or at least in the backyard).  
5.  Bigger deck.  
6.  Screened in porch off the back.  
7.  Three season porch.  
8.  Four Season additional room off kitchen.

Well, one thing led to another and we have now jumped to stage 5!  You know how it goes... "if we're going to do ______, we might as well do ________."  We figured we might as well do a platform if we're going to do stairs.  Then we thought we'd do a 12x12 deck if we're going to do the work of digging footings for a platform.  After we measured out 12 feet by 12 feet, we thought it looked a little small.  So, then, of course, if we're going to dig footings for a 12x12 deck, we might as well dig one more and add a little more wood!  Then, we thought, we might add the porch at some point too.  So, we actually dug extra footings and bought extra wood to make the deck foundation strong enough to add a roof later.  And heck, while we're at it, lets add a pergola on the top!  So, a lot of planning, sketching, phone calling, internet searching, and stopping at the City of Roseville Permit Office took place and now we're in the process of adding a deck!

We still have a lot of work to do, but we've got a good start thanks to friends and family over this past weekend.  Now that the ledger is in and beams are up, we hope it will move a little faster.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Door County Half Marathon

Erik and I went to Door County last weekend with friends, Jake and Tess, while Tryg stayed with Gramma Sue and Bompa D. [Thank You for taking him for the weekend Sue & Randy!!]  Apparently he didn't even ask about us. (I'm a little sad about that but glad that he had a great time without us!)

We went up on Friday afternoon and stayed at Jake's parents' lovely home overnight [Thanks for hosting Tim & Julie!!] so that Erik and Jake could run the Door County Half Marathon on Saturday morning.  They did great and finished in the time they were planning.  They even ended by holding hands across the finish line (in true Jake & Erik fashion).  The weather ended up being perfect!  And Tess and I enjoyed mapping out our route in order to see them at as many different points as possible.  We almost missed them (a couple times) and figure we walked at least 3 to 4 miles that day ourselves (I'll admit it, I was sore that night and the next day from all the walking --but I couldn't complain too much...the guys RAN 13.1 MILES!!)

We celebrated after the Half Marathon with a few Cinco de Mayo parties and Mexican food in Sister Bay.  We got to stay right on the lake that night at Jake's Grandma's cottage.  We were able to {at least we tried to -but we're too used to being on "Tryg Time"} sleep in the next morning.  We walked to a cute little coffee shop and back, then stopped at a brunch buffet on the way out of town.  Yum.

Tess used our camera to get some great shots of the race:
Jake even grew/shaved a "special mustache" for the occasion.