Drywall staged in master bedroom
Front speaker wire and frame ready for drywall - master bedroom
The ceiling is in place - dining area
Walls going up - dining area
Walls going up - dining area. These guys on the "hanging" crew are paid by the sheet and work at a frenzied pace. (No, blue-shirt isn't REALLY drilling into white-shirt's back!)
Master bedroom looking north to office
Master bedroom looking west. New ceiling on left, existing on right.
Front hall looking south to family room. Check out the drywall dust hanging in the air!
Cutting in the can light fixtures
Front entry looking east to den
Walls up - den
All the drywall was hung in two days' time. The next several days will be taken up with taping, sealing and sanding. Here Kevin, the boss, is applying joint compound.
Detail - drywall tape + first coat of joint compound
Water and mixer for making joint compound
Scads of drywall nails
Kevin on his shorter stilts - dining area
Kevin working on the front hallway. His big kerosene heater is keeping the place warm until the furnace can be turned on.
It was the weekend, so Kevin's two youngest children came along to help Dad. They worked hard! The boy had a ball with RKB's nail-grabber.
Kevin's "tall" stilts
Creation by the kids - cardboard, drywall tape and drywall nails. A roof perhaps?
Family room looking north to front door
Remember the four pillars supporting the microlam beams? The pillars connect to the microlam via Simpson-tie brackets and heavy bolts. For the three pillars hidden in walls, the final step was to remove the bolts and replace them with a super-strong cement.
First coat of joint compound on the family room ceiling joints
South office wall. Existing ceiling has been joined to new.
Front speaker frame, now with drywall - master bedroom
Office doorway - first coat of joint compound
Office doorway - next day, second coat of joint compound
South office wall - second coat of joint compound. All those dark (wet) areas must dry out before sanding can begin.
Nov 7 - office looking northwest. Now we need lots of warm air to dry all this stuff out for sanding. Before the main furnace can be turned on, AEP must connect power and then the furnace must be vented.
The external water meter in its second but NOT-final location. The saga is too long to include here -- I'll just say that it took a lot of correspondence and two more tech visits to move the meter to an acceptable, less-visible location.
Nov 4 - the city inspector's tag giving the go-ahead to cut over to a permanent power connection