Really the last day….this time

So on Tuesday the 10th, we expected the shear wall inspection and for the dry wall to be delivered, and we had a few last tasks to do.  Well, we didn’t notice one of the places that required a shear wall and missed it, so didn’t pass.  The inspector said he might come back that day and we worked diligently on it all morning….even I was swinging a hammer. Fortunately Kavic came back for a couple of hours and trimmed the extra spray in foam insulation on the ceilings.

In the middle of that process, the drywall company came to deliver a massive amount of drywall and leaned about a foot depth of that sheet rock against three walls inside the house.

Since we had been delayed because of the extra sheer wall, it made it a little harder in some spots to put up the spacers we needed to put on each of the posts so they would be level for drywall. We managed to slip them behind the drywall in all locations but one.

So there was no way to fly out on Tuesday and we prepared to leave on Wednesday.  Brian still had many little tasks he wanted to finish and I focused on cleaning up the trailer.  I had to wipe down most of the walls with vinegar as mold was beginning to grow.  I had hoped we would just need a ride to the bus stop in Poulsbo….but we were too late for that, and then I thought we would just need a ride to the ferry in Bainbridge, but we were too late for that, so Michael ended up driving us all the way to the airport.  We don’t usually do that.  We got our flight and were back in our San Mateo home by 8pm.

Now I am trying to get various tasks done to fly out to Newark on a redeye tonight.  I just checked the flights and there were three seats left and I was #2 on the standby list and while I was looking, it changed to two seats left.  I will keep my fingers crossed.  The flight on to the Dominican Republic in the morning is showing 9 seats left with 9 standbys and I think I am #4.  The only thing worse than not making the flight tonight will be making it and then getting stuck in Newark with only one flight a day.


Last day…or it was

Brian has been working on shear walls and final prep for the dry wall installation all day.  It is almost midnight and he is still at the house.  Fortunately Kavic came to work with him this afternoon.  We had planned to leave tomorrow, but we won’t leave until Wednesday.  I was hoping to have an extra day before my conference starts, but I will fly in just in time….assuming there is a seat available on the flight from Newark to the Dominican Republic.  They are filling up.

Shear walls and other last steps

We will be leaving Dragonbelly Farm by Tuesday and I took a couple of 7 minute video clips today….don’t look for great quality.  One is the inside and the other is around the outside and the surrounding area.  I leave on Wednesday for the Dominican Republican for the Federation of the Green Party of Americas meeting and about a week later for Paris for COP 21 and then on to visit friends in Italy so won’t see the house again before 2016.  I know the drywall will be finished by the end of November and if Topsider ever sends the windows, they will be installed and the siding hung.  Friends will be priming the drywall and painting the siding for us while we are gone.  I am not sure how much of the other work will continue in our absence.  I know for sure we will need to do the tile work and interior painting when we return and am not sure how all the electrical and plumbing will be finished.

I will add pictures later.

Insulation is also for soundproofing.

insideinsulationToday Brian and I focused on putting up the interior insulation which hopefully makes it a quiet house.  We had already started on it on Wednesday and were only going to do the parts where there would be drywall on both sides, leaving the parts where it will only be on one side because there is a tile wall (which we will be doing) until later, but since we had open bags, we continued the process insulating almost every wall in the house.  We finally stopped about 6 so we could go to Home Depot to buy OSB for the shear walls which we need to put in tomorrow.  We will have to get an inspection on them before the dry wall crew can start.

All closed up…

BRFrenchdoorThey have been working on installing the doors for the past three days and all the doors from Topsider are now installed….and Brian put on the door knobs.



On Thursday while they were doing all that, I drove to Bremerton about a half hour south and went with Kim, Lanny’s daughter, to Westport to pick up a couch I bought off of Craigslist and then to Ocean Shores and on to her little vacation trailer in Copalis Beach, which she needed to get ready for winter….at least turning on the heat.  Grays_Harbor_WA_MapIt was a 2-1/2 hour drive to the southwest corner of the state..  The beach was quite amazing to me as you can drive along it for quite a distance.  She said it is packed with people in the summer, but it was almost empty as we got there just before the early winter sunset.

The county signed off on our exterior insulation yesterday and I advised the dry waller who will have dry wall delivered next Tuesday and they will probably begin hanging on Wednesday.  He came over today and we went over where we want drywall and where we don’t. We have to finish the inside insulation before then and just realized we need to put up the sheer walls and get them inspected before the dry wall can start.  Brian and I will work on all that over the weekend.  He also needs to add shims to all the corner posts so the dry wall can have a level plane on which to be installed.

I really wanted to put tongue and groove wood on the ceiling in some of the rooms, but was advised to just go ahead and do the drywall and then in the future, when we have the time and energy, we may choose to put wood over it, but meanwhile we will have a finished ceiling.

sealingfrontdoorRandy needs to leave for two weeks on Monday, and did not have the opportunity to finish rebuilding our antique front door, so just nailed a piece of plywood on for the next couple of weeks.  He made sure the other doors were complete.

Another thing that has to happen before the drywall, aka sheetrock, is that the place needs to basically be empty and cleaned up.  We began doing that today.  The crew from Blue Heron took away many of their tools and others, particularly ones that we will need to use, are stored in a job box which is on wheels so it can remain.

I was also hoping to do some exterior painting over the weekend, but rain is forecast.  I sure hope Michael, our caretaker, can be available to do some of the painting, as well as priming the drywall.  I would hate to see the siding go all winter without being painted.

Of course, before the siding can be painted, it needs to be hung and before it can be hung, the windows need to be installed.  But….but….but, they still have not arrived. The last we heard from Topsider, they were suppose to have been shipped two weeks ago, but we have heard nothing, including not getting a tracking number.  Both Randy and I have called and emailed and no response.  I love having an octagon house, but I sure can’t recommend the customer service of Topsider.

We will be leaving Monday or Tuesday, and this is the last time we will be here in 2015.  So much left to do.

The doors have finally arrived

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Randy arrived shortly after 8 saying that he had heard from the trucking company and the doors could arrive anytime.  I started making our breakfast when we heard that the trucker was here and after exploring our long dirt driveway with a turnaround, he had decided that it was unlikely he could turn around and that he would back all the way in.  As much trouble as I have backing a car, I cannot imagine backing a full size tractor trailer. Well he got almost all the way back when he had to go around a gentle curve and he drove the tractor off the road onto too soft of the side….its been raining for about four days, and was stuck.  He detached the trailer and one of the Blue Heron guys towed him out with his 4 WD pickup.  It was quite an effort for him to line up again with the trailer to hook it up.  He then pulled back out the driveway and unloaded the crate with three single doors and two sets of French doors near the road.  IMG_7822Eventually they moved them back to the job site and after a lunch break had set them near each opening.  That left them with very little time to install doors.







IMG_7835 IMG_7834 IMG_7833 IMG_7825They started doing one of the single doors, but I requested that they put in the French door in our bedroom so we would have more light to work as that doorway has had a dark tarp over it.  The height of the opening was too large and they added a 2×6 on top and did get the door installed.  By then it was 4:00.  They will be back tomorrow and hopefully be able to do all the rest of the doors.

6 Days and still hanging insulation

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First I checked with Randy to see if he expected the doors as they were promised by the local moving company on Monday.  He was told that were brought to Port Angeles, 50 miles west, and would be delivered here tomorrow afternoon… has taken them longer to get it from Seattle than it did from North Carolina to Seattle.

We began our work day in the last bedroom and later in the afternoon, moved to the somewhat more complicated foyer.  These last three days have been just Brian and I.  I have been measuring and cutting, and he is installing.





saladWe finally had a break for lunch, or was it dinner at around 4:00.  It is always an interesting challenge coming up with a meal with the somewhat more limited stock of food that I have in the trailer.  I decided to make a salad with spring greens, tomatoes from the garden, goat cheese, walnuts, pecans, avocado, dried shallots, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. At the last minute, I decided to fry up some of the amazing vegetarian sausage I had discovered at Costco about 10 days ago, then stirred in their equally amazing chipotle/raspberry sauce which I discovered in the spring.

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