Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ziva likes her new basket.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

For those of you who were wondering what Jim's finger looked like underneath the big fat bandage...

The first pizza baked in the Tulikivi.

The pizza is done. But if you look closely, you will notice it is far past done. In fact, it's so burned on the bottom that it's inedible!

That's 5 minutes in a 460 degree oven with the pizza set directly onto the bricks in the oven. NOT a good idea!

We did eat the sausage, pepperoni, and cheese off of the top of the pizza.

Charcoal pizza.....

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The kitchen countertops were installed today. There are only a few things left on the list to do before we can move in!

The countertop in the master bath is in and looks great.

More kitchen cabinets...

Jim and Steve got the stairs all done on Thursday.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The railing is all installed. One step closer to moving in.....

Jim and Steve got a good start on the steps today. They are half way finished.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Now, before we get started, let's take a few moments to talk about shop safety......Please remember to read and follow the safety instructions.....

Jim has about six stitches in his middle finger from an accident with the router. If only he had used the yellow work holder.....

The stitches can come out in about two weeks.

Jim has got the floor of the shower finished. Now for the walls....

Jim and Steve started working on the railing around the stairs to the basement. They got the posts in place and the trim around both sides of the stairs.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The railing is really nice!

The railing on the deck is now complete.

Jim is enjoying the new deck.

Ziva's favorite place to sleep - the laundry basket.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

We picked out the kitchen and master bath countertops. Should be installed by November 20th. May be able to move in by Thanksgiving......
All of the decking is complete including the stairs.

The decking and railing are maintenance free.
Jim and Steve got a couple of the railing sections installed on Monday.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The decking should be finished on Tuesday. Next will be the railing.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

We had a beautiful afternoon on Saturday to start laying the decking.

Jim and Steve finished the hardwood flooring in the hallway - looks great!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Jim finished installing a sink and countertop in the laundry room. One step closer to moving in....

The cabinets are looking good!
Jim and Steve started installing the kitchen cabinets.

The painters are just about finished painting the outside of the house.

Let's play cat and mouse!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Jim installed the toilet in the master bath today. And he started working on the shower.

We picked out decking material too.

This year's field corn crop was a little disappointing - next year will be better. This will only run the corn stove for about an hour. :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

The hardwood flooring is installed in the other first floor bedroom.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

We took advantage of a sunny day to plant some shrubs along the front porch.

The hardwood flooring in the master bedroom is finished and looks great!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

We got the hardwood flooring installed in the master closet. We are going to start on the shower next.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sidewalks and front steps - finally!
Sidewalk on the south side of the garage.

Jim and Steve got the OSB installed over the Lite Crete in the two upstairs bedrooms a couple of days ago.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A new energy efficient washer and dryer. Sweet! The countertop for the cabinets should arrive in a couple of weeks and the laundry room will be pretty much complete.

All of the joists are in place and we have temporary steps to the deck What a beautiful sunny day we had today. The solar water panels were around 120 degrees and we got lots of hot air out of the air panels. The barn is toasty warm.

What do you think about a pumpkin color in the kitchen?

Jim's got the cabinets in place for the master bath. Now all we need is a counter top.

We lit a fire in the bake oven last night. We only got the temperature up to around 200F. The Tuli still needs to cure a bit before we set a really big fire.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

About half of the joists are in place. Looking good!

Monday, October 5, 2009

It's a little hard to see but the deck was started today. A gorgeous fall day!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

We've been waiting for this for a long time - the first fire in the Tulikivi.

You have to open one of the clean out holes and burn a couple of pieces of newspaper to get a good draft started.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Our solar water panels are doing a pretty good job keeping us warm in the barn via a radiant floor heating system. As you can see, the floor temp is 73.2 which is giving us an air temperature around 70. It feels very comfortable for this time of the year.

Cabinets! We picked up the cabinets for the master bath, master closet, and kitchen today. Jim has already installed the cabinets in the closet.