Friday, January 22, 2010

It's Been A Long Time

Well, I just noticed that it's been a little over a year since I last posted here. A lot has happened since then. Unfortunately, not anything to the bungalow. The economy hit my job pretty hard and I had to go part time. Then, I had to supplement my (part time) income by going back to working at the jail. That's something I never thought I woud do again.

I am planning to get started on the house again soon.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Under Roof

I went back to work on the house last Friday and Saturday. Finally got the roof decked!
Next, I need to finish building the roof over the porch and tie it all together. We will then, put the roof felt on and be "dried in."

Monday, December 29, 2008

More Photos

Yesterday, my Uncle came up and saw the house for the first time. He has been a carpenter for centuries (it seems) so, his approving nod meant a lot to me. I realized that I haven't put any new photos up lately so - here are some updated ones:

Monday, October 20, 2008

Bill Gaither and Rafters...

Friday night Denise and I went to a Gaither Gospel concert. They are one of my favorite singing groups. We were working a table for Operation Christmas Child and got to go to the concert for free! Denise and I got our picture taken with Ernie Haase and Signiture Sound (another of my favorite singing groups that performs with Bill Gaither).

Saturday, We went out to the house and started building the roof. We put up the ridge and a whole two rafters. Whew! I was pretty unhappy. I just couldn't seem to get it together and kept cutting the bird's mouth wrong on almost every one of them. Finally we gave up (out of sheer desperation) and went home.

This evening, I went out and you would have thought a miracle happened. Nobody was available to help tonight and I had to work by myself. I put up 10 rafters in two hours. That's measuring, cutting, climbing up ladders and installing them all one at at time! I guess my dry spell was over and I was in the zone again. Thank God!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Our Plan...

This is the Floor Plan for our Bungalow. It is a little less than 800 square feet but, very livable. Since it is only Denise and I (and occasionally) 1 or 2 Grandchildren, we decided that we could live in a smaller house. We are also paying for it as we build it so, that also contributed to its compact size.

So far, I have $3,996.75 invested in the house. That includes the entire Framing Package. I shopped around (a lot) and asked people to beat each others prices. You will be surprised at how low salesmen are willing to go if you just ask. I have been all over the world (with the military) and I can tell you that we are one of a very few cultures that actually pays the sticker price without questioning it. Most other countries negotiate everything. Try it sometime and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

Anyway, I am an avid researcher of Aladdin and Sears homes from the early 20th Century. I have several old catalogs from 1919 and 1929 and so on. I was thumbing through my 1929 Aladdin Catalog the other night and came across this plan:
Denise thought that I had used the middle plan as inspiration for our floor plan. Here's a closer look:

I was amazed at how closely they resemble each other. Take out the wall between the Living and Dining Rooms, Remove the Basement stairs and slightly move some of the windows and it'a a dead ringer for the plan I designed. Guess I could have saved a lot of time if I had just looked through the catalog first! Anyway, I'll bet my next paycheck that I'm the only person in the country building a brand new Aladdin Home from 1929 right now.

Finally - A Clean Job Site!

I've been out working on the house for a couple of hours a day. The sun is now going down at 7:30 pm and that means I only have about 2 1/2 hours a day to work. What's worse is that Daylight Savings time ends in about three weeks and I won't be able to work in the evenings at all. There is a chance of rain all this week and I don't mind telling you it makes me very nervous. I need to get the roof up and dried in as fast as possible. Friday, I learned that my Grandfather had passed away so, I took the day off and went out to work on the house to try take my mind off of what had happened. It helped a little. Tim came out and we leveled the house (this time for good). We leveled it with water and it is right on the money! Saturday, I went out alone and worked all day. I raised the rest of the walls and installed all the top plates. Later, Denise (my wife) arrived and cleaned up the entire site. It looks great! She also was a tremendous help to me in finishing the top plates. It was very hot and I was getting really tired by the time she arrived. When I was building houses full time, I always liked to have a super clean jobsite. Unfortunatley, what I liked and what I had were two different things. Denise has always made sure that whatever jobsite I was on was kept clean. It kinda spoiled me. Tonight, I went out (and with the help of Lee and Josh) put up about two thirds of the ceiling joists. We worked well past dark and thankfully there was a full moon. We also installed "strong backs" or "rat runs" to keep them strong and stout.
Looking from Kitchen into the Living Room.

Water Heater Closet in Kitchen.

Kitchen window. This is where the sink will be.

Looking from Living Room into the Kitchen.

Looking from Living Room into the hall.

Looking into the Bathroom

High window in the bathroom so people can't see my sexy body!

Looking into front Bedroom from hall.

Looking back into the Hall from the front Bedroom.

Building Inspector........Or .........Mother In Law.

Monday, October 6, 2008


Here is a small copy of the Front Elevation of our new bungalow. I will try to post the rest of the plans sometime soon.