Initial site-work and driveway
Preparation for workshop construction which alternated between Kennebec Timber Framing, and our own work. The goal was to have the workshop functional before it was needed for work on house cabinets and trim.
LATE FALL 2016
Excavation and foundation work for the main house
The house was designed as a “NetZero” house which would produce all the power needed for heat and utilities from a combination of tightness, insulation, and solar panels. The modular units were designed by “BrightBuilt” homes which focuses on “NetZero” homes. The modular units were built by “New England Homes.”
The modular units for the house and garage arrive and are placed.
The roof is “unfolded” as the gable ends are set in place.
The garage was delivered in panelized sections and set in place on the following day.
The modular units were finished through drywall for the downstairs. We were responsible for the remaining interior work downstairs, and all work upstairs except for the roof insulation.
The connection between the house and garage was built on-site by the contractor since the modular factory preferred not to ship a longer module and did not wish to be involved with the fireplace which was to be located in the ell.
As work on the outside continued, our work on various interior items such as built-ins, kitchen and bath cabinets continued.
Upstairs framing for two bedrooms and bath continues. The larger bedroom will be used as a sewing room.
The mini-split heating system was set in place in early spring and was fully functional in just a couple weeks.
Plumbing was sub-contracted. The hot water unit is a heat pump designed to minimize energy consumption.
Main bathroom work
Upstairs framed, wired, and insulated.
Upstairs drywall was sub-contracted and completed very quickly with our painting to follow.
Kitchen counters arrive.
The house in Thorndike where I had grown up was placed on the market in early May. It was “priced to sell”, but sold much sooner than anyone anticipated, so we moved into the new house in late May with much interior and exterior work yet to be done.
Solar panels installed on the workshop and garage roofs.
Our work of siding the house began in June and continued through September.
LATE SUMMER – FALL 2017
Simon joined our household (and older cat, Miss Molly) mid-summer and is very handsome, friendly, and (if not sleeping!) more than willing to help with most work inside the house. It was not clear if Miss Molly really wanted another cat, but fortunately they have co-existed peacefully.
In the middle of work on our own house, Tristan provided a much-needed diversion when he purchased an 1821 colonial in Weare, NH. The house was in purchased in “move in” condition, but with much work that could be done over time. This old colonial is a real gem with much original trim, nearly all original or near-original flooring (found under wall-to-wall carpets), and 6 fireplaces and bake oven (non-functional at present, but with some potential.) Our family vacation in September was spent in Weare helping Tristan clean out the house and get started on some initial renovation work.
FALL 2017 – WINTER 2018
Work continued on multiple fronts, especially for interior trim, and other details.
The fireplace/bake oven work begins in the kitchen ell.
Work on the porch begins.
Miss Molly, our happy resident who, sadly, did not live to see the completion of the house after developing several health problems.
After a brief period without Miss Molly, Simon (now “senior” cat) was simply delighted to have a new kitten, Thomas. They have been best buddies since this initial meeting.
Of course, taking care of a very active new kitten can be very tiring…
But, it’s worth it.
The completed fireplace/bake oven and paneled wall. Flooring is yet to be done in this part of the house.
The workshop sign was placed as a “sign” of work completed as well as work yet to be done.
SUMMER and FALL 2018
The exterior completed except for the porch.
Flooring acclimating prior to being installed throughout the house.
While some interior work remains, the house is nearly finished. There has even been time for significant progress on another on-going project. The organ is entirely software based and is capable of loading numerous current and historic organs that are now available from several producers.
I have (only) another 60 stop pulls to turn!