Sunday, April 14, 2013
Back To Building
Yes, i know it's what many of you have been waiting on!! I am back to building on the house! It's not anything major but it is a step towards completing the living room and kitchen. Now, what it is, is that I framed the little hearth that goes under the gas fireplace in the living room. This will be sheathed in Durock and then tiled around the outside. The top will be a 2 inch concrete slab, like the bath and kitchen counter tops will be. Basically all I need to do now is put up my little edge form for the slab and pour that. Then I can start the tile at the bottom and go up. The tile will go all the way up the wall that the heater is installed on. And yes, it will have some decorative parts, not just straight tile.
And just in case you see all that scribbling on the wall there, I did swap my mind on some stuff and had to lay it all out again. I was going to make the hearth end close to the edge of the heater but Jack suggested that I extend it as far as I could so I could put a large vase or some such on either side of the heater. I thought that would look pretty so I moved everything out. I have to mark everything out sometimes on stuff like this because you have to account for so many layers of material; the framing, the Durock, the tile etc. I think this is going to look pretty good when it's done, which will hopefully be soon. BTW, that is 3/4 inch plywood on top and does have a few struts under it to support the weight of the slab.
Just more gratuitous pottery photos. I though these leaf trays came out pretty. I'm getting caught up in my stores, sorta. One store has opened a second location and wanted my stuff to go there too but I told Jack I'm not expanding anymore until this house is finished! The 4 outlets I have now do pretty good and it takes me a pretty regular schedule to keep them supplied. If I were to take on any more stores I'd never have time to work on my house. Hopefully my enthusiasm will hold out and I can get a lot done in these next few months.
I've had a terrible gardening bug since it has warmed up and usually take Sundays to just work on that. And maybe some evenings after we finish with supper! ha! I can't help it. While I have the energy I figure I better take advantage of that. We got some rain in the middle of the day but I still managed to backfill part of a stone wall I'm working on, plant a few flowers and then transplant about half a dozen wild hydrangeas down along the driveway. Oh, and Chigger and I went hiking along the mountain in hopes of finding a dropped deer antler but no luck there. I did see some beautiful wild azaleas that are blooming though.
Well, I'll be back soon hopefully with some more goings on. Hope everybody had a nice weekend!!!