|This week at the Ranch House we were pleasantly surprised to find this tree in full bloom.|
My right hand girl...
Amelia, is often on site with me. Thanks to me, she has probably watched way too many DIY shows on HGTV and has an unrealistic perspective of real life renovation and home building. She is more of a back seat driver. .. Back before we had hired anyone to come work on the house and Ben and I were doing all the demolition our selfs she told me most people do not work on their own house, we just need to "find" the guy from property brothers and he will come out and build our house. Now that we have hired people to work on the house she thinks things should be moving quicker and is not afraid to tell the workers to get to work. Last week she asked my plumber what he was doing and after he gave her a very quick vague answer she told him he had a ton to do so he needed to start working harder. Four year olds are the best!
The walls are going up..
Block walls going up
The exterior block walls are finished ...
This is another view of the back of the house. It is so nice to finally see the trusses up!
Below is a picture of just one of many scary wires my electrician found in the attic. There are a lot of things homeowners can do and learn how to do with time and practice. Maybe doing your own wiring is not a good idea. The picture below is not an extension cord. It is a makeshift cord that was plugged into some random uninsulated outlet in my attic that connected to other electrical junctions. This is a huge fire hazard! He also found wires that were just cut, not taped off or anything, also ones that were cut and taped off with masking tape (that tape is a paper product and can catch fire!!). We were not planing on rewiring the entire house but, because of the wiring mess in the attic my electrician ended up pulling nearly all the old wires. I am just so glad we are getting it all fixed!.. A house down the street for the Ranch House burnt down from an electrical fire in the attic. I will rest easier once we move in knowing that the wiring throughout my house is all new and up to code.
Things are definitely happening at the Ranch House. It is fun to look back and see where we came from. Sometimes it seems like this process is moving at a snails pace.
This week I ordered all the plumbing trim and the bath tub.
Here is what I got for my faucets. I had to get a wall mount faucet because my vanity is an antique buffet that I am turning into a double sink vanity and it is a little too narrow to mount a faucet and sink.
Here is a picture of the antique buffet. I found it on Craigls list. I need to do a little work to it. Like, put marble on the top, mount the sinks and paint it but all in all it is in great shape!
Here is what my bathtub looks like... I am so excited about it!
I ordered the plumbing trim from Farnsworth wholesale. A store I did not know existed till recently. And I got my a brand new acrylic claw-foot bathtub for $600.00 from a consignment store in downtown Phoenix called Desert Wholesale. $600.00 is a steal! Desert wholesale has tons of stuff, faucets, sinks, toilets, tools, tile, granite and marble slabs and much much more, for way below retail price.