Quiet = Work
I know I’ve been rather quiet since the roof was done on Cottage East. You might have thought that I wasn’t doing anything much.
And except for moving hundreds of bricks, here, there, and everywhere – aieeee, my aching back!
On a side note: I went in to see the chiropractor yesterday. “Oh yeah, I can see those muscles are tight in your middle and upper back,” he says, “Are you still moving bricks?” I tell him that I am. “Yep, that would do it.”
My goals have changed from covering the entire backyard of Cottage East in bricks to simply creating paths wherever I need them. There were several reasons for this:
- The backyard of Cottage East is not level and I currently do not have the time or means to level it.
- The bricks needed to be moved right away – so instead of just making piles everywhere, I’m laying down pathways. Easier to walk on, less to mow, and if I want to do something different later, I can move them.
- Stacked bricks are attractive to others – I know I look at them with a certain level of acquisitiveness – and that just encourages ne’r do wells to come by and take some.
Last Push Before Winter
Once we pulled the brick facade off of the sides and put the roof on, we realized that some of the wood framing was badly rotted.
Of course it was. Murphy’s Law and all that.
So we hired some contractors to come in, reinforce a structural part of the foundation (they raised floor about an inch), remove the rotting wood, install a concrete lip that directed rain away from the building, frame out the windows, cover the outside in OSB/plywood and wrap it in Tyvek.
The finished the west side on Tuesday and are hard at work on the east side now.
Next year we hope to bring them back to install the windows and siding. That will stabilize the structure and get Codes off of our backs.
Speaking of the Codes Department – I’ve got the direct email of the guy who handles our area.
I try and keep him updated because I’ve found that he will work with us if we are forthright. The other day I sent him an email letting him know the roof had been replaced, the crumbling brick had been removed, and what our plans were for the rest of this year. I was honest with him and said, “That will be it until next spring/summer because financially we are tapped out until then.”
He sent me an email back thanking me and letting me know that he would come by, take some photos, and make sure we received extensions on the codes violations.
So much better than getting a summons to housing court, don’t you think?!
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