|The Diary of Our House And Barn Projects|
Dear Families and Friends,
"The plan is that we will be able to have house guests by now." (Prediction of March 22.)
October reality is something else. All in all, we are not TOO far from our prediction of six months ago, maybe just one month slipped, but house guests would get pretty dirty and dusty up in the barn right now.
October 3, Add a Little More
We start the month making a little more progress. Slavko's team has installed bathroom walls on the ground floor, finished more drywall on the main level, and painted the ceiling on the highest level. If we look carefully for progress, we can even note that Mr. Kramer's electrician now has wires running out of orange plastic boxes instead of from holes in the wall.
Over the next week or so, we should have all the drywall done, and most of the painting as well. We may even start getting tiles put in the bathroom. After that, it's DIY for the wood wall covering on the gable walls and then more DIY for the floor, plus, I think, an attempt at DIY tiles in the "cow stall". How fussy can our cows be, after all?
October 10, Tiles and the Last Window
Oliver Kral started the serious tile work for the bathroom and for the entrance floor. He really does do nice work, straight lines, flat seams, and patterns that fit in the room. He and Mr. Löhr had to work out the who-comes-first of fitting a window directly on the tile. Both of these Pommersfelden craftsmen know their jobs.
October 12, Painting Almost Done
Upstairs, most of the painting was finished. There's nothing radical here, just the color we term "broken white" in English-translated-from-German.(I guess "off white" is more what natives would say.
October 18 and 19, Profi and Amateur Tile
So, that's where we are, a bit more than mid-way through October. Not too far from plan, but the weak link among the workers is easy to identify. My best decision was to hand off some DIY work to Mr. Löhr and to Mr. Slavko before that! Oh well, I'm busy at work (and, at home, I'm busy worrying about the world economy.)
October 23, Wood Wall Covering
This is a part-time job, so it won't be done until Monday. Then, the heater guy and the electrician will be finishing up on Tuesday and Wednesday. By the time Marianne gets back, she won't recognize the place. (Don't tell her.)
So, as sunset comes earlier and earlier, it looks like the original plan for a late Fall finish won't be far off, particularly since Marianne is at work in California today having our shipment packed up for a "six to eight week" trip to it's new home. Christmas should have us opening very big boxes!
October 25, Opening Up
Its Saturday, DIY day.. Potentially, we were going top work on finishing the cow stall floor, but my tile master ran out of time. Just as well, as I'm not sure I can kneel yet.
Upstairs, the carpenter has finished enough of the wooden wall covering that I can do my bit by applying the oil finish. It's an easy process, just wet a rag with the special (= expensive) oil and wipe on. I'm not sure what this application does, in fact, since the color stays the same and even the feel of the wood changed only a little. I managed to finish the upper field-side wall and the street-side wall on the main floor. The former allows us to remove the work platform on top of the beams. Finishing the main floor wall allows the heating contractor to install his heater.
So, by the end of the day, we could see the ceiling again. The Fall sunshine also allowed a couple more front and back scenery shots. I can't wait until we can enjoy this without working so hard!
I don't know if I'll have the energy to work on Sunday. There's always plenty of things to do!
(It turned out that I did work, but I took no pictures, so this is how the October record will end, closer to finished but not there yet.)
October 23, Meanwhile, Back in America
Our Grand Plan is not just happening in Germany. While I was working in Old Europe, Marianne and Gabby were in New World California taking on the task of packing up our 10-years-stored worldly goods. When we left San Jose in 1998, we basically packed suitcases, handed the condominium keys to Gabby, and said: "take care of it". She did, but eventually her life moved on, we sold the condo, and our "things" went into Unit 1126, Lincoln Avenue Self Storage.
Once, a couple of years ago, Marianne and I opened the rolling door to 1126 and peered in. The place was so full and confusing that we simply closed the door and said "We'll get to that some year." Now, with the new space in the barn, "some year" has arrived.
Take care and, don't forget, if you want some antique rice, tell Gabby.
John and Marianne
|The Diary of Our House And Barn Projects|