House Project #2, Phase 1

April 13, 2008 at 9:32 pm 10 comments

Our second house project is probably going to take us most of spring and summer to complete, but it should be worth it in the end…

The South Side of the house – where most of the action is scheduled to happen.

Since we’ve been getting water in the basement, we decided that grading the dirt away from the house should probably be a priority. Thus, Project 2 will involve:

  1. Removing the sidewalk on the South side of the house
  2. Building a raised planting bed where the path was
  3. Adding a drainage system along the South side of the house
  4. Building a fence
  5. Adding a new pathway using brick pavers
  6. Grading the rest of the yard away from the house (this is not as important since the water only seems to be coming in on the South side, but still should be done)

After all that is done, we’ll probably be doing some landscaping. We also need to have the basement windows replaced with glass block windows since the wood around the windows is currently rotting and the glass block will be safer and probably more energy efficient than what we’ve got now. And finally, we’ll have to scrape old concrete/paint off the basement walls and add a layer of concrete to them (we have to re-grade first because the walls are damp… we’re hoping the regrading will reduce the dampness of the walls).

Remember when I hinted that Jason didn’t do anything around here?  I totally lied.  Check out this action shot.

Today we completed phase 1 – we ripped up the sidewalk along the edge of the house. We are sooooo sore! Jason was primarily responsible for breaking up the concrete with a sledge hammer, and I hauled the concrete to the driveway.  Barley sunbathed most of the afternoon.

The results of today’s work.

This weekend we also:

  • cleaned the entire house
  • gave Barley a bath
  • got Minnesota driver’s licenses
  • took Barley to the vet (he’s doing great, but could lose a little weight… winter wasn’t kind to him)
  • put up some shelves for DVDs/CDs and then unpacked more boxes and put the contents on the shelves (Jason’s special weekend project)
  • went on a double date with Jeff and Andrea – we had delicious mexican at Pepitos!  Yummy!

All in all, a great weekend!


Entry filed under: Barley, Garden, Home, Improvements.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Debbie  |  April 13, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Ah, youth is a wonderful thing! I got tired just reading about your plans. Good luck!

  • 2. Bill.  |  April 14, 2008 at 7:49 am

    This makes me so glad I bought new construction.

  • 3. Uncle Brian  |  April 14, 2008 at 11:40 am

    I noticed in your first picture that you are missing an extension for your rain gutter down spout. I had that problem in our Tosa home. Added the extension and everything dried up.
    Hope you are not doing more work than was needed.

  • 4. Little J  |  April 15, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Is the snow really melted like it seems to be?!?!??! IM MISSING IT!! 😦 Bummer, too bad im so far away, otherwise you know i would be out there helping you too..shoot..what a bummer. 😉 good luck with all your plans!

  • 5. jp  |  April 15, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    The water was coming in towards the back of the house – not in front where the gutter extension is missing… So I suspect we didn’t do more work than we needed to…

    In any case, it’s too late now.

  • 6. D  |  April 16, 2008 at 8:08 am

    I did notice that the osha approved eye protection rules were not followed.

  • 7. jp  |  April 16, 2008 at 9:36 am

    OSHA? What? You’re talking to the guy that scraped paint off of the walls of a house built in 1930 and then went, “why didn’t you tell me it could have been lead paint?”

    Safety goggles are for wimps.

  • 8. Jason  |  April 16, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    I snort lead paint for breakfast.

  • 9. Mom  |  April 20, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Robby doesn’t want to come up to help with the outside work now. You took all the fun stuff away! (sledgehammers, destruction, muscle building, etc…) Don’t even think about having us glaze windows again!!!

  • 10. House Project #2, Phase 2 « 6U  |  May 1, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    […] 1, 2008 in Barley, Garden, Home, Improvements By now, you’re all aware of the madness taking place on the South side of the house. Today we’ve crossed off another project on the list, and it was the easiest project to date. […]


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