A lot's happened at the tick farm over the past month. Most visibly,
the farmhouse now has a shiny new metal roof that is warrantied longer
than I'm likely to be alive. Undeneath that barn-red top, the old gal
is undergoing some serious surgery.
This is most evident in the Florida Room -- The floor is now level and
reinforced in a few places. The noticable dip in the roof has been
corrected, in part by replacing the single 2x4 in the center with eight,
but also through use of proper headers and heavily-reinforced ceiling
joists that are no longer inappropriately notched (and in some cases,
actually cracked), now properly strapped to the main structure.
Two large 96" windows will look eastward, while the two ends will have
36" windows, letting in quite a bit of light.
This shows three of the four 60" windows wrapping the master bedroom,
which will take up the entire north wing -- now with proper headers to
provide strength and rigidity. Roughly a 13' section in the middle will
be the master bath, closet, and HVAC+pantry space, with the southern
wing consisting of a large open kitchen/common area joined by the
Tomorrow, the habitable section will start getting torn apart so that
its windows and doors can be replaced -- larger, better insulated, and
hurricane-rated -- and to finish strapping the roof and floor together.
When this massive phase is all done, the exterior will be complete:
windows, sheathing, moisture barriers, siding, soffits and venting, and
of course, capped by the new roof. Oh, and a rebuilt porch and proper
gutters all around.
Afterwards, the interior work can resume. Framing out the floorplan is
all that's on the current quotes, but coming down the pipe is
electrical, HVAC, plumbing, the LPG tank and lines... and then celings,
walls, floors, outfitting a kitchen and bathrooms... the list goes on
and on and on.
Yes, I'm essentially building a new house using the skeleton of an old
one. And it's going to be awesome.