Thursday, March 29, 2012

That's All Folks

The construction phase of the project is DONE. This is an early morning shot, the sun was dappling through the trees...our backyard is such a nice place to be! Anyway, the next phase will be getting all the "stuff" out of the house into the garage. Jon very kindly hung up all three bikes last week (my two bikes and also Gabie's), but there's still more. The Christmas tree, Jon's two sets of golf clubs, my boxes of...well, Jon wouldn't be so kind as to call it "stuff" but I would, ha. We're so looking forward to having our home less cluttered due to our significant lack of storage! So thanks for following our garage-building process. Our next blog postings will likely be dedicated to something more exciting, like our summer trip to Alaska. :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Don't Fence Me In

Jon started off his Sunday purchasing wood for our new fence! We didn't need a lot to cover the back, just enough to fence in the yard from each front corner of the garage to the side fencing separating us from neighbors.
The first poles are up and awaiting their cement! I didn't see much after this, as I headed to the grocery store to spend way too much money on food. :)

Before I knew it he was all done! Jon did all his calculations ahead of time and used every single piece of fence bought, without running over or under. Pretty impressive, eh?

Here is a shot from the inside, showing the left side of the garage. Looks so awesome!! Jon really did a fantastic job.

Jon's closing things up for the day after a busy weekend in the yard. I'm SO thrilled with the fence! We had a make-shift wire fence up to keep in the dog (and to keep her separate from the workers). You can see one of the posts in the foreground of the photo below - I'm so ready to get rid of that, it looks terrible. You can also see where the trench was filled in. We want to work on the yard next.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

It's a lovely day in Nashville! The gutters were put on the garage this morning and the final inspection should happen in a few days. So exciting! Once the inspection is complete we can start moving things in (the bikes will be first)!
Belle is relaxing in the shade while Jon starts digging two-feet post holes for the fence.

One thing the electrical inspector came back with was to cover any accessible wires with plywood. Looks pretty good, actually!

Belle enjoying a roll in the yard (we have too many weeds, ick). The summer of the flood we had an amazing yard, I guess all that water (and seeds from other people's houses) was good for our yard. It wasn't that good before and it hasn't been that good since!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

In the Trenches

Part of what the electrical inspector required is for cement to be placed in some parts of the trench by our house. I have no idea why, but here is it. This morning the electrician and his team worked on filling it with cement and re-filling the rest of the trench with dirt. It's coming along!

Look! I love that we can park in our garage! Jon's out there cutting up one of the stumps they pulled out of the ground. He plans to put up the fence in the next week or so. The fence will extend from the corners of the garage and out to the fences on either side.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Manic Monday

Guess who parked in their new garage today?? Yay! My brilliant husband programmed my car's internal garage door opener (which is good since we only bought one opener, ha). Tomorrow is the electrical inspection. After that happens, the electrician can fill the trench in the yard and we should be just about done. The gutters and a few other things need to happen, but that's it!

For the alley side of the garage, we opted for a "less is more" color for the garage door. I like it!

Sunday, March 11, 2012


This morning we purchased all the lights for the garage, which included several fluorescents inside (boring), two motion lights on each side (alley side and house side), and then a cute light next to the "man door" (below). I think it looks like a cool old lantern. It makes me want to get new light fixtures for our house, though one at a time - those things are pricey!

What a Difference a Day Makes

It took the painters just one day to get the outside of the garage done! The colors are the same as on our house. The red matches our new windows and I think it looks awesome.

They started digging the trench for the electrical yesterday, talk about hard work! It's a deep trench, holy cow. I would not want to have to do that kind of work ever!

I was amazed to see they actually dug under our walkway. I thought they'd have to dig it up and we'd have to fix it ourselves! That must have been a major pain.