Woodside: The Second Year

We recently celebrated our second anniversary of owning Woodside. Compared to the first year, it’s had fewer surprises … which is good, because I am not sure I could handle discovering another 30,000 bees living between floors. On the other hand, after two years, I feel prepared for just about anything Woodside throws our way (as long as it doesn’t involve a solo trip to … Continue reading Woodside: The Second Year

Basement Framing

Who remembers how creepy the Woodside basement used to be? A failing foundation, giant old boiler, and territorial groundhog were just a few of the gifts bestowed upon us when we bought the house. Full confession – I wouldn’t go into the basement alone for the first few months because I was terrified the groundhog was going trap me in a corner (and then what, … Continue reading Basement Framing

Concrete – Part 2

Out of all the work we’ve done so far at Woodside, the concrete projects seem to be the most challenging. First, the weather has to be dry and above freezing if you’re pouring outside (which is why we had to wait until spring for this work after finishing the first part last fall). Second, since concrete is pretty permanent, you have to plan out things like drainage … Continue reading Concrete – Part 2

Concrete

Happy Holidays! This time last year, Woodside was in the air. A lot has changed over the past year, and we’ve made significant progress during the last few weeks. We built the porches during the weekend after Thanksgiving, and then our concrete company got to work pouring the garage and basement floors, basement steps, and front and back porches. Fortunately our first round of concrete work … Continue reading Concrete

Construction: Porches

Mother Nature has not always been on our side at Woodside. We installed sill plates in below freezing temps and built a kitchen and garage during a heat wave.  But, last weekend the weather gods smiled upon Missouri – we had gorgeous post-Thanksgiving weather and it was perfect timing to start construction on the two-story enclosed porches. We also were fortunate to have help from … Continue reading Construction: Porches