Hope everyone is healthy and hanging in there. We took three weeks off over the holidays but have since made some more progress on The Lodge. I’m sure you won’t be surprised that I’ve made some changes to my plan since I last updated you. lol
The biggest improvement so far is getting the insulation installed. We had closed cell, spray foam installed on the ceiling/roof and on the back, concrete wall. Before that could be sprayed on, we had to remove the old insulation. That had been laid down and then the roof was set directly on top of it. It came out way easier than we expected. We cut along the metal beams and pulled down large sections at a time.
The ridge beam was full of leaves and nut shells — apparently a wonderful critter nest.
We worked in some uncomfortable positions, crunching under and around the existing ductwork which we thought we were going to use.
But at some point I had a consultation with the HVAC company and decided that I’ll be using mini splits on the back half. We then took down all that ductwork.
It took me 4 trips to the dump to get rid of this huge pile of insulation, ducting and trash.
Removing all that ductwork made the space feel SOOO much bigger and more open, it got Julie and I talking about additional opportunities that we hadn’t thought of before. Once again, I changed the plan. The Lodge is going to have a Loft.
We had to remove and/or relocate a couple walls again. At this stage, making changes to the layout isn’t too much work. It’s only framing.
The temperature jumps around from tank top to sweater weather so we all wear layers. It keeps things exciting. ha
It’s mainly been Julie, Terry and myself building this project but we had an extra set of muscles last weekend. That was especially helpful getting all the 16′ 2×12 boards and OSB carried upstairs.
This weekend we were going to work on finishing up the framing and get started on the electrical roughing in and get a consultation on plumbing.
But earlier this week Wes lost his smell and taste and I started having a rough cough so we went and got tested for Covid …and we have it.
On that note, this project is paused again while I/we quarantine. So far I just have a headache and cough. Wes can’t smell or taste and has a headache. Hope that’s as bad as it gets for us. So many have had their lives turned upside down by this virus. My thoughts are with those who are miserably ill, to those that have lost loved ones, and with those that are suffering financially. It’s a bizarre and scary time but I remain hopeful that things will get better.
Stay safe –and hang in there.
eric neal says
Have you previously covered (or could you in the future)- details on options for attaching wood framing to the metal structure. I have heard many different opinioins and don’t really find much on the internet regarding such.
Pros/cons with wind shfit of metal structure if tied to interior framing.
Specific hardware chosen for attachment.
I hope both of you recover quickly. I so much enjoy getting your emails on the updates.
Thanks so much for following along. Hope to have more updates as soon as we’re done quarantining and get back to work.
SUSAN GILILLAND says
Feel better soon!
Feel better soon!
Thanks Tasha. Feeling alright so far.
Prayers up that nothing progresses further and a full recovery already starting!
Thank you very much. So far – so good.
Carla from Kansas says
Am hoping you have MILD cases of covid.
Thanks so much. Same here! 🙂
I enjoy reading and learning from your emails and all the pictures to go with it.
I hope you all get better soon.
Thanks Christina. Hoping to get back to work in about 10 days and have more updates to share. Just another “pause” in this project but I’ve learned to take those without so much emotional upset. Last year trained me. ha
Barbara H. says
Oh gosh, Covid rears its ugly head again. Sending healing wishes for fast and complete recovery for both of you and anyone else that comes down with it. Thanks for the update, too.
Thank you so much for your well wishes. Julie and Madison are also quarantining, though they do not yet have their test results. Everyone is doing ok so far. Exhaustion and pretty gnarly headaches is the most common – except for Wes who cant smell or taste. If this is as bad as it gets for us we’ll feel really lucky.
Tess van Dijk says
Go call your doctor and ask to get the infusion antibiotics. Theres an abundance of them and they are life saving. But it does have to happen by day 10. So dont wait this way you will know that it will not put you guys in the hospital.
Thanks for your concern Tess. We talked to our doctors about treatments and are following their recommendations. There is a lot of differing opinions out there to be sure.
Deborah - NC says
Oh no! This virus can be a beast – hope you have the mildest of cases and that Julie and your daughter (sorry I’m blanking on her name) are spared.
Thank you. Julie, Sophie (her daughter) and Madison don’t have their test results yet but the doctor told Madison to quarantine as though she is positive because it is most likely that she also has it. I am grateful that our symptoms are mild and hope they continue to be.
Beverly Brown says
Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
Thanks so much. We’re doing pretty well so far.
suZ Macey says
If you need an extra hand, I live in Knoxville. Just let me know. Other than taking my mother to the doctors appointments, I’m pretty free.
I hope you recover quickly with no leftover symptoms. This is an ugly virus that definitely caught us off guard.
Thank you so much for the kind offer. We’re doing fairly well and have everything we need currently. Very grateful that our symptoms are quite mild so far. (Knocking on wood.)