as some of you may know, we’ve been slowly going through the process of building a new garage and loft above it in our backyard. this is the view that will be from the front of the loft.
when we bought our home a few years ago, we got it with the intention of adding a guest house above the garage in the back someday. the existing garage was tiny and unstable, so this had to be torn down. because the well has run dry for us after building our house, my parents’ have decided to build the garage and loft so that they had a place of their own when they came to visit, and we’ll have more space for our guests when my parents aren’t there. this process has taken some time, so far mostly dealing with city building permit stuff and architects and structural engineers. but after many changes, a plan was settled on and approved.
next came the tear down of the existing garage,
and clearing out the area around it that i’d come to refer to as “the dump”. really, it had old paint cans piled up, a toilet, a keg from the previous tenants, leftover construction materials, landscaping stones… all covered in a very thick layer of morning glories. so at least our junk looked a little pretty.
ok, not really. even morning glories can’t make a potty in your backyard look good. so it all had to go. other than a couple hours here and there that sean and i put in, my parents have done all the work themselves to this point. they built the home i grew up in, so they know what they’re doing. after the old garage was gone, the crew came in to dig down a foot or so,
the deck framed, and now the walls of the upstairs, the loft, have been built (no pics of that, more to come soon). i love framing, but it can be so deceiving. it goes so so quickly and it seems like the project is really moving, then it comes to a near halt as the next handful of steps are so slow. so patience will be a requirement soon on my part, especially since we have no deadline to have this project done.
so there’s a little glimpse into one of the many things that has kept me from being a regular blogger. but, oh, there is so much more….