Sunday, July 11, 2010

Our new Apartment is "Taking Shape"....

Rollie, Gina, Pat and I took off for town early Wednesday morning to order the lumber for the "Apartment" we are going to build in our metal Toy Barn.  Since delivery day was Thursday, we didn't have to wait long...
Here is our Lumber.  The truck arrived late in the day, even after "Happy Hour", however we were happy to see it. That entire truck load of lumber and insulation is ours. Everything except that bunch of shingles on the extreme back. We already have a roof, so we don't need them.  It was all soon unloaded in the designated spot and we were anxious to get started first thing Friday morning. (after our HIKE of course!)

We previously had the area all taped off the way we wanted it but we had a ton of stuff stored there that had to be moved. Here you are looking at our bedroom and bathroom area.
It wasn't long on Friday morning until the sawdust was FLYING. This was the "first cut".  Rollie was cutting and cutting away all day.  He brought these real neat tools all the way from his place in Louisiana just to do this for us.  Aren't we fortunate to have such wonderful "kids"?  Rollie is a skilled carpenter and seems to enjoy doing this kind of work.   At least, I hope he's enjoying it! :-)
After Rollie had done a little cutting, we were soon working on our first wall....

We had a 1.5 inch space behind the wall that we decided to fill with Styrofoam. This along with the regular insulation that we will have between the studs will make the outer wall's very well insulated.

It wasn't long until Rollie and I were very happy to celebrate.....Wall number 1 was up!!!!! 

One by one, wall by wall, they continued to go up all day Friday and Saturday. We were moving right along.  Our good, long time "Airstream" friends, Winston and Carol Montague and Jay and Elna Thompson from Tallahassee, Florida stopped by and parked in the front yard for a few days.   They joined in on the wall raising and we appreciated the extra help.  We were RV'ing with the Montagues way back in the 90's. Winston was the Governor's (and Bobby Bowden's) personal Pilot.   He flew them both all over the country. He outlasted 9 Governors! He says Bobby was his favorite passenger, though.

Soon it was time to build the BIG ONE. The division wall was all one section and was 39' long.  Almost everyone had a hand in getting it put together.  It will be fun to see this one go up!!!

Everything was done under the watchful eye of "THE BOSS"!!

Here it goes....up, up and up.  Wow, lots of weight here and everyone was helping on this one. Even our neighbors Leon and Sadonna Cordell and their son Quinton came and gave us a hand.  Thanks so much folks.
It's up!!!!   Now we will square it up and fasten it to the floor.

Happy Hour was well under way Saturday when it started raining real hard.  But...........

Rollie was on a ROLL!!!!  He just couldn't quit. He moved his saw inside and the rain didn't bother him at all.   Long after everyone else had gone home, he kept on working....cutting and shooting away with his nail gun.  He says all the framing, plumbing and wiring will be done by Aug 1st and it will be ready for drywall.   I do believe he means it.  I am truly astonished at his ambition and what hard workers both he and Gina are.   Praise the Lord!! They wear Ms Pat and I out just watching them..

We are all excited about our friends and fellow RV'ers Rocky and Sheri Rhoades getting here. Rocky is a professional builder and I know Rollie can hardly wait for his help.  Rocky and Sheri changed their plans from going to California and decided to come up here and help us.  They should be here next week!!  Again, Praise the Lord and I truly do believe in Miracles. How can you not?  We have so much to be thankful for.
It was a GREAT WEEK!!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned for more progress next week.  You can check out Rollie and Gina's Blog for more pictures and updates. 


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Mark and Dortha said...

Looks like you will have some living quarters in the blink of an eye.

Can't wait to see the next phase.

Hugs to you all and take some time to laugh.

Jerry and Suzy said...

That's a great outpouring of help and LOVE from so many friends. You are truly blest!

Karen and Al said...

Boy did they make some good progress! You're lucky to have such good helpers. By the way, your Tallahassee friends are neighbors of ours. We're just about 50 miles north of there. Keep the pictures coming. It's interesting to watch the apartment going up.

Rick said...

Terrific post, Mike! I really enjoyed seeing all the step-by-step photos of the progress. Rollie sure looks like he knows what he's doing! Good thing Pat's sitting in the Director's chair watching though! You must be feeding those folks well for them to be working so hard!!

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

Wow thats coming right along.

That's going to be a nice addition to live in. I noticed no windows and with the great view you have I was just wondering.

Happytrails said...

I am speechless!! You and Pat are so blessed to have such great friends. What a blessing!!
Your apartment is really taking shape and looking good. I think Pat makes a really good construction foreman aka boss!

You all take care and we'll keep watching the progress!

Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Look's like just fantastic progress, on your place, you are truly fortunate to have such good friend's as Rollie & Gina, Hope your apartemnt is finished in no time with all the work going on. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

Al Bossence said...

Hope the Arizona border patrol doesn't think your building some housing for the neighbors to the south.

Anonymous said...

Nice work, regards