Building a Shop.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but we’re putting a shop up at our house. You know so the boy can work on tractors a little more, because he doesn’t get enough of that all day at work. It’s a 50’x60’x22′ building, because I know you were all dying to know the dimensions. Anyways, I haven’t wrote any posts on it to update you so here we go, this is exciting stuff people!

First, they had to dig a trench around the perimeter of the where the building would be so they could pour the 4ft. frost wall. A frost wall insulates the ground beneath the building so it isn’t affected as much by the freezing and thawing we experience in the winter and spring.
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As you can see in the background, the frost wall is complete. The big pile of dirt is is the way of most of it, this will be used to fill in the area next to the wall. But clearly Jules is just as excited as you are ;).
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A better picture of the frost wall, as you can see the trench is still there. Kind of like a moat. 🙂
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Just when I thought about getting a dragon for the newly dug moat, they filled it in.
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Next they laid down the insulation foam and the in-floor heat tubing.
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Once the in-floor heat tubing was done they poured the floor. They are pouring the flow in two sections.
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Here they have started to pour the second section of the floor.
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It’s hard to tell but they finished pouring the floor, cut the concrete (to allow it to float as the ground freezes/thaws), and have begun working on the approach.
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They poured the concrete for the approach.
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So there you have it. The concrete work is DONE. They also finished the plumbing where the future bathroom will be, but I don’t have a picture of that. We can walk on it now, but have to wait two weeks until we can drive equipment, etc. on it. So once the two weeks is up we’ll start putting up the building. Kyle will probably start on stuff that can be done before the two weeks is up, because there are things that can be done without driving on it.

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House Renovations: Before

As I’ve said in previous posts Kyle bought a house a little over a year ago & I moved in with him. Our home is a two story farmhouse that was built in 1900, and hadn’t been updated since oh say 1964. Luckily the previous owner had updated the septic system, spray foams the foundation, re-shingled the roof, and resided the house. That saved us a bunch of money. We have also been doing home renovations, updates, and decorating since we’ve moved in. We are doing this with the lowest budget possible since the plan is to knock this house down in the next 5-10 years. I’ve decided to show you guys the before & after pictures of our house. This post is of the befores and I will post the afters in the near future. I know I just had to keep you in suspense :).

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The above two pictures are of the kitchen.

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This is the dining room with the picture taken from the living room.

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This is the living room, from two different views.

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This is the downstairs bedroom, again two different views.

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This is the upstairs landing area, or den as we call it. Sigh, look at that carpet, wood paneling, wallpaper, well everything…

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This is the upstairs bedroom. No, I’m sorry the curtains are NOT for sale ;). The small doorway in the wall of the right closet opens into the attic area.

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This is the attic area that is through that small doorway in the closet in the picture above.

Stay tuned for my next post which will be of the ‘after’ photos! We are still currently in the decorating stage but I will post pictures of how the house is now and update them as needed.

And the rain continues.

Can you believe that this time last year Iowa was facing one of the greatest droughts in recent history? It surpassed 1988; in fact you would have to go back until 1936 to find a summer that dry. It’s hard to think that 1 year, just 365 days later, Iowa would be drowning in rain. Crop planting isn’t finished and probably won’t be until well into June. If a field doesn’t have large pools of standing water, it’s a big soupy mess.

We are fortunate to live on high ground, no doubt water runs rampant in our ditches and surrounding fields are still drench. Just two miles away roads are closed, with a good possibility of being washed out. I’m sitting here watching a movie on TV and it keeps getting interrupted with severe thunderstorm warnings that keep getting closer county by county. Throughout the day I’ve also been getting emergency alerts on my phone that flash floods are occurring in our county.

My intentions were to post this last night but some things came up! We did get hit hard with rain. It poured and poured on and off the whole evening. The news said we had gotten over 3 inches of rain just last night! We went to town to run errands while it was raining so when there is a nice day Kyle can get things done outside. Our field had a lot of water in it and the ditch was filled with water. A mile down the road, right by the repair shop, water was actually of the road due to a plugged culvert. On the way to town we checked out the fields that the operation farms and so many had standing water, one looked like a lake rather than a field.

When we got home I went downstairs to do some laundry and well the basement had started to flood. The first 10-15 ft. was dry but then there was anywhere from 1 inch on the edge to 6-8 inches by the drain. The bad thing is that the man who lived here before us had the foundation spray foam, so we are unable to open the basement windows, so we have no way to use a sump pump to get the water out. Unless we ran it all the way across the basement, up the stairs, and out the front door or window in the mud room, that would be A LOT of hose. But this morning when I went down to check on the water in the basement most of the water had gone down (for now at least), luckily we do live on a hill!

Its seasons like this that remind everyone that Mother Nature gets to call the shots.