Tuesday, August 14, 2012

and the walls come crumbling down..

Moore's Flatwork and Foundation has been busy cutting the concrete for the interior cuts Andy wanted. Here is the tool room cut which now opens into the Fungeon. Marc and Brian needed a good work out, so they took to knocking the rest of the block out for us and here it is:

Andy is standing in the fungeon and Tosh is looking down at him from what is now the tool room
Here I am in the Fungeon looking back up at the boys. The tool room will be where the pool table is. It is amazing how much this cut opens up the space and makes it feel even bigger. Andy is very excited about it. Thank you to Brian and Marc for cleaning out all the concrete block too cause Andy planned on us doing that this past weekend.

Here is the other big interior cut. I am standing in the great room looking into what will be the kitchen. This use to just be a doorway and wall, now it is open to great room again making it appear even bigger and making the flow much nicer.

Chris is hard at work with the stone work, he is about half way up the turret and it is looking good. He is paying close attention to each stone as he puts it in place. He says he has a fish swimming, an angry bird, and a pac man eating the dot so far in the design. That'll keep the kids busy looking for those!

The kids stayed back with Nana and Poppie this past weekend, so it was just Andy & I up. We did alot of cleaning. Now that the holes are cut, most of the dusty, dirty work inside is done, so we are working to get everything vacuumed/swept and de-dusted. It is pretty spotless for a castle under construction. 

Our neighbor had a block party and we got to hear more stories about Edward and the castle before it was ours, it was a nice time and there are some good stories.

Stayed tuned.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

and work continues

We were up at the castle a few weeks ago. Mark and Brian and Uncle Frank are still plugging along doing things while we are not there, so it was exciting to see what they had done since our last trip.

The scaffolding is there are the guys were building a roof over the window as it was leaking without it there. They did the same and built a little roof on the window on the otherside also.

This pile of concrete outside is from an opening they cut inside. Below you can see there is a door opening to great room walkway. The concrete cutters are coming back this week to cut the other openings in the kitchen and in the game room, it will be exciting to have all that dirty work done and over with.
The windows are all getting framed out as you can see here.
We moved the big chalice to a rock on Rex's ridge along side the back corner of the castle. Uncle Frank easily moved it with his front loader and Rex and Andy cemented it onto the rock.
The boys put up the other side of the arch above the door. It went up alot smoother this time having had the experience of the other side already. Again, they lifted it upright, slide it along a wood guide post on the wall and cranked it up with a farm crank and bolted it into place, easy peasey.
 Jack and Chris were helping, as you can see.
 Almost there.
While the boys were doing all the hard work. Ruby & I swept and vacuumed the 3rd and 4th floors and then we swept all the spiral stairs, let's try and keep it clean people! 
The plumber/Heater, Jerry Fobare, is starting this week to do his stuff. Concrete cutters will hopefully be finished in a week or two. Chris was over a third of the way up the turret with the stone work.
The boys are headed up this weekend for an air soft tournament with a bunch of Rex's friends, will be fun for them to just play and enjoy the property and not have to work.