The Grand House

Looks like Mom…Wants to be Dad!

Henry might have blond hair and blue eyes like his Momma, but I think he’s going to be like his Dad.

He loves to watch Mark work on the house and always wants to touch his tools!

Mark put in a new downspout the other day and Henry just stared at him the whole time.

Good thing our little Tank likes to help because we’re going to need it!

In the next few weeks, we’re getting a new roof, expanding the 3rd floor dormers and (hopefully!) working on a new kitchen design. These are a few different looks we like.

Henry is also babbling nonstop and gearing up to say his first word…wonder if it will be Dewalt! Ha!

**FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at the top of the page and put in your email address…some of you might see the FOLLOW button on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER of the site.

*Want to see our family in action?! Follow our INSTAGRAM Stories!

Standard
Heavy lifting

As my Nunny would say, “We were closer to heaven.”

Our roof work took a full two days. We had to run back to the store for more “ice and water shield” and we took our time with the project because we didn’t want to fall off.

image

As I mentioned before, it was slightly nerve wracking to be that high off the ground but I got used to it (and actually liked it) pretty quickly.

My very wise Nunny would say it was all good because on the roof we were closer to heaven!

image

After we covered the roof with the waterproof shield, Mark nailed down the edges.

image

He then took a bucket of tar to close up all the edges and to seal the nailheads so no water will seep through there.

image

We were pretty proud of ourselves by the end.

image

To make it even better, look what we found on the top of one of our chimneys!

image

My parents say it’s an old Pittsburgh bus route sign. The previous homeowner used it to cover the top of the chimney. We want to take it down and use it as art piece — isn’t it cool?!

**FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at the top of the page & put in your email address…some of you might see the FOLLOW button on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER of the site.

Standard
Heavy lifting

An ode to roofers (pt. 1)

Fixing our roof isn’t the hard part, GETTING ON the roof is.

image

I am not afraid of heights nor am I a fearful person, but it’s a bit scary climbing a ladder from your second story to the roof.

image

Once we got up there, we were sold…you can see the skyline of downtown Pittsburgh!

image

I think we need to build a rooftop deck…that or a little lounge area so I can come up here and get a tan!

image

The goal was to roll out ice and water shield to stop the leaks we’re getting in our back bedroom. It’s just a temporary fix, we plan to redo the roof next year.

image

Rolling out the sticky tar paper was tedious. Mark and I had to line it up just right…

image

Then we peeled off the plastic and tried to lay it down without any bubbles.

image

We were both covered in tar…and that was only 15 minutes into it! Not to mention the sun was BRUTAL. People who do this for a living are tough son-of-a-guns!

**FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at the top of the page & put in your email address…some of you might see the FOLLOW button on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER of the site.

Standard
Demolition, Design phase

We have a leak. Actually, we have 3.

It rained like a dickens in Pittsburgh last weekend and our roof couldn’t handle it.

image

Mark made me hold that bucket there for four hours. What a guy! 😉
As the rain continued, we grabbed more plastic buckets from the basement.

image

Our roof leaks in 3 places in the back bedroom. I’m not happy about it, but at least we know where the holes are and we can fix them before we spray foam insulation.

image

Mark then got worried and went up in the attic to see if we had any leaks. So far, so good…maybe we’ll just hang out up there…we’re totally short enough to fit. 🙂

**FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at the top of the page & put in your email address…some of you might see the FOLLOW button on the BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER of the site.

Standard