While my dad was still here, he and Husband installed a set of pull down stairs in order to gain access to the new storage space.
Stairs and Materials: $300
Husband's friend Susie came over one day to let us have access to her truck. They brought a truckful of unused construction materials to a recycling centre, where they will be repurposed. While, he had access to a truck, Husband picked up the insullation, framing and flooring materials from Home Dep.ot. Susie stayed to help Husband complete the framing in preparation for the dry wall.
Insullation and Lumber: $600
Recycling Fees: $50
In order to be able to dry wall the ceiling and create a storage space, we realised that we would have to move some of the wiring in the garage. Husband is pretty adapt at simple electrics, but this was a little out of his reach. Plus, my dad noticed there were a few things with the current wiring that weren't done according to code. The professional electricians moved the wires, corrected the faults, and added several new outlets, including a few outside, so that we no longer have to drag extension cords through the garage when we want to use the leaf blower. They accomplished quite a lot in a single day's work. (During which, Husband failed to offer them a cold beverage...) We also had to purchase some new lights for the ceiling (we had been repurposing the flourescent lights that had been in our kitchen) as well as a new outside flood light (it was broke during my father's visit, but I never heard the story on how it happened...) We also needed to call our Alarm company, as our service was disrupted after the electrians' visit.
Alarm Service Call: $175
Total to Date: $2,150
We started installing the floor in the storage space, but all construction came to a screeching halt as Husband went back to the East Coast and then to England for two and a half weeks. I kept things going by re-organising all our tools and researching storage solutions (don't worry, I'll spare the pictures). In all honesty, I appreciate the distraction from my pregnancy and I somewhat hope it keeps us occupied until we have to start planning and preparing for the baby's arrival. One thing is certain; there is no way we could have started this project with a newborn in the house. It does make me wonder when we'll ever be able to tackle other renovations. Husband went into the crawl space under the house (I'm not quite sure why...) and I was in charge of keeping Tyler away from the opening. I thought I had shut the door completely, but Tyler is clever enough to open any door that is ajar. Just as I went to make sure the door was shut, I saw his fluffy ginger tail disappear into the crawl space. Husband spent almost half an hour crawling around trying to find him and to coax him out. It was one of those moments that made me realise how great a father he will be, and I felt that I was doomed to be a horrible mother if I couldn't even keep my cat out of a dangerous place. I left some food out for Tyler and sure enough within twenty minutes, he was either hungry or bored and made his way to the opening and within my reach. He was fine with the exception of being a little dirty. Crisis was adverted. Still, if it is this difficult to work having a cat around, how will we get anything done with a small child?