I am sitting in a cheap, dog-friendly hotel room with Mocha and Kingsley, doing my best to get a little work done in the unfamiliar environment. The dogs and I have gone for a nice long walk to tire them out for the day. A whole 24 hours in this place stretches before us.
No, nothing drastic has happened to our house. In fact, wonderful things are happening! Today, the attic is getting a solid layer of spray foam, welcome insulation now that November is fully upon us and the temperature has started to dip down below freezing. This is a big step. It means we successfully passed our structural inspection and our electrical inspection. It means that, once the building inspector approves of our insulation job, we’ll be able to hang drywall. It means that finishing up this renovation before Christmas is starting to look realistic.
Of course, spray foam leaves behind fumes. The spray foamers highly recommended that we get the dogs and ourselves out of the house for 24 hours. If we had access to the basement, it wouldn’t have been nearly as big an issue, since that space is far enough away and well sealed off, but as most of you know, we rent that space out. Not an option.
Our original plan involved a PetSmart or other dog kennel for the day and a single night in a dog-friendly hotel. Unfortunately, when the husband called up our vet to get proof of our dogs’ vaccinations, we learned that, oops, Kingsley is a measly 15 days overdo. He booked our boy’s appointment for Wednesday, but it didn’t help for our plan for today. So, a little rejigging of our schedules, and here I am, working from ‘home’, in an outdated hotel room, snuggled in with our pups.
So, what’s left in our attic?
- Insulation inspection
- Final electrical inspection
- Windows (for the whole house, actually)
- Permanent stairs
- Final building inspection
- Air conditioning