Monday, August 19, 2013

Cross Another Item Off the List!

Sunday was cool and rainy ... perfect weather to continue to chip away at my To Do list on our renovation of our little Shack.  The Husband joined me again, and it didn't take long for the two of us to get the last few pieces of the plywood subfloor removed. 

We found one more critter nest ... this one was made by a particularly industrious varmint.  Notice how he/she has incorporated two LONG pieces of pipe insulation into the design.  These had to be dragged through the hole in the siding, along the floor, and threaded underneath each of the joists to get into this position.  (Honestly, I never missed this and I don't remember where it was or when it was snitched.)


After we finished removing the plywood, The Husband went into the house to work on one of his paintings.  While the rain fell pitter-pat onto the Shack's metal roof, I listened to the Nascar race on the radio and I swept and scooped and cleaned the mess left by the varmints underneath the floor.  The area is now clean and ready for me to lay plastic down to help vapor-proof the old cracked concrete floor.


I had plastic here before, and some of it is in good enough condition to leave it in place ... I will put another layer over it, though, because there are a few holes and tears that need to be covered.  Better safe than sorry.


Updating the List:
1.  Sort and store (or dispose of) all of the items that are currently inside the building.
2.  Take up the plywood on the floor, evict the varmints, and clean up their mess.
2a.  (new item)  Plumbing consultation.
3.  Install vapor barrier and insulate the floor.
4.  Reinstall the plywood.
5.  Remove the dropped ceiling and all of its framing.

Work will stop here for a few days, because we are thinking about upgrading our plans for this building.  As The Husband and I worked together this weekend, we talked and schemed and brainstormed.  We threw ideas back and forth, we realized that adding plumbing for a real bathroom in this building may be something that we can do.  There is easy access to water lines behind the building ... septic design and installation is the only question.  Our plumber will be here first thing on Wednesday morning to take a look, and we'll see what he says about it.  (Cross your fingers!  I hope he gives us good news.)


  1. Just as an idea; now would be the perfect time to back up a cement truck with a boom to the shed and fill in all the spaces between those joists with cement.....that'll fix those rats!

  2. I just know this little "shed" is going to be something much more!

  3. In my county, building a shed this winter, I found out that I am not allowed to hook a septic system into my house septic (even when the line is only 40 feet away)...but would have to create a completely new septic system. This in a shed in which I expect to house cows. No worries, I'll just let the cows urine run off downstream like it does in every other barn I know.

  4. I'm sure when you finish this project, that little shack will be livable and I don't mean for varmints! I'm sure I'd love your area... hint, hint.

  5. What fun! I can't wait to see what the shack evolves into!

  6. What a lot of work but so worth it when you are done. It's amazing how resourceful those critters are, isn't it? Wouldn't that be wonderful to add a bathroom?! Wow! xo Diana

  7. Wow. That was one hard working, and creative, varmint! I wonder if she blogs? It must be a she who did all that housemaking . . . .

    Can't wait to see what you and DH dream up for this. If I were younger than you, I'd want to BE you when I grow up -- you do the most amazing things!

  8. I am in awe of how 'handy' you and your husband are! I don't think there is anything you couldn't tackle. Now, as for me and mine ... we are hopelessly unhandy. P. x

  9. You've been hard at work! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  10. Keeping your options open, Connie ~ that’s a good thing.

  11. Good luck with the plumber today, this is an endless dream kind of building. And just like you, my imagination is running full speed. Can't wait to see it come to life. :)


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