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#384749 - 08/11/14 11:43 AM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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Grettski is one of those irritating guys that seems to get EVERYTHING just right. Congrats dude, looks fantastic.
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#384753 - 08/11/14 11:52 AM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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Brettski - Things are really looking nice and coming together well.
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#384765 - 08/11/14 12:24 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Bob-O]
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Originally Posted By: Bob-O
Grettski is one of those irritating guys that seems to get EVERYTHING just right. Congrats dude, looks fantastic.


laugh I agree and also applaud him for it. Wish I had the patience and skills for similar work. wink He operates with a scalpel. I operate with a sword. grin

We have talked about building a small "cabin" next to the pond, but where we live here at the pond, it would only be for guests and grandkids to spend the night. If I'm the one ending up building it, it definitely will be "rustic" compared to Brettski's. Functional but not pretty. Not necessarily because my wife wants it that way, but because my skill levels are more prone to large hammers rather than finishing tools. smile


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#384770 - 08/11/14 01:19 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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Yes those big windows with the lake view are beautiful. The kitchen is a great place to work with that view.
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#384782 - 08/11/14 04:13 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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You do amazing work B-ski she looks great!!!!!
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#384785 - 08/11/14 04:52 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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How did this post get put in Creating Habitat?? lol

I guess it's habitat for yourself to live in smile

Or has it always been here I just totally missed it..... smile


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#385901 - 08/25/14 08:01 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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Excepting the trim on the windows, the shop area is done. Although I would love to start equipping and outfitting with woodworking tools, I have to stay focused on the living spaces upstairs. The ironic and good news, though, is that there will be a certain amount of work upstairs that will be best prepared in the shop. I set 4 vents into the ceiling to help cool and heat the area. I had to close 2 of the vents to keep it from becoming a refrigerator in there. We have had some 90+ days with excessive humidity and it is incredibly comfortable in there. A great outcome for shootin'-from-the-hip planning.





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#385955 - 08/26/14 03:31 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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Nice work. Now you can work better on site. You going to put anything on the windows (shutters , blinds etc.)?
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#385969 - 08/26/14 05:24 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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Right now, there are $1.99 roller shades that have been up there now for about 3 years. They will have to do for now (and the near-term future) while I tend to other more pressing construction progress issues. You know; stuff like interior doors on the bathrooms and bedrooms. Donna-ski has been VERY accommodating when it comes to sharing EVERYTHING, but I have been put on notice that it's about time for a little more privacy and "me-time". Like I said; more pressing construction progress issues.
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#385979 - 08/26/14 07:17 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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LOL@everything Looking Great B-ski!
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#385989 - 08/26/14 08:52 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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I dearly hope you plan on living there 24/7 when finished or the trespassers, vandals, and thieves will have a hayday there even with a locked gate and doors. The fish in the pond will attract them and the dwelling will be their playground when they are bored with fishing. Just ask JHAP what they did to his storage area place at the remote pond that had heavy locks on the doors. They first get access with 4 wheelers and snowmobiles, then bring in trucks when stuff needs to be removed. Anyone breaking into your place deserves to be shot more than once.


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#385998 - 08/26/14 09:14 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Bill Cody]
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Then they could be fed to the fishes.....
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#386601 - 09/03/14 10:51 AM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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5 YEARS AND 2 MONTHS...
The building inspector stopped by with a vial of holy water and we were baptized with occupancy approval. About 1/2 the flooring is missing, along with all the interior doors and all the window casing and all the trim, but that stuff falls under the unnecessary details category. The final blessing was unconditional.

As expected, the event was anti-climactic. I was hoping for balloons or flowers, or even a hearty handshake and the warm glow of victory. After he left, Dski and I looked at each other, shrugged, and started working on flooring.
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#386604 - 09/03/14 11:18 AM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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Congratulations, Brett! Can't bring flowers or balloons, but here's some emoticons:
laugh grin smile smile whistle

Celebrate with a walk to the other side of the pond and remember what it looked like when you started. When you're faithful with a little, God adds more.
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#386607 - 09/03/14 01:43 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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Congratulations Ski!!!!! What a long strange trip it's been. And you do have flowers - just look toward the dam. Liberty is saying 'thank you' and 'congratulations' every day. wink

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#386613 - 09/03/14 03:56 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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Congrats -- another step on the journey. Its come a very long way and looks great. Well done , very well done indeed.
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#386658 - 09/04/14 08:34 AM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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Congrats! Watching your progress for several years has been fun... good luck with the remainder of the floor!
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#390172 - 10/20/14 03:18 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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Flooring in main living space is finished.

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Because of the reddish hue in the maple flooring that covers the main living space and the kitchen area, we are going to stain the casing and trim at the windows and doors a deep red stain. This same finish will go into the baseboard trim and the passageway doors. We completed one door with this stain finish and it really pops.

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Inside the BR's and the baths, we are using a more traditional stain; red oak. This is the pocket door between master BR and bath:


This is the door at the master BR closet:

(sorry about the exposed white metal track at the top; soon to be covered with matching wood trim)
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Found a great deal on 18k btu direct-vent wall furnaces; installed one inside the garage.



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#390176 - 10/20/14 05:02 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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Looks really nice B'ski!

My sister had hardwood floors installed in the kitchen and dining room. Looks just like your floor, except they did a really poor job of installation. My sisters lawyer has been in contact with the company. It will be replaced, correctly wink She had to sick her lawyer on the pool company who did an insurance repair after a redneck kid in the neighborhood stabbed it a number of times with a screwdriver. They installed the wrong size liner (too small), it failed and washed the bottom contour of the pool out. She just told them, get me the correct liner and I'll do it myself!

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#390180 - 10/20/14 06:29 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: JKB]
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Looks great, Brettski. Thanks for sharing the results of your hard work.
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#390183 - 10/20/14 07:41 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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Hopefully you will be finished soon and get back to managing that great fishery in your pond. Get us some pics and updates on fish growth and balance.
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#393729 - 12/02/14 09:59 AM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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5 1/2 years of thankfulness...

For the past 3 Thanksgivings, I would dream out loud and state "next year, we are gonna be cooking Thanksgiving dinner in our new LNP kitchen". Each of the following years, the reality of how much time and work it takes for a husband/wife construction team to build a house sets in and I fall short of my prediction. This year, though, has proven to be a different result. Admittedly, we still lack trim at the windows and the baseboard, but by-and-large, we are fully "kicthen-functional". Thanksgiving 2014 was truly a time for us to reflect and soak in the rewards of 5-1/2 years of blood, sweat, and tears....not to mention the dozens (actually hundreds) of weekends and vacation days we committed to getting to this point.

The first kitchen; 2+ years living inside a 10' x 12' garage

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The second kitchen, another couple of years living inside what would eventually be the Bski mancave(workshop)

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5 1/2 years after ground-breaking, Thanksgiving 2014




Dski accepted the major commitment of keeping the couch company thru the entire day whilst Bski toiled and cooked up a storm for the day. After dinner prayers, she remarked about how many hours of work I put into dinner, yet through it all, I maintained this "peacefully content" expression on my face. Right again.


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#393730 - 12/02/14 10:11 AM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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Great job! Enjoy the fruits of your labor.
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#393736 - 12/02/14 12:01 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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What an incredible journey !!! I always come back to the big window view and the tranquility of LNP. It touches the soul and shows through in the work you have accomplished.

You took time to enjoy the journey at last. Great work !!!!!
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#393754 - 12/02/14 04:43 PM Re: Building a garage-apartment with a pond view [Re: Brettski]
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Neat story Ski.
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