Moving right along, our house got its first coat of paint! It wasn't exactly Sarah's color of choice, but it does have kind of a gothic look...errie!
Actually, the coating you see is called waterproofing, which is the process of spraying a rubber coating on the foundation walls. Even if the foundation develops hairline cracks, the rubber coating is flexible and will stretch with the crack. Good news, as it will certainly keep us dry as we are watching CSI Miami on our new widescreen...ahhm!...oh, sorry, I was daydreaming again.
In a turn of events, we were actually informed this week that instead of finishing our townhouse, it is going to be used as a salt storage structure...as you can see after a long winter, there isn't much salt left. A new shipment should be arriving this week. First a pile of dirt, now a salt structure. What next, a factory?
Many of you have been asking what has been taking so long to build the townhouse. It is a valid question, but it has an equally valid answer. The universal solvent is at it again, devouring everything in its path and slowing down the progress of our house. The culprit is none other than plain, old-fashioned water. As long as "our pile of dirt" is swimming in it, we aren't going to see much progress. So, for goodness sakes, pray for a little sunshine!
Somewhere in this stack of raw materials, I can envision a townhouse. The only problem is that it didn't come with any assembly instructions. Hmmm, well, it's okay. I am a man after all. I am sure after some serious tinkering I can figure out how to put this thing together ;)
At the end of the last phase I had promised to be back with a new assortment of friends, including wood framing and scaffolding. They certainly showed up, but they haven't introduced themselves into the project just yet. We do have a permit number (#B02199084), which means we are official and things are going to start happening again! I don't mind so much that this stage has taken a little extra time, for a house is only as good as the foundation on which it rests.
From what I was told this week, the cement slab in the basement has to be poured first. Once that is done, this townhouse is going to start working the vertical market, framing!