Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Finally Got the Deed

Finally Got the Deed
We finally received the deed to the property in the mail. We actually had to call to have them send it to us! Hubby called and "miraculously" they had "just received it and will send it right out". But they had to search for the file to verify our address. Duh. LOVE competency, don't you?

I'm going to visit a friend in TN tomorrow. We rented a car for a week, so hubby will take a trip out to take a look at the property (as well as his sister's Victorian house that we bought for her). She's so excited about getting out there. LOL So are we. God, I wish this place would sell!

We're doing some renovations downstairs in the shop and enclosing it with a ceiling, which will be the floor for the apartment upstairs. This should add to the sell-ability of the place....and add a nice chunk to the bottom line as well! Doing the renovations until the place sells beats sitting around waiting and wishing it would sell!

Other than this, nothing else is new. I'll post new pics when hubby returns from his trip out to KS. Wish I could go as well, but with the chickens, horses, dogs, birds...well, that would be impossible! Maybe some day I'll make a trip out there by myself and leave hubby here to tend to the "family". :)

Either way, I'm so excited about getting closer & closer to getting moved!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ideas & Plans Abound!

Ideas & Plans Abound!
With all of the stuff left in the buildings, I can't wait to get started going through it all! In the pictures we can only see clearly that which is closest to the camera. I can only imagine what's not visible!

I've been going through sites & blogs of those who've made things using the "reduce, reuse, recycle" concept. I've posted links down on the right under "Other Great Blogs!", as well as put some of their badges to the right. Be sure to check them out, they really have some great ideas!

Hubby's idea is to scoop it all up and haul it to the dump! NOT if I have anything to say about it! There's a huge pile of old wood that I can't wait to go through to find pieces that are perfect for projects. In fact, I have one in mind already, but it's contingent upon there being enough good wood.

I'm planning on bringing some of the old barn wood we have here on our KY property, from our 100 yo tobacco barn. I want to make a large farmhouse table with it. Combining it with some of the wood from the new property will give it lots of character and meaning.

There are soooo many creative people online and I'm having sooo much fun browsing their sites for ideas. I hope some day to be able to share some of my projects as well.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Roofing Ordered!

Woohoo! We've signed the work order contract and are on the list to have the roof put on. The roofers are about 4 weeks out and then it begins.

I've asked them to please save the wood shingles because I can re-use them in sooo many other projects - the greenhouse & hen houses especially. If there are enough good ones I may even be able to sell some of them....and they can sell for a pretty penny! Plus there are so many things still in the buildings that can be salvaged, used, or sold.

If we could just sell this place we could get out there and begin working on our final home! (I refuse to move, ever again!)


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ok, It's Decided.....We've Changed Our Mind

Ok, It's Decided.....We've Changed Our Mind

LOL, Yep, sure did - already - knew we would - told you we would too - it's just inevitable. But it's a good change, of course. The shingles we really like are top-of-the-line, excellent in quality & durability, but the ones we decided to switch to are also far better at heat reflection from the sun. Twenty percent better!

CertainTeed's Presidential Shake, Impact Resistant, Classic Weathered Wood was the original one:

Love the architectural difference the various shaped shingles produce.

CertainTeed's Landmark Solaris Gold, Impact Resistant, Max Def Weathered Wood is what we've ordered:

These are lighter in color and look a bit more like weathered shingles, and they almost match perfectly the real wood shingles they're replacing (which we're keeping so I can use them in other projects, such as the lower section of the greenhouse I'll be building from old windows - but that's a (much) later post).

As the website explains, "Landmark Solaris GOLD IR forms a barrier between your roof and the sun that reduces your roof's temperature by as much as 20 percent in the summer." And out in the middle-of-nowhere Kansas prairie.....we'll need it!

Their site also states about these shingles:

  • Rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) for cool roofs
  • Landmark Solaris GOLD IR shingles may qualify for credits/points in LEED, NAHB and other "green" programs
  • All colors are ENERGY STAR® qualified roof products
  • Tough fiber glass reinforced base to help achieve the highest impact resistant rating from U.L.
  • Tested to withstand the impact of a 2" steel ball being dropped from 20 feet in the air
  • In some areas, insurance companies offer homeowner discounts if you install an impact-resistant shingle
Discounts, tax incentives, lower cooling bills in the summer - all good things! I can't wait to see the finished look!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

OK, It's Decided

OK, It's Decided
We're going with the fiberglass shingle roof (Classic Weathered Wood).

We loaded up all the dogs for a "bye-bye" and drove around town today looking at roofs. While the newer metal roofs looked good, the older ones were faded, dented, and really didn't look very attractive. Granted we have no idea how old those roofs are, but we really want something that is long-lasting & durable. We don't want to have to replace it.

So, we decided on the shingles in that very classy looking "Classic Weathered Wood". It will look great on the church roof - and eventually the schoolhouse roof and the shop.

Once our place here sells, then we'll have the schoolhouse roof put on, and then after hubby redesigns the shop roof to extend out over a concrete pad in front of the shop (i.e. the former "brick shit house") is when that roof will be applied.

Oh, and here's the "bye-bye" crew:

Gris-Gris (pronounced gree-gree):

This is hubby's dog, but she's a Mama's Girl. Fat & squishy, she's awesome to cuddle up with. Just don't let her sit on you! OMG!


This guy is my buddy! We go on walks together as often as possible.

Ve'Ve' (pronounced vay-vay):

Ve'Ve' is Gris-Gris & Hoodoo's daughter. She & JuJu (and 9 other siblings) were born on my 50th birthday! Awesome present!


JuJu was the first born of the litter and is our "special" guy. He's crippled in all 4 legs. His back right leg is dislocated (vet tried to fix it, but it didn't heal back), his front legs are missing the foreleg bones, and the back left leg is stunted. But he is unbelievably strong, runs around without a problem, plays hard and is a spoiled rotten brat. And he's the one that runs shit around here!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Quote for the New Roof

Quote for the New Roof
Well we got the quote for the new roof. So now we have to choose whether we want a strong teal metal roof or a very strong (lifetime warranteed) fiberglass reinforced shingle roof.

This is the teal color for the metal roof:

And this is the fiberglass reinforced shingle color, called Classic Weathered Wood:

Decisions, decisions!

Each has it's own benefits: 
1) The metal roof is less expensive (so we can have all the roofs done at the same time), quickly installed, far fewer pieces to install.
2) The shingle roof is quite expensive (so we would have to hold off on the schoolhouse roof), very strong and durable, comes with a lifetime warranty.

My personal choice is the teal - because I looooovvvvvve color! And its durability is more than all we need for our lifetime. The only problem being that the color may eventually begin to be less vibrant and thus may have to be replaced. The shingle roof will stay perfect long after we're dead & gone! LOL That sounds bad! How about, "it will stay perfect long after we pass it on to the family member we decide to leave it to"? Yeah, that's better. LOL

So that's all that's new at the moment. More later, once there's more to share!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Thank you, House Blogging!

Thank you, House Blogging!

We've been introduced on House Blogging as one of their newest blogs (also see their badge on the right column here on High Plains Settlers). This is a very cool sight where you can see what others are doing  with their homes. There are thousand of ideas for style, color, architecture, gardening, you-name-it! All from people like me who like to blog, humbly toot their own horn, and share what they've learned and what they've accomplished.

So, thank you very much House Blogging!