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March 8, 2013 |

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posted by Ana White

Just thought I'd drop you a line and let you know what we've been up to.

Drywall!

We finally got all the mechanical systems finished up, and the rooms cleaned up

Drywall!

And drywall got delivered.

Once we got it upstairs, lots of this started happening ....

Drywall!

After months of hours and hours of work with little to show for it, it's shocking how hanging a sheet of drywall can totally feel like you've accomplished so much. You can spend all day drilling holes and threading wires through studs, and feel like you did nothing. You can hang a sheet of drywall in minutes, and step back and say, wow! we are getting tons done!

Drywall!

To celebrate, the Ram gets a new tool. It's a drywall gun that you can adjust to perfectly set drywall screws.

For those of you who have mudded drywall, is there anything more annoying than screws not quite set?

Drywall!

And it holds the screw in place, so you can reach up high and attach drywall.

This day has been a long time coming, and you've helped us get here. Those of you who comment and encourage, thank you - your support has been huge. And those of you just reading, thank you as well - our Mom's are way too polite to urge us on and knowing you are reading has kept us motivated and encouraged.

You've gotten us to this point.

Drywall!

Drywall!

Drywall!

Drywall!

Drywall!

Drywall!

Drywall!

Drywall!

Drywall!

Drywall!

After all these months - almost two years now - the Momplex is finally beginning to look like home inside.

There's still a ton to do, and I promise, I won't skip out on all the details of how we do drywall, but for now,

Thought you just might want to enjoy the new, improved view from inside the Momplex.

Truly, thank you.  

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OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!

If there weren't people in my house, I'm positive I'd be jumping up and down in excitement!! YAY!!!!!!

For some reason, I always assumed the drywall pieces were cut before they were hung, so watching you guys cut out the door way made me think, DUH! That's definitely more precise... Ahhhh, logic. ;-)

I am so happy for you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wait, let me just add a few more..

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gina - Lady Goats
DIY Blogger (when I'm not procrastinating)
http://www.ladygoats.com

posted by Lady Goats | on Fri, 2013-03-08 14:30
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Hi Gina! Thank you! You

Hi Gina! Thank you! You know, we cut the length before we hang but for openings, it's easier to cut in place for a more precise fit. For windows where you can't score both sides, we use a rotozip tool with a special guide bit to cut things out. I took some video so I'll post that this coming week - makes hanging drywall fly by. Thanks for all the support the entire journey! We really appreciate it! Ana

posted by Ana White | on Sun, 2013-03-10 12:26

YAY!!!!!!!!

Oh my goodness, how exciting! Yes, it's amazing how drywall makes you look like you've accomplished so much in such a short time. I'm so proud of you guys and I will continue to be here reading and cheering you on every step of the way. I can't wait until it all comes together and see pics of the looks on both of your Mom's faces. Great job!


posted by spiceylg | on Fri, 2013-03-08 14:56
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Ana White's picture

Thank you!!!! I know these

Thank you!!!! I know these last few months have been dragging on and on and on ... trust me, it was very difficult for us to stay motivated when you put so much work into something and see nothing for it! But putting up drywall ... man, what a difference maker! Thanks for all the support! Can't wait for the fun part ....... it's right around the corner!

posted by Ana White | on Sun, 2013-03-10 12:29
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mom of 4's picture

Amazing!

It is truly stunning what drywall does to a home. It goes from skeletal to practically cozy with a few sheets. Suddenly, rooms have shelter and dimension, views change and get framed differently. The space is defined and tangible.
I have enjoyed reading about the entire project and look forward to seeing the finishing to be done. I have learned so many new things from your posts and plans. You and your family are really inspiring.

posted by mom of 4 | on Fri, 2013-03-08 14:56
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Ana White's picture

Thank you so much for reading

Thank you so much for reading and following along and commenting! Yes, suddenly the spaces are coming together and I'm starting to think about what types of furnishings and decor for the spaces! Going to be so fun! Thank you so much! Ana

posted by Ana White | on Sun, 2013-03-10 12:30

Yay!!!

Getting giddy with the amazing progress you guys have made from day one!!! Imagine how precious these blog posts will be to you once you're done to show all of the hard work, ingenuity, and time you have spent for two wonderful ladies in your lives!!! I can never wait to see more!!

posted by jj11news | on Fri, 2013-03-08 17:04
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Thank you so much! We really

Thank you so much! We really enjoy sharing our progress - it really helps us stay encouraged - so thank you for reading!

posted by Ana White | on Sun, 2013-03-10 12:32

What a change!

Drywall itself is such an encouragement! I won't mention the mudding and sanding.;) You have done awesome. Note off subject: I followed along the past couple of years as LisaT. Then had trouble logging in once so tried to change my password, but the email link never took me to the correct page to edit my password. Anyway, I just signed up tonight on a new computer, with a new name and email address. I may have been doing something wrong, but I tried a hundred times. I didn't know if anyone else had had this problem. But, mostly just wanted you to know that we have been following along and enjoying it so much! Thank you!

posted by LisaMarie | on Fri, 2013-03-08 22:23
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Hi Lisa! So sorry for the

Hi Lisa! So sorry for the trouble with login - thank you for being persistent and getting it figured out. I am also very sorry that we have to require logins for comments - it's terrible, but the spam problem was worse :( I really appreciate you following along!

Did you say mudding and sanding???? Now that's a stage I'm dreading!

posted by Ana White | on Sun, 2013-03-10 12:37
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dmcarwin's picture

You gave me chills!

I can not believe how excited I am for you! It has been so amazing to watch this process and I agree with Gina, That was so cool to see how you did the door frame....!!! Seriously you have given me the inspiration to do ANYTHING! I love learning from you and love that you take the time to share your talents! Thank you so much and I am so excited to see more! Congrats!

Mindi@ http://mylove2create.blogspot.com/

posted by dmcarwin | on Sat, 2013-03-09 00:56
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Hi Mindi! Thank you - you

Hi Mindi! Thank you - you know, so many of these steps aren't necessarily things that you can't do - so much of building is simply driving a screw - but the layers and layers that go into building a home - it is insane! I'll do a tutorial, the way the Ram does drywall, it just flies up. No cutting electrical boxes out and trying to line up or anything like that.

Thanks for following along, we really appreciate you reading and encouraging us!

Ana

posted by Ana White | on Sun, 2013-03-10 12:40
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birdsandsoap's picture

Yay!

I'm so excited for you! Drywall is such a milestone. And you are right, it makes such a visual difference seeing those walls up and actually beginning to get a feel for each room. I expect a full tutorial on mudding!

posted by birdsandsoap | on Sat, 2013-03-09 03:07
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Ana White's picture

Hi Jenny!!! Well, this is

Hi Jenny!!! Well, this is what's been keeping us so busy! It's crazy how when the drywall went up, I instantly started picturing furniture in the rooms! Can't wait for that step!

We are not looking forward to mudding and taping, but it has to be done, right?

Thanks again!
Ana

posted by Ana White | on Sun, 2013-03-10 12:41

Ram Needs Attention Too!

Ana I sure hope the strong silent Ram gets all the attention he deserves. My muscles ached looking at him installing all of that drywall and knowing he has many rooms to go. If you plan a house-warming when it is all over will your loyal fans be invited?

Jake

posted by Jake | on Sat, 2013-03-09 07:52
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Hi Jake! Yes, it is

Hi Jake! Yes, it is incredible what the Ram has done - somedays we drive up there and just shake our heads and look at the Momplex and say, really, you built this???? It is amazing. We have brought in our friends John and Junior to help out with the drywall, as it's a two man job to hang.

We do have guests up at the Momplex quite a bit that just drop by, and we are always happy to show them around! It's pretty small inside, so I don't know if I'll be able to get everyone inside, but we'll definitely have to do something for move in date!

Ana

PS - The Ram's getting a much deserved week of fishing here soon!

posted by Ana White | on Sun, 2013-03-10 12:46
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Almost two years !!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't believe it's almost two years, lordy I'm getting old in a hurry. Well done you guys, keep up the great work.

posted by nishja | on Sat, 2013-03-09 12:41
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Ana White's picture

We never expected it to take

We never expected it to take this long either, but each step has been done by hand, not by a crew, so it does take much longer. But worth it - we know every step is done right - and if we do mess up, we know you've got our backs! Thanks so much, we are excited to be so close to moving date! Ana

posted by Ana White | on Sun, 2013-03-10 12:43
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UlrikeDG's picture

Approaching the *home*

Approaching the *home* stretch. LOL

posted by UlrikeDG | on Sat, 2013-03-09 18:07
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Ana White's picture

Haha! I wonder if that's

Haha! I wonder if that's where the term originated! I love it!

posted by Ana White | on Sun, 2013-03-10 12:46
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CassieD's picture

Yay! No matter what the

Yay! No matter what the project, it's always great to see big visual changes. Congrats, you're almost there!

posted by CassieD | on Sun, 2013-03-10 14:14
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Hooray for drywall! That last

Hooray for drywall!
That last picture just put a HUGE smile on my face! Who needs artwork on the walls when Mom has a view like that!
Keep on keeping on! You guys are doing a great job. There is so much love built into this home, your Moms can't help but feeling good about living there.

posted by Pam the Goatherd | on Tue, 2013-03-12 12:04

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