Superior State of Mind : Property Lines Agreed Upon

Well, we reached an agreement with my brother in law / Katie’s brother to purchase a 2.5 acre parcel from him. 2.5 acres is the minimum lot size for the rural residential district that we’re in. The blue rectangle isn’t where the house will be located, but just a scale for the size of the home and garage.

Superior State of Mind : Our New Home Build Blog

Decided to record a video for the announcement of us starting a blog specific to building our new house. We’ll be covering everything from buying the property up until we finish the dang thing. Hope you enjoy watching us from the start!


Arsenic and Asbestos / Meth Den to Mansion archives posted

I bought my first house in 2011. We’re still currently residing here as we plan the new house but I figured I’d share the archives here since I have long since abandoned that blog. On these old posts you’ll find the writings of a much younger and much singler Joe as I document the process of taking my $17k house and making it into a nice shoe box.

Where ya at?

This is what the house looks like from the outside as of right now. At first I wanted just a small entry deck, but then decided to just go hog wild and ordered up some trusses for a nice covered front porch. As you can see, the dump trailer is full of shit, and this is where it came from!

The very first thing I do when I enter my house is thrash off all my clothes and shit, so this new room should work out well for me.

I found a very interesting thing when I took the old tub up off of the ground.

Just another reason I am glad I got rid of all the pine trees!
Apparently, a friendly neighborhood squirrel had been nabbing up all the black walnuts off of my neighbors tree and stashing them in the house while it was unoccupied for five years. There were a lot of these things. I shoveled up 3/4 of a 50 gal garbage can with them. I had to give the guy credit though… that is a lot of nuts.

Here is the interior of the house as it is now. I went a week without having a toilet…. and holy cow does it suck planning your day around a “when can I shit” schedule. As of today, still no hot water, but I have access to a shower so it is not the end of the world.

The shower unit is a Sterling by Kohler, and I have to say that I am really impressed with it over your traditional fiberglass remodeler units. Going to also shove a 4 foot vanity in there too.

I have been up to other things since I last updated. I visited an abandoned open pit iron mine. I’m just going to link my Google+ Album, because uploading to imgur takes effort.…224747620921521

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Deck Nearly Complete

With football season coming up and my Sunday Ticket subscription renewed I know that my Sundays will be a lost day for progress on the house. Because of that I have been busting ass every night. Just need steps and some ballisters for the rail and the deck is all done! Then onto the front porch!

The deck is 8 foot wide and runs 24 foot down the side of the house and 12 foot across the back. There are 4×4’s 4 foot deep with a concrete circle on the bottom on 8′ centers. I went 16″ on center with 2×8 stringers. I could have went 2′, but my parents did that at their house and it feels a little too squishy for my liking. I’m planning on hosting the fantasy draft party for my league this year so I was in a rush to get the thing done.

And you can tell by the scrub brush I have been neglecting mowing in favor of deck building. Hoping the neighbors don’t mind that I am working on the house instead of the yard. The neighbors in the blue house have birds living in their soffits and missing pieces of fascia everywhere though so I don’t feel terrible about letting the yard get a little wild.

Not Quite Dead Yet

Six months!? It’s been six months since I put a meaningful write up here. Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess.

So, Whats new? What in the hell has he accomplished in six months? Well, like my mom likes to constantly remind me, I am a disappointment. One day though, I had had enough of pulling up to my house and feeling disgusted with how it looked. A man can only take so much visual torture when he pulls up to his house. So, I started tearing the siding off.

And while that was going on I had my friend use his mini excavator to pull stumps out of my yard.

I started playing a game called “How Many Brands of House Wrap Can I Put On This Shack?”

Turns out the answer is 4. 4 different brands of house wrap.

If any of you caught my video updates you might remember I talked a pretty big game about tearing off the back porch. It came off quite easily with a little assistance from our tractor.

All siding removed, time to put some back on.

Looks a million times better, right?

With all of that taken care of it was time to celebrate with my favorite part of Summer, Splash School. You may have noticed the 1993 Ford Explorer I drive. There is a reason for this. One, I can not stand when a person drives a brand new vehicle and their houses look like a piece of shit. Two, I beat the shit out of all of my cars I’ve ever owned. I have never purchased a vehicle that has cost more than $4000 because I like to abuse them and have fun. Case in point :

I love to swim. I especially love cannon balling. There are two types of pool users. Floaters and Bombers. Floaters are the losers who say stupid things like, ” WHY ARE YOU SPLASHING ME I DIDNT COME TO SWIM IN THIS POOL TO GET WET!” I can’t stand floaters. They are fun sponges and deserve every ounce of sweet sweet aquatic justice that I dispense.

Oh, back to the point.

Here is how the house looks as of today, July 16th.

You can see I tore off the front concrete steps. Took me an entire day to jackhammer them apart as they were a foot thick concrete formed over loose chunks of concrete. What a pain in my ass. As you should be able to tell from the trusses, I will be putting a covered porch off of the front of the house.

Here is the view from the back. I blocked in the basement access and will be putting on a wrap around deck in the back once the heat index drops below 95 degrees. How do you southerners work outside? I don’t envy you.

And I didn’t completely neglect my duties on the interior of the house. Here is an older picture of the kitchen.

I know some of you may be thinking, “Why no kitchen window?” The answer for that is simple. Outside of the kitchen is a rental house that always has the police called there. I can’t stand the dirt bags who live there and if I have to see them every time I get a drink of water or a yogurt I will lose what little sanity I have and start using them as target practice. Hence, the tube light and four super bright daylight LED bulbs in the can lights. Tube lights are amazing and bring in a crazy amount of light compared to shitty sky lights, and they flash into your roof easily and don’t leak.

That’s it for now. I’ll post again once I make some more headway!

I was Hoping I Would Find Some Money in the Walls. Instead I Found This.

I finally am getting over a sinus infection that kept me hovering over a humidifier all weekend long. I was pretty upset that I had a free weekend and wasted it by being sick. I got out of work today and wanted to kick a little ass and finish up some demolition work that had to be done in where the new entry way will be. I took two hammers, my HEPA mask, and started knocking plaster off the walls. I have been hoping to find something, anything, cool in these walls. Up until today the “coolest” thing I found were old Coin World newspapers with a bunch of classified ads for now long deceased people looking for buffalo nickels and wheat pennies.

All that changed today when I found a half pound of arsenic in my walls.

Lucky for me this thing was still sealed up when I came across it. I currently have it double zip locked and will be taking it to the hazardous waste disposal site tomorrow.

I read up on this stuff and apparently it was used as a rat killer in Parisian sewers and a pigment for paints. In some cases it was used to color candy and you can guess how well that worked out. Anyone else out there come across anything cool in their DIY adventures?

Bitchin’ Kitchen

I’ve decided to use more video walkthroughs to show how far along the kitchen is. With how tall the ceilings are and how small the room is it’s hard to get any good shots without some type of fish eye lens. I’ve taken a few though, but I don’t feel they show the space as well as the video can.

So, here is my future kitchen layout.

Here are a couple snaps of what it looks like now

The doorway will be moved over to accommodate the cabinets.

Eliminating the windows is going to obviously get rid of all the natural light. To counteract this I bought a solar tube which I am going to install over the peninsula.

And here’s a quick 5 minute video walk through of the house and showing the kitchen.