Sorry, LesStrat - this is not about Kansas.
I can tell by the rumbling noise that the guys have started removing our garage roof. No going back now; it's sort of alarming. The plan is to:
- Remove old shingles and sheathing to the large roll-off dumpster in the driveway
- Carefully remove the existing pre-fab roof trusses and set aside
- Build a second floor on new open-web, prefab floor joists
- Replace the old roof trusses and seal it back up with new 35-year shingles
When it's done, the resulting space will be huge - about 25' x 45'. We'll build it out with two bedrooms for kids, a cubicle-style home office for me, and a big family room to which we can banish the kids and their TV and video games. The family room and my office will have a front wall of windows overlooking the river.
Also, lots of room for my gear, Drew's bass rig, and the beginner's drum set that will arrive around December 25th. (We think our 9 y.o. has an ability for drums, but there's no way we're going to keep the other kids off it, so it'll be a "family" purchase. Kids! Take turns! I said take turns! ... Do I have to set a timer?!?)
Of course, thanks to the recent economic downturn, we now expect our budget to run out just as the shell is sealed back up, and the siding is on. Not sure how we're going to get the inside built out yet. I'll have to do a lot of it myself. I'd already planned to do the electrical, no problem there, but I SUCK at drywall.
The next 2 or 3 days, the garage will have no cover, even though it's still full of stuff. So let's do that Woodstock thing... NO RAIN! NO RAIN! NO RAIN! NO RAIN! NO RAIN! (I hope it works better for us than it did for them.)
I'll post some pics as work progresses.
P.S. I'm thinking of hiring Gamera as our interior decorator - good idea?