Sorry to everyone for my lack of presence here lately. We are still plugging away trying to get everything finished. My budget for subcontracting the lower level sheetrock was too small, so I have to DIY that as well. This week we are building a ~900SF deck off the ballroom's south wall where we have three French doors. Had to research, design, permitting, etc it all myself as well. Should have it finished by mid-next week or so. Then I will spend a week or two sheetrocking/mudding the lower level (which I have already about 50% finished). Surprisingly, the sound system does not really carry to the outside very much. That is to say I can crank it up so it is unbearable in the ballroom, but from the outside would probably never bother the neighbors even with all three french doors open (if I have the bass turned down). I had it cranked today while working on the deck. With the doors open, the bass does carry quite a distance outside...but only with the glass doors open. It must be the same concept of how whales communicate over great distances in the ocean lol. Shut the doors, and the bass is seriously dampened outside.
A couple of pictures from today are below:
Although we are generally getting too much rain in Iowa right now, today was great deck building weather with a light breeze and 75 Degrees. It seems our May weather is about a month late. I hope we don't just jump right into summer!
The first of four beams for the main part of the deck went up today. There was a little bit of learning curve on the first one as we got everything square. With the first one installed, the rest should go much more quickly. I designed the deck so that the decking will be perpendicular to the building, will use hidden fasteners, and will be using 20' planks in order to avoid butt joints (PT lumber). You can see baroque style iron balusters on the very left edge of the photo on the wheelchair ramp. The same will be used on the railing of the decks. The overall deck is two tiered, and covers about 45' x 20'. The 20 footings took 8 cubic yards of concrete!!!