Building Our New House:
-- Drywall ready to sand and paint
The drywall (sheetrock) was hung 3-5 April and the drywall
finishers started work on 7 April. They applied two coats of drywall
finishing compound and a third coat known as a skim coat. The skim
coat went on 15 April and the compound needs 48 or more hours to dry so it can
be sanded smooth then painted.
As of 17 April, the weather is perfect -- sunny, dry days with
light wind. So -- we opened the windows in the house to allow the drywall
compound to dry completely. The drywall finishers plan to sand on
Saturday, 19 April. We will go into the house on Monday, 21 April, and
mask the windows and electrical fixtures with tape and paper. We will
install baseboard trim. Then, we'll spray two coats of primer on the
walls, trim, and ceilings and spray a finish coat of paint on the ceilings.
Meanwhile, here are some photos of the drywall ready to sand.
Arch doorway from master bedroom into dressing area and walk-in
closet; master bathroom is through the door that's visible through the arch.
Looking at the right front corner of the great room. The
doorway in the center of the wall goes into the master bedroom suite. The
window is one of six that look out onto the front porch.
View of the main part of the kitchen looking from the back
porch, through the French doors. The short blue-green wall is part of the
kitchen island. We will install three cabinets on the other side of this
wall, making an island that's 10 feet long by 6 feet wide. Notice the
fireplace at the right edge of the photo -- that's at the end of the great room
away from the kitchen.