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Hi blog readers!

Our all season porch is in fully swing! There’s definitely a joke to be made here about porch swings, but its a gorgeous Friday, so forgive us if we’re less verbose than usual.

Happy Friday!

Joe

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Hey readers,

We’re back with yet another addition. Allow us to fill you in on it: We’re building an all-season porch! That’s a porch with sliding glass doors all the way around. This one will even have a fireplace! That’s our favorite thing – we even put one on our own porch at home! We love fall evenings on the porch with a fire.  But we digress…

First things first: we needed concrete for the foundation. Here it is rolling in.

Because no project is without its surprises (remember this? and this?), we found rotted framing where the old steps were. The new steps were going in the same place, so we had to replace this area to protect it from future damage. Here’s the new framing.

Here’s the wall forms with the new concrete before:

And after:

Time to secure the anchor bolts!

Sawing the concrete (roar!!!) so we have access to the future crawl space:

And here we have protected the existing basement from dust and water.

And behind that curtain we have… our new access point!

Lots more work to be done, stay tuned for more adventures!

Peace out,
Joe

Well, folks, we’re happy to say that the anxiously awaited living room addition is done! Here are a couple of outside shots:

And the inside:

If you are just tuning in, you can see the shots of our progress here, here, and here!

Keep it real!
-Joe

Ok, maybe not. We actually use a product called Azek. When heated, Azek can be formed to a shape. After it cools, it will maintain the shape.

We needed to bend some trim around the top of a window we installed, so we enlisted the help of our handy friend Azek. These photos show us with our make shift oven and form table. Don’t try this at home without your Ovegloves!!

Here's the trim in the "oven"

Note our super space heater powering the "oven"

After it was warmed, we took out the Azek and shaped it

Ta-da! Wood bent with our eyes! (and hands. and heat.)

I think the sun might have been able to do this on Saturday! Its so hot here!

Keep cool!
Joe

Well, we promised you blog readers more pictures of the finished bathroom remodel, and since we’re not  one to renege on a promise, here you go!

A new shower door, new grout:

A new seat, with a surprise (wait for it…):

Towel storage!

This handy little unit provides heat when you exit the shower as well as shower/bath ventilation. Cozy!

And finally, the new dressing area is complete (with hiding contractor!):

Now that you’ve got your fill of McMahon Builders blogging, you can go out and enjoy this weekend!
-Joe

Hi blog readers!

We’re straight-up swamped over here with classy projects!

You have all heard about our swanky bathroom project. Well, the glamor doesn’t end in the bathroom. We tackled the bar area too.

See, the cabinet above this bar wasn’t big enough to hold anything worthwhile (translation: it couldn’t hold a bottle of wine laid horizontally). So we fixed that right up by adding a few inches to the back of the cabinet and adding lattice in the inside of the cabinet for wine storage.

We installed a new granite counter top, but there was no lighting to show off the counter top’s sparkle! So we added some accent lighting underneath and above the cabinet. Now the bar area shines like studio 54.  Because we’d never settle for a dull bar (or anything, really).

Ahhh, my daughters would be proud of this bold departure from my usual earth tones. But who am I kidding, it’s not my house!

Until next time, when we’ll show off the finished bathroom!
Joe

Hi readers!

Today’s adventure brings us back to the living room addition. We’re working on tying the old siding in with the new:

While we were hard at work adding siding to the south side of the house, John (seen in the first picture) noticed that one of the neighbors might be in trouble. The neighbor, an older gentleman, had fallen and his wife could not get him up. Luckily, this is exactly the kind of scenario that Batman and his team are highly trained for. The only problem: a ten foot high fence separated Batman’s team from the rescue effort. Ok, maybe it was only 3.5 feet (details!).

Robin (John) and the Green Hornet (Scott) grabbed two ladders, one for each side of the treacherous fence, so they could reach the victim. The rest was a standard rescue for these superheroes. At the request of the victim, no pictures were taken. This story is probably best left to the imagination anyway.

Here’s Scott back at work dry walling with Dick; all in a day’s work!

To the Batmobile!
Joe

We have to interrupt our regularly scheduled blogging about the living room addition to give you an update on the bathroom we’ve been working on.

First, we have a new vanity, mirror, and sconce:

A new gold faucet:

A swanky new chandelier:

A brand new niche for a folding mirror (What, your mirrors don’t have their own niches?! We never!):

A gilded tile cap:

New tub faucet:

Aaannnnd finally….. new windows!

Told ya it was swanky!

Keep cool!
Joe

The weather here in Geneva has finally started cooperating and we’ve been able to get a lot done on the living room addition we’ve told you so much about.  The framing and roofing is done, and now all the windows are in!

Some inside shots:

Now check out how how the new windows look from the outside:

Ah, we can almost taste the icy cold beverages that we’ll be enjoying there when this is done. When we’re invited, of course 🙂

Until next time!
Joe

We’re back with yet another update – two days in a row! Are you sick of us yet?

Well, here are some more pictures of the living room addition we’ve been working on. First we excavated the soil and then put the footing for the concrete in place:

Then the walls were poured!

Next week will will back-fill the foundation so the framing can start.

While we were digging the foundation, we realized the sewer pipe was cracked! Yipes! We repaired this while it was accessible:

Happy Fourth everyone!
Joe

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