Our Little Warehome: "Wires, Walls, Windows, etc." (Episode 8 of 10)



on this episode of our little we're home as you've seen on previous episodes we're done with framing which means now we move into electrical plumbing and insulation all this stuff nobody really cares about but you need so let's get started we're the branch family just ordinary people who decide to buy an 80 year old warehouse and turned it into our downtown family home come along with us and experience all the hard work and thousands of decisions it's going to take to turn this derelict warehouse into our little where home [Applause] we started construction about four months ago and this is the seventh construction dumpster we filled up the kids don't like helping clean up but it builds character and it's free labor and on the plus side I've become a deadly accurate trash towing ninja Jimmy on the other hand still needs some practice so speaking of practice we don't have a lot of practice at home renovation we've never flipped homes or built our own home I don't even know what a hammer is and it took us seven months to go from a derelict warehouse to what it is now something that kind of looks like a home along the way there were tons of surprises like the nine million trips to Lowe's we took the rodents in the building guitar on the wall the things that we thought would take hundreds of dollars to clean up to thousands and weeks instead of days but here we are we work through all those issues our general contractor Richard is taking the inspector through the house for the framing inspection and because our framing crew was the best in the world we got the thumbs up but now it's about to get crazy you know what crazy is an understatement this whole part of the build is a blur to me yeah the whole electoral process was a blur it happened in a couple days they pulled wire all over the house forum switches and our plugs and our outlets and our fans and they're in out so fast I didn't even get to know their names which is a shame because they seem like nice guys I swear they put in a thousand switches and eight million miles of wiring well maybe not eight million miles but it was a lot the AC people ran ductwork all over the house ductwork duck-duck that's what I said okay our house is 4400 square feet so we chose two units that are four tons each tonnage is sort of the capacity that which they can blow so four tons are big units and we chose 20 Sears which are very energy efficient and we live in Florida so we've got to have a good a/c another thing we did insulate the house we use spray foam and spray foam has a higher r-value than most traditional fiberglass baths which means your home stays more comfortable in the summer and winter months now if your insulation geek Lowe's has a great video about the history of insulation it actually is really good Sarah and I watched the whole thing today the other issues 8 horns to insulate houses we wanted our where home to be as energy efficient as possible so we used spray foam insulation low E glass and we also added a 28 panel solar system which will reduce our power bill by up to a hundred and seventy dollars per month our solar system was custom designed by wholesale solar they helped a DIY adjust like me understand solar systems the return on investment and then guided us through the installation process because we homeschool the kids and they're around all day and we have an open floor plan sound and how it travels through the house was very important to us we used a product called mute X inside our ceiling and walls to help dampen the sound around the house now that the walls are filled with pipe and wires it's time to bring in the drywall and they brought in two truckloads of it and if you've ever gonna have to drywall you know how heavy it is so they had this truck with this giant arm thing that grabbed and picked up and put it upstairs and they had a remote control to it to their one like this the drywall was installed by two teams first it was the drywall hangers and then it was the drywall finishers the drywall hangers were a group of guys that came in and knocked it all out about five days yeah they screwed it in super fast yeah and then the finishes came in with like this mud moppy stuff and they're like mopping the holes in and then they're like sand and stuff and create giant just dust everywhere but they worked all weekend and it took them three or four or five days to and they knocked it out as well but we didn't put drywall everywhere in the ceiling we actually use an exterior plywood called T 111 and we did that for a couple reasons are really one of the lines going up the ceiling to really showcase how high the ceiling was and since it's wood plywood it gives us some structural integrity in the ceiling that drywall does not because there are so many angles in this roof it turned into a super heavy jigsaw puzzle for our framers put together well they're great framers so they knocked it out in a couple days Construction is moving at a breakneck speed there are tradesmen all over the house but I am thinking about the furniture that we need to put in this new house so I started searching on Instagram for styles that we like and furniture that we need and I found the perfect little shop down in Orlando Florida and you know what that means Road Trip it would be quicker and easier just to run down to our local furniture store and buy furniture but we want to fill our house with really interesting pieces that you can't find everywhere and when we're in Orlando we discovered a really cool import store that imports furniture from India and Bali and we bought a whole bunch of stuff while we were shopping we got so excited we filled an entire moving truck with furniture and Jimmy and I roadtrip back there's way too much furniture to show it all to you right now but as soon as the house is done you'll get to see how we decorate with all of it this building is old and we want to keep those stories and the historic charm of the building preserved the flooring however is pitted it's all cut up a new concrete and doesn't look really great so we decided to pour a thin set layer of concrete over the top of it so we used a product from quikrete which is a thin set concrete that dries very quick so we decide to keep the floors gray a neutral color because we want people to walk in the building and not focus on the concrete floor which we could have stained a red or orange or something we want them to look at our beautiful giant windows our incredible old trusses all our original artwork not necessarily the concrete floor even though it's just a gray floor I love the way it turned out and it's easy to clean your windows and doors are the first thing people notice about your home they create the face of your building we wanted the face of our building to be beautiful and strong with our windows and doors we want a new strong technology but an old-world feel so we chose interior wood windows and exterior copper clouded windows their low E glass and even impact glass low E is a specially designed glass to keep UV light out of your building an impact glass is very special because it's super strong glass specifically designed not to break during storms we need that here in Florida because we get hurricanes this old 80 year old building had a former loading dock so we have two options we could block in this area or we can embrace that odd loading dock opening and put a rolling glass door it's kind of like a garage door but it's specifically designed for the interior of your home it's aluminum which is really good for being near the water because it will not rust and the glass of this rolling door is double paned much like your traditional residential window is now our kitchen instead of a loading dock has a sort of balcony we love this feature of the house so one thing you don't really see my job in these shows is the amount of errands the homeowner or the contractor has to run your constant random lows or especially stores picking up things that tradesmen need to keep them working and we're hoping to be done it's 11:20 right now on Sunday morning to be done by one o'clock we go up above this weekend doesn't kill the whole afternoon we'll see how long it takes to get through Lowe's and get our errands done the inside of the warehouse is really starting to look like a home we're getting very excited about moving in and the outside it's going through a transformation as well you probably remember from the very first episode of our little we're home some of our design ideas for the front of the building I like to do some sort of planter box that kind of wraps this curb so you can only enter in from Park Avenue we couldn't find break that matched our building perfectly but we didn't want to use brand-new brick with an old building so we found brick that came out of Chicago it's actually 125 years old and we found a local brick mason to build our security wall and our whole front door area our brick mason Steven noticed that some of these 125 year old bricks still have the fingerprints left from the person who pulled the bricks out of the mold he even found a few bricks that had bolts and nuts that have fallen into the mold while they made them he also didn't just lay down the brick walkway he used a herringbone pattern for me good design with all these little touches which add up into a beautiful space on the exterior walls above the bottom floor brick we went with hearty board and hearty board is actually a cement board that will not rot hardy boards a little bit heavy but that's Josh up there in the ladder his nickname is big arms and big arms and his team did a great job laying out the hardy board we went with a born in battens look which is very standard among craftsman-style homes and I know once we get it painted it's going to look fantastic so here we are the products moving really fast and we're exhausted a thousand decisions constantly every day being dragged in different directions a hundred issues go pick up this go do that go to Lowe's we live it was close but we still have things to pick up tons of things to do we've got paint colors carpet colors stain colors I'm color blind so it's all on me but we're in the homestretch and you're gonna see the entire process in the coming episodes so stay tuned we shall move one day one day

45 Comments

  • Jae 187Flakko_B

    April 13, 2019

    “I don’t even know what a hammer is “?????????

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  • jonathan hernandez

    April 13, 2019

    what do they do for work? to afford that. I want that job.lol

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  • La'Glamour Lashes

    April 13, 2019

    I just binge watched all 8 episodes instead of studying for my final exam tomorrow! Can’t wait to see the final two

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  • Paul Jackson

    April 13, 2019

    How much all this cost?

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  • senal weerasekara

    April 13, 2019

    2:26 is he really colour blind?

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  • Sneha h

    April 13, 2019

    Please do Okbaby home next, they're moving out to a new home and really really need your help! #OKbaby

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  • Moran Guy

    April 13, 2019

    You guys are incredible with what you are doing there !

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  • Me Me

    April 13, 2019

    Why does it say that the majority of these comments are from a month ago when the video was posted today?

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  • Prisilla Cope

    April 13, 2019

    ??? to the Branches!!

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  • Michelle Barham

    April 13, 2019

    Looking good, looking good!..So excited for you ?

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  • SAM Taylor

    April 13, 2019

    Did you win the lotto?????

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  • reformalar acabamento

    April 13, 2019

    Vocês são topp
    you are topp

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  • Uak Fam

    April 13, 2019

    I think they accidentally uploaded ep 9 cause I watched it

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  • Salvador Nobre Veiga

    April 13, 2019

    why duct work? mini split systems are much better… not to mention, cheaper than natural gas too! and no need for duct/duck work 😀 …and of course a good split system is like 29 SEER and up …sooo… much much more efficient

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  • Barbara Barney

    April 13, 2019

    So glad to see you keeping it eco friendly.

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  • Randomfrozenpotato

    April 13, 2019

    Why is this video not on the channel and you just have to click on it after the video

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  • Patrick Campbell

    April 13, 2019

    I feel like dad just wants to play with the remote control drywall truck all day! Would have loved to hear more about the solar installation. Something that keeps coming with Tesla's new roofs.

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  • Kayinfso Here

    April 13, 2019

    Shaping up!!

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  • Tonia P

    April 13, 2019

    The rolling door is beautiful. Does it shake or move at all during storms? What about noise from traffic, rain, thunder, etc? What is the rating for the impact windows? I'd be nervous with some of the bigger storms we saw last year coming through with the rolling door.

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  • mike kong

    April 13, 2019

    What a great stage to be in life… such a cool story about family and their home build adventure. 🙂

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  • Rob Walling

    April 13, 2019

    I'm really digging this series, Allan. Keep them coming!

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  • Jesse DePonte

    April 13, 2019

    Super hilarious in this one! You kept me wanting more. Love the step by step process.

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  • rubymimosa

    April 13, 2019

    Not just the design details (not to diminish them) but I LOVE your thoughtful choices on spray insulation, hardy board and solar. I was wondering about hurricanes, lived in TX for 10yrs and dealt with tornados so I was very interested in things like ground level appliances (like the a/c) surviving flooding or deluge plus can the family safely shelter from hurricanes within the home or will that 80yr old brick survivor be compromised by the big windows and such. So cool y’all!

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  • Brandon Mathis

    April 13, 2019

    This is so awesome to see this coming together. I love the style y'all are going with.

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  • Justin Lukasavige

    April 13, 2019

    More videos on solar, please!

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  • Cliff Seal

    April 13, 2019

    Those are some smart people if they helped you understand solar systems while installing your panels. 3:31

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  • James Hafner

    April 13, 2019

    Spray foam is awesome. We have it in our house here in Texas and it's the real deal.

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  • Jérôme Gravel-Niquet

    April 13, 2019

    At first I thought Allan was gonna say he changed his mind about the entrance. Guess he stuck with his vision as the project progressed!

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  • Michael

    April 13, 2019

    Solar goals! Shocked that this episode was as interesting as it was, well done!

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  • Jason Zook

    April 13, 2019

    Would have been really cool to learn more about the solar installation cost and projected long-term savings and benefits. Not complaining, just have loved the way things have been explained in this series and that would have been rad! Also, the indoor garage door is AMAZING!

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  • Nate Croft

    April 13, 2019

    Mute-X? I need this in my life. Also, watching Jimmy throw bricks AT the dumpster is a riot. I like this kid.

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  • Ryan Evans

    April 13, 2019

    That brick looks awesome.

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  • Chris Nagele

    April 13, 2019

    Insulation is something you can get crazy complex with. Did you use the spray foam (closed cell?) on the interior between the rooms as well? I love the mute-x product!

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  • Nick Pettit

    April 13, 2019

    Oh wow! Had our first date at Washburn Imports. I'd love to be able to afford just one piece of furniture from there someday.

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  • Nick Pettit

    April 13, 2019

    I was wondering about the sound. I don't even have kids yet and sound is such a huge concern for the work-from-home life.

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  • Adam MacDonald

    April 13, 2019

    OH NO! The electrical work makes me cringy….all loose wires surrounded by spray foam. Situations like this are where you'd spend the extra cash and run conduit. Plus it helps for the future if you want to run other types of wiring.

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  • Jeff Casimir

    April 13, 2019

    I dig the plywood on the ceiling. The railing/fence on the big garage door wall/window is amazing. The bricks are so beautiful.

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  • Andres Covarrubias

    April 13, 2019

    I'm also color blind! (my wife helps me in the decisions) 🙂

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  • Lore Lynn

    April 13, 2019

    Did you guys keep that old car?

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  • Adam Wride

    April 13, 2019

    Did you do open or closed cell foam?

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  • Mrs. McGinley

    April 13, 2019

    That furniture looks so amazing, can't wait to see it all in place!

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  • Mrs. McGinley

    April 13, 2019

    Mute-X! I wonder, can I install a layer of that between the front and back seats of the car?

    Great job Branch family, this is so cool!

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  • Steven Durrence

    April 13, 2019

    Sooo many Lowe’s trips!! The facial expressions crack me up.

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  • Alicia Durrence

    April 13, 2019

    Can’t wait to see it all together!

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  • MONIQUE RAMIREZ

    April 13, 2019

    What about Hurricane Shutters to protect those beautiful windows?

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