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Archive for February, 2014

blizzardsDespite weather that portends the next ice age, work continues. Last week I made the trek to Maine for meetings with the contractor. I decided to drive the coastal route to avoid the mountains and possible icy roads. But storms chased me all the way there and all the way back to South Carolina. Northeasters, blizzards, sub zeroearthquake temperatures and even an earthquake in South Carolina made for a very interesting and fast paced week. So I did another bobsled run…only this time down interstate 95 in my van! But I finally made it to Maine just in time to get snowed in up there. But the meetings with the contractor were necessary and beneficial.

front doorI had to choose siding, roofing, doors, windows, flooring, kitchen cabinets, vanities, counter tops,imagesZX5SUZZ1 paint colors and plumbing and electrical placements. I told Wendy to stay glued to her phone because I would be asking a lot of questions! After two days of that, I had a wonderful headache and got trapped in Maine by yet another northeaster. The weatherYellow House forecasters kitchenpredicted one sunny day before the next storm hit. I grabbed the opportunity and headed back to South Carolina. I made it as far as Delaware before the storm hit me. I spent the night and woke up the next morning to a beautiful sunny day and clear roads! So the rest of my trip back to South Carolina was smooth sailing.

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You can see from the pics that the footers are all set for the cement. As I type this the workers are on sight and should be pouring the cement. I feel like things are starting to fall into place. I am a bit nervous about all of the choices that I made. Once things are ordered and finished, there is no return. I hope the house ends up looking like one that could be in Better Homes and Gardens. My fear is that it will look like The Big, The Bad, and The Ugly. But you know what? We are going to live in it anyway and like it! lol

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Frigid temperatures, mixed with a lot of snow, has not stopped the progress. The bulldozers and backhoes are on site prepping the ground for construction. Finishing off the clearing of the front acre where the house will sit, grading the ground, digging site for the septic, moving a section of the stonewall for the driveway and drilling the well are all things needed before the building begins.

Since most homes in the north have full basements, ours is a bit different in that it will be sitting on a slab. There is a cost factor in that decision, but also for us, a basement would be of little use outside of a place to become secret hoarders. Come to think of it, that is what most basements I have ever been in ends up as. A receptacle of junk that isn’t good enough to use, but not quite bad enough to throw away. So our home will be sitting on a slab.

Because of the winter months right now, the construction process is to dig out the foundation, pour the concrete for the frost walls, put in all of the sub gravel and crushed stone for the slab and then build the structure. Once it is weather proof, they come in to put in the radiant heat in the floor and then pour the slab. This protects the slab from drastic temperature changes and cracking.

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The blueprints have the interior walls set in place, but sometime in March we will be making another trip to Maine to see progress and make sure of the up and coming detail work: columns, trim work, crown molding, etc. Much better to get it all right the first time rather than the expense of ripping it out to redo something.

We are currently picking out the exterior colors for the siding and trim, and the shingles. A little bit nerve wracking since no matter how many samples a person looks at, the final product always tends to be just a shade off. Paint on a wall is one thing, an entire house is another.

 

For now, here are some more pictures of what is going on.

Don’t forget to check out www.rickhuntress.org if you care to know more about me. You can see my family there and find out where to get a copy of my book, Better to Be Broken.

 

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