Framing has started

We are well into framing now.  This phase will be done by the end of August or sooner.  The framers are scheduled to finish about a month ahead of what we expected.  It is nice to finally have something be done early.  I am hoping we can take advantage of this time savings and get things moving so it is done a bit earlier.  End of May next year would be great.

We have meetings on site every Tuesday and talk about progress and which things need to be done next.  I am experiencing a bit of frustration with the speed at which our architect is doing things.  I know he has built many homes and has a method to his madness but I would like to see things move along a little faster.  I wonder why we did not meet to figure out lighting, electrical, plumbing and maybe some of the interior finishes while the permit was delayed.  Then we would have everything ready to go so if like in the case of the framing something was ahead of schedule we could take advantage.

Steve often goes after work to check out the progress.  You get a good idea of what your view will be now that the windows are all framed for the main floor.  The deck is roughed in and I can see many mornings out there with my tea.  We hope to be out there a lot this summer to enjoy the property.

We are considering getting a play structure for the kids and/or a trampoline and may take an inflatable pool out there so they can swim.  There is the port a potty on site now so if you need a restroom you can go.  I do not really like the port a potty but in a pinch it will do.  Steve has purchased a shed and a John Deere riding mower.  He now mows the lawn every other week or so.  It is a lot of grass and takes a few hours.  So far the novelty of the riding mower makes it fun.

We have pictures and will try to get Steve to post some.  We also have a camera on site that takes pictures every few minutes and soon there will be live video on site to keep an eye on things and for security.  So we will be able to look at what is going on anytime.  Steve may be a bit distracted at work watching the live feed.

It is moving along

Our foundation is coming along.  Next week the first lumber drop will happen and framing will begin.  It is estimated that the framing will take 2 1/2 to 3 months.  By fall we should have the framing done and the house sealed up in time for the bad weather.

We are also now starting to make decisions on finishes.  We met with the architects and decided on exterior materials and colours.  The builder will be getting some samples together in the next couple weeks for us to look at.  We are going to start deciding on the interior finishes and all the appliances soon as well.  Next week we are meeting with the architect to go over the lighting details for the house.  The following week Steve will be meeting about the wiring.  I will be in California and hope he does not go too crazy with all the wiring and tech in the house.

We have been taking pictures of the construction as it happens and Steve should put some photos up soon. So far the building has been going well.

In other property news Steve has bought a John Deere rider mower and spent the weekend mowing the lawn.  It also has a little wheel barrow type thing you can tow on the back.  Steve is loving riding the mower right now I am not sure if it will wear off at some point but for now he is having a great time mowing the lawn.

Hitch in the permit process

Well we have run into a hitch with the final person needed to approve the permits for building.  At this point a letter has been drafted to his supervisor hoping to help move things along.  We submitted the permits back in August and he has had them since October. Hopefully by the end of this week we will have some kind of answers.

This is very frustrating when we have been waiting and ready to go.  Right now all the buildings are down but the foundations are still in place.  The job trailer is on site and we all are waiting.

Time to Knock some buildings down

Well this Thursday we finally get to knock down some buildings.  We have a demolition permit so we are going to start.  We will be going to watch it start and take some photos.  Steve is hoping to get to take the first whack at the buildings.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that there is no rain that morning so we can watch comfortably from a distance.  I plan to sit in my Adirondack chair with my tea and watch them fall.  Steve is also setting a camera up that will take pictures at intervals so we can track the progress of the house.  At the end of the process he can make a high speed video showing it all come together.

This time next year we should be at the finishing stages.  We are now 2 months behind when we thought our start date would be so finish has gone from January 2016 to probably March 2016.  We will have to have a big house warming when we get in.  Zoe will likely be 11 and Ainsley will be 6 when we move in.  It seems like it is so far away right now.  I am thinking once we start going it will at times seem like it is moving super fast.  Especially when we have to make final decisions on things like flooring, cabinets, doors, and everything else.

Also sorry to all that will likely see lots of posts about my house progress this year but it will be the huge thing going on for us.  That and Zoe with horse shows. Oh also our niece Danielle getting married.  Weill be a busy and fun year.

There has been a person out sick for two weeks so things have been slowed down while people took up slack at the office.  Hopefully they are well soon.

I have hoping that by the time we are back from AZ all the permits are in place and the excavation can start or has started.

2015 the Year we start building

Our architects met in person with the final person who needs to approve our permits.  We have not heard back about how it went.  Maybe it was so bad they are waiting to tell us so we can enjoy the last day of 2014.  Or perhaps they required a human sacrifice and the Dave will never be heard from again.  We have a demolition permit now but are waiting because we can not demo the foundations just the buildings.  Fingers crossed everything is set to go next month before we leave for Arizona.  Steve would be very disappointed not to be able to take a whack at the building.

We will start our site meetings on Tuesdays in the New Year as well.  Hopefully things will start moving along without too many problems once the final approval is given.  After tomorrow night we can say our house will be ready next year.  I am guessing maybe May 2016.  Maybe we should start a pool and people can guess when they think it will be done.

We have been going to the property to check on it.  The pond has almost overflowed and Steve has been unclogging the out pipe.  Our trees have fared very in all the wind.  There has been hardly and branches down and most have not been that big.  The pond is crystal clear right now but all the fish are hunkered down in the mud at the bottom.

So in the New Year there should be more updates and some photos of all the fun of building our home.

Landscaping draft plans

We have a first set of draft landscaping plans based on the great work of Mark at Project Ground Work. We started working with Mark about a month ago and he will be helping with landscape design and project management.

As Chris mentioned in the last post we are planning on phasing the landscape execution. Phase one will include all of the work to rebuild the pond and to landscape the driveway and front of the house. Phase two will be to put in the formal & kitchen gardens as part of building out the extension building for Chris’ craft cabin and my office/work shop. The final phase will be to bring the outer edge of the property back to its original natural state.

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Mark Graff – Project Groundwork
http://www.projectgroundwork.com/

Waiting Again

Well the permits have now been submitted and we are once again waiting for approval, edits, or rejection.  We have met with a landscape architect to discuss the gardens and pond.  We are going to completely change the look of the pond.  The current broken concrete slab wall around it is not pretty and is starting to collapse.  We may not have to completely drain it, which is good news for all of the catfish living in the pond.  It is going to be a big project and I am really nervous about the cost that will be involved.  Maybe Steve will have to sell a kidney I would but I am already down one. lol

I also told the architect of the house and the landscape guy which tree was my favourite on the property.  I am quite concerned about the huge maple tree that will be very close to the house.  I think I may lose it.  Good news the small Japanese Maple in front of the house currently on the property can be relocated easily.  I am trying to save as many of the trees on the property as possible.  Most of the large trees will be staying a few of the small ones will be relocated.  We have a few that are not looking good or were planted way too close together so they will be coming out.  I think we will be able to use the wood for our fire pit and maybe use some for mulch for the other garden areas.  I will be less upset about them coming down if we can use the tree for something else and don’t just huck it.  it will also save us some money on materials.

We are also now having to think more about the materials we want for the house.  I am considering reclaimed wood for the floors.  The outside I am thinking about maybe metal or something that will be easy to maintain.  We will have mostly hard surface floors in the house with carpet only likely in areas above the garage.

I am looking forward to Spring 2016 which is the likely finish date for this home.  The craft cabin/man cave and quiet garden will be phased in after.  We are also considering a play set, sports court, and trampoline to go in the yard but they are not high on the list at the moment.  I think after the house and the pond it will be awhile for us to get the other stuff done.

The landscape architect found this critter in the trees.

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