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.

We Are Underway

So last week on Monday the building of our house finally started.  We went to our first site meeting this morning.  It looks like a big muddy mess right now but the foundations, trees, and fences are down now.  It will be another week of clean up of debris then the start of putting the drainage in place.

We are starting with the drainage because the foundation guy has another job right now.  The long delay in starting because of the permit process made us lose our spot with him.  Not at all his fault he needs to work so it will just be a few weeks before he can start.  The foundations should be done by mid June. After that will be framing.

Steve is going to get the pictures from the camera he set up and I am sure will post a few.  The builder will be putting webcams up for security on the site and we will have access to them.  That should be fun to watch.

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.

landscaping

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

Still Waiting

Well our November 1st ground breaking date has come and gone.  Still we are waiting on the permits.  They have been approved by most of the departments but the person in charge of drainage is known to be a bit of a curmudgeon.  He had 3 pages of notes before he had even looked at the site plans.  He did not look at the plans because they were not submitted in the 11×7 format he will accept.  All other departments had no problems.  We are now adding a ditch for drainage because it will be easier and faster than getting an signed easement agreement from the neighbour.  Currently the run off from the pond leaves the property via a pipe that comes out at the property line into what is now a small creek on the neighbours property.  In the summer it is empty because the pond level is low.

We have met with a landscape architect and he has shown us some amazing plans for the property.  There is a formal garden, vegetable garden, sports court, play area, path that is almost exactly 1/4 mile around the property, fire pit, expansion of the pond, several little seating nooks, and a plan to make the under side of the forested area more natural again.  This will all be done in phases.  Steve was excited when he saw the plans I loved them but immediately thought about how much that would cost.  I guess that is why we will do it in phases.  The formal garden and vegetable gardens will go in when the craft cabin/man cave go in.  The sport court and play area will be later.  We will probably gradually bring the forested area back to a more natural state as well.  I am also hoping to do some screening along the shared fence line with one of our neighbours.  The horse and the llamas I don’t mind but the shirtless old guy mowing the lawn I could do without.

We are trying to get everything in place so when the permits come through we can get started.  We have to get a person in to take care of some asbestos that is in the house on the site now before we do demo.  That can be done now so we will be ready to knock everything down and tear out the odd cement water feature that has not worked for years.

We are still thinking finish for the house will be 2016 but it will be a bit later in the year than we were hoping.  We were hoping for February or March and now it may be May or June.  So maybe we will be having great bbqs and summer parties at our new place in 2016.  The craft cabin/man cave should be done sometime in 2017 then I will be having girls craft time a lot.  Steve will probably be hiding in his area alone or maybe he will invite one or two friends to join him.  I am also thinking that in Christmas 2016 we will have a Christmas party and I will be doing an ornament exchange.  I will have lots of room.

Will keep everyone up to date.  Maybe Steve will post some of the plans for everyone to check out.