Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Second Floor

2nd Floor:

2nd Floor from stairway:

2nd Floor:

Enclosed Tai Chi area:

Next: trusses and roof

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Neighborhood Pictures

These are some great shots taken by our neighbors (thanks!). It is wonderful to see different perspectives.

A view of the garage before the 2nd floor is in place:

A great shot of the steel large beam over the Tai Chi practice area. The frame sticking out above the 2nd floor is the approximate location of the stairs.

In between rain clouds, this is another view of the Tai Chi area, steel beam and gorgeous view of the valley:

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Beam me up

First floor nearly enclosed. Steel beams are necessary due to some loads anticipated on the 2nd floor. This will eliminate the need for posts in the center of the Tai Chi room.

There is a beam down the center of the garage. Not sure if there is a center support required.

A partial look at the thickness of the wall being installed around the house:

Anticipate the 2nd floor to be framed and/or enclosed today (Saturday). Doors, windows, and cabinets entering the ordering queue.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Rain Delay

After a bit of a rain delay Tuesday, the framing begins!

View looking at the two car garage:

View of the Tai Chi room:

View of interior rooms:

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Foundation #2

Sunday drive and visit to the foundation.

Don't blink!


The slab was poured on Saturday. It has started raining which comes as no surprise. It seems to always want to rain when slabs are poured. On track for framing on Tuesday.

Friday, June 19, 2009


The building crew is back. The area for the pad was flooded with 3000 gallons of water and then compacted with gravel. The whole pad has 2 inches of insulation on the outside and 8 inches of insulation on the inside of the pad. Overseas, typical insulation is 18 inches between the concrete pad and the ground. Doorways and garage entrances have a thermal break as concrete is a good conductor of cold in and heat out of the house.

The red tube is radiant heat in the slabs. The home will have 4 heating zones.

Saturday? The big pour? More pictures Sunday. Framing to begin as early as Tuesday.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

An update

Progress is going to get a bit swift from this point on. Digging the foundation and placing the forms and such through Friday. Next Monday the foundation may be poured. Framing will likely begin next week. We will get photos posted when they become available.

Thursday and Friday: locking down selections for cabinets, windows and flooring.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Evening Sun

A late Wednesday look at the property. Found some holes for the future wind tower to generate power for the property. One more tower for Lincoln Creek. I think we counted 4 or 5 the other day.

An evening view.

Monday, June 8, 2009

A clearing

The driveway is complete. Now there is a clearing for the house.

Next is a shot of the view from the pad.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Turning a heal

Like turning a heal on a sock, the driveway now has a turn. It will have about a 10% slope. We initially envisioned having the house further along the side of the road, but at that distance the driveway was going to cost a lot to build. It would also be a lot of upkeep to remove snow!

Here is a photo of Kate next to the driveway with the CAT working in the background.

Here is an actual monument marker for the right corner of the lot. It is off the road. Utility easement is at least 30 feet, might be 50 feet. Have to review the documentation again.

Here is a view approximately 100 feet from the top of the property. We are looking UP! Material is being pulled from below to create the driveway. The CAT is on one level, the level above the CAT is the driveway.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Fiddler's Green: We have driveway!

Knitting has taken somewhat of a backseat to work for the time being. A larger project that has come to the forefront is working with a builder to build a 2nd home on the frontier.

Note the pink marker in the road. UPDATE: We thought that was our corner marker thinking we owned part of the road. The next post will show the actual corner marker.

One thing about moving that much dirt around at this time of year... MOSQUITOES!