We're Building a House!

The adventures of Jenn & Marty continue as they build a new home...

Monday, September 25, 2006

Week 5: It's getting stuffy in here...

Our weekly pilgrimage to the 'pile of sticks' brought some more pleasant surprises - we've got windows! And roof paper! And the beginnings of plumbing! Woohoo!!

These were taken from the back of our lot.

You can see progress on the house next-door. It's nice to see that the windows were installed after the housewrap went up. Some builders don't do it that way...

The plumbing has been started.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Week 4: It Only Leaks a Little...

Drove by the old new homestead the other day and discovered that we had walls and part of a roof! They're making great progress! At this rate we should be able to make our scheduled closing date in January.

Close up of front porch

Looking at our house from down the street

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Week 3: We've Got Sticks!!!

Drove by the new homestead the other day expecting to find a little more of the foundation done; what we found was quite a bit of the house framed already! THAT was fast!! Boy, were we excited to see that! Our house is taking shape. What's missing is the roof (obviously) and the FROG - finished room over the garage.

The garage with 'horseshoe' work area at the back on the left.

The front corner of our property line. The edge of the street is actually another 10 feet past our property line, so it looks like we have a lot more yard than we really own.

The back of the house taken from the street behind us. Eventually there will be another house in the way so you won't see our house from this spot anymore.

The back of our house close up. This photo was taken a day after the previous photo; you can see more plywood (chipboard) added on the left.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Week 2: More Foundation

Some more pics of progress taken the day after Ernesto.

You can see some water buildup around the foundation. This is a long weekend so maybe it'll be dried up enough for them to continue work on Tuesday.

It's good to see that our raised foundation will keep the house dry! We had record rainfall yesterday and it's only pooled in holes. Good to know...

Our garage with side entrance utility door. The original plan called for the door in the middle of the 'U' (extra space seen at the left) but we thought it would be better use of that space to move the door. It's cool to see our plans taking shape. :-)

You can just see the foundation of our next-door-neighbors. We've got a nice distance between houses. The blue-wrapped house in the distance is the same model as ours but reversed (garage on the right; ours is on the left).

Friday, September 01, 2006

Ernesto makes his mark

We've got water. Boy, do we have water!

It started raining late last night. We didn't think that much about it... when we woke up this morning, the street was a little flooded, but it looked okay to drive through if you kept to the center. Good thing we didn't try it! What looked like dry pavement was actually flooded with several inches of water, and what looked like puddles at the sides of the road was really deeper water that was stirring up the mud so it looked lighter. It's raining pretty heavily now...

An hour later, and the water level has risen dramatically. It's creeping up the lawn...

Another hour and we move the cars as close to the house as we can get them. It's still raining heavily. The water has gone up another few inches.

Late morning: the rain has slowed considerably; the water is up to our doorstep and high enough to touch the tailpipes of our cars. Another inch or two and the cars would likely have water damage.

Noonish: The rain has pretty much stopped. People are coming out of their houses to assess damage. Our neighbors down the street have water in their garages. Two or three may have some water in their houses as well as garages. There are quite a few cars with flooding in the footwells; most were parked on the street, but some were in driveways.

Some garage doors have buckled from wakes caused by teenagers joyriding in trucks. They didn't realize how much damage they were doing... we think some of the houses that got water in them might not have had a problem if these kids had just slowed down.

Marty and I wonder about our new neighborhood... how badly was it hit? We can't go anywhere until the flooding goes down, even if we take the Jeep. The MINIs can't even be moved a few inches!

Late afternoon: The rain has been gone for a few hours now and the water level is starting to go down. We go out to check out the 'hood. Others are out too. We find out that the neighborhood across the street (the main thoroughfare) drains into our neighborhood. That's one of the reasons we've got so much flooding but the main street doesn't.

A little later: the water has gone down enough that we can drive the Jeep out. We go check out our foundation. There is very little flooding in that neighborhood and what is there is near the river, several streets away from our house. We are relieved.