We're Building a House!

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

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Week 10: Walls!

The walls are up both inside and out!

Siding is done on the outside, though it's not yet painted.

Drywall is up on the inside.

The garage

The foyer

The upstairs hallway

Our neighbor's house a few doors down. It's similar to ours but with some different details - it's the reverse of ours; the roofline is different; they have a bay in front where ours is flat; they have two dormers over the garage where we have one wide one; and we have dormers in the attic which makes the house look larger.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Week 9 1/2: Interlude

We spent a week in New England to see the leaves... some pics from the trip:

On the Merritt Parkway on the way to where we were staying. It's beautiful, but traffic is terrible!

We saw a double rainbow! We could see both ends of it, too!

Some more gorgeous scenery in CT:

The Mystic River harbor in Mystic, CT.

We happened upon a ferry across the Connecticut River! Naturally we took it across.

A picturesque old factory in Collinsville.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Week 9: It's Gonna Be Toasty In Here!

They started putting in the insulation! It's a spray process that fills the space better than fiberglass batting.

After spraying they cover the insulation with a gauzy material to keep it in place before putting up drywall.

A close-up of the insulation. It's made from recycled newspaper that's been treated to resist fire and vermin. Apparently it's much better than fiberglass insulation and it's a lot more environmentally friendly!

Up in the roof they add these styrofoam baffles to give the house a chance to 'breathe'. These allow air to flow between the roof and the insulation.

We now have a front door, too!

The siding, called Hardie Plank, going on. It's a cement composite siding that looks like timber but has the durability of brick.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Week 8 1/2: Knock on Wood!

We're trying to identify the trees and vines we have in our yard. If you think you know what they are, please comment. Thanks!

I think the above is a Sweetgum tree. I don't know what the vines are.

I think the above is a Red Maple. Again, the vines haven't been identified.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Week 8: nits

Not much visible happend this week. The electricity has been turned on and the wiring is almost completed. There were some other things of note:

HDTV Pass Thru is wired in. It will help keep the multimedia wiring down to a manageable mess...

Our front porch ceiling fan is wired in too. You can just see the black thingy in the middle of the ceiling...

This piece of floor was mysteriously cut out and replaced... we don't see any rhyme or reason for it. There was a bit of sub-floor about the right size, with holes cut in it, lying across the room. Maybe one of the workers accidently cut holes in it so it had to be replaced? Curiouser and curiouser...


Our back door was installed, sort of. The door that will eventually be there will have a glass panel that covers most of the door, not just the top half. The site foreman says that will happen after the siding goes up.

There was some concern about access to laundry shut-off with machines on pedestals. It looks like we'll still be able to reach the valves even if the machines cover them a little bit.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Week 7: Don't Skirt the Issue

There was some major flooding in the area from the latest rainstorm and high tides. We took the Jeep out to check on the flooding in our new neighborhood. This was some of the worst we saw. Thankfully, it's several blocks from our house. Our street was dry and easily navigated.

Oddly enough, our rental neighborhood that got hit so hard by Ernesto saw no flooding whatsoever. I guess around here you never can tell when you're going to be flooded until it happens.

They've completed the brick skirt around the base of the house. I guess all the pipes and ducts that go under the house are done... our front steps are in too!

It's quite a bit darker under the house with the skirt completed.

That's the exhaust vent to outside for the over-the-range microwave.

Looking at where our sink and bar countertop will be, into the Family Room. You can see the fireplace in the distance.

The fireplace to keep us warm and toasty on cold winter days.

The wall above the fireplace is nice and wide for a large flat-screen TV (eventually...)

The roof over the FROG isn't quite finished... there's a little bit of water from the recent rain.

They even put up drywall and finish off the garage! No ducts will be in sight when it's done.