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digging it

August 27th, 2012 by

A few new photos, as the big yellow machines dig our foundation.  First you see the beginning of our driveway, then several shots of the house site with the carved-out sections for foundation and crawl space.

It’s starting to look like a house!

the first stake is driven!

August 24th, 2012 by

It was just coincidence that your blogger showed up at the site today when the first stake was about to be driven into the ground, marking the exact location of our house-to-be. The stake is right at our front door, at the corner marking the transition to the garage.

Surveyor Jonathan Fleener handed me the flag and showed me how to spot the location (though he actually did it, so we’re sure it was correct). Here’s the sequence:

First I act like I know what I’m doing with modern (very cool) surveying equipment, then I take the flag on a wire and stick it into the ground.  The ground, being red clay, was very hard and Jonathan had to come over after the photo shoot and hammer the flag into the ground.

Laura sticks flag in ground

Siting our front door!

Laura plays surveyor

Fred's mom pretending she's a surveyor

let’s give them something to talk about

August 21st, 2012 by


It’s really real today!  The earth movers (and shakers?) started tearing out trees and clearing the space for our driveway today.  Fred is being born!

The pains of childbirth are probably worse–I’ll never know about that–but the time it’s taken to get to this day suddenly seems much less now that actual physical evidence of our soon-to-be-house is there to see.

Here are a couple still photos:

wow…for real?

June 15th, 2012 by

We now have construction documents and specs, which gives me a shiver and a thrill at the same time–we’re really doing this!  It’s a HOUSE!  (named Fred)

From said CDs, the overall house plan:






It’s down to the details, now, like deciding which decking material to use (Trex?  Azek?), whether to substitute the really cool Euro-style sink Alape sinkfor the more mundane Kohler in the powder room, and do we use engineered hardwood flooring or the real stuff?

I’m actually thinking now about the housewarming party we’ll throw about the time I get my graduate degree.  There will be much to celebrate.