Tomorrow, Tomorrow . . . You’re Always a Day Away!

Delay is preferable to error. ~Thomas Jefferson

Yep, we had another delay. I was really hoping to have some photos of our house being framed. Unfortunately, the framer had another delay. 😦 He told Jim it’s looking like Thursday, October 24 to start.

However, the good news is we still had some activity at the construction site.

Bill installed a saw post, which is a temporary power post. I’m thinking it is called a saw post because you hook your saw up to the electricity on the post. Sounds logical, right? Anyway, it was the post that Jim’s parents used when they were building their home. Bill installed this while I was on my little vacation. He said it was really heavy and awkward.

Saw Post

Saw Post

Close up of all the wiring

Close up of all the wiring

And since the concrete guys were available, they finished the rest of the foundation by spreading rock into the crawl space. Boy was there a lot of rock.

Piles of rock

Piles of rock

Spreading the rock in the crawl space

Spreading the rock in the crawl space

While some guys were spreading the rock, one guy pushed dirt all around! 🙂 All of this foundation is supposed to be under ground.

Dirt work

Dirt work

Moving that dirt

Moving that dirt

And, they also had to install some pipes. First was the pipe that will bring the water from our well to the house.

Installing

Water pipe from well to house

Next, they needed two pipes to drain the crawl space.

Crawl space drainage pipes

Crawl space drainage pipes

Here’s what the crawl space looked like with rock in it.

Crawl space with rock

Crawl space with rock

We had heavy rain the weekend before they did this so we had standing water. They put more rock over that.

Standing water

Standing water

Then, they decided to pour our garage floor. The excavator had to dig out a lot of dirt from our foundation for the pole barn pad. I’ve been told they don’t put dirt back in those areas before laying the concrete. Instead they put rock. So, we had MORE rock delivered. A lot MORE rock. I think Bill said 6 more truck loads. This is gonna cost us!

More rock

More rock delivered

Rock for the driveway up to the garage

Rock for the driveway up to the garage

In the picture below, the top part is our front porch. Looks like it will have to be filled with rock eventually, too! The bottom half is the rock in the garage area before the concrete was poured. Bill said that the very thick layer of rock made a very good foundation for the concrete and should eliminate cracking.

Rock in the garage area

Rock in the garage area

Then they started working on the garage floor.

The garage floor

The garage floor being prepped

HVAC duct work

HVAC duct work

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Here comes the concrete

Smoothing out the concrete floor

Smoothing out the concrete floor

And, here is the finished product.

Shiny concrete floor

Shiny concrete floor

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Bill picked up after the guys left and did his first burn in the fire pit.

fire pit

fire pit

Remember that saw post Bill installed? Well, Vectren came out to inspect it and told Bill he needed to install an 8 ft ground rod to it. He thought it was going to be a pain to hammer it into the ground. But the guy at Lowe’s said to dig a 8-10 inch hole about 10 inches deep and fill it with water. Then push the rod up and down a little at a time and the rod would go all the way in. He had his doubts that it would work . . . but, sure enough, within 5 minutes Bill had installed that ground rod. He wished I had been there to videotape it because he said no one would believe that it actually worked!

Ground rod in the hole

Ground rod in the hole

Friday Vectren sent a crew to install our new pole! The good news is the old pole was . . . OLD! And, we were able to move it several feet away from the driveway which is what we preferred. And, they installed a new pole for Jim and Jill, too!

Drilling to install our new pole

Drilling to install our new pole

There she goes up!

There she goes up!

See the old pole to the left? Yeah, it needed to go. 🙂

IMG_2535Here’s the new pole with the transformer installed on it – ready to go! And, the old pole gone.

New Pole

New Pole

Here is the saw post with our temporary electricity. Now, we’ll start getting an electric bill from Vectren. 😦

Saw post

Saw post

Bill said he needs to buy another long extension cord to get the electric back to his pole barn. He still plans to run his saw, planer and joiner equipment using the generator until we have full electricity hooked to the pole barn.

Guess what? Bill started working on cabinets again! After an almost five-month hiatus, he’s back! He started what he calls, “making wood” this week. “Making wood” means he takes rough sawn wood, runs it through the joiner, then the planer, and finally saws the wood to size using the table saw. It then becomes finished wood. This week he was working with maple for the drawers of my kitchen cabinets. The cabinet frames, drawer fronts, and doors are made of mahogany wood. But the drawers are made of maple. Sorry, I have no pictures of this. I’ll take some soon.

Bill did find a use for the very fine wood chips. Jim, Sr. is going to use the chips for the chicken pen and Jill thinks they can use them for bedding for the guinea pig and rat. Bill fills up a 30 gallon garbage bag of wood chips for about 5 pieces of wood when he’s making wood. He makes lots of wood chips! When we lived in our other house, the guy next door used the chips in his horse barn.

Want to hear the latest on the fireplace and stone saga? While I was on vacation, Bill took the new fireplace design to Rick, the stone guy. Rick really like my design and thought the lighter color border would really look nice and he could create something similar for us. Whew! But, it doesn’t end there. 😯

Rick emailed Bill on Wednesday to ask if it was okay to order the stone. He said he would need a deposit to place the order. No problem. Bill emailed Rick to tell him to create an invoice and send it to the construction company so we could get a bank draw the first week of November. Then, Thursday Bill says to me that he wanted me to consider changing the exterior stone back to what we originally picked out! He thought we should use the Centurion Cutface (Suede color) for all the exterior (wainscot, columns, and chimney) and use the Centurion Stack (Suede color) for the fireplace in the interior.

Yep, we went there again! 😆 Honestly, I was fine with the change. The colors are the same. The Cutface stone has a rough edge and Stack has a smoother one. After having a brick fireplace for years and trying to clean dust from it, I thought it would be better to have the smoother edge for the fireplace. Bill agreed. We emailed Rick on Thursday about the change and said it was our last one. I hope it is!

Centurion Suede Stack Stone

Centurion Suede Stack Stone

Centurion Suede Cutface Stone

Centurion Suede Cutface Stone

Before I went on vacation I found out that Costco has a cabinet company and their October flyer said they had a big sale going on for the month of October. I checked out the company online and called them. They have a free design service, too. I ended up sending snapshots of the two bathrooms from our floor plan and the dimensions of cabinets we wanted. We already had two quotes for the bathroom cabinets and had decided to go with one local company. But I was having second thoughts on the stain color and I didn’t want 4 drawers on the sides of the cabinets. I wanted 3 drawers. And, I realized we had never had the bath storage cabinet quoted. (See photo below of Jill & Jim’s bath storage cabinet we wanted to replicate.) So, if we were going to have to get a re-quote, I might as well check out the new company, too, and compare the two.

Master Bath Storage Cabinet/Seat

Master Bath Storage Cabinet/Seat

Within several days I received a quote for all the cabinets from All Wood Cabinetry (Costco). They were about $1000 higher than our local cabinet company. The quote said they were all wood construction and had soft-close doors and drawers. I could order sample doors for quality and finish. But the two times I asked what wood the cabinets were made of, they never answered me. I got an email last week asking me if I had received the quotes because I had not ordered any sample doors yet. I emailed again that I would not go any further in the process until someone answered my question about what wood they were using. I promptly received a reply stating that the majority of the cabinets were made of maple but they also used other hard woods (which they didn’t mention what kind – again!). Since Bill and I wanted Hickory for the bathrooms I emailed the company back and said we were not interested.

Last week I made another visit to the Lensing Home Consultants center to check out the finishes for the Peace Valley cabinets. Originally, I liked the really dark black cabinets, but I was wondering if it would be too dark with the tile flooring and granite countertops we had selected. Here are the two finishes I’m considering.

Bathroom cabinet finishes

Bathroom cabinet finishes

Bathroom cabinet colors

Bathroom cabinet colors

I emailed Rick at Lensing to see if I could get samples of the two finishes and asked if he had any photos of their cabinets since all I had was a sketch of what they would look like. He quickly replied that he would have Peace Valley make me two sample doors – one with each finish. Yay! I can’t wait to get them. By the way, I’m leaning toward the Brandy Wine finish. But, we’ll see . . .

I also called Surface Encounters in Noblesville where we picked out our granite slabs and ordered them before our move. I wanted to make sure they still were holding our granite. Everything was still good and I gave Luc an update of how our construction was going. I asked if he could also get us samples of the granite we picked out for our kitchen and bathrooms. He checked his stock and called me to say he did have samples. Then I asked if he could mail them to me. 😯 I told him I’d pay for shipping. He was supposed to call me back Friday to let me know if they could ship them or if I’d have to pick them up. But I didn’t hear from him. I guess I’ll call him tomorrow. I really need the samples to make sure everything looks good together. And, we will need the kitchen countertop sample to pick out our backsplash tile.

Bill found out he has another PIA (pain in a$$) job that has been assigned to him. He needs to install a vapor barrier (heavy plastic) for a conditioned crawl space. It wouldn’t be as bad a job if he could install the barrier now over the rock like in the photo below. He could stand up and do it.

Crawl space with rock

Crawl space with rock

But, he can’t install the barrier yet. He has to wait to install it AFTER the framer (which means the floor boards will be installed) and AFTER the electrician and plumber have run their cables and pipes through the crawl space. The barrier has to be placed over those items. Which means Bill will have to crawl through the crawl space and install it. Jim just gave Bill an article on conditioning crawl spaces and they suggested using mastic to seal the barrier to the inside of the block walls. Poor Bill! He thought he would never ever apply mastic again! But, he is hoping he can get it in a caulking gun. Bill hopes this is his last PIA job for the house construction. He would prefer to work on building the cabinets while the contractors do the rest of the construction work. I prefer that arrangement, too!

Our son Bryan came yesterday for a visit. When he saw the house foundation he said it looked smaller than he imagined. I said I had the same feeling. But, Jim and Jill say we will go through the small and then big (or just right) feelings throughout construction. I’m hoping it feels just right after the framing starts!

Until then . . .

8 thoughts on “Tomorrow, Tomorrow . . . You’re Always a Day Away!

  1. You might think it looks small now, but maybe not so much when you’re doing the housework. Liked seeing all the “groundwork” of home construction. Good luck with next phase.

    • Oh, believe me, Doris, I don’t need much more than the space we’ve been living in the apartment. So I’m sure the house will feel just right when it’s built.

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