Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
The foundation was poured today. So what you see here are the walls of the basement, mostly. The basement walls will all be as tall as the tallest walls in the pictures, but will be partially wood framed. These are the areas where windows and doors will be placed. Please note the background as these posts progress. The corn that was planted earliest is about 3 to 5 inches high now. Ours was planted on the day the excavation was done, last Friday, and had not yet sprouted as of today.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Hey, look at this! We just figured out how to turn this from a .pdf into a .jpg! Who would've imagined!
This is John's (our architect) rendering of the east and west elevations, from the top. So, the bottom picture is what will be visible from the road, and the top picture is the side facing the valley. To orient the house on the site, the photo at the top of the blog is taken from the point where the driveway meets the road, and the house site is just to the right of the white pickup truck.
These are the footings, which were poured today. The lowest part of the footing is the south side of the house, which is where the basement will walk out to the south, underneath the dining porch. Notice that these are quite low, due to the part of the world in which we are located. Hopefully it won't freeze that far down. Next: foundation walls.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
This is really the groundbreaking. Friday, May 11, 2007. The photo on the left is the completed excavation. The view is to the northeast. The photo on the right shows the excavation in process, looking to the south. The bucket is close to where the basement walkout will be located. In our part of the world, winters are quite cold, so the footings need to be quite deep to prevent frost heaving. This looks deep enough, don't you think?
This is our groundbreaking, complete with golden shovels. May 5, 2007. We have determined that this blog is an easier way for us to share the progress of the Yum Yum Manor with all of you, and to keep your inboxes unclogged. We welcome your questions and comments. No obscenities please. Unless they're celebratory. Then, please abbreviate, or use the old cartoon method: Sufferin' succotash! That house is *#$%^& great!
As this goes on, we'll note our inspirations, cool companies that are making the furniture, appliances, windows, doors, etc. Check back frequently, as progress is happening daily. Anticipated occupation date is some time in September. 2007, we hope.