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Sunday, October 21, 2007

The One In Which We Play Catch-Up

It's been a few weeks, but you will be amazed at the changes that have happened in that time! Read on for pics of the progress in the past few weeks and a very exciting announcement at the end. (No jumping ahead now!)

September 29, 2007

Things are still looking pretty rough. There's not much to see that looks different from previous pictures.

The basement stairs are still pretty rough, though you can see that the electricity and plumbing have now been run. The basement floor is still just dirt with a sheet of plastic over it.


The insulation is in, except for the ceiling. It looks kind of dark now, but just you wait!


October 7, 2007
Check it out! Our garage has a slab! A real live floor! The driveway is a bit torn up, but they'll fix that after all the big giant trucks are gone for good.


Pretty rough wall yet. It's been raining, thus the plastic wall. You can't really see it here, but there is a slab floor in the basement too!


We have our very own electrical panel. Funny how such mundane things can be so exciting. It's labeled and everything! We found out by reading this that we are going to have a garbage disposal. We had no idea.


Heading on upstairs, we've got drywall. It's not complete yet, but they're making good progress. The ceiling is done and most of the walls. Just a few spots to fill in.


Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a shower! No toilet or sink yet, though the plumbing is there for them. The Geek looks pretty happy about that shower. Actually, I think he's just like me – happy about everything in this house.


And because I'm completely obsessed with our living room windows and that gorgeous view, you get to see them again. Aren't they just lovely?


Apparently the Geek thinks so too. That safety railing is quite the eyesore. Thankfully it's only there for the workers. It will be gone by the time we move in.


October 13, 2007
Our living room has been taped and mudded! Paper and goop has never been quite so exciting as this.


This is the kitchen. Check out all the holes in the walls! It's amazing how much electricity it takes to run a kitchen.


The well...ahhhh the well. The problem with building in our area is that there is a LOT of traprock. If you've never heard of that, it's a well-driller's nightmare. As I understand it, traprock is huge formations of rock deep underground. It's extremely hard and requires special drill bits as well as special pipes for the well. The cost of drilling through traprock is approximately double the regular well-drilling price. At this point, I think they had gotten about 280 feet down (400 feet was our goal) and had gone through three drill bits.


On a more happy note, the walkout is starting to shape up. The wall is done and the siding is going up now. I think My Geek is pretty jazzed about that. Check out the close-up of that goofy grin!!


October 20, 2007
We're just about caught up. These next photos are from yesterday. This is where it gets really exciting. The house is really starting to look like a real house now! Don't forget, you want to keep on to the end! Exciting news!

Ahhhh, the well again. The truck is gone, but they'll be back. They got down to 380 feet and had not the slightest sign of decent water yet. So they gave us an option. We could keep going, with no promise of how far they would have to go to find water, or they could do what's called a "hydrofrac", which has proved successful in the past. Basically they put a big balloon down there and blow it up to about 6500 psi, which shatters the surrounding rock. The hope is that it will create a pocket of water...at least that's how I understand it.

They did the hydrofrac this past week, and the well guy is coming back out this week to pump it out and see if we have water. Pray that we do!! Otherwise this may just be the most expensive well in the history of wells! It's already so horribly expensive that I can't tell you because your head might explode with the impact of it and I do NOT want to be responsible for anyone's head exploding.


Kitchen again, but without the tape/mud spots this time! Where did they go? They're buried nicely under a coat of white paint! Woo hoo!


And again with the window obsession. The living room looks so much nicer with that coat of paint. They did an orange peel texture on all the walls, and a knockdown texture on the ceiling. I cannot tell you how much nicer that knockdown texture is than popcorn texture on a ceiling.


And the dining room with it's pretty doors. The sun makes such pretty shadows. Oh, and that's not beige carpet, though it looks a little like it. That's just the chipboard sub-floor. The red paper is gone and they're starting on the floors on Monday. Yay!


Last, but certainly not least, is our front entrance. This door is going to go in the walkout when they're done and the front door with have a nice leaded glass window. Aren't the steps lovely? He's not done yet, but he's doing a very nice job. He gave us a choice of a cement front step or this cedar one. Of course we chose cedar!

SO, the big moment has arrived. For those of you who made it through all of that, we are very excited to announce that we have a move-in date, and it's less than 2 weeks away! We are moving on November 3rd! Woo hoo!!

This week they're finishing up all the flooring, trim, cabinets, etc. The walk-through is this Friday, and next week we plan to get in there and start painting. What? You didn't expect us to live with white walls, did you? The Geek and Geekwif? Nevah! We shall have pretty colored walls in every room...with the possible exception of the laundry room. Come back next week to see our paint choices!

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