Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Coming Out of the Ground

Ok, now that we are back in real time, everyone can follow the progress as it actually happens. We're at the point where things are moving really fast, and we should be in the dry in a couple of weeks. Over the past few days we finished the sub-floor decking, laid out all of the rooms on the floor and finished the walls. The concrete for the garage and porch should be poured this week, so they will be able to frame around the garage in a couple of days. Also, the ceiling joists will be delivered this morning, so the installation for that should start very soon. Here are a few pictures.

Sub-floor complete

Entryway into the master bedroom
Note the large closet to the left (hers) and the small closet to the right (his)

Looking across the jack-and-jill bath and powder room to the rear guest bedroom

Standing in the garage looking at the guest wing of the house

Left doorway goes from kitchen to deck, right doorway goes from living room to deck

Looking out of the front guest bedroom

Master bedroom and bath without completed walls

From left: Maynard, Daniel and David

Maynard working on a header

View out of the front door

View of the back of the house - notice our golf cart garage under the guest bedroom

Looking forward to waking up to this view every morning

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Catching Up - Part IV: Floor System

Ok, after reading this post you will be up to speed. The last few pictures in this series were taken when I left the job site at 7:30 this morning. Instead of a traditional stick-built floor, we decided to use engineered I-joists. They went up extremely fast, saved us lots of time and labor costs, and gave us the strongest floor you can build.

Laminated beams that support the I-joists

Bundles of I-joists

Maynard (the crew leader, in the cap) and David, 2 of our carpenters

Double laminated beams, 15-ply each

David putting treated lumber around the perimeter of the block wall

View from the road with all of the I-joists in place

Floor decking as it began to go down

View of the golf course

This gives you an idea of the elevation of the back of the house

Maynard gluing down the sub-floor decking

Ami taking a picture of me from underneath the floor

Catching Up - Part III: Foundation

Once the footings were dug and the concrete was poured, it was time to lay the foundation. Our blocklayer, John, is fairly unique. He's a one-man-show. Mixes his own mortar, carries his own blocks - he does it all. That makes the process a little bit slower, but it also allows for a higher quality product in the end.

Looking at the front of the house

The inset will be the front porch

Another view of the soon-to-be porch

View from the center of the road

Looking at the garage

Guest bedroom on the front of the house

Pea gravel (almost 100 tons) in the garage preparing for concrete

Soon-to-be garage floor

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Catching Up - Part II: Digging the Footings

After the lot was cleared, we had a few more trees cut. Those that were in the way of the house, scraggly little pines, sweet gums that drop prickly little balls all over the yard...you get the picture. Then our carpenters came in, dug the footings for the concrete to be poured, and pulled strings to indicate the level of the foundation walls.

Future guest bedroom

Future wall between garage and front porch

Future entry door beside the garage

Future happy homeowner sitting on her "chair"

Friday, June 12, 2009

Catching Up - Part I: Clearing the Lot

Since we waited a few weeks to start the blog, we need to get everyone caught up to where we are in the construction process. (Don't worry, you haven't missed much.) Let's start from the beginning, shall we?

At purchase - view from the road

At purchase - view from the golf course

Clearing the first path

Skidsteer with attachment used to clear brush and trees

The mulch that was left after the brush and trees were chewed up

Standing in the middle, looking across the street

You can see how much the skidsteer was able to clear in one swipe

After Day 2 of clearing

Day 2 - Notice the flowering dogwood trees

Day 2 - from the road

Day 2 - from the golf course

All that work got us to the point where we could actually start building. It also gave us a much better view of what it's going to look like when we're done. We have several nice oak trees, a few black gums that should be beautiful in the fall, a huge tulip poplar (Tennessee state tree) and over a dozen dogwoods that should really flush out and flower more now that they aren't smothered by all of that extra growth. The lot is about 7/10 of an acre and sits on the fairway of a par 5, right between the 100 and 150 yard markers. We've found our fair share of golf balls that have meandered our way over the past several years, but the house is not going to sit in a real hot spot for errant shots. There will undoubtedly be a few, but that comes with the territory.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

First Post

At the request of friends and family, we have decided to set up this blog so that those interested can keep up with the progress as we build our new house. We'll try our best to keep it updated as often as possible with plenty of pictures and information. Feel free to comment and tell us what you think, or email us at tyandami@gmail.com.