It's June 2013! How is your build progressing?

aries61June 1, 2013

A new month, warmer weather which should mean more activity on this topic.

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jamannor

I'm super excited. We are supposed to start digging in 9 days. I'm just hoping this rain here in Michigan can stop and start drying out.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 10:27AM
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ontariomom

Progress around here continues to be record breaking slow. I think I should start a thread entitled: How is your build NOT progressing" LOL! Anyway the outside regrading and back landscaping is mostly done, but we have had to fight with the landscaper to come back and make sure the drainage around the house is to code as so far it is not (and of course he wants to be paid in full HA!). Hopefully he will return next week to get the job done to code. We moved fast with the final grading and back landscaping so we could repair the sod on our side and the neighbour's. Our home inside still does not have insulation or drywall. as there is some electrical and plumbing rough-in to complete. Finalizing the kitchen design has been a real bottleneck for us as well. It certainly is a challenge for our family of 6 to have continued living in the house throughout the building of an addition and renovation of the entire home which was started over a year ago!

Looking forward to hearing about everyone's progress!

Carol

Here is backyard photo of the partially done landscaping. Still lots of mulch to add under the climber.

Here is a shot of the kids' attic area with the triangular windows that allow a long out view. The metal tubes in picture are Solatubes that run through the attic to bring light to two windowless baths. Anybody have any clever ideas as to how we can protect these tubes. Ideally, if we can get some sort of flexible building material to wrap around the tubes in the attic area rather than frame around and drywall that would be our first choices. Once contractor suggested a flexible product like bathtub fitter might work. Any other thoughts?

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    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 11:19AM
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sparkler39

Ontariomom, I'm happy to see your photos although I wish it was moving faster for you! I love those rocks for landscapingâ¦I still haven't decided what we're going to do for ours.

Well, last night I posted a photo of the first floor and it sounds like tonight I'll get to post a photo of walls and the second floor. They're hard at work today!! :)

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 12:30PM
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TNHawkeye

Happy June!
Hope everyone is doing well. I feel for those of you who are being tortured by the weather. It seems like things will never get done!
Things really got started on our house in mid March. Things came to a standstill for a few weeks for lots of rain here in Tennessee. So frustrating! Thankfully most of our outside work is done now and things are clipping along. Seems like something "exciting" happens everyday now.
We are building our first build. It's been fun. It's a modest "craftsman" style in a neighborhood close to my kids' school. Here's pictures from yesterday. The stone went up and the hardwood on the stairs. The kitchen cabinet installation started last week and the back porch/deck was completed. Lighting, appliances, granite, floors have been chosen and ordered. Looking at completion mid July! Good luck to everyone. Keep the pictures coming. I love seeing them!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 1:49PM
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newbie21

Tnhawkeye...love your home. Especially like the Windows!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 4:29PM
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niteshadepromises

We finally have a hole in the ground...Yay!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 4:32PM
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TNHawkeye

Thanks newbie21. It's amazing how something so simple can add so much detail. I love them! Never in my life would I think I'd say "I love my windows". "I love the cabinets", etc. I'm officially a grown up!

Niteshade... Congrats. It's so exciting!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 5:02PM
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sparkler39

TNHawkeye, I love your windows, too. And I find myself doing the same thing...I'm in my late 20s and it's so weird thinking about making house-building decisions...when did I grow up?!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 5:09PM
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Vatofl

It has taken nearly two months to get to this stage. There was a ton of sitework, concrete, and dirt (nearly 40 loads for elevated patio).

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 5:23PM
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Vatofl

View towards street from elevated patio looking into the garage (the whole ground floor is all garage space for flood code)

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 5:27PM
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Vatofl

Hopefully, this wall does not collapse into the garage. They are going to pour a slab for the patio to provide enough tension to hold the patio foundation walls in place. Until then, this is our only support against a pool shell and a lot of dirt.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 5:30PM
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krock918316

Framing continues. Hope to have rafters going up the end of next week.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 6:28PM
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krock918316

Rear of the house, looking south.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 6:30PM
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xc60

The hole was dug last week and now they are ready to pour the foundation walls. We built a home two years ago on an acreage but realize now that we miss the conveniences of being in town. The new home is in a smaller city and we are downsizing so it will be on a regular city lot. The biggest thing that we will have to get used to is the other houses only being 8' to 10' away from us.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 8:58PM
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Eden-Manor

My porch gets framed next week, but we are rocking and rolling:

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 9:07PM
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sparkler39

I was very surprised (and thrilled) to find workers out on the lot todayâ¦apparently they'll be out tomorrow as well. We have the beginning of the second floor and they're hoping to finish the second floor tomorrow!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 9:51PM
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ontariomom

I am very excited for you, Sparkler. Your house is going to look really large (even if the square footage is not that large). This is one nice bonus of your style of home. Your lot is fabulous! How is your kitchen design going?

Carol

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    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 10:02PM
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sparkler39

Hi Carol!

Kitchen is going wellâ¦if I could only make up my mind on paint colors for the rest of the house!! I did decide to switch the placement of the dining room and kitchen and we're excited about how it will look! I did keep my curved island (I just REALLY love the way it looks in photos) and I look forward to filling it with all my kitchen supplies!! I can't believe how fast it's moving nowâ¦I can't wait until we're under roof!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 10:05PM
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ontariomom

Sparkler, yup choosing colors of any sort is hard; be it paint colors, siding colors, ceramic colors, carpet colors. It is all tough. I found a color expert at a higher end paint store to be very helpful when we were making our final selection on exterior colors. Years ago we had good luck with an interior decorator and her advice was well worth the fee. We have not yet chosen our interior paint colors so you are way ahead of us. We will definitely want to pay for a color expert when that time comes.

Your curved island sounds wonderful! I can't believe your builders are working on Sunday.

Carol

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 10:27PM
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Spottythecat

Wow...lots of great homes just starting and some in the interior finishing stages...very exciting...

We are on framing now...

Looking forward to watching everyone's homes get built!!!

Pam

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 2:23PM
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livingreen2013

Painting is wrapping up! We're getting close!

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 7:41PM
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amtrucker22

Cabinets going in. They should be getting the template for the granite this week. We ended up going with a silgranit sink. Hope it turns out well...

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 10:12AM
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jennybc

Hello hello!
We have roof on and windows/doors in! Framing on porches will come later. Right now working on electrical and plumbing. Slowing down a bit. Everyone's houses are looking great! Need to work on interior colors here too. Going with grey exterior, and white trim/porch trim.

Jen

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    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 3:18PM
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jennybc

Interior with tables set up in counter and dining table places.

Jen

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    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 3:20PM
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Meg4440Roberts

Framing has begun!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 3:42PM
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Meg4440Roberts

View of back of house! It's so exciting to see where everyone is at with their builds, everything looks gorgeous!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 3:43PM
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sweet.reverie

View from the middle of the driveway, you cannot really see the house from the road anymore.

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One of my favorite views, coming up the driveway.

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Kitchen. We have to take back that double oven because it is too wide. :( and get the 27 inch.

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Here is a link that might be useful: Build Blog

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 4:47PM
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LOTO

The local Mennonite crew pulled onto my jobsite at about 10:00 and left about 5:00 and accomplished a bunch. They will come back tomorrow and finish the endwalls, covered porch, cupolas, and garage doors. I am really happy with their work.
Drywall is all hung in the house and is getting the smooth walls finished,,,siding is moving along at a not so fast pace but workmanship is good.

Water well is going in tomorrow and the geothermal will get going soon so the home can get the humidity level down for hardwood install.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 8:24PM
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zone4newby

More framing today on the first floor.

The front of the house:

This is looking in from what will be the garage:

This view shows some of the walkout.

I can relate to "How's your build NOT progressing"-- they were able to work today, but there's rain in the forecast, and nothing will happen for at least the next two days. Nobody's fault, but I still wish there were a way to speed things up!

Here is a link that might be useful: Our house blog

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 9:10PM
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sparkler39

JennyBC, what will your siding be? I'm also looking at a grey exterior with white trim and a black roof and black shutters. I'm hoping to do a teal or marine blue for the front door to add some pop!

Well, our second floor went up today! Builder hopes to have it under roof with windows and doors by the end of the week!! Stairs should go in within the next 2 or 3 days. I can't wait to see the upstairs!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Home-building blog

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 9:17PM
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gpeach1

LOTO - Would you share some info on your metal garage? Is it a kit? What company? What area are you in and what kind of cost? If too personal apologize. It is just EXACTLY what I was looking to build.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 10:32PM
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saftgeek

LOTO - Love your shop. I wish I had one just like it. I am a detached shop kinda person. I've always had one. This will be the first time in my life w/o one. I'm hoping a basement garage will suffice...

Saftgeek-

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    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 11:22PM
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saftgeek

I posted this in the other build post and thought I'd post here as well...

Well, I never thought this day would come. I am actually posting about our progress in building our dream house. We have been busy clearing the site and preparing for the dig to begin. Last week we had 4.5" of rain in two days. I'm really glad we hadn't dug it in yet.
We managed to locate a custom sawmill who agreed to cut up the red oaks we harvested from our site. We are having them cut into hardwood flooring. Once the sawyer is done we then need to have them trucked to the mill for kiln drying, planning, sanding, and milling. The whole process is supposed to take a little less than 4 months. Our contractor told us he'd never had anyone do this before, but the timeframe was acceptable and he gave us his blessing to continue. Here is the picture of some of the trees on the way to the sawmill... We had a total of 15 logs, all 10.5' long and anywhere from 30" to 16" in diameter. I'm not sure how many board feet we'll have... care to guess????

Here they are on the road. Take my word for it, that is a truckload of hard work right there...

More later... stay tuned.

Saftgeek-

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 11:24PM
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LOTO

32'x45' with 5" concrete floor and 12'x45' concrete approach that is also 5" thick. Had to pour retaining walls due to sloping lot and also have a 24" wide x 24" deep footing under the walls. Concrete was right at $12,000.00 and building was $17,135.00 installed with 2" thick/insulated commercial garage doors and commercial openers. All labor included in the above prices.
There are several Mennonite metal building contractors in the Versailles, Missouri area which is about 35 miles North of my location. They will build anything you want or supply materials and you can build. The labor was dirt cheap...about $1,600.00 of the cost. One worker drives the rest of the crew as they don't have a drivers license and use a horse and buggy at home...the have a good sense of humor and enjoy speaking with them.
I'll post more pictures when complete.....I have plumbing in for a full bath and office and plan on putting in a mini split HVAC for the office and a FAE furnace for the shop.
The Mennonites build stuff to last and use very good products.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 11:25PM
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LOTO

Everything was completed on the shed today with the exception of the 2 cupolas which weren't in yet. Cleaned out the tools from the back of my pick up for the first time in months and will start emptying out my other detached garage which is about 20 miles away and near our house we sold earlier this year..got the old shed sold as soon as we empty it out.
Well went in today and they ended up drilling 360' and cased 340' of it just to be safe. Hopefully the rain will hold off and I will get the water line dug in over to the house and the pump electric at the same time. Then I have to run the main water line to the shed which is 120' from the well and run the 200 amp electrical service which is 170 feet from the pole to the shed....mini excavator time.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 8:49PM
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gabbythecat

We expect to get the go ahead from our lender tomorrow - ground breaking on Thursday, we hope! Our site prep guy should be free then - I just have to call him as soon as I hear from our lender...we're so excited!

This is for a 2100 sq foot, single story log home, btw. We're on almost 6 acres of mostly forested land in the Cascade foothills.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 9:07PM
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sparkler39

Well, our house is wrapped, the entryway is framed and I think the roof is going up tomorrow! I'm very excited and a little anxious about the entryway so I can't wait to see it with the doors and windows installed. I like OntarioMom's suggestion to go with an 8 foot door to help take up some of the blank space above the door. We're also going with a 2 foot transom window above the door and a 14 inch sidelight. I think it will really help bring some light to the entryway and to the living room as the transom window will actually be higher than the knee wall. Very excited to see how it will look but also a little nervous because I can't really visualize it like I can visualize other elements of the house. I'll be happy when it's actually in and I can see what it looks like! I'm glad we have some good mature trees in the front because I think the 8 foot door might look a little out of place if the landscaping was totally bare but I think it'll go very nicely together.

Here is a link that might be useful: House-building blog

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 12:18AM
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auroraborelis

I am finally posting to the building thread! I should have done this months ago, but with the whirlwind of activity involved with building I just havenâÂÂt found the time! Construction started in mid-March, delayed by two weeks for some unforeseen county drainage requirements. We actually met all of the codes and regulations, but the country still added requirements to us, above and beyond their own codes! Oh, California⦠From reading GW I am convinced that our house has at least $150,000 in costs that wouldnâÂÂt be incurred in other states.

The house is now fully framed and the HVAC, plumbing and electrical is all being started, and we are 3 weeks away from drywall being put up. Our projected move in date is mid-September, just six months after construction started.

For those who have followed along my other posts, we decided to go with the designersâ original elevation and we didnâÂÂt add the tower over the entrance way, and IâÂÂm so glad we did! It really does look great. Also, at the last minute we did make a very minor design change. You would never notice it, but the second window to the right from the front door is our master closet. It is a BIG closet, actually, we went with a modest size bedroom and a large closet and master bath. Well, the closet was supposed to be inset, and I had them pull that wall forward which added an extra 2â to the closet and we are so glad we did! Other than that we made a few small changes during framing, all minor and our fantastic builder didnâÂÂt charge us for any of it!

I did recently have a brilliant idea for the master bath that I wish I had months ago. Something about the design of our master bath had been bugging me, and I wasnâÂÂt able to put my finger on how to fix it (nor could anyone on GW)⦠Well, I final came up with an idea however it is way too far along to make any significant changes. Oh well, it is fine as it is, it would have just been a bit better with my new idea! IâÂÂm curious, how many of you have had brilliant ideas after you actually walked through your house? ïÂÂ

Overall we are completely in love with the design and the location. I dream of selling it in a few years (it should be worth about 30% more than our costs) and building again to have a much lower mortgage, but it will be hard to find a piece of property quite this perfect! It looks quite removed from everything in the photos, but it is less than 10 min to the freeway and close enough to not make the added commute very difficult.

Front view (with my little one and me in the foreground).

Rear view

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 2:31PM
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Spottythecat

Everyone is moving along...
Alot of us are at the same spot - framing, HVAC, etc...

I am posting some pictures. Hoping to get roof covered because we have alot of rain on the way...

Pam

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 4:24PM
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Spottythecat

Another view...

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 4:26PM
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Spottythecat

Master bedroom area...

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 4:28PM
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robin0919

spotty....is there a reason you went with all CMU?

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 7:31PM
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DLM2000

gladys1924 I can't wait to see your build progress. My son lived and worked in Marblemount, WA and visits friends there frequently. - I expect he'll go back to that area for good, one day It's one of the MOST beautiful places I've ever seen.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 2:21PM
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lzerarc

had a lot of progress, but mainly on the inside instead of the exterior since it has been constantly raining in the Midwest, flooding, lots of fun! I can not get my exterior concrete work or garage poured since its too wet and the sun doesn't shine enough to dry anything out before it rains again.

Anyway, lots of pics in the Blog.

Here is a link that might be useful: blog link

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 10:28PM
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niteshadepromises

My hole in the ground has started to look slightly impressive (to me haha). Its a long distance build so *gulp* you're seeing as much as I have just yet!

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 4:17AM
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cz_scrap

Just got 6th generation floor plans-very excited about it all, but a bit uneasy about the elevations. I think its cause they are
2D but a bit nervous about how they will look in real life. Working on getting our minor use permit and then all the other committee reviews needed for building in this central California coast town-quite an interesting experience for these southeastern pa people! Love watching everyone's house come to life!

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 7:19AM
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njasmine1

I can say work is progressing faster now, but I will also say this is the most expensive thing i be ever done in my life. Hopefully when it finished it all worth it.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 7:58AM
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olivesmom

Niteshade: Where are you building, if you don't mind sharing? From your photos it looks like you might be in the PNW?

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 12:36PM
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Spottythecat

Robin...we are in Florida...so most homes are all CMU.

Pam

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 6:31PM
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Spottythecat

Robin...we are in Florida...so most homes are all CMU.

Pam

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 6:32PM
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niteshadepromises

Olivesmom:
You guessed it, Portland Oregon

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 7:04PM
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abrshafer

Roof is on! This is the most exciting time as I get to see the rooms in person vs a drawing. I have made a few changes during framing all pretty minor (bumping out an area into garage to recess fridge a little, adding three windows to basement, and changing two door locations). My builder emailed my Friday to say they are scheduled to finish framing tomorrow afternoon and did I have any changes that need addressed. I do have one more change I want to approach my builder about but I'm afraid it may not be possible. Now, that my master bath is framed it seems way smaller than we envisioned (very narrow). We could enlarge the master bath by eliminating the double coat closet that runs behind the wall with the vanities which would widen the room by @2 feet. However, it looks like it may be weight bearing wall....

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 2:37PM
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flgargoyle

Not much new to show; I'm mostly working on plumbing and electrical. Here's a sneak peak at the exterior finish. The colors don't show up well, but the main color is Sherwin-Williams Pewter Green, the trim is SW Favorite Tan, and the accent color (brackets) is SW Sundried Tomato. I finished this gable before roofing the garage so I wouldn't have to work on that slippery tin roof. The second picture is the view out the kitchen window this morning. I'm getting tired of rain, but it did set up a pretty view.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 4:20PM
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hough2012

We have walls!!! After three weeks of nothing happening, so nice to see progress.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 9:11PM
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Meg4440Roberts

Framing continues, trusses being set and starting to look more like a house! Mennonites have the shop basically completed.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 2:36PM
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Meg4440Roberts

Duplicate post

This post was edited by Meg4440Roberts on Tue, Jun 11, 13 at 14:42

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 2:38PM
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Meg4440Roberts

Back of the house.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 2:39PM
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sweet.reverie

Countertops and big island:

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    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 12:01AM
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War_Eagle

We have power!!! So tired of painting with extension cords and spotlights! Hardwoods started Monday. Supposed to be done with those at end of week. We were supposed to close on mortgage next Monday....but that wont happen. A painting question....the quarter round that goes up against the baseboard and hardwoods.....Do some paint trim color or is it stained hardwood color?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 8:25AM
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downsy

War Eagle - the quarter round is personal preference. Go look at the pictures that Momto3 just posted of her finished home and you can see what her wood floors look like with stained quarter round.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 8:33AM
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aries61

War Eagle - Like your kitchen cabinets. Any other pictures of them?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 9:22AM
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FmrQuahog

My personal preference for shoe molding (quarter round) on the baseboard, and all trim for that matter, is white. Usually semi-gloss. Regardless of whether the flooring is wood, tile, or carpet.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 11:49AM
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lmccarly

War Eagle,
My preference on the quarter round is to match the baseboards as it is a piece of trim, not flooring.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 9:15PM
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lmccarly

War Eagle,
My preference on the quarter round is to match the baseboards as it is a piece of trim, not flooring.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 9:16PM
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LOTO

War Eagle...I have had power at my home for some time but the geothermal won't be going until Friday and my hardwood floor vendor/installer estimates it will take a week or more of running the AC to get the humidity and moisture content of the floor down to an acceptable level for install. Also I am told my hardwood will need to be acclimated in the AC for several days too. My vendor is going to let me use one of his moisture reading guns to monitor for install.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 9:53PM
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War_Eagle

LOTO....I am in the hot and VERY humid south and I was concerned about this as well. My very experienced floor guy has said nothing about getting the air on. Maybe its because we are using engineered hard woods? HVAC told me that he recommends NOT turning system on until they are done sawing, (which they are doing inside because of rain?), sanding and staining because he doesnt want system to be sucking in all of the sawdust.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 8:18AM
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zone4newby

We've got a second floor!

Ought to get the interior walls framed upstairs today.

Here is a link that might be useful: Our house blog

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 9:09AM
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gabbythecat

I just got word from our site prep company that we break ground on Saturday!!! We only decided to build a house last November, and we've made fast progress - choosing a log home manufacturer, finding a builder (we are sharing GC work with him), designing the interior layout of the house, finding the property, and selling our existing home. This has all happened very quickly, especially considering how long it takes some people to build. But it still seems like we've been waiting for forever for this to happen.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 1:09PM
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aurorasur

Framed, roofed, waiting on electrical and framing inspections to pass so we can start drywall. Hopefully cornice work guys will start next week, and thereafter brick!!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 9:41AM
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gabbythecat

We broke ground yesterday - our foundation guy had some time - he's very busy right now - so he put our new driveway in. Kind of anticlimatic, after I spent so much time stressing about the backlogs in permitting and with the construction loan people - suddenly we have our driveway! Not that I'm complaining...it was fun watching the trees come down (such great firewood!). Our logs arrive in 2-3 weeks...

dlm2000 - Marblemount is about 1-2 hours north of here, I think. It's been a while since I've been up there. But if I could, I'd live there - it's more surrounded by forests than we are. Much more wild! But Granite Falls isn't bad, and it's a decent commute for my dh...yeah - our log house is going to be unique and fun. Well suited to this environment and to us (outdoorspeople).

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 10:02AM
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LOTO

My geothermal HVAC is finally running today and just in time. I checked the moisture content of the Armstrong Oak Hardwood flooring at my vendors today and it was running between 12-14% on the boxes we checked. He let me take the moisture meter with me and check my home and I was pleasantly surprised to find my Advantech subfloor running from 11.7 to 16%. I have had a dehumidifier and fan running in the crawl space (4' high with concrete floor) for quite some time to keep things dried out and it looks like it worked.
I'll run the AC all weekend and then the hardwood will be delivered Monday and we will check moisture content in a few days.
Tile is going down today and trim carpenter/cabinet installer will start Monday and hopefully the hardwood install will not be too much of a delay in the kitchen cabinet install...don't want to rush the hardwood installation though.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 2:27PM
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boschboy

We have a 2nd story!! Should be finished with the roof later today.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 9:43AM
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boschboy

Rainy day but they have the main part of the roof up.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 4:48PM
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dutty

Hey Everyone,

I wasn't sure I was going to join the building thread because frankly, this has been the most stressful experience of my life. That said, I enjoyed looking at everyone's pictures when I was just dreaming so I figured I should jump in.

In the past few months we've cleared our land (it was solid melaleuca), dug a pond, and the house is through framing. We are putting in the electric, HVAC, and plumbing now.

We have been DRENCHED with rain and I'm worried about the roof but fingers crossed we get a dry spell in the next couple of weeks so we can get the tin roof installed!

I hope this isn't too many pics. I look forward to watching everyone else's progress... it's nice knowing I'm not the only one probably ripping my hair out!! To think I thought this would be fun!!

The dining room after the latest rain before the doors:

The side porch:

Upstairs Foyer View (can you imagine that I hate two story foyers?! Somehow this didn't translate for me with the architect... not his fault but mine. Sigh):

Family Room Fireplace:

Breakfast Nook:

Master Balcony with 4 over 2 windows. We did all 4 over 2 or 2 over 1:

Looking into screened-in porch:

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 8:16PM
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lmccarly

Love the black windows dutty! Can't wait to see your progress.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 9:07PM
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hough2012

Framing should be complete in another day. I'm hoping the pace will pick up...

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 12:46PM
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holcombe3

The walls for the basement are getting poured today!!

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 12:55PM
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holcombe3

The walls for the basement are getting poured today!!

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 12:56PM
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LawPaw

Me too!! Only about 2 months late.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 3:10PM
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LOTO

My subfloor moisture content (10-13%) was good but as I checked the wood in the boxes of flooring on Monday I found a number of boxes that has flooring in the 17-19% range. The flooring has been resting comfortably with the geothermal cranked down to 68 and I'll check the flooring again next week.
I know that some recommend acclimating for up to 60 days.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 8:45PM
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sparkler39

Things are just speeding along now! We just got the front door installed and I love it! It really makes our split foyer have a totally different look from the frontâ¦especially compared to the split foyer being built next to us with a standard size door, two foot spacer, and semi-circle transom. I LOVE the way it turned out! Electrical is almost done, plumbing is almost done, and insulation and drywall begins next week!

Here is a link that might be useful: My home-building blog

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 1:30AM
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ontariomom

Sparkler39,

That door looks fantastic! So glad you are happy with it too. The windows and front of the house all look good. So nice to have two garage doors as well.

Can you tell us what the outside steps are being made with? It doesn't look like you are getting the typical pre-cast concrete steps that are common around here for split-foyers.

I wondered about your under stairs closet. I see that you have framed off the back of it. Does that mean you won't be able to access that last four feet for low, in frequently used storage, or will there be another way to get in to that spot?

Your build has certainly moved along quickly. Can you show us pictures next time of the other sides of the home? It looks like you have good sized basement windows on more than the front elevation. If so, that is a wonderful bonus.

Carol

P.S. Do you like your wider interior steps now that they are in?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 9:43AM
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sparkler39

Carol,

Thanks! I LOVE the interior stepsâ¦makes such a big difference in the foyer area. I mean, it's still a small foyer but those larger stairs really open it up!

I'm not quite sure what they're doing with the stairsâ¦it appears that they've laid a cinderblock outline and attached the bricks to the front. I've been told that there's a cement truck coming early next week so I'm assuming it'll be there to fill in the holes.

For the under stairs area, the 4' high section will be accessed through a small panel in the garageâ¦it'll mostly be for stuff we NEVER use. Then there will be a door in the mudroom that will let us get back to that 4'x4'ish storage area for more commonly used things.

We actually decided not to put any windows on the sides because we're only 25' or so from our neighbors and didn't really want to be looking in their windows or having them look through ours. But there's a lot of windows on the back and the sun rises pretty much directly from the back and goes overhead so side windows wouldn't contribute any direct sunlight.

It is moving much faster than I expectedâ¦I have my final kitchen appointment on Monday!

Here is a link that might be useful: My house-building blog

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 11:15AM
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krock918316

Progressing nicely now. Roofers will be out this week.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 8:50AM
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robin0919

LP, are you going to the roof line with ICF or just basement?

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 7:39PM
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saftgeek

I escorted my daughter's Girl Scout troop to Colorado and when I returned found the GC had been busy. I cannot believe how large the hole for our new house is and the excavator didn't turn over a single stone. He dug down almost 10' in the back corner. I was very relieved. Hopefully the footings will go in without issue as well.

Hopefully we'll have footings and concrete in the next couple weeks.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 10:47PM
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holcombe3

Basement walls are done!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 5:06PM
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LOTO

Hardwood floors are going down and stone accents on the covered front porch. I ran everyone out while the hardwood is installed but the trim/cabinet carpenters will jump right back in as soon as the hardwood is done...painters and plumbers are ready too. The same stone goes on the fireplace too.
Our lease is up on our condo July 1st. so it looks we will be living in our camper for a couple of weeks. The camper is in the metal building we had built and we have an office with full bath so we won't be roughing it too bad.

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Lanced52

Putting up rafters now

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 8:08AM
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zone4newby

Our roof is sheathed.

Hopefully framing will be done by the end of the week.

Here is a link that might be useful: Our House Blog

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 11:03PM
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LOTO

Getting closer...kitchen cabinets delivered tomorrow.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 6:02AM
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frozenrain

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    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 12:57AM
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    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 1:26AM
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sweet.reverie

can anyone see my photo? I am struggling to make it show up.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 1:28AM
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autumn.4

No sweet.reverie. If you click the link it doesn't show up either. :( I will go to your blog to get a peek!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 6:51AM
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boschboy

We have windows!! Front door had issues and had to be re-ordered. Should have our pre-drywall walk-through sometime in the first 2 weeks of July. Not that we don't walk through whenever the crew is not there!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 9:32AM
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    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 12:04PM
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NCfarmer

I'm just starting the site work. Perc is done and we will be going back to NC for six weeks in the fall to pour a slab. In the spring, finish it up.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 7:22PM
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degcds

We have finally been making some great progress!!! Right now we are working through interior trim, and the exterior is getting closer to complete. Stone is done and is having the grout done! Hope to be starting the finishing coats of stucco next week!!! Then we can move on and pour our stamped concrete pool decking- as well as the stamped turn around by the garages! We are hoping to be in by the first or second week of August even though our contract with our builder says July 29th move in date (yes it was in writing- silly on his part.)

Side note- We are planting our 500 grape vines on Sunday! We also got offered a Co-Op for a local winery. We are considering it!! :-)

Front stone going on! (dont have a finished picture of the porch yet sorry :-( )

Garage doors after install!

Working on grout on the stone on the back of the house!! Covered porch framing finally finished- cant wait for them to come back and case the columns on the back porch! We decided to do a cedar tongue and grove stained porch ceiling on the front and back porches. :-)

Grout complete on the carriage garage. We did a dark charcoal and I think it looks amazing!

Pool ready for the hot tub and stone on the block wall for the hot tub and ready for the stamped concrete to be poured!

Cabinets going in!

Love the detailing on the hood!

Espresso stained Island- the front will have espresso stained wainscoting with an 18 inch over hang and corbels /posts

Entry way ceiling painted!

Wainscoting in the upstairs hallway going in! Can't wait to see it painted- our trim is SW Creamy!

Tray ceilings in the hallway with the crown in! (dont mind the miss matched doors- some of ours were not complete yet and they sent a filler to set the door! and it drives me nuts!)

Site built steps started going in! Only the basement has been done so far!

Crown going in the bedrooms!

Everybody's homes look fantastic!!!! So jealous of those who are further along!!! :-)

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 10:33PM
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