Posted by: ncmountainmama | July 21, 2009

Walls and a Roof

July 18th was a day to remember.  As we maneuvered around the curve of the road approaching the property, Jim and I were straining to see if we could see anything that might resemble a house on our property.  Just as we made the last curve of the road, we saw it:  up on the hill was a structure, wrapped in Tyvek.  It had walls and a roof!  As we turned into the driveway and made our way up, we could see that the framers were working on constructing the covered porch on the front of the “garattage.”  After over two years of going up to our property we finally had a structure.  We hopped out of the car and went in through the future garage door site.  The framers were working on the stairs to the upper level bedroom and bathroom.  Seeing it with the walls and some structure, it looked bigger than just looking at the cement pad.

Last week a concrete slab, this week walls and a roof!

Last week a concrete slab, this week walls and a roof!

We drove up for the day to see the progress and to meet with George, our builder.  We had a few things we wanted to talk about.  Jim had received a call from the electrician, asking about placement of can lights.  His plan is to come up on the 27th and put the electrical in.  We talked with George and settled on a plan.  The next thing we wanted to talk about was heat.  Jim had talked with his co-worker and thought maybe a gas space heater might be better than the electric.  George explained that it might be a good option since the electricity is known to go out when it is cold.  He has already experienced cracked pipes and cracked toilets.  It seems that every time we talk we have more decisions to make!  Sometimes it is hard to decide, because we know what we would like if it is a real house.  We have to keep in mind what could be re-used in the house (hopefully we can build it) or what is just too much for this structure.  An example is whether or not we put in a heated floor in the bathroom.  This would be nice and it is a small area, but is it really worth the expense?  We opted for a small heater in the wall, which should do the trick.  It is so much easier now picturing where things should go, what type of furniture, beds etc with just the four walls up.  We think it will have a lot of light, which is great.  There are lots of windows and a 10 foot ceiling.  The upstairs bedroom has a great window, with a nice view.  This week will involve roughing in the plumbing, stone on the bottom, framing inside for the downstairs bedroom, windows installed, and maybe the shingles.  Next week, they’ll work on siding and electrical.  I did tell George to go ahead and put the wring in for a hot tub!  It will sit nicely between the garage and the house in a little courtyard!

Looking up towards the house from the front

Looking up towards the house from the front

Inside, first floor

Inside, first floor

Inside, upstairs

Inside, upstairs

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