Posted by: gothedistance | July 29, 2009

Full House: Construction Day 25

It was an early morning as I got up at 4:30 AM, picked up my son Dan, and drove to Ashe County to meet George our builder and Craig our electrician at 8:30 AM.  Joánne went to work since someone has to pay for all this.  Dan didn’t want his dad to drive up and back alone, so he came along for the ride on his day off.  While I drove up in 3 hrs, Dan drove home in 2.5 hr.  I guess there must have been a strong easterly tail wind, or just good police driver training.

We have windows and a back door opening!

We have windows and a back door opening! (you can see Dan standing by the car)

Craig the electrician has worked with George a lot and really knows his
stuff according to Dan (who worked for a year or so as an electrician
assistant on a couple of construction projects.) Most of the decisions
about where to put switches, lights and receptacles were fairly obvious.
The locations of the can lights, hanging light fixture, fan and kitchen
lights in the downstairs required some work to match up with possible
furniture locations (While these are shown on the floor plan, they are only
“suggestions” of our designer, Joánne reminds me regularly). I think the
four guys figured it all out perfectly, but since there were four of us,
there is always someone else to blame if it doesn’t work out  🙂

Looking towards the first floor bedroom and kitchenette

Looking towards the first floor bedroom and kitchenette (That's George Ford our builder in the jeans)

One of the things we are learning even on this relatively small
conventional construction project, is that you may know on paper where
things go, but on the ground some things need to change. For example, on
paper the pressure tank for the well and hot water heater should fit under
the stairs. But when the pressure tank showed up on site today, it is
bigger than expected. Now the hot water heater has to go somewhere else
(upstairs in the bathroom).

It turned out that the electrician was not the only one working today. By
11 AM, the roofers, stone mason, plumber, and the septic system contractor
were all at work. Full house! All those folks will finish this week and the siding will go on to finish the exterior work.

Roofers and stone mason at work

Roofers and stone mason at work

View of the house as you drive up the road towards the driveway

View of the house as you drive up the road towards the driveway

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  1. Oooh, I love that stone work!


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