Aug 31, 2011
the garage is now a spray room for the doors.
the master cabinetmaker is on site. uncle steve works on a door jamb. we ordered pre-hung doors.
a finished door. we ordered these 3-panel, solid-core doors from interiordoors.com
Aug 26, 2011
pipes for the septic hookup and leach field came late thursday evening. our kind neighbor alerted us that someone was at the house. dad and uncle paul checked it out only to find that it was just a delivery!
waste line from under the lower patio out to the septic tank
Aug 25, 2011
master shower wall finishing up soon
master shower floor already water tested
dad said the birds love sitting on the snow guard to take in the morning sun. otherwise i never saw birds on the roof.
Aug 23, 2011
day four of stone wall stacking
a little high, but some backfill will solve that
what a massive undertaking. dad said i was crazy when he realized what was being built
entry into the walled patio area on the south side of the house
stone steps into kitchen
completed walls at the end of day four
stained columns under the screen porch. good job, mom.
the scrap from the cherry wood floors will make great kindling for the fireplace
Aug 22, 2011
day three working on the stone walls
the house is starting to look anchored to the site
best part of the wall is the enormous stone near the end of the barn foundation wall
the ground and the wall is finally high enough to begin the upper patio portion.
back side of the rebuilt barn foundation wall
cladding the lower screen porch columns in cedar to make them more robust looking
steps into the screen porch from upper patio
7'-4" long stone steps into the kitchen reused from the farm. awesome.
Aug 19, 2011
the concrete truck returned
crew spreading the garage slab and sloping towards the floor drains
garage slab curing. Uncle Paul's Dog kept walking on it but didn't really leave impressions.
wood floor completed in the dining room and living room
the transition from slate to cherry wood is marked with a metal edge, barely visible here.
the boss watches the crew continue work on the stone retaining walls.
stone wall progress at the end of the day
end of the "original" barn wall
small patio outside the family room door was poured the previous day. there was a slight hiccup when we discovered that the septic line terminated under the concrete. the guys dug up the wet concrete while the excavator went and picked up some extra pipe and fitting so it could be extended past the patio area. but you can't tell that there was any drama just looking at it.
the dry-stacked stone walls are terraced and curved.
Aug 18, 2011
formwork for the concrete front porch and steps
here comes the concrete truck
pouring the front porch
the concrete team
apparently a good time to smoke a pipe is when you are spreading concrete
the front porch after some floating and broom sweeping
before the concrete came, the guys made formwork for the wall footings
bringing over the concrete block
laying concrete block where it won't be seen
the excavator helps build up the ground
what's wrong with this picture?
the dirt pile's biggest fan
day 1 progress on the stone walls
terraced walls are dry-stacked barn stone since they have no deep footings
meanwhile, a smaller crew started installing the wood floor upstairs. what a nice view in that chop shop.
floor installation in the living room
later that day
day one progress on the dining room floor
meanwhile, the tile installer worked on the master shower floor