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Lots to update this week

Unfortunately, updates on the site have slowed.  I have been a little under the weather, but I have a batch of photos and a quick update of the progress from this week.

Early in the week, the house was wrapped with vapor barrier and the roof was completed and felt was laid on the roof.  The windows were delivered and put into the openings on the house on Tuesday.  Later in the week, they fully installed the windows.  Shingles were delivered on Thursday and are sitting on the top of the roof.  It has been raining today, so guessing that shingles will be laid next week after everything dries out.  Also, the main support posts were installed for the porches this week.

On the inside, the plumbing rough-in was completed this week.  Electrical boxes and the main power panel in the house have been put into place.  The reset of the electrical rough-in will be completed this week, too.  Some areas (like behind the fireplace and behind the tub/shower inserts) were insulated.


Roof framing is almost complete

This week has proved to be another exciting and progress-filled week with our house.  Thursday marks the beginning of five weeks of our build and the progress made is nothing short of amazing.  We know that things will begin to slow down and visible changes won’t make the kind of “wow” impact that the past five weeks have had, so we are certainly enjoying the “wow” as it comes…

As I blogged earlier, Tuesday began the process of putting the trusses onto the house.  Thursday continued that work and as of today, we have most of the sheeting installed and the framers are working on the last piece of framing — the front dormer.  I spoke with the on-site guy today while I was there and he estimates that 95% of our roof will be completed by the end of the day.

And, as a side note, its extremely hot right now in South Carolina.  The crew was not working on top of the house when I went by around 1pm — they were working inside instead — but even not in direct sunlight, it was really hot outside.  Even standing by and not really working, you just pour sweat.  But, the good news is the humidity isn’t awful, like it can be sometimes here.  Fortunately, everyone is trying to be safe about the progress.

The felt will be laid and the roof will be prepped for shingles next week.  Shortly after that, I expect the house to be fully dried in…  So, lots of progress for us.

Raising a roof

Yesterday, as expected, the crew began raising the roof of our house.  Early in the morning, there was a crain on site to begin placing the trusses on the walls.  By 10am (the first picture below), the main section of the house looked to be in place.  By the time that I made it to the site (shortly after noon), the crew was already gone and all the trusses were lifted in place.

There is still a bit of work to do with the roof before it can be sheeted and ready for felt and shingles.  Most of this work will probably be done by hand with the crew, rather than requiring the crain.

Standing the walls

The crew began standing the walls today for the house. After lunch, when I arrived at the site, I was surprised to find them working on the third side of the house. They are still working on the front of the house, but I suspect that they will move on to interior walls tomorrow. What a difference a day makes!

Update! We went back to the house this evening and found that they had completed several of the interior walls.  I expect (unless weather slows them down) that all interior walls may be in tomorrow!!

Slab poured, foundation complete — now time for some walls!

To my delight, I drove out to the new homesite and found that the slab has been poured for the house and both porches.  When I got out to the site, the crew was busy taking down the edges of the porches and setting everything up to cure.  I am so excited that everything is poured.  Our family Bible has been encased in concrete in the block foundation under what will become our front door.  Friends of ours suggested how cool it would have been to slide in some photos along with the Bible, so that has lead us to a new idea for our kitchen – aka the heart of the home – but that will stay an surprise for now.

Preparing for the slab

This week, everything is heading towards the goal of pouring the concrete slab for our house on Wednesday morning.  Yesterday, the crew was on site laying down plastic vapor barrier between the fill sand and where the concrete will lay.  The plumbing that we had seen over the weekend was complete and all additional plumbing within the rooms will be done in the wall.  The crew was also digging out under the load bearing walls and adding rebar to those areas where a deeper section of concrete would be poured.

Today, we expect an electrician to be by to put in a couple of floor outlets in the living room.  I assume that it’ll only be conduit of some kind installed.  After that, we should have an inspection and once that is complete, the pour should happen tomorrow morning.

I can’t say that this is an exciting week, but I know that once the concrete is poured, we can proceed with walls and that is extremely exciting.  More to come…

Foundation, fill and plumbing

It has been a very busy week out on our property.  At the end of last week, our foundation was nearly complete and over the weekend, Harry (the builder) began putting fill into the block foundation.  On Monday, several more loads of sandy fill were loaded into the foundation and everything was brought up to a level and compacted.

After the fill was mostly complete, the plumbers began digging the fill back out and running the wastewater pipes and supply lines for water in the slab.  As of today, it looks like almost all the plumbing in the foundation is complete.  I see a few supply lines missing, but the plumbers may just not be finished, yet.

The next step is getting the electricians to run the conduit that they will use to bring power to the breaker box, a couple of floor outlets in the living room.  After that, one side of the foundation needs to be blocked (this is the side they are using to load in fill dirt) and then I think we are close to being ready for the slab to be poured.  So things are coming along.  Below are a few photos from this week’s progress.