Dear Cottage Friends,
Whew! Where to begin?
First, I've been out of circulation this week with a bad cold, so bear with me as I try to catch up not only with blogging, but with all of you who have dropped by AJC and left nice words behind. I promise I'll visit you soon.
Second, construction is moving so fast on our new cottage that I fear if I don't bring you up to date right now our house will be built and we'll be moved in before I can say "occupancy permit." The weather has been so unbelievably nice here that construction is ahead of where we thought it would be on this date. (I'm so sorry to talk about nice weather in front of all of you who are suffering with a horrid winter, I feel for you. . .I do, and you have been and will continue to be in our prayers.)
Let's take a look at what's happened with our new cottage build so far.
February 6, 2015 - The house location is staked.
|The little white building came with the lot. It's a well-built shed.|
February 9, 2015 - Excavation! And we meet Scott!
|Thank you, Mr. Excavator!|
Scott, the construction superintendent for BLH our builder, is our new best friend. We met him for the first time at the excavation and let me tell you he put me at ease immediately. Scott's gonna nail this thing! (No pun intended.)
February 11, 2015 - The footings are poured.
Footings in and ready for the pour.
Greg Bales arrives and sets up his amazing Mobile Mix Concrete truck for the pour.
And we have a pour! This process is truly amazing. The concrete is mixed on demand -- as it pours -- and Greg moves his truck remotely to place the trough where he wants it. (Look Ma, no hands!)
I made a short movie (only about 12 seconds) for you to watch Greg in action with his super-duper concrete truck. Watch this. . .
Is that the coolest thing ever? This isn't your grandpa's cement mixer, my friends. This is high tech stuff.
In less than an hour the concrete footings are in place.
February 18, 2015 - The foundation is poured and I introduce you to Dean Hines of BLH, our builder.
The forms have been built and we're onsite for the pouring of the foundation.
Close up of the forms and reinforcement.
And one more view before the pour. (Does this interest you at all? Because, honestly, I love this stuff. I've been around construction of one kind or another most of my life.)
Greg's back onsite with his fancy-schmancy truck and the foundation pour is in the works.
"Hey, Greg! Can you give me some concrete for this porch support?"
"Sure thing, Scott, I'll just push my remote control and whip that concrete trough right over there where you want it. No problem."
Here is just the nicest guy you could ever hope to have for a builder, Dean Himes of Bronson Log Homes (BLH), Enterprise, Oregon. We're not building a log home, but that's okay because BLH builds frame homes, and furniture, too. Dennis worked for Bronson as an architect 16 years ago, so there's some history here. Dean has a great reputation as a custom home builder and we're very excited to be working with him.
We left the guys to finish up and headed back to our apartment.
Tomorrow (February 20) the floor truss joists and subfloor will go in. Good chance of rain on Saturday, so they may have to cover up the floor.
To be continued. . .
Update: Click here for Progress Report #2.