Sunday, July 15, 2012

Garble, garble, garble?

I am soooo making a print and hanging this in the house!

Two posts in one day!

Based on last week's PM update, framing would have started on Wednesday or Thursday.  Because we couldn't get out to site during the week, we were looking forward to this Friday's weekly update and this was waiting for us on the machine:

Garble, garble, garble, garble, permits, garble, garble, garble...

Blasted technology.  The only word I understood was "permits" and the only reason we knew it was from the PM was from callerID.  The connection was that bad.  Based on our visit on Saturday, our lumber had arrived but there must have been a permit issue because framing had not started yet and the receipts in the dirt showed that we had two separate concrete trucks on Friday (11.5 yards total) versus earlier in the week.  Obviously, framing will be on the agenda for this coming week but we're waiting for an e-mail update on Monday to figure out what happened.

All was not lost though.  The delay allowed me to snap some lumber and 'pristine' basement pictures I otherwise would have missed...
Trusses, view 1
Trusses, view 2
Trusses, view 3
Our "floor" by the garage slab
Zoom on the pile
Rear view of the pile
House wrap and more I-joists (view from the basement)
These I-joists have seen better days
I-yi-yi (more I-joists)
A different perspective
painted boards by the garage

We found our walls a few houses down the street.  There were a few cracked and broken ones but most were in good condition.

Other side
106 :)
I like the punch of orange on this one.
They were a little overzealous with the backfilling (over the tar line) but that should be addressed when they complete the grading.

The exposed wet dirt is from me to see how far above they were
Right side of the house (South)
The grade at the rear of the house concerns me a little -- based on the tar line, the water will run toward the morning room.  Currently, the earth looks pretty level so perhaps they caught that too.
Adjusted grade
Northwest corner with a higher elevation
Sloped backyard

These concrete slabs are AMAZINGLY smooth!  They did an absolutely wonderful job.  One of the corners wasn't perfect so I'll have to keep an eye on that and also make sure the area by the walkout is caulked.
Angled slab in the garage?  Check!
from the rear of the house (the notch is the foyer)
Our future basement bathroom (to be finished post-RH)
The holes are NOT for the water heater and HVAC unit but for the support columns.  The reasoning behind one being a square and the other is a circle eludes me.
"Charlotte" pipe
so smooooooooooooooooth
There's still a bit of standing water but the area did have some storms come through.  I can't find the basement drain -- I thought we were supposed to have one but I'm not so sure now.
water art

I hope to have an update tomorrow evening.


  1. That first photo is awesome. I was seeing garble, garble, garble so much that I read "garage" on one of your pictures as garble!!!

    1. Thanks! I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. At least you were consistent--I keep thinking "gobble, gobble, gobble"! ;)

  2. Hi AnJ, the photo shot at the top is just AMAZING! I love the water art too! What type of camera are you using?

    1. Thanks! I have to admit that it wasn't straight out of the camera and I did a little photo tweaking. All of these were taken with a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V, which is (being/now?) discontinued. It's a wonderful little compact camera!