Well hell. Did you know that there are photo storage limitations on these blogs? Me neither. But I just got a message saying I was over my limit - but I could buy some. Huh.
Since this blog was supposed to be for updating family and friends about the build, and since it is definitely not a revenue source, I am not willing to shell out money to support it.
So - I have some choices. I can delete some of the photos in old posts and hope I reach the end of the build before my storage runs out again. I can just do text posts (boring). I can stop blogging.
I have discovered that I'm not the only one being affected by this - apparently it's a new thing and I'm seeing it crop up in other blogs that I follow.
So while I mull my options (and some wine), here's the update from Thanksgiving weekend:
Installed the rest of the windows; installed the big entry doors; returned and repurchased doors for the bridge; dug the ditch for the electric and the electrician put in the lines from house to pole and installed the fuse box (this was wildly exciting as it means we're significantly closer to getting power); bought many lights so that the electrician would know what he needs to hooks up (wall, ceiling, outdoor, light/fan, etc); bought the stove and fridge (awesomely on sale even if it was Sunday and not Black Friday); closed up the garage with plywood and tarps. Oh, and we passed the framing inspection!
And I caught a cold. Blargh.
Next up is the plumbing and finishing the electric. Woo-hoo! Hopefully I'll be able to post some pictures of all that soon.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Once we got the woodstove in place we needed to install the chimney. We're running stovepipe to the first floor ceiling and then enclosing the chimney pipe in a run through the second floor and out the roof. We wanted everything in place so that we could make sure we didn't accidentally get interference from the trusses.
The exposed stove pipe is double-walled, close clearance pipe and will be visible. We used Selkirk pipe and it was a joy to work with. Clear instructions and nice heavy materials. Woodstock Soapstone sold us the pipe with the stove and they worked out exactly how many sections and which types we'd need. They also supplied the fire stops, insulation shields, and exterior flashing and support. A complete package. My Dad opted to buy a chimney kit for his place and that worked just fine for him also. We probably had to do a bit more puzzle piecing than he did though, so maybe the kit is better if you have standard distances.
|Black stove pipe|
|Cutting the chimney chase|
|Bottom section in, marking the next|
Monday, November 19, 2012
We're building very far from the road. Which means we're building very far from established electric lines. We looked at alternate energy (expensive!) and decided to go with a grid system (also expensive, but less maintenance). It's been a long process and I've only attached photos of the recent work.
Here's how you go about getting power: call Nat Grid and have them send out a Planner. He walks you through options, issues, and puts together a plan to get poles back to your build site. Ours was professional, pleasant, and cooperative about minimizing the number of trees we'd have to clear. Oops - they'd have to clear. One of the advantages of getting poles is that they do all the work. All of it.
But before anything can be cut, the Planner sends the layout to the Home Office where your Coordinator reviews it, prices it out, and sends you a very large bill. Then everything is sent to Legal where they write up easement requirements for your neighbors. You mail them out and once the easements are back, everything happens more quickly than you'd expect.
First the tree cutting crew arrives (I showed some pictures of that in the Nov 4 post) and clears the way for the pole crew. Then the hole digging crew arrives.
|The hole digging crew is here!|
|The auger in action|
|Couldn't dig the holes, but they left the poles|
|No well heads were harmed|
|Measuring the drilled hole|
|The first pole in place|
|No wire yet|
|I think our trees are straighter than their poles|
Sunday, November 18, 2012
So, when last we left it was high 50's, sunny, and t-shirt weather (if you were working that is). The very next morning? 23 degrees and a heavy frost. *sigh*
|Pretty frost on the truck|
|Not the driver!|
|Queuing up the workers.|
|Look at that cool thing haul truss|
|Huh, so that's a gable end. Neat.|
|Trusses on the main section of the house|
|It's a raised center aisle, or monitor, style building|
|Love this angle|
It's really coming together quickly now. And that porch! Loving how huge the porch is.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
How's that for an "all but the kitchen sink" post title? We got many things accomplished this weekend. We're at the stage of the build where lots needs to be done, but the big things have to wait for something else to happen. For example - we have no roof yet. But that's because the trusses couldn't go up until the porch support wall was complete. Oh, and until the trusses actually arrive on site. But there are many other things that need doing and we tackled a few of them.
The building has been wrapped and we set about cutting the window and doors open.
|Light shining through Tyvek, so pretty!|
Chris and Matt built the porch support wall last week and it's ready to hold up the porch trusses. The porch is 12 feet deep and will be great for picnic benches, comfy seating, and all that wonderful summer stuff.
|The porch wall|
|Taping in the cold|
|See me in the little window?|
|Back wall of the Bridge|
|Warming up and climbing high|
|At the beginning of the day|
|Look at that sky!|
|A couple hours later|
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
We decided it would be a good idea to move the wood stove into the house before the nice French doors were installed. Something about being worried about damage or some silly thing like that.
|Dad and Matt on hand|
Much discussion and measuring went into figuring out where to place the hearth stone.
|Leveling the hearth rock|
|I'm actually tipping up the rock (slightly)|
|Hold it steady!|
|Almost in position|
|Does it look as precarious as it really was?|
|Removing the pallet|
|Legs are on|
|Dead nuts level right off the bat|
|Putting in the grate|
|Ash can in place|
|Outside air intake|
All-in-all, a very successful install and many thanks to the family for helping us with it. Matt says he loves it and, assuming it performs as well as it looks, will likely be getting one for his place as well. Let's hope so.