Sunday, August 27, 2006

Septic is done

Tanks and leech bed for the septic are done and passed inspection. One of two required inspections complete! That's one nice thing about building in a rural area - the only required inspections are the septic and well. We hope to plant hay seed over the leech bed area this week since it runs under our hay field. We met with the well driller today. Up next is the masonry work for the foundation and basement, but it should be a quiet week since our mason is completing another job this week.

We have a big decision to make this week - two courses of block will be exposed plus the area for the walk out basement is bigger than we had expected. We need to decide whether to leave them exposed and paint them (maintenance long term), stone them to match the front stonework and chimney (more money) or brick them and switch all of the stonework to brick (break even money-wise). We've always wanted the stonework so it seems to go against one of our big requirements to switch to brick. We're meeting with our GC tonight to discuss our options.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

We have a hole!

Future House Brad worked his butt off over the weekend and cleared the site. He moved about 60 old bales of hay, a few metal poles, several old telephone poles, old rusted out farm equipment and some other stuff that had been sitting there for years. I slowly came up over the hill from work today (as if to keep me in suspense, a couple people were horseback riding on our road and I had to go ever so slow) and to my delight all I could see were huge piles of dirt! The hole for the foundation is almost complete. They have a few things to finish up on it tomorrow and will start the septic. We just got back to the apartment and I am TIRED. 5:30 AM comes way too soon. Pictures soon.

Friday, August 11, 2006

One big step closer

We closed on our construction loan today - yeah! We're really happy with the loan and closing process. If you're building in a rural location, you really should check with the Farm Credit Services office in your area. The costs are much less than traditional construction loans and we really like their features like no escrow or PMI requirements. Hopefully the momentum keeps going and we have the basement started soon. Brad brush hogged the site on Thursday and today he's moving some old telephone poles and other stuff that Warren was keeping because "someday-you-may-need-it". We still have that "hay in the living room" problem. We'll be working this week to figure out what we're going to do with the 3 year old hay bales.