Friday, July 29, 2011

Build - Day 18 - July 29, 2011

Today is our anniversary and the progress today seemed to celebrate that with us. Here's the rundown:

  • Main level walls have been cured
  • Interior framing has been completed
  • Stairs are installed and usable
  • I-joists for the 2nd floor hung
  • 2nd floor sub floor laid
  • Wall placement for 2nd floor drawn
All-in-all a very large amount of work got done today. Since the majority of the walls are all up now, we've also taken the opportunity to add some personal touches to them. 

Speaking of personal touches, we've also found a potential issue with our design regarding the stairs. We've envisioned them as being open, but maybe that got lost somewhere in the idea-to-plan translation. We've send some pictures of the 'idea' to our GC to see if we can still realize that. Carefully optimistic that we can... ;-)

After talking with the foreman it is his prediction that by next week Friday they might have the roof on!! As a testament to their work-effort, they normally have a ranch under roof in about 2.5 weeks, but since we have a 2-story it will take 'm a little longer. Still, under roof in about 4 weeks is unheard of in Europe, especially with concrete exterior walls. Oh, and the building crew is only five guys... and no, not the burger-kind... ;-)

I know I've been slacking a bit with the photo sets and later tonight those will go up as well. They are available on FB already for those with the right access. Below is a sampling of the progress over the last 36 hours.

Start framing the in-law suite
The in-law bathroom
Looking at the kitchen wall. Cooktop will go where the
sheet is standing. The in-law suite is in the back and covered.
The 'store', a.k.a. the pantry. Large, but could double as elevator
shaft in later years if necessary.
The cured cement inside the ICF blocks and the sub floor of the
2nd story.
View from our bedroom. Due to the well on left, it will be
permanently green.
This is where the 2nd story walls will be.

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