Saturday, December 27, 2008
J went up to the garage yesterday to return the Christmas ornaments and to find life preservers for the girls. I know it seems seems soon to pack up the Christmas things, but we really don't have the room to spare for a Christmas tree in our 600 sq. feet...can't get out the back door (luckily we don't need to do it often). So, we are not too sad to see them go. Even the girls helped to pack things up, and talked about our BIG Christmas tree next year! The life preservers were for our "vacation" to Pittsburgh and swimming in the Hotel pool.
J took this picture, which he speculates is of the footers for weight bearing walls. From left to right: girls rooms, stairs, "exercise room".
The driveway has a new layer of gravel on it. I was hesitant to drive up there last week because I nearly slid down the hill in the mud the week before, so now I can make more regular visits. We have a wedding to travel to in Goshen, IN for New Years, and then the Holiday craziness should be over for good.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I will not be assured of internet access for awhile, which coincides with the week off the builders will need to complete their last project.
Signing off for now...
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
We took a tape measure along to prove to ourselves today that the house and garage are indeed as big as we had planned (I know, I know, we really do trust our contractor, it just doesn't LOOK big enough!). Guess what? Everything is fine!
The extra block has been moved out of the garage in order to pour the floor soon. We will be needing to use it in about 2 weeks to store our stuff that won't fit in an apartment, so hopefully it will be ready!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
It is super muddy out here after all of the precipitation lately. At least we remembered to bring mud boots this time! The trusses have arrived for the garage. Hopefully we should see the roof going on very soon.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The footers look small compared to the image in my head of the house. I'm guessing that is just because it is one dimensional at the moment.
They have also begun drilling the well. There is evidence of mud around, but I don't know if that means they hit water or if they used water in the drilling process. No one was there to ask!
Meanwhile, it is hunting season! I think we have managed to scare the deer away from the top of the hill this year. My Dad is coming tonight to try his luck across the road, down by the stream.
Keep checking back for the latest and greatest...
Friday, October 17, 2008
The split-face block has arrived for the garage, all 1100 of them...
...and the footers poured.
The builder was digging today, for the footers at the front of the house, judging from the markings on the ground.
It's moving right along!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Now they are excavating for our house and yard.
Here's a close up of the shale that is prevalent here. Apparently that is what is making it a gold mine for Natural Gas!
We passed 2 Allegheny Power trucks headed that way when we were going home. Hopefully they were going out to work some more on getting electricity up the hill!
The girls are excited too! L sang on the way home "Us getting a new house! Us getting a new house!"
Friday, September 26, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
On the flip side of the technology coin, I got a call from Japan this morning. A gentleman there saw my other website to sell the house, and wants to have his brother come check it out!! I continue to be amazed by the internet!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
3 years ago, while tooling around on the Internet, my husband came across a listing on Realtor.com for 48 acres for sale in Waynesburg, PA. My parents, who are planning to retire in 2010 and relocate from Reading, PA to Greene Co., urged us to jump at the chance, and gave us significant help in purchasing the property. They are extremely excited to build there, close to us. My Dad is going to build his dream house, a hexagonal log cabin, with his own hands.
We planned to build on the property too, at some point. This was a vague, cloudy sort of dream until last year when we asked my brother to design us a house. My brother, F, is a gifted artistic person, and conveniently, an Architect. On the downside, he lives in Austin, TX...a bit more than driving distance from our homestead! F took our sketches and ramblings, and turned them into a masterpiece. Unfortunately, the masterpiece would cost about twice what we could afford to pay, so he (very patiently) re-drew and re-worked until we ended up with the final plans that look something like this.
In the meantime, we have done quite a bit to develop the property. We had about 3 acres cleared on the top of the hill, put in a LONG drive, developed a spring for water, put in a septic system and electricity. We have also had the opportunity to use it as the great hunting grounds for the past 2 years.
the road going in...Nov. 2006
aerial view from summer 2007 with rough boundary lines...you can see the area we cleared!
the first electric pole...9/14/08!!
Today, we signed for our construction loan, and met with our builder at the property. After a strange conversation involving which trees were staying and why, I heard the words that nearly stopped my heart: "I think we can start excavating next week!" It's hard to believe that this in-the-clouds project is really going to happen!!
this is our building site...on top of the hill!
We are trying to sell our current house ourselves. After working to create an information website for that, I feel like a pro, and wanted to document this undertaking in a blog. On top of that, I decided to homeschool my daughter for Kindergarten this year (we are doing Agora Cyber Charter School), so the upheaval in my life at the moment seems overwhelming at times. But it's good...it's all good.
Thus begins the House on Poplar Ridge.