A week or two ago the excavation equipment arrived at the lot. The asbestos was abated, and then the old house was torn down. I’m glad I saved what plants I could, because dirt moving equipment has removed most of the vegetation. We have saved a couple of trees, and a large flower bed in what will eventually be the front yard, but that's about it.
Now there are stakes in the ground that delineate our future home, large pieces of gravel dumped where the driveway will one day be, ditches are dug with pipes leading to wells and sewers, and today, pea gravel is being spread where the concrete pad will soon reside.
Its very different building a house without a basement. All the plumbing and stuff like that has to go under the slab, and the slab has to be insulated, otherwise in a cold climate like this our house would soon be heaving up and down as the ground around us freezes and thaws.
Looking at the outline of the house right now it looks really small to me, but that's just an illusion. Once the framing starts it will seem large enough I’m sure.
We are already behind schedule, but I’m not surprised. There are always the unexpected when you build a house. in our case it took much longer to get our building permit than we thought it would. And oh by the way, you need a tree preservation and replacement plan! And your front porch is one foot wider than what is allowed! And on and on....
Its kind of nice to see equipment moving around on the lot today. It makes it seem like something is happening. That's a strange thing about house building. It mostly consists of sudden frenetic activity, and then periods of….nothing. I like the active parts! The other parts, not so much.
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