For years Dan and I talked about the house and how we would like the layout. We drew it and graphed it. Over and over I would ask Dan to hold the tape measure so I could tape out an imaginary room and see if it would be the right size. As much as we knew what we wanted, we decided to hire an architect, John Guminak (JG Design Services, Inc.) Best decision ever!
Our favorite thing that John came up with was the walk out basement. This will put us closer to the water which means we can walk our kayaks out of the basement and right down to the water, saving about 100 steps each trip.
It took about 90 minutes for the house to be completely demolished. Dale, our excavator operator, let Dan take first dibs on the house!
One last look inside before we tear her down.
Dan loves his time in the excavator. Enjoy it now big guy because you can’t afford one!
I wonder what Dan was thinking? I know my emotions were all over the place but mostly excited!
4.6.16 during demo
Amazing how the excavator was able to move out onto the debris to reach the other side.
4.6.16 Just 90 minutes later, demo is complete. We celebrated with a pizza!
I thought it would be cool to have one blog post feature the progression of the build. I do not have a time lapse camera (and if I have that option on my I phone I don’t know how to use it) but I can take a photo from the same perspective and showcase them here. So here goes!
Lake House summer of 2015
Before the tear down – April 2016
April 6, 2016 – ready for demo
4.6.16 during demo
4.6.16 Just 90 minutes later, demo is complete. She was a fun house!
4.13.16 using the old foundation for a big ass bonfire.
4.13.16 A little easier to envision the walkout basement.
4.19.16 Prepping for house foundation.
4.20.16 Footings poured!
4.24.16 ready to pour the walls
5/12/16 framing in the basement to prep for french door and windows.
May 21, basement is capped
May 21 – walk out basement
May 29 starting to build walls for 1st floor
MAy 29 – Future garage in front and house in back.
5.31.16 – loving the shed dormer windows on front side!
6.3.16 the rooms are framed on the 1st floor – still no garage foundation.
6.9.16 Garage foundation starting to take shape and trusses started on the house!
Dale was back filling the garage today! Can’t wait for him to put the yard back together – very hard for the crew and us to get around.
All the rooms on the 1st and 2nd floor are all laid out. Dan has spent a lot of time working with the crew. I am jealous but I have to work and go over at night.
6.19.16 Dan takes me out on Trixie for an evening ride and we snapped this photo.
6.28.16 Gargage start
6.30.16 Front porch taking shape
July 29 – garage slab poured and retaining wall being built
Aug 5 – trim is going up.
8.17.16 The 2nd floor “bath tub” window has arrived and was installed. That means all windows on the house are in!
8.18.16 Septic in foreground (green thing)
We rushed to get the lake house cleaned out but now we are waiting on the excavator to find time in his schedule to get to our place and replace the culvert in the driveway and tear down the house. In the meantime, we continue to make trips to Whitingham and always find one more thing to do. On our recent trip, Dan took down a tree that was leaning toward the site of the new house. Dan loves to take down trees. I have to watch him closely or there will not be a tree left on the lot.
One of the guys who picked up a couch was interested in the kitchen cabinets. We told him to take it all. He ended up taking the cabinets, the shower, the oil in the tank and he would like the oil tank too. I love it when stuff gets reused.
He did a great job taking out the entire kitchen. Even took the dishwasher that did not work!
In the bathroom he took out the shower stall, which Dan thought would be impossible to remove. See the mold. Another good reason to demo this house and start fresh.
I decided to take Bella for a walk while Dan cut up the tree. Here we are at our favorite island. Usually the water is at or above this fire pit. This is the lowest I have ever seen the water.
This may be our last photo of the Lake House from the lake. A little sad but glad I snapped it. Again, never seen the water so low.
Back at the house the Cushman helped us haul all the branches up to the burn pile and we have some good wood for bonfires.
I tried to dig up the two hydrangeas in the front but they were too big for me. Maybe the excavator can carefully scoop them up for me. Til next time lake house…I wonder if it will be our last time with you?