Monthly Archives: May 2016

Foundation delay

We are a little behind schedule because the cement guy was delayed 2 weeks on the garage foundation.  The planned sequence is:

  1. Pour house foundation and cap – done!
  2. Pour garage foundation.
  3. Build garage.
  4. Move into garage by July 1.
  5. Build house.
  6. Move into house by Christmas.

Because we are renting a house we really want to get into the garage so we can be on site daily and so our rent $$ can go towards construction.  It is a bit frustrating that we are behind but I have been warned by everyone to expect delays.

At this point I think we are going to have to rent for another month and move into the garage on Aug 1.

On the positive side, our builder Lucas has taken advantage of the delay and started building the house. I didn’t go to worksite all week so when we drove up the drive yesterday it was very exciting.

Just being able to actually see the exact location and size of each window was extremely satisfying, as I have been trying to viualize them for months.  The staircase from the basement to the first floor was all completed and walking up it was a highlight of my day.


Future garage in front and house in back.

Not only did we get to see our house take shape but we celebrated a bunch of very important dates with family.  Amy, Anita and Walt visited to celebrate Anita & Walt’s 60th Anniversary, Amy’s Anniversary and Tanner’s 20th birthday, all on May 26.


The star of the day, the Cushman.  So good at carting us and our stuff up the hill.  Dan giving Anita a ride.

I forced this smile out of Wally – looking good, as usual!

Dan also surprised up with a screen house so we can take refuge from the black flies.  We are a little behind schedule but we have so much to be thankful for.


tw birthday

Back at House on the Hill we celebrated with icecream cake!

Note:  as of June 4, garage foundation still not poured – quite a setback.  On the positive side, the house is progressing nicely.


The Black Flies Are Out

Dan and I are trying to go to the lake house after work each night but our motivation has been thwarted by swarms of black flies.  Dan took down a lot of trees so there is a lot of wood and brush to move.  I am busy rescuing perennials and moving them.  Without running water I carry in a lot of water to keep the transplanted perennials alive. The site is torn to pieces.  Soon we will be doing a lot of raking, seeding and haying.

Today we spent most of our time walking around and checking the progress.  We still can’t believe we are building a house – pinch me!



May 12, 2016


Lots of large rocks and boulders are being unearthed