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Cathy to Irisweg

Tight roof = Roof tight

May 4th, 2005

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The roof is done and the top floor is framed in. What a difference it makes to be able to actually walk through the hallway and see the size of each room! Now, it looks like the floor plan - not just a loft! Oh, and a nice surrise, the ***tub*** is in! Ok, girls - time for a pj party!

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T I M B E R R R R R !!!

April 29th, 2005

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So the good news is that Bill was feeling well enough to go to work yesterday and to attend Neptune’s CHICAGO last night - what a wicked show - a must see!!! It was so late by the time the show was over that it was too dark to see the progress at the house last night so we went up this morning to take a look.

The bad news is that we lost a tree during the very strong wind and rain yesterday and last night. Now, it wasn’t a particularly beautiful tree, but it was the tree that the temporary power was attached to… which - “like the knee bone to the leg bone” - was connected to the power pole. Since there wasn’t THAT much slack in the line, our power pole has been pulled over across the drive way too!

Amazing that the big cement truck could get underneath! I guess that’s the REAL news… today, we’re getting foundation poured in the basement and in the garage - another biggie truck Alex would like to drive! :)

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Oakwood pays off…

April 27th, 2005

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Whew! What a relief to see that our choice of Oakwood shingles is neither too dark nor too mottled! Too bad they ran out of shingles just before they finished the center peak. It will be very exciting to see how the shingles look with the siding!

This is Bill’s second day of feeling under the weather… hope he’s feeling better for our theatre date to see Chicago at Neptune tomorrow night!

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Clearly visible….

April 26th, 2005

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It is striking to us what a difference windows and doors make; they add a real sense of “home”. We are excited to finally see the showcase window in the upper peak and can’t wait for the last window to be installed in the peak of the garage. We noticed a hairline fracture in the front door, but it’s being taken care of so no worries. This is the first time you get to see the full roofline including the wraparound deck… we love it!! Too bad Bill is feeling ill today (so no huge smiles in these photos :)

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A roof over our heads…

April 23rd, 2005

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Yesterday the framing crew made great progress. All of the roof trusses are in place and the majority of the roof is on. We have some family visiting from Boston and they came by to check out the progess. It’s hard to beleive that just 5 days ago there was only a foundation!


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Arrival of the bonus room…

April 22nd, 2005

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Wait a minute! We were just at the lot last night and there wasn’t a roof then… how the? Wow! Are they FAST!!!

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Take two…

April 20th, 2005

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The second level is up! Holy cow these guys work fast! Both Bill and I ascended the narrow little makeshift steps holding on for dear life. The ‘climb’ was worth it! What a view!

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McGrath Lake on Google Maps..

April 20th, 2005

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I found a service that utilizes Google Maps to let you define your own maps with personal information.

Here is a satellite shot of our new subdivision and McGrath lake and a rough indication where our new lot is :)

McGrath Lake Map

After you click on the map, select the “Satellite” link in the upper right corner. (this is a beta service so it may not work in all browsers..)

–Bill

Movin’ on up…

April 19th, 2005

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We couldn’t resist leaving work early today to go see the progress.

We made a pitstop at the flooring place and made some headway on flooring decisions. We think we’ll go with mill run sand and finish ash throughout the main floor and stairways and a rustic grad throughout the upper floor. We’ve picked a cork floor for the kitchen called Burl Western Saddle, but we’ll have to see a sample of that next to the cabinets before we make a final decision because it is quite dark. The tricky part will be to choose entry way and bathroom tiles from the hundreds of choices available!

We arrived “home” - or arrived to at least half a home! It’s amazing to us how fast they work! Guess we had best get busy picking out those taps and light fixtures!

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Last look at the foundation…from 300 feet!

April 16th, 2005

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Our godson, Alex, would have loved being here today - biggie truck and a biggie kite!! Kent dropped off giant bundles of lumber - gosh, that must mean they’re framing soon! We caught the driver in the act! He was operating the crane on a seat outside the truck, scooping up a bundle at a time, swinging it around and placing it gently down beside the foundation. What precision! The wind was in our favor and we snapped a few arial shots of the foundation from the six foot rokkaku before the frame goes up. It won’t be long now before we’re looking through our front door!

Before…

After…
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