Monday, December 17, 2007

And the Parade Marches On!











Hey everyone! I know, I know, I haven't posted anything in two weeks. Well, when your working three jobs and it's Christmas time, crap happens. But here I am and here we go with the update on the Parade house, River Mist.

Since our last visit, we have had the floor system put in. We use a crawl space with piers and girders. This has to be inspected by the building inspector before it can be covered with the Advantech (aka subfloor). Advantech is a great product that is water proof and has a 50 year warranty. So basically, you could leave it out in your yard for 50 years with no protection. However, we cover it with a lovely roof and surround it with walls and all that other good stuff.

We passed the floor framing inspection and we moved on to standing up the walls. All was going good until we realized that the brick mason's made the side garage door opening too small. Back he came to cut out the concrete block and brick and make it into the correct size so a door could be installed later. We also had him move a foundation vent that was not equal distance from the other vent. Yes, it will eventually be covered by bushes, but for right now, we know it's off nad it will drive us crazy!
Next, we realized that the framer had all the windows too high. He had to lower all of them one foot. That's Gilbert talking to Joe, the framer. Joe is the head framer and he does a great job. Someone on his crew misread the blueprint and thus the windows were too high. No problem said Joe and he fixed them all. Last week the framer's got to work in 78 and 80 degree weather. Incredible! This week they are freezing their little "batooties" off as today is only 49! Boy what a difference a week can make.

Also since my last post I have finalized my interior paint colors and gotten my vision together for the house. I did this so I could select and order the fireplace, the logs, the mantel and the surround. I have selected all the plumbing fixtures and this week I will select the appliances. These items have to be selected now in order for the framer's to get the proper measurements and to make sure everything is ordered for the "walk thru" that happens after the framing is complete. I can't wait for everyone to see what I have picked out for this year. Yummy! I always decide on my paint colors first because it is easier to match everything up to that. It sets the stage for the rest of the house.

The windows have been ordered, the doors have been ordered and the roof shingles have been ordered. Shopping, shopping, shopping! What fun it is! Oh yeah, I almost forgot. The foundation survey has also been ordered. Let's see, let's see. I have mailed blueprints to the three major subs: electrician, plumber and HVAC guy. They will review the plans and meet us at the walk thru. I have scheduled an appointment with the cabinet maker (fun, fun, fun) and the concrete guy has been informed that we have a garage slab ready to be poured. I also called the "bug man" and let him know that we have a garage slab coming up that he will need to treat for termites.

Well, that's all for now folks! Have a great week and I'll chat with ya again next Sunday.

Hugs,

Shell and the bunnies




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