Foundation and Framing

The seven large support posts for the front porch roof are now in place.

We altered the shower a bit, angling the front corner and adding a half wall and a triangular bench in the back.  I think it turned out nice.

The wiring is pretty much done.  Most of the electric, coax and cat4e cable has been run.  The breaker box is in the garage, and right next to it is the networking, phone and video box which will house and organize all of the coaxial, phone lines and cat5e cable.





More plumbing was roughed in today along with both upstairs tubs and showers.  The porch roof now has felt paper and will be shingled on Friday if it isn't raining.



The smaller tubing you see below is AQUAPEX plumbing.  It is a plastic material used instead of copper for water lines.  It is supposed to be a little easier to install, cheaper, and the way of the future for plumbing.  We decided to go with it after doing a lot of research.
Here is a site that has contractors/plumbers discussing PEX vs. Copper plumbing:
PEX vs. Copper




Teresa's luxurious Kohler whirlpool bathtub.  It's six feet long (1 ft. longer than the tubs you buy in the stores...we had to find this one online), extra wide, and has lots of jets.  This tub runs about $1200...but we found it brand new, in box, on Ebay for $450.  I still can't believe we found it that cheap.  Our builder even commented on how nice it was.  It even has a very solid built in support platform underneath.


Partially finished open shower, which will be tiled and merged with the tile that will surround the tub.


The bathroom down the hall upstairs.  This tub is the exact opposite of the master bath tub.  It's small and lacks features.


The infamous "post".  We didn't want this here at all...but we couldn't get around it, so here it is.  It actually turned out better than I thought.  I was expecting it to be bigger and in the way.  I'm quite happy with the way it turned out.


Four of the seven support posts for the porch roof.

All of the windows have now been put in and they have started on the roof over the wraparound porch.

We're glad all of the windows are finally in with all of the rain that is supposed to come this coming week.









My friend Mark and I started the addition to our dock on the lake.  We're lengthening the existing walkway (which is surrounded by water now that the lake drain was raised a few years ago) and we're adding an 8' x 14' area on land that attaches to the walkway.  We were able to get everything squared off, dug all of the holes and set six of the eight posts.  Not bad for a days work.

The front porch has been poured and some more duct work has been installed.

There is going to be a roof that goes over the entire porch and wraps around the octagon room.  I assume that will be constructed before the siding is put up.



Another nice weather day as the roofers finally finished up the roof.
A job that normally can be completed in a week or so, took over five weeks because of the weather and a roofer who didn't care to show up for a while.

Not only did we show up and see the roof finished, but almost all of the windows had been installed...and the duct work is also in the process of being run.

Things seem to be flying now.  Finally.













I guess it wouldn't truly be a home construction without delay after delay after delay, right?

The roofers were supposed to put most of the roof on today, but surprise, surprise... they were delayed today at another job for some reason, and didn't get over to our place until around 2pm.  So all they really had time to do was put most of the roofing paper down.  Just in time for the rain we are going to get this weekend.  You know, I was wondering when it was going to rain again.  The last time it rained was...gee...it was so long ago...when was it?  Oh yeah...it rained on Monday.  I think the last four days was the first time we've had 4 good days in a row without rain or bad weather in months.





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