October 22, 2014

I post this only for Brother-in-Law Tom. And for Friend Tom. I would post it for Friend Bart, but he sent it to me in the first place.

DO NOT VIEW THIS VIDEO! IT IS DISGUSTING AND SCARY! WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO!!!

Also, what's with the tick?

October 22, 2014

They decked the addition and laid out the plates for the walls. We went over to make sure everything looked good, and I decided that the master closet was too small. I had been concerned about that since planning it, but I thought it would work. It didn't. Anyway, the master bath was plenty big, so we took two feet from the bath and gave it to the closet. Much better, I think.

Here's the weird thing. The contractors didn't give us a hard time. They're used to building custom homes, and they've seen a billion changes. Better to do it now than when the walls are up. So they ended up helping us decide, making suggestions about cabinet layouts and dimensions. Totally supportive.

We're on a straight cost-plus, so the change will cost me about $25. It won't buy my builder a boat. [There used to be a boat in Rockport with the same name, but not as nice as the one pictured.]

October 22, 2014

We decided to keep the free cable TV and just frame around it.

October 20, 2014

So I look at the garage slab, and I think, "Huh. There's more room to the left and right of the doors than I expected." There should be two nine-foot doors, with two feet in between, and two and a half feet on the outsides. Looks like more than that. And where's the center post?

So I measured the opening. Sixteen feet. As in one sixteen-foot-wide door. I grabbed Larry the contractor guy and he saw the problem in an instant. Called Robert the slab guy. They'll be out to fix it. No fuss, no complaining, no finger-pointing.

Still hard to believe.

October 20, 2014

We rise from the earth. For those of you accustomed to slabs, this is pier and beam. The height is dictated by the height of the existing bungalow floor. We will meet, floor-to-floor. Pier and beam is majestic; slabs squat on the ground. In the foreground will be a full-width porch back to the second row of piers; the orange beam you see is the front edge. Joists behind are master bedroom, my office, and like that; they will come all the way forward. There's another porch to the left rear, like a walkway from the kitchen area to the garage.

October 17, 2014

October 16, 2014

Our contractor took a panorama shot, which I think you will find exciting:

The addition is not as big as it looks. Camera trickery.

I'd like to point out something amazing about the contractor. I say this with my fingers crossed. So far, no complaining, no whining, no excuses, just good work done on time. I've never had that experience before.

October 16, 2014

I figured that you would really enjoy a shot of the garage slab.