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Siding, Plumbing and Wiring….Oh My!

26 October 2016, Sunny and high of 69°F

It has been awhile since we posted anything, again, lack of internet makes it difficult to communicate from the bunker!  We are still in the camper but we are seeing some good progress on the house.

Here are some pictures of the siding.  It is called LP Smartside in Canyon. We had a tough time picking out the color, as we had boxes of samples to look at.  We spent some time driving around and looking at houses, holding the little sample up from a distance and trying to determine what color we liked and what it would look like on a large structure.  One day in Custer, we drove by a beautiful house and Dave and I both loved it immediately.  We thought, “What the heck?”  and went to the door and said, “Excuse us, but would you mind telling us what type/color is the siding on your house?”  The lady there was very accommodating and proud of her beautiful home and gave us the name of the company where she had bought the siding.  We called them and told them her address and got the specs on the type, color, etc.

The west facing deck timber frames are up, as well as the front porch.

GENPRO came out and wired the house for electricity.  Martin the plumber came and put in the pipes for the water.

Dave and I finally painted the cistern.  The hardest part was climbing down in the hole, but once inside it wasn’t too claustrophobia inducing.  The fumes were not bad and we got two coats of sealant on in two days. 

We cleared the rubble around the area where the outbuilding will go.  Dave and I started to do it with shovels and realized it would probably take us until 2017.  We decided the skid steer was the way to go.

We have also been limbing trees and dragging slash.  By cutting the limbs on the bottom of the Ponderosa Pine trees, you ensure they can grow taller and stay healthier.  We have quite a few trees that have never been pruned so Dave went to work with his chainsaw and I went to work dragging the limbs into piles.  We will eventually haul all the piles to one area and burn the slash.  The rule in our county is that you cannot burn big slash piles until you have four inches of snow on the ground for four days or longer.  I’m hoping that will be after we get into the house!

We are having a spectacular autumn as far as weather goes.  For all of you Floridians, it was warmer here  than in Milton yesterday morning!! Ha ha….I need to get my digs in about the weather while I can.

We’re closer to Pringle than Custer….and warmer than Milton, Mount Airy, and Eagan!!  Ha ha!


Timber Frames!


Timbers are up!  This has been an amazing week here at the homestead.  Todd, Curtis, Brian, and Jared assembled the timber frames flat on the floor of the great room, then a crane was on site to lift and set them in place.  While the crane was doing the lifting, Todd and his crew were running up and down ladders, maneuvering a telehandler with a platform all around the house to be in position to guide the timbers in place.  It reminded me of carrier flight operations in such that it looked chaotic and dangerous, and it was!  On the flight deck of a carrier, people are running all over the place with purpose, each one has assigned duty and everyone is directed by the Air Boss using a loud speaker.  If you’re not in the place you should be, the Boss will definitely let you know!  Here, Todd is the Air Boss.

A sneak peak of the inside

view from entry
Entry view

Todd showed us yesterday a computer program that depicts what the inside of our house will look like.  No, the walls are not going to be green.


kitchen pic
Standing in the great room looking toward the kitchen
barn door
Barn door for the pantry/mudroom
This is the Timber-Frame design.  The loft will have a cantilever.


Ours will be on a smaller scale than this but the Hammer-Beams opens up the view from the loft.

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