I am building my first home. Lucky me because it is in the woods! It is an adventure I surely will not forget.

Me with Rory

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


At the event this morning I learned about a new insulation coming out of Canada. It looks really good.
They are building a plant in the South, too.
I also talked to the Quickrete guy about my stress crack. He said to coat the entire wall with Quickwall. It has a plastic fiber in it and is really strong.
It snowed this morning and was really a pretty drive to the restaurant.
I want to clean out more of my house in order to be more organized when it is time to move, but I am not very motivated to do it.
I haven't heard back from the lawyers, yet, about a closing date. I don't care if it takes another month or longer because of snow I can't do anything more at the property right now anyway and once I have the closing I start to pay! lol

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Breakfast with the boys

The lumber yard I deal with is having a free breakfast for contractors this coming week. I was invited, so you know I will be there.

Door prize, gifts, vendors, and food.

Looking forward to Wednesday, but not to the 7:30am meal time. Yikes!

Where do I go?

Don't you just wonder what the heck happens to me when I slack off and don't post for months?

After my previous post I was shocked to find a crack in the wall of my brand new foundation, so I couldn't post while I cried.

Many phone calls and meetings later, it is determined to be a stress crack and not a pressure crack.
Thank God! The mason came back out and put hydraulic cement on the inside and top of the crack.

First he ground out a v shape and then filled it. I wanted epoxy in there because I read it actually bonds the wall where ground shifting can knock out the hydraulic cement. I hope the heck this never happens.

On the outside,  the excavator is going to come back out (for free) and dig the backfill our so I can put epoxy in the crack on the exterior wall.

Winter here now, so may be a while.

A rep from the concrete company came out also. I have heard so many things about the reasons this happened and all of the many repairs that can be done. Let's just hope all is well.

I am glad it is not from the ground up from footing problems or ground shifting as in pressure cracks.

Then I had the walkout wall framed and the foundation capped off for winter, was rear ended in my truck, holidays, cleaning the house, you know, stuff. lol

Be well.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


I finally finished my loan application today for a construction loan. Ouch. I spent so long on it, I can't believe it. They wanted page after page after page of info. I had to submit so many documents, my head could have spun around.
I started it two weeks ago when I was home with a nasty cold. I sent the last of it in today. Yahoo.
On top of it, I am so scared of getting a loan since I have never had a mortgage or any loan this large before.
I hope it goes well.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Concrete slab

Slab all finished a few weeks ago.

Up close to the sill plates I framed myself. Concrete guy wanted to pour up to them or else throw a board across. I didn't want that because then for the rest of my life I would be stepping over 3/4 inches of board. The double sill plate is his first choice, so I made it happen with a lot of research and tools, and frustration. End result in my work = pride.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


What about this color scheme?

I am definitely not going with beige.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Connecting septic field

The excavator has to add soil to fill in a valley between the septic field and the knoll where the house is going. He was able to use my own material from piles dug out earlier. I had to get County approval first to make sure they were cool with it now being sand in that location.

The location is not where the drainage will be. This goes there the septic pipe will run from the tank to the d-box - above the field, below the house.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Backfilling Septic Tank

Septic tank backfilled

The backfilling is all set. Pipes from the house to the distribution box next.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Backfilling septic tank

The septic tank has been leveled and sealed up. Time to backfill. 

Sealing septic tank

The excavator climbed inside and sealed up the weeping hole. The maker leaves a tiny hole in order for water to seep out while the tank sits in the yard waiting to be sold. This way the tank doesn't fill up with water which would make for a heavy and troublesome load. On the building site the hole gets filled with a stub of pencil and then coated with thick tar.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Daylight drain

The daylight end of the footing drains is seen here at the bottom of the frame. It is a black corrugated perforated pipe. The open end here is facing downhill toward my intermittent stream.