day 9-11

Who knew you would have to go out everyday to measure and make sure the house is in the right spot???? We are definitely ready to add some cement and get rid of the dirt!! It shouldn't be more than a week to start the cement footers.
The "pad" must get to the little orange tie on the rebar on the front right corner. Haul in the dirt!

Day 5

The "dirt guy" wants to make the house lower and the builder thinks it should be higher.....
we are going with the builder and make the house higher to prevent any flooding.
Decisions decisions. I know it doesn't look like alot
differnt but it really has changed alot. (builder in his truck on the right, Chuck) Great guy!! He calls it "our house"

Day 4

So they did have the house pad placed wrong on the land.....oops!
Now they are bringing in more dirt and moving it over.
The right side of the house will have a 6foot pad under it and the left side will have an 8 inch pad because of the slope of the land...weird.

Day three

We needed to check the placement of the house, driveway, garages, and workshop on the land.
It isn't right... I guess we will have our builder check it out in the morning. It seems everything needs to be moved over to the left about 10 feet. I am not sure if we will call this mistake #1 yet.

Day one Oct. 19

Groundbreaking eve

We are scheduled to breakground on Oct. 19, 2007.
We will call this construction day 1.
Let's see how many days this actually takes!
God Bless our new home!

Bobcat video

Bobcat instructions

May 2007

We hired someone to uproot the trees, cactus, mesquite and move it into piles.
We then.... had to take care of loading and disposing of the piles.
I also need to point out that I took a week off of work, the kids were just out of school, it was the Memorial Day Weekend and....most of all, our 23rd wedding anniversary!! Anyway you look at it, it was 5 days of pure back breaking work, Can you say "Sweat equity"?
I think it was something like a MILLION trips to the dump... maybe only 20, I lost count.
I guess the rule is if you have to rent a "machine" or buy a tool it was a good project!
We rented a: chipper, dump trailer, and bobcat. We bought: an axe, chainsaw, pitchfork, wheel barrel, shovel, and tons of gloves. Must of been one HECKOFA, project!

Let the demolition BEGIN

Beautiful Sunset

March 2007

The land we fell in love with...


This is the very back of our land. Our land backs up to the state park so we will never have any neighbors behind us.....but....... can you say "CRITTERS". Deer, snakes, scorpions etc. are frequent visitors!
Nathan and I look very happy here... hopefully we will still be smiling over the next 6 months!