Category Archives: House

Construction update, bathtub update

Our house continues to take shape 🙂 After getting the roof on a week ago, not much has happened since. However, having everything dry and protected is VERY nice! We have had some snow and heavy frosts as well. Today we picked up Samantha’s 68″ cast iron tub from the freight dock in Springfield. The tub looks awesome and the crate barely fits in our Chevy Avalanche! It should fit perfectly in the master bath and we are running some extra

Pavestone retaining wall choices for timber frame home

Pavestone has a nice selection of retaining wall rock. These were the specific options we chose for our retaining walls around our house: Pavestone | Pavers, Retaining Walls, Patio Stones & Edginghttp://www.pavestone.com/Beautify your outdoor living spaces with Pavestone’s elegant collection of pavers, retaining walls, patio stones and edging. Our stone and concrete brick paving products transform landscapes…

Bathroom tile choices and bidets

Samantha just picked out our tile for the bathroom and the kitchen, I think it is going to be AWESOME! Also, we are trying to decide whether to put a bidet in our master bath. Any suggestions/thoughts from readers? I had never thought about getting one before but after seeing the info on bidet toilet seats from bidet.org I am thinking a bit more about it. They help support Weblogs.us and I would like to help support them! In other house news,

Andersen 200 series windows – Hodges window list

We have out finalized window list for the house. They are Andersen 200 series windows. They are wood with vinyl clad exteriors and the majority of them are double hung. Here is the complete list: HODGES Window List 2014 Sept 15th QTY: 12 6 4 1 1 28 3050DH 3040DH 2040DH 244DH2440 2046DH 3046FX 2046DH 2030DH 2030FIXED Garage Main 3 2 Attic     0 5 Garage windows       1st Floor Kitchen   1   1 Great Room

Aug 28: Working on the walkout/porch concrete forms, gravel delivery, ThermoPEX

So far today has been a rather quiet day on the construction front 🙂 On the back walkout area, the framer is finishing up the forms/rebar/gravel for the concrete footings and slab. There are also pier locations for the posts that will support the back porch. Two loads of 1″ gravel delivered by Scott today for bedding in the ThermoPEX, PEX, conduit and ethernet (they’re all run in the same 2′ ditch) Martin Plumbing is coming out later today to

Control joints in concrete basement slab

We are building a house and I have been learning a bit more about concrete lately. You may know the old saying ‘there is only one sure thing with concrete, it WILL crack’. 😉 Of course the trick is getting it to crack where you want to 🙂 ‘Control joints’ are cuts made in the concrete so that hopefully when the slab cracks it will follow the pre-made cut. This is the control joint layout that I came up with: