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I'm Milissa.  Welcome to my blog, where I document our adventures in home-building, travel, food, and life in general. Hope you have a nice stay!

We have progress...

We have progress...

Since last we shared, there has been progress!  It's actually looking like a construction site.  The weather is NOT cooperating, but when the crews have been able to work, they have gotten a lot done.  We stop by every day -- and sometimes multiple times a day -- to see how things are going

After the tear-down, they had the lot completely cleared within a couple of days.  And right after that, they started framing for the foundation.

It was so cool to start seeing where things will actually be located.  And building up is so much better than tearing down! (That's true not just in home construction, but for life in general.)

A few days after the frame outline, two drilling trucks showed up to drill for the piers.

We got to see them drill the first hole -- so exciting!  And then a few days after that, the concrete trucks showed up to pour the piers.

After the piers dried for a few days, we really started seeing visible progress.  All the water, sewer, and gas lines are placed, the trenches are ready, and the cables are all laid out for the post-tensioned slab.  

And then it was time for the engineering inspection...

Not what we wanted to see!

Not what we wanted to see!

That didn't go as planned.  But luckily, there were no major issues.  Just some additional cables to be secured, and leveling some pads.  Unfortunately, before they could do the follow-up inspection, the rain started, and it hasn't really stopped.  Right now, it seems that it's never going to stop!  The weather forecast makes me want to cry.

So now, we are just at the mercy of the weather.  After the rain finally ends, we will have to let the ground dry out, and most likely will have to do some additional dirt work.  Right now, water is standing in the trenches.  Lots of water.

That ground is not going to be dry any time soon.

That ground is not going to be dry any time soon.

It's frustrating, but there's nothing anyone can do.  The rain can't last forever, right?  Everyone who has built a house seems to have a horror story related to weather delays, or permitting delays, or -- like us -- both!  Meanwhile, we spend all our free time on Houzz and Pinterest, trying to narrow down the long list of selections.

Check back soon for more updates, and meanwhile, think dry thoughts!

It's goin' down....

It's goin' down....