Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A roof?

It has been a while since I put up a post.  Jim has been working hard but it has been slow going.  We are coming up to the end of the "outside" building season and will be racing against the onset of winter.  During our recent three days of summer in Juneau, Jim made a big leap of progress.  Foundation complete and he started on the roof rafters.

Jim added some of his reasoning for this amazing foundation right on the building so the building inspector could just read it off the wall- funny guy!

Uncle Larry came in for one day, bought us lunch, looked around and booked:)

Jim and Burt- hamming it up on the "first" day of summer we had.   I wouldn't work up there...

That's my own personal contractor hamming it up again- as Leili would say- Jimmy the Frank!                

So- say your prayers for the delay of the snow- we are racing winter now!  Stand by for a completed roof by the end of September!  Jim promised!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Even in the rain, the wild man continues to build my house

So the rain has come back and Jim and his trusty helper Burt continued to "tie steel" and prepare the land for the first cement pour.  Jim has been saying, "I'm sore, I'm cold".  Still on they go.

I am sorry not to be able to provide pictures of the inside of the tent, however, it is a mess and those of you who know me know how messy I can be.  Maybe next time the inside of the tent will be presentable.

For now, enjoy the pics of the foundation ready for the first gulp of cement...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Building a solid foundation


It has been a while since we updated this blog.  Projects always take longer than expected.  The tent is fairly complete at this point and comfortable.  Next blog- I will show the inside of the tent.  For now- here are few pictures of our progress.  Things you can't see in the pictures is that we got approval to bring electricity to the property and the water and sewer lines have been installed, approved by CBJ, and covered back up.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Temporary housing rises slowly- promises to be comfortable

The rain has been a rather intermittent visitor.  Land is becoming more like a giant mud pie.  All kinds of hurdles arise each day stretching out our occupancy date further into the future.  $300 dollars here, another $700 there, whew, how fast it flows out of our hands and how slow the progress for that outlay.  At least the progress on the tent is good.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Slow day- rain and fatigue all around

Pa continued working on the tent and Jim directed the movers to unpack our household goods into storage awaiting a home to live in...
Jim taking a break for a photo opportunity:)

Picture from yesterday so all can the "hands" doing all the work:)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Starting out- what a mess

It begins...
Platform for Tent

Yup- lots of work

Messy- holes and machines all over
I think that many of you have heard the saying, "It has to get worse before it gets better."  This is particularly true when building a home.  The lot looks beautiful and ready for a house and then when you start building the first thing to do is tear up everything.  Our home will be small at first.  We plan to build in phases.  The first phase is 24 ft by 36 ft with two bedrooms on the second floor, the living room and kitchen on the first floor.  Simple, small and hopefully fairly quick to build.  Jim has left his job in WA and is finally home in Juneau and working hard on this project.