Thursday, August 4, 2011

The House: 1 week down, umpteen to go

Tonight we finished our first full build week. We had some help from volunteers (my parents and Raychel: THANK YOU!!!). Here is a recap of what has been accomplished:

-5 houses now have foundations.
-2 of those houses have window wells, water proofing, concrete flooring, and have been back-filled, and have the exterior wall supports installed.
-2 of those houses just have the window wells, water proofing, and backfill done.
-and one of those houses also has the basement load-bearing wall built, floor joists installed, subfloor installed, and at least 3 (I wasn't there to see if they got another one) exterior walls framed and lifted into place.
-2 more houses, including ours, have been staked out and have been dug, but there is no concrete yet. Here is the pic of our empty lot, being used only for extra gravel and dirt:

And here is the picture of our freshly dug hole!


We are making progress. At times it feels like we are going excruciatingly slow--especially when we are overmanned and underworked. But now that we all know what we are doing, and we have more than one house to work on, we are able to keep busy for the whole work time and get lots done. Our group seems to be working together very well so far. We know there is still a long way to go, but we are all willing to work hard and be happy. There are a couple of guys in our group who know what they're doing and are patient and kind enough to explain things to those of us with less experience. It's really nice, especially considering our project managers are more like inspectors. They show up a couple times a night for maybe ten minutes, overlook things, and leave.

Well friends, that's that! Time to go to bed. After this long hard week that Cody worked through, I'm tuckered out. Goodnight.


Laurie/Mom/Grandma said...

I've been thinking about the pioneers and how tired they were at the beginning of the trek, but how they grew stronger as they went. I'm sure that's how this journey will go with you.

The Harris Bunch said...

this is so exciting!!

Melanie said...

Wohoo! Way to go! I'm just catching up on all your posts. I agree with your mom--that was our experience with our home--we did get used to and adjust to the long hours of work + parenthood + building. Good luck--it's so exciting for you guys!